The Children’s Guild, founded in 1953, is a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and is dedicated to transforming how America cares for and educates its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services.
The Children’s Guild programs are guided by Transformation Education (TranZed), an organizational philosophy that fosters a culture of flexibility. This culture creates management and staff who are agile thinkers. This assures children are treated as individuals and taught the way they learn best.
Transformation Education also infuses the beliefs and values of The Children’s Guild into the look of its physical environment, child-caring and educational approaches, the mindset of its employees, and its operating systems. The design of the physical environment and the approaches used to care for and educate children are based on the newest findings in neuroscience, and therefore creates an enriched, brain-compatible environment. This philosophy has been proven to:
- Increase return to less restrictive environment
- Increase ability to manage difficult children
- Increase academic scores
- Decrease child-care worker, foster parent and teacher turnover rates
- Decrease need for physical crisis intervention
- Decrease time focused on crisis management
- Decrease cost of deliberate destruction and damage
The Children’s Guild has become one of the largest providers of special education, group living, treatment foster care, and family mental health services in Maryland. The Children’s Guild has extensive experience in serving children and adolescents with trauma disorders, who have been traumatized by life experiences, or who have autism spectrum disorder and/or multiple disabilities; providing counseling, support, and educational services. The Children’s Guild is home to The Janet and Frank Kelly Autism Center based on our Transformation Education philosophy. Our Autism Center provides services to children and youth on the autism spectrum from age 5 through age 22 in the Baltimore-Washington corridor through our special education schools and school and clinic based behavior health services.
Affiliates of The Children’s Guild include The Children’s Guild, Monarch Academy public charter and contract schools, Monarch Preschool College Park, Tranzed Academy for Working Students (TAWS), TranZed Apprenticeships, The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School, and The National Children’s Guild Fund.
Through a process of adult and organizational transformation, we teach children the values and life skills necessary for a successful life, one filled with caring, contribution, and commitment, empowering each child with:
- The vision to see
- The courage to try
- The will to succeed
Certification & Accreditation
Our educational programs are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education, and its child-caring programs and mental health center are licensed by the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. We are also a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) internationally-accredited organization.
The Children’s Guild Schools in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County are accredited by the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services.
The Children’s Guild Alliance is a proud member of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF), and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.