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Menu of Services
Smart Steps Children's Centers are full service facilities that offer an extensive menu of services to its families.
Before/After School Care
Daily before/aftercare programs provide school aged students with a safe and secure space to learn and grow. Students receive homework assistance, access to computers and a full afternoon schedule of activities. Arts & Crafts, Movies, Outdoor Sports, and more are offered each week. Students are assigned to classes based on age, and take part in developmentally appropriate activities. Student to staff ratios remain small.
___________ Preschool Prep Programs
Smart Steps' Pre-School Prep Programs ensure that its students enter school ready to learn. Through exposure to early literacy, math readiness, and scientific concepts, students receive a jump start. Self awareness, fine & gross motor skills development, and dramatic play all provide additional opportunities for its participants to learn and grow.
School Closing Care
When schools are out for staff development sessions, Smart Steps Children's Centers are ready to serve! School closing care provides parents with all day care for school aged children. These special days are filled with both on and off site activities. Trips, special events, and extended classes are offered to all.
Head Start Extended Care
Aftercare is available for families in need of care after regular Head Start hours of operation. Smart Steps offers transportation from Head Start sites to its centers. In addition, full time care is offered during Head Start full day closings.
Full Day Summer Camps
Lifelong memories are made during summer camp every year! Weekly trips, swimming, martial arts, arts & crafts, sports & recreation, and more are offered at Smart Steps Camps. Participants also enjoy an AM snack, lunch and dinner each day. Pep Rallies on Fridays end each week with a bang, rewarding positive choices and highlighting campers of the week. See our camp page for details on FREE programs.
Winter & Spring Mini Camps
Winter and Spring Mini Camps provide students with a ton of fun during school session breaks. These camps pack a full camp experience into one week, including trips, special events and all out fun!
Transportation options are offered to all registered families. Smart Steps offers transportation to and from many BCPSS schools. SEE "TRANSPORTATION."
Parent Resources & Referrals
Smart Steps provides information and referrals to all of its parents. On and off-site training, career fairs and special events are just a few of the ways parents receive information about programs and services. The Parent Resource Area at each of its centers is filled with literature and information that parents can utilize on a daily basis.
Full Meal Service (& Catering)
Smart Steps' nutrition program provides students with nutritious meal options each day. Its sites provide AM snack, lunch and dinner. Served "family style", classes eat meals together with their teachers, using meal time as an opportunity to share conversation and to create long lasting memories. A caterer, licensed by the Baltimore City Health Department, Smart Steps offers catered meals to educational and recreational programs serving children and young adults.
Cultural Enrichment Program
Exposure to culturally enriching activities not only offers children an awareness of possibilities beyond their own immediate environment, but it also stretches their imaginations to new heights. Trips, special events, presentations and activities are all integral parts of the cultural enrichment program.
Special Youth Events
In addition to childcare, transportation and camp programs, Smart Steps offers a variety of special youth events. Mommy & me classes, movie nights, moon bounce parties, birthday parties, youth dances and excursions are offered throughout the year.