Our Mission

The Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success is a newly created office by Mayor Young charged with leveraging every available community asset and government resource to position children to reach their fullest potential. By championing a high-quality educational system, cultivating robust and meaningful enrichment opportunities, and connecting families to resources that support financial well-being, we can intentionally and strategically serve as a catalyst for enriching the quality of life for Baltimore’s children and families.

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Squeegee Alternative Plan

The Squeegee Alternative Plan emphasizes intensive case management, consistent youth engagement, and access to immediate financial resources. The path to eradicating squeegeeing cannot include criminalizing poverty; alternatively, we must improve educational outcomes; better coordinate human service resources; and deploy intervention responses that are grounded in empathy for all. 

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Funding Opportunity

Family League, in partnership with Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young and the City Council of Baltimore, is committed to supporting youth through a collective effort to surround them with opportunities and to remove barriers to success. Through this Request for Applications, $1.5 million will be invested in expanded youth programming to improve outcomes for young people in their schools and their communities.

Our Work

The Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success will cultivate partnerships, develop policies, and identify innovative opportunities to support young people and ensure Baltimore City’s children and their families have the resources they need to be successful. Our goal is to create urgency and momentum to improve the quality of life for Baltimore’s children and families through education, outreach, and youth development.

Focus Areas

Resilience and Financial Well-Being

The Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success leverages Community Action Partnerships (CAP) as a base to build out prevention and supportive services focused on anti-poverty outcomes. Assistance includes tax preparation, financial counseling, eviction prevention, and utility assistance.


African-American Male Engagement (AAME)

AAME uses a community collaborative network and support structure to identify and address needs impacting Baltimore’s male youth and adults. AAME fulfills this mission in part through the operation of a Repetition Center in Park Heights where individuals receive job training, life skills development, and health and wellness support.


Early Childhood Education

Baltimore City Head Start provides educational, health, nutritional, social/emotional, and other services to enrolled children and actively engages parents in their children’s learning and development by supporting parents’ pursuit of their own goals toward self-sufficiency.


Youth Development

A critical element of the MOCFS office is engaging the youth of Baltimore City.


May 2019

“I have always been a champion for Baltimore’s young people, and during my mayoral administration I will continue to make it a priority to put children first. And we will do that with an office solely focused on our young people leading the way.”

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young / Read Full Article



The Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success is actively involved in the strategic planning stage, which consists of an environmental scan focused on mapping assets (policy, partners, and programs) and identifying gaps including issues of equity.

To accomplish our goals, we will engage government agencies, residents, and community partners in a community collaboration design session in each of the 14 city council districts, in addition to a citywide youth session. We are committed to ensuring that community sessions are inclusive and representative of all communities in Baltimore.