Side by Side is a faith-based nonprofit organization that works to strengthen Prince George’s County elementary schools in Laurel, Md. It offers the following free programs.
The Great Start program is a series of workshop evenings in English and Spanish at six schools for pre-kindergarten to second-grade parents. The parents find out what their children are expected to learn that 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, Montpelier and Scotchtown Hills.
See our 2013-2014 workshop schedule.
Also, learn about the success of the fall 2012 Great Start program – and view the Great Start video at right.
Side by Side hosts an after-school homework club at Laurel Elementary School for selected students. The children attend two afternoons a week to enjoy a snack, receive help on their homework from retired teachers and other adult volunteers, and participate in reading and enrichment activities. Learn more here.
Side by Side has organized 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 will be available this fall, and will be distributed at presentations at various schools.