What We Do

The multidisciplinary Sherman Center was established to advance George and Betsy Sherman’s vision of improving learning experiences and outcomes for young children in Baltimore City. To achieve this mission, the Sherman Center connects theory, research, and practice, and schools, families, and communities to promote the educational success of children ages zero through eight. Our activities fall within four domains:

  • Research support to expand knowledge about policies and practices that enhance the learning of young children in urban communities like Baltimore;
  • Professional and leadership development to provide early childhood professionals with research-informed strategies to promote young learners’ success;
  • School-based partnership activities to help build socially, emotionally, and academically enriching environments for young learners in our partner schools; and
  • Family outreach to support parents’ engagement in their young children’s learning and development.