The School of Education and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation hosted the grand opening of the Weinberg Early Childhood Center and Weinberg Library on September 10 on the campus of the Henderson-Hopkins School in East Baltimore. The Early Childhood Center is a 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that will pursue the most effective evidence-based approaches to learning to meet the needs of all students and their families.
In his remarks, Dean David Andrews said, “The new Early Childhood Center and Weinberg Library are the products of years of planning by strong and committed partners whose goal was nothing less than a premier facility. We are very excited about the opportunities presented for the School of Education and the Henderson-Hopkins School to make a difference in the lives of so many young people and their families.” He added, “We owe a special thanks to the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for their generous support of the center and library and all those who made this day possible.”
The center is operated by the School of Education in partnership with the YMCA of Central Maryland, the Maryland Family Network, and other partners. The first of an anticipated 130 children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years, began using the center in early September. The additions of the Early Childhood Center and Library help round out the vision for the Henderson-Hopkins School, which opened its doors in January 2013. Co-operated by Johns Hopkins and Morgan State University, it is the first new school built in East Baltimore in more than two decades and marks Johns Hopkins’ first foray into university-assisted community school partnerships.