Stronger Families, Stronger Schools

Deerfield Run family

Side by Side is a faith-based nonprofit organization that works to strengthen Prince George’s County elementary schools in Laurel, Md. We are convinced that we and others in the community can and should build up local public schools into a source of pride and the best possible launching pads for children’s bright futures!

Great Start

Side by Side provides its Great Start program at five elementary schools. This is a series of free Family Nights in English and Spanish for pre-kindergarten to second-grade parents. The sessions include workshops where parents find out what their children are expected to learn in the current year, and are given home activities to help in that learning. Topics include behavior, reading and math. The evenings include a meal for the entire family and children’s activities.

The partner schools are Bond Mill, Deerfield Run, James Harrison, Laurel and Scotchtown Hills.

See our 2016-2017 workshop schedule.

Also, learn about the success of the Great Start program – and view the Great Start video below.

Hispanic outreach

Side by Side has worked with a group of parents at Laurel Elementary School, Padres Unidos por Un Futuro Mejor para Nuestros Hijos, to create a Hispanic parents guide for that and other schools in Prince George’s County. The guide is being distributed to Latino families at five schools.