DBFA hosts events throughout the year and spread across the city to connect communities and empower families. Our goal is thriving, connected communities that support strong schools, safe streets, and vibrant neighborhoods.
New Babies on the Block
A bi-monthly series of happy hours around Baltimore City geared towards connecting new and expectant parents to resources and helping them find their "urban village." Meaningful friendships among parents helps to alleviate the sense of isolation that often comes with bringing a new baby home. We know that community is one of the number one reasons families choose to stay in the city and connecting them with fellow parents of similar aged kids is a key way DBFA helps to retain them.
School and Children's Programming Fair
We've all heard someone say they are moving to the suburbs for school. Our annual school fair seeks to show parents that don't want to leave their neighborhoods that Baltimore City has a lot to offer school aged children. A mix of public and private schools as well as extra-curricular activities table at these events giving parents the opportunity to ask questions of principals, PTO members, and program directors. Breakout rooms are used for sessions on navigating the middle and high school choice process by the Fund for Educational Excellence.
Meet the Big Kids
Parents often wonder what it's really like to grow up in the city. Our Meet the Big Kids events bring Baltimore City Public middle and high school students to speak in a panel discussion format about school quality, public safety, and the many upsides of getting an education in Baltimore City.
Each holiday season DBFA matches member families who can give with families in need from Baltimore City Public Schools. Working with community school coordinators to identify families who do not have the luxury of fulfilling their children's holiday wishes DBFA facilitates the sharing of wish lists and collecting of gifts for distribution. 2019 marked the 12th year of this favorite program and over 750 children received gifts thanks to the generosity of our member families.
Bike/Walk to School Days
Living in the city and attending a neighborhood city public school has the added benefit of walking or biking to school. DBFA participates annually in the national Bike and Walk to school days. These days are a chance to advocate for safer, slower streets for pedestrians and cyclists.