What is a Judy Center?

The Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Family Education Centers, or "Judy Centers," are state grant funded early childhood and family learning centers that offer a wide range of services for children age birth through Kindergarten and their low-income families. The goal of Judy Centers is school readiness. Judy Centers are located in all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. There are currently 52 Judy Centers. They are serving approximately 15,000 young children who live in 60 elementary school zones. 

Maryland Department of Education Early Childhood Development: Judy Center Information:


What is the history of the Judy Center?

The Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Family Education Centers, or "Judy Centers,"  were establish to honor the late Judith P. Hoyer, an early childhood advocate, educator, and Supervisor of Early Childhood Education for Prince George's County. In 1993, with the opening of the Early Childhood and Family Learning Center in Adelphi, Maryland, Mrs. Hoyer brought to life an innovative vision for housing educational and other community services in one building. This unique approach provided collaboration among specialists in various programs to better serve children and their families.  After her untimely death in 1997, "Judy Centers" began opening across the state with grant funds provided by the Maryland State Department of Education to carry out her legacy.


Is it part of the school system?

Yes. The Judy Center Partnership in Carroll County is a partnership of many organizations seeking to enhance school readiness. There are 4 locations: Cranberry Station Elementary, Elmer Wolfe Elementary, Robert Moton Elementary and Taneytown Elementary.


What services available through the Judy Center Partnership of Carroll County?

The Judy Center services and programs for young children and their families are comprehensive with strong links to schools, community programs, organizations and buisnesses. Services are typically available 10–12 hours a day, year round. Services offered:

  • Family Involvement programs
  • Behavior Support and Education
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Developmental Screenings
  • Parents as Teachers home visitation program
  • Come Learn Wih Me playgroups for quality early learning experiences
  • Lending library of books and materials for children and adults
  • Partnerships with local child care providers and early childhood programs


What is Come Learn WIth Me?

Come Learn With Me is a weekly playgroup for children birth-4 and their caregiver located at 4 elementary schools in the county. Through guided interactions between children and their parents/guardians, a child's full developmental potential and school readiness skills are supported and taught. The program provides opportunities for parents to learn about parenting issues, learn about child developement and skills, share concerns and socialize in a safe and supportive environment.


What is PAT?

Parents as Teachers is an international early childhood parent education and family support program. The PAT program serves families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually at age 5. PAT includes home visits, group meeting, screenings and network connections to provide parents with support and understanding of each stage of their child's development.


What does it cost?

There is no cost. Services are provided free of charge to all families in Carroll County.


How can I find out more information?

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