"It takes a village to raise a child" African Proverb
Our mission is to provide a warm, caring and attentive learning environment for children and parents in the Greater Washington/Baltimore Metropolitan Area by working collaboratively to meet each child's and families' individual needs.
OOH's Youth Services is dedicated to achieving a vision for child care and parent training services in the Greater Washington/Baltimore Area that will make a sizable difference in the lives of everyone we touch.
During child care years, children are most vulnerable and can be easily affected. Rearing a child is a community effort which requires much work. Further, developing a strong foundation for children to grow and mature is not only essential for their personal development, but also essential to communities and neighborhoods. Children reflect the future…they are tomorrow’s leaders.
Currently, a U.S. federal grant subsidizes child care for working parents who make up to 150 percent of the poverty level; this equals about $33,000 for a family of four. However, for single-parent households, which make up a large percentage in many metropolitans areas, affording proper child care even with this subsidy can be a challenge. According to a survey conducted by the Save the Children charity, one in four low income parents are unable to work because childcare is beyond their means (Save the Children, 2010).
Here at The Organization of Hope’s (OOH) Youth Services we are committed to providing affordable, structured, and nurturing child care services to families in the Greater Washington/Baltimore Metropolitan Area. We provide supervised before and after-school care, structured educational development programs to children, infancy to twelve years of age, and parent training courses for new and existing parents. Collaboratively working with the parents and the child, the Youth Services works to develop a unique service plan that specifically addresses each child’s need. This collaboration helps lay the foundation for children to receive a quality education and for parents to receive the critical training they need to become the best parents they can. In addition to these services, the Youth Services also offers: