“The Ark is the only state-accredited preschool for children whose families are experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City.”
Ark recently doubled its space so it can serve 40 preschoolers at one time. Children experiencing homelessness lag far behind their housed peers because of the trauma that results from economic hardship and their transient lifestyle. The children, ages 3-4, are in a safe environment and receive healthy meals and snacks. In addition, Ark provides transportation to and from the shelters, health screenings and access to dental, vision and hearing assessments. Within this safe nurturing environment children are better able to focus on social behavior, improving language, and listening and comprehension. Recently, the Ark created a program to help support the families of the vulnerable children in addition to the children themselves. The Ark operates 12 months of the year.
The Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle selected Ark Preschool to help support their increased number of children as well as help support the program for the parents of these children as they transition into permanent housing.