Community leaders and elected officials gathered this morning for the formal opening of the new $43M Henderson-Hopkins Elementary/Middle School and the Weinberg Early Childhood Center. Ellen M. Heller, Weinberg Foundation Board Chair, was among today's speakers and is seen in the photo preparing for the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
The Henderson/Hopkins School is the first new public school in Baltimore City in more than two decades. The school and Early Childhood Center will serve children from six weeks old through 8th grade. For the past four years, Heller has also chaired the Early Childhood Center Committee. The Committee has worked to develop a high quality early childhood program from six weeks through five years of age that will provide the most effective research-based approach to give our children the skills and foundation for their success throughout their school careers.
The Weinberg Early Childhood Center’s program will focus not only on its children, but their parents and families and the community. In addition to the interactive curriculum, its Family Support and Health and Wellness Centers will provide support services and enriched programs to the children and their families to reinforce the development of the language, literacy and math skills necessary for school readiness. These support services are core features of the Weinberg Early Childhood Center and include community outreach and collaboration and family support services such as literacy and employment readiness activities. Also, there will be home visitation and parent education programs.