New Research Reveals Langley Park Childresn and Families Face Severe Barriers to Achievement

Posted July 7, 2014 /

The Urban Institute, Prince George’s County Public Schools, CASA de Maryland and other Langley Park Promise Neighborhood partners released the Langley Park Community Needs Assessment Report, the result of a year-long community assessment process supported by the US Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods program.  CASA de Maryland and partners received a prestigious Promise Neighborhoods Planning grant to conduct a data-driven community needs assessment and create a plan for an integrated continuum of programs and policies to support children and families from birth into career. “While Langley Park is a vibrant community with engaged families and small business, it is also a community that has been underserved and under-supported for years and our children and families have suffered as a result,” said Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, and CASA de Maryland.  “Together we can ensure that Langley Park is a community in which all children and families can live and thrive.” Prince George’s County, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Prince George’s Community College, Centronia, Latin American Youth Center, Community Clinic Inc, University of Maryland Schools of Education and Public Health and others actively participated in the needs assessment process lead by Urban Institute, a national social policy research organization. “Communities so rarely have the luxury to step back and really take a hard look at what their needs are and where resources should be invested to make the greatest impact.  The Promise Neighborhood Planning grant really allowed us to do that,” explained Molly Scott, Research Associate at the Urban Institute.  “Because immigrants and their children are one of the fastest growing segments of our society, what we learn moving forward in Langley Park will have implications not just for local practice but for communities across the country.  The Urban Institute is proud to partner with CASA de Maryland to help figure out what works.”