Recognizing that families do not want to live where there are inadequate schools, Enterprise works to rebuild communities by combining strategies for housing and community development with the improvement of local schools and youth outcomes. Our education initiative works to strengthen the educational environment and academic support for schools, families and communities to enhance children’s opportunities for success.
Academic and Social Support for Students and Families
Enterprise provides funding, technical assistance and guidance to support a school environment dedicated to student achievement.
- Early Childhood Education: Students get a head start through the Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters (HIPPY) program. This three-year, 30-week per year family literacy program helps parents prepare pre-school aged children at home to arrive at school ready to learn.
- Community Resource Center: The center provides support and helps relieve family stresses that can negatively affect children’s abilities to learn by providing over 700 referrals to families every year.
- Mentoring: In 2003, Enterprise established the youth mentoring program in Baltimore City. The program is run in partnership with the Enterprise Women’s Network (EWN), a group of professional and philanthropic women who support Enterprise’s work by providing resources and opportunities for low-income women and their families.
Community Development and Schools
In conjunction with our community development partners, Enterprise is expanding our school-centered community revitalization efforts in order to build stronger schools and improve the life chances of children in the Mid-Atlantic region.
- Park Heights: Enterprise facilitated the creation of a five-year strategic plan outlining strategies to improve youth outcomes in the Park Heights Community in partnership with Park Heights Renaissance. We continue to support in the implementation of this plan.
- Choice Neighborhoods: Enterprise is the lead education applicant on a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods proposal in partnership with The Community Builders, The Center for Urban Families and Druid Heights Community Development Corporation for the redevelopment of Pedestal Gardens in Central West Baltimore. As the education lead, Enterprise is committed to designing and managing the implementation of a cradle-to-college youth improvement pipeline for this project.
- Washington D.C.: Enterprise is currently seeking expansion partners for our education work in the D.C. metro region.
School Facility Solutions
Enterprise is exploring how to use our community development expertise to help city schools resolve facility issues.
- Green Schools: Enterprise is helping coordinate efforts to green Baltimore City Public Schools. Our goal is to help city schools develop a system-wide strategy that incorporates green curriculum and green operations in every school.
- Charter Lending: Enterprise is making funds available through the Enterprise Community Loan Fund to established charter schools needing to finance innovative projects.