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Menu of Services


Smart Steps Children's Centers are full service facilities that offer an extensive menu of services to its families.


Before and Aftercare:


Daily before/aftercare programs provide school aged students with a safe and secure space to learn and grow. Students receive homework assistance, access to computers and a full afternoon schedule of activities. Arts & Crafts, Movies, Outdoor Sports, and more are offered each week. Students are assigned to classes based on age, and take part in developmentally appropriate activities. Student to staff ratios remain small.​


Preschool Prep Programs: 

Smart Steps' Pre-School Prep Programs ensure that its students enter school ready to learn. Through exposure to early literacy, math readiness, and scientific concepts, students receive a jump start. Self awareness, fine & gross motor skills development, and dramatic play all provide additional opportunities for its participants to learn and grow.

School Closing Care: 

When schools are out for staff development sessions, Smart Steps Children's Centers are ready to serve! School closing care provides parents with all day care for school aged children. These special days are filled with both on and off site activities. Trips, special events, and extended classes are offered to all.

HeadStart Extended Care: 

Aftercare is available for families in need of care after regular Head Start hours of operation. Smart Steps offers transportation from Head Start sites to its centers. In addition, full time care is offered during Head Start full day closings.

Full Day Summer Camps: 

Lifelong memories are made during summer camp every year! Weekly trips, swimming, martial arts, arts & crafts, sports & recreation, and more are offered at Smart Steps Camps. Participants also enjoy an AM snack, lunch and dinner each day. Pep Rallies on Fridays end each week with a bang, rewarding positive choices and highlighting campers of the week. See our camp page for details on FREE programs.

Winter & Spring Mini Camps: 

Winter and Spring Mini Camps provide students with a ton of fun during school session breaks. These camps pack a full camp experience into one week, including trips, special events and all out fun!

Parent Resources and Referrals: 

Smart Steps provides information and referrals to all of its parents. On and off-site training, career fairs and special events are just a few of the ways parents receive information about programs and services. The Parent Resource Area at each of its centers is filled with literature and information that parents can utilize on a daily basis.


Full Meal Service (& Catering):

Smart Steps' nutrition program provides students with nutritious meal options each day. Its sites provide AM snack, lunch and dinner. Served "family style", classes eat meals together with their teachers, using meal time as an opportunity to share conversation and to create long lasting memories. A caterer, licensed by the Baltimore City Health Department, Smart Steps offers catered meals to educational and recreational programs serving children and young adults. 

Cultural Enrichment Program: 


Exposure to culturally enriching activities not only offers children an awareness of possibilities beyond their own immediate environment, but it also stretches their imaginations to new heights. Trips, special events, presentations and activities are all integral parts of the cultural enrichment program.

Special Youth Events: 


In addition to childcare, transportation and camp programs, Smart Steps offers a variety of special youth events. Mommy & me classes, movie nights, moon bounce parties, birthday parties, youth dances and excursions are offered throughout the year.


Give us a call:




Smart Steps Youth Services

Grant Funded Sites:

Arlington: 1st -5th


Callaway: Pre K 

Hilton:Pre K 

Preschool Spaces Available! 


Now registering 2-4 year olds at our Langston Hughes location! Call 410-367-6100 to secure your spot now! 



Smart Steps is growing and expanding with brand new locations! Smart Steps @ MLK, @ Edgecombe, @ Pimlico and @ Leithwalk.


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*Smart Steps does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.

Smart Steps is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression

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