Creative Kids, Inc. is a nonprofit community center located in Baltimore County that serves all ages. We provide a wide array of services and programs. From inception in 1997, Creative Kids has advanced delivery of services and programs with a systems-level approach, partnering with schools, nonprofits, hospitals, government, businesses, etc. to help forward the potential and success of the community members.
Creative Kids’ first Director, Pam Johnson, developed many area partnerships for the community center, including relationships with Hendersen-Webb, Inc., Baltimore County Department of Planning, Baltimore County Public School System, Baltimore County Department of Aging, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore County Police Department, Raven’s Roost, and Essex/Middle River/White Marsh Chamber of Commerce. Pam’s spirit, resourcefulness, creativity, openness, and genuineness became the elemental cornerstone of Creative Kids, Inc. Several local business and organization leaders continue to develop and share Pam’s values as Creative Kids, Inc. volunteer board members: Jim Johnson (President), Herb Goldman (Vice President), Jamie Lubliner (Treasurer), Vikki Makres (Secretary). Pamela F. Newland, Patrick Connor, Phaye Poliakof-Chen and Ousa Tran.
Creative Kids’ vision is of families and individual community members living happier, healthier, and more productive lives. We plan to accomplish this goal by offering innovative and relevant education, employment, and communication based services, programs, and networks.
Creative Kids, Inc.’s mission is to continue to 1) provide innovative learning opportunities for our children and youth that encourage competent social skills, as well as healthy physical behavior, 2) supply our community’s potential workforce with relevant career-enhancing skills, helping them to improve their attendance, evaluations, economic opportunities, and self-determination, 3) advance our emerging immigrant community’s quality of life by assessing individual residents’ needs and networking them with public and private services that promote self-reliance and independence, 4) inspire the vision of our community’s children and youth, and kindle their ability to demonstrate creative expression, and 5) encourage solid relationships with our community members that promote neighborhood awareness and community pride.
Guiding Principles Creative Kids Community Center Guiding Principles and Core Values include:
- Supporting community families and individual members in order to enable them to achieve excellence.
- Committing to developing and demonstrating supportive organizational relationships to promote collaboration, build capacity, and to avoid duplication of services.
- Committing to high quality, prompt, and efficient services and resources that will make these goals attainable.
Creative Kids, Inc. believes that every member of a community is valuable; should have access to a safe learning place regardless of his/her age, gender, ethnicity, cultural/religious background, or economic status and; is entitled to experience the highest in quality and integrity in staff and service delivery. Each year, our youth programs reach hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school students by way of comprehensive after school, summer, and teen program activities. In addition, our adult-oriented programs create opportunities that promote self-reliance and independence. Creative Kids offers enriching activities that foster excellence, inspires creativity, communicates tolerance, and builds a stronger cohesive community.
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Awards Creative Kids, Inc. has received recognition through the following awards:
- Governor’s Award for Crime Prevention in recognition of community efforts to educate and mentor children in the community and through the Creative Kids Center.
- Alternative Educator of the Year Award
- Chamber of Commerce Service Award
- Vanguard Award by the Maryland Department of Education for our commitment to educating minority students and students of low income families through the Creative Kids Center.
- Good Neighbor Bridge Builder Award which recognizes people who promote harmony and good deeds among neighbors and who positively respond to divisions of race, religion and culture in Baltimore County, as well as help improve our mutual appreciation of racial, religious and cultural diversity.
- The Baltimore County Board of Education issued a Certificate of Recognition in honor of Creative Kids’ outstanding contributions to the Baltimore County Public Schools.
- National Multi-Housing Council’s Good Neighbor Award
- Three-time Maryland Multi-Housing Association’s Stellar Spirit of Caring Award Winner