35% increase in members since Sept. 2010Geographic area to potentially expand city-wideGeographic Area (Neighborhoods): the Southeast Baltimore communities of Brewer's Hill, Butcher's Hill, Canton, Fell's Point, Fell's Prospect, Harbor East, Highlandtown, Little Italy, Patterson Park, Patterson Place, Upper Fells Point, and Washington Hill; the South Baltimore communities of Federal Hill, Harbor View, Locust Point, Otterbein, and Riverside; the Southwest Baltimore communities of Barre Circle, Camden Crossing, Ridgely's Delight, and Pigtown; and Mount Vernon and Bolton Hill.Residence: Southeast Baltimore: 41.7%, 952 members on SEBaltCityKids LISTSERVSouth Baltimore Peninsula: 43.5%, 1047 members on FedHillKids LISTSERV, 91 on Locust Point LISTSERVCentral Downtown (includes Mount Vernon and Bolton Hill): 8.3%, 37 members on MtVernonFamilies LISTSERVSouthwest Baltimore: 6.5%, 56 members on SWBaltCityKids LISTSERV
Hosts “town-hall” style meetings with Dr. Andres Alonso, CEO of BCPS, for parents to learn about our public schools and to voice ideas about the future of our schools. This is hosted at a BCPS school to highlight our schools and get parents in the door.
Publishes DBFA’s Blog Series “school days”Every other week a parent from a local public school writes about why they chose their neighborhood school and what makes it unique
This year, our work with the BEC resulted in an INCREASE in funding to city schools, rather than the projected decrease
Human Capital. By providing grants through this to MANY schools, it helps the entire school system, not just a few schools. And it has a ripple effect, as the matching portion of the grant will hopefully have created annual funders to schools.
Hosts two annual free family-friendly public events, one in the spring at Patterson Park (Annual Egg Hunt) and another in the fall at West Shore Park (Harbor Harvest)
**Human Capital. Involved parents make the city better—and stay longer.
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DBFA hosts parenting seminars, such as an annual presentation by a nationally-recognized sleep expert. This year we are expanding to include more seminars, including “Meet the Big Kids’ Parents”. We would also like to do a toddler’s nutrition seminar.
Partner with JCC of Greater Baltimore to bring “Hello Baby!” newborn classes to downtown parents. So popular we are expanding to include a weekend class for working parents.
DBFA has helped in the marketing and fundraising efforts.
Zip car partnership to reduce the use of cars
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Thriving, connected families are key to vibrant communities, the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance fosters and promotes family life in Baltimore’s city Center.<br />
Our Mission<br />Propelled by the belief that thriving, connected families are key to vibrant communities, the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance fosters and promotes family life in Baltimore's city center. As an independent, nonprofit alliance, we partner with local government, business, and nonprofit organizations to develop family-wise programs and policies, including initiatives for strong public schools and early childhood programs, enhanced public safety and environmental quality, and expanded recreational and cultural opportunities. We further endeavor to cultivate community by connecting families with one another and with the resources to take full advantage of life in downtown Baltimore.<br />
Why DBFA matters<br />“…residential growth is the single most important factor in downtown’s evolution.” Downtown Partnership of Baltimore <br />Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s focus on revitalizing the downtown core<br />Cities that are able to attract a population of middle-income families fare much better economically than those that do not.1<br />1. WSJ, Nov ‘07<br />
DBFA facts<br />Founded in 2008 by local parent<br />Far reaching presence:<br />www.dbfam.org(XX average monthly views)<br />www.dbfamblog.org(average of 1500 unique visits and 3900 views per month)<br />Facebook: 500+ likes<br />Twitter: <br />Neighborhood Listservs<br />Areas of Focus:<br />Advocacy<br />Connection<br />Resources<br />
DBFA Facts<br />600 members and growing<br /> Geographic Area Breakdown:<br />Southeast Baltimore: 42%<br />South Baltimore Peninsula: 44%<br />Central Downtown: 8%<br />Southwest Baltimore: 6%<br />Family Profile:<br />One-child (55%), two children (39%), three children (5%)<br />Ages of children: 0-2 yrs (77%); 3-4 yrs (33%); 5-6 yrs (18%); 7+ years (8%)<br />
<ul><li>Organizes the annual School and Children’s Programming Fair to inform downtown parents about local schooling and extracurricular options and to assist schools in their marketing efforts</li></ul>DBFA promotes public schools and informs parents <br />
DBFA promotes public schools and informs parents <br />Dr. Andres Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools at a DBFA “Town Hall” Meeting<br />
DBFA promotes public schools and informs parents <br />Publishes DBFA’s Blog Series “school days”<br />
DBFA advocates for excellent education<br /> Active member in the Baltimore Education Coalition, successfully supporting full funding to Baltimore City Public Schools<br />Local student holds DBFA poster at BEC Rally in Annapolis<br />
<ul><li>Facilitated and scripted the South Baltimore Middle School Proposal at the request of Dr. Alonso</li></ul>DBFA advocates for excellent education<br />
DBFA provides resources for downtown schools<br />Fiscal Agent and facilitator for DBFA-Goldseker Matching Grant Pilot Program<br />
DBFA fosters community development in downtown Baltimore<br />
Organizes quarterly New and Expectant Parent Socials to connect beginning city families with one another<br />DBFA fosters community development in downtown Baltimore<br />
Engages downtown parents in community efforts and events<br />DBFA fosters community development in downtown Baltimore<br />
Facilitates and promotes LOCAL children’s programming<br />DBFA fosters community development in downtown Baltimore<br />
The resource for families in the city<br />DBFA’s Website, Blog, Facebook presence<br />www.dbfam.orgwww.dbfamblog.org<br />www.facebook.com/downtownbaltimorefamilyalliance<br />
The resource for families in the city<br />Parents listening to the “Sleep Lady”, Kim West at a FREE parenting seminar, hosted by DBFA<br />
The resource for families in the city<br />Parents bonding with their infants at DBFA & JCC hosted “Hello Baby!” classes.<br />
DBFA works to preserve Baltimore’s urban green space<br />Watercolor rendition of the future Pierce’s park on Pier V.<br />
DBFA’s walkability initiative<br />DBFA works to preserve Baltimore’s urban green space<br />
DBFA works to preserve Baltimore’s urban green space<br />
What’s next? <br />Increased marketing of Baltimore City Public Schools through greater attendance and reach of Annual School and Children’s Programming Fair and Dr. Alonso “town hall”<br />Staffing to ensure sustainability of on-line marketing, leadership and coordination of volunteer efforts<br />Significant year-to-year sponsorship of high-quality FREE public events and parenting seminars<br />
When families stay in the City…<br />Schools are improved for ALL students<br />Crime is reduced<br />Growth in business opportunities<br />Increased property values (and Baltimore City’s tax base)<br />ROBUST NEIGHBORHOODS, <br />VIBRANT COMMUNITIES<br />