What are the Judy Centers?
The Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Family Education Centers, or "Judy Centers," are state grant and locally funded early childhood and family learning centers which provide comprehensive early childhood services for children birth through age five. There are 51 Judy Centers in 24 local school systems throughout the state of Maryland. The Judy Centers were established to honor the memory of Judith P. Hoyer, an early childhood educator, advocate, and the late wife of Congressman Steny Hoyer.
There are two Judy Center Partnership Programs in Montgomery County Public Schools:
- The MCPS Gaithersburg Judy Center, located at Summit Hall Elementary School, serves the families from the Summit Hall and Washington Grove elementary schools attendance areas
- The MCPS Silver Spring Judy Center, located at Rolling Terrace Elementary School, serves the children and families of the Rolling Terrace Elementary School attendance area
Grant Partnership Programs
The MCPS Judy Center Grant Partnership Programs serve young children and their families. They are designed to help ensure that all children are ready for school success. As part of the grant, the Judy Centers collaborate with multiple community-based agencies and organizations that offer services to support children, ages birth to five years, and their families. The Judy Centers connect children and their families with these services to support early learning and school success. Additionally, the Judy Centers offer parents a link to full-day, full-year, high quality early care and education services.
The MCPS Judy Center Grant Partnership Programs are designed so that families are able to visit one location to receive educational support, family support, and health-related services. Among the community partners represented in Montgomery County's Judy Centers are Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery County's Department of Health and Human Services Early Childhood Services and Child Care Resource and Referral Center, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program, Linkages to Learning, Families Foremost, and Family Services Agency, Inc. Each Judy Center can provide specific information about its partners and the services that are available for children and families.
Call the MCPS Division of Early Childhood Programs and Services at 301-230-0691