The Charles County Judy Center

The Charles County Judy Center serves students and families in the C. Paul Barnhart, Dr. Samuel Mudd and Eva Turner Elementary Schools attendance zones. The Judy Center provides services for children Judy_Center_Logoages 0 through kindergarten and their families. We work together with community partners to ensure that children are socially, emotionally and physically ready for first grade. Most services, programs and activities are free. 

Beginning Fall 2015, we would like to welcome J.P. Ryon Elementary School to the Judy Center! Due to being awarded a federal Pre-Kindergarten (Judy Center) expansion grant, we are now able to support families and their children ages 0 through Pre-K at J.P. Ryon.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the Charles County Public Schools Judy Center.


History of the Judith Hoyer Childcare and Education Program

The Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Education Enhancement Programs were established in July 2000, through Senate Bill 793.  As a result of this legislation, the Maryland General Assembly allocated $7 million to establish the Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Education Enhancement Centers (hereafter, the Judy Centers). The Judy Centers provide Enhancement Grants for private providers, and track progress in school readiness using the Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR). The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) was charged with administering these programs.

Judy Centers were designed to provide a comprehensive set of services for at-risk children birth through age five and their families. Judy Centers are located in or affiliated with elementary schools and provide full-day, full-year services. Services were designed to foster a child’s readiness for school. Twenty-three counties across Maryland were awarded grants to establish Judy Centers.