Little Flowers Early Childhood and Development Center
Emmanuel UMC has been in partnership with Little Flowers Early Childhood & Development Center since 2015. This partnership means that we walk with them on their journey to provide rich soil for up to 270 “little flowers” in Sandtown to grow. Our relationship has grown slowly and fruitfully into a full church effort, with over 73 folks who have participated in providing books, balls, art supplies, making quilts and participating in Little Flowers’ field trip to Emmanuel Preschool. So far, 27 folks from Emmanuel, 12 to 87 years of age, have spent time at Little Flowers with the infants, the preschool-age children, the After School Program, the Summer Enrichment program, and the Saturday tutoring. It has blossomed into a full church outreach partnership that benefits our church in that we are forming relationships with our neighbors in one of the poorest, most segregated areas of Baltimore and building bridges across some deep divides in our society.
In September 2016, Little Flowers initiated a partnership with Ames Memorial UMC, around the corner from Little Flowers, as these 2 anchor institutions in Sandtown begin to coordinate their missions. Ames UMC uses Little Flowers classrooms for its “Career/ College Prep Program” every Tuesday evening; this is hosted by Glen Mar UMC, Ellicott City. Also, Ames is providing space for Little Flowers to use their full kitchen and basement for the Saturday Parent’s Cafe (nutrition/ exercise/ parenting discussions), while their children are at Little Flowers for Math/Literature tutoring, where Emmanuel volunteers join Baltimore City teachers in tutoring elementary school age children.
Little Flowers EDC has capacity for 10 infants, 120 children ages 2-4, and an after school program for 80 children, ages 5 to 14, in two facilities. They have 40 staff members from the community and in the summer, they hire teenagers from the youth summer program. Quite an impact on the Sandtown community! They have a summer program for 80 children 6-14 to keep them engaged in learning and field trips.
The director of Little Flowers, Crystal Hardy Flowers, spoke to Emmanuel in May 2015 and invited us into a relationship with the children there.
On May 10, 2016, forty-five children and ten staff from Little Flowers joined Emmanuel Preschool in activities, took a walk, and ate lunch in the Fellowship Hall. We are grateful for Damita, Donna, and the 15 volunteers and folks who brought food! Also in May, Ed DeLong went up to build raised beds and plant vegetables with the children at Little Flowers and had a wonderful time.
Fall 2017 Volunteering – Sign up Below
Volunteer for a Weekday Visit to Little Flowers
Visits are scheduled once a month from 9:30 to 11am. We leave from Emmanuel at 9am, and return around Noon. Emmanuel folks (3-4) carpool up to Baltimore, a 35 minute drive, and park in a secured lot.
Volunteer for Saturday Tutoring
Little Flowers has a new program to provide tutoring for children in the community ages 5-18 on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 11am – 2pm and are looking for tutoring volunteers.Volunteers of all ages are needed! While the children are being tutored at Little Flowers, the parents of the children will meet at Ames Memorial United Methodist Church for a Parent’s Cafe: discussions on education, parenting, healthy eating and exercise. .
For more information on the Little Flowers visits and tutoring, contact Sue Hill at 301-776-6160 or firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up below.
Little Flowers Thank You – Summer Enrichment 2017
Little Flowers thanks Emmanuel for supporting our Summer Enrichment Program! Over a hundred children had a blast in the past 10 weeks — at the Fire Museum, swimming pools and parks, Walters Museum, Center Stage and painting pictures, skating, playing laser tag, and gardening. The school age children had POW WOWs and learned peer mentoring skills, as well as having career days, math and language arts, and Saturday tutoring. Jamaal Miller, GRASP director, said “GRASP students had freedom to explore choices for trips and relationships and learning, and there was beauty in that, including the consequences. They dressed as twins, role played, absolutely loved it. Scholarship funds helped families because they didn’t have extra fees for trips/buses and increased parent involvement. This was a summer they will never forget.”
More pictures of the children HERE.
Read more about our partnership and relationship with Little Flower below:
Fall 2016 Special Project:
Emmanuel collected and donated art & craft supplies for 2 – 4 year olds to use in class activities and 5-15 year olds for the after-school program. The supplies were taken to Little Flowers on our October 25th visit. Thank you so much for your generosity and to Ellen McDaniel for coordinating this project. A heartfelt thanks goes to Sue Hill who has been instrumental in our partnership with Little Flowers.
The Girl Scouts Quilting Day on July 30 to help support the babies at Little Flowers was a big success! We would like to thank Girl Scouts, Alayna Neidermyer, Krista & Erika Goodwin and their moms (Archana & Teresa) for coordinating this project and the many volunteers for their donations of time and/or money. Emmanuel completed 12 quilts and they were given to the Little Flowers nursery babies, stitched with our prayers in October. View photos on our Facebook page.
Emmanuel’s Outreach Committee donated funds for the Little Flowers Summer 2016 Enrichment program, called GRASP, that provides academic enrichment and field trips for 70 children ages 5-12. This helped with scholarships, staff support, and field trips. It also helped to support field trips for the preschoolers, too, as Little Flowers takes the classroom outdoors.