Family Resource Academies

Family Resource Academies (FRAs)
The Authority partners with public, private, and non-profit organizations to provide learning centers at the two family public housing properties. Located at Kimberly Gardens in Laurel and Marlborough Towne in District Heights, these technology centers are open to resident children from the ages of 6 to 18+. Classroom materials and lessons are age-and-grade-appropriate.

Technology Program
This program is designed to provide a wide range of technological opportunities to public housing children to increase their ability to exceed in school and meet educational requirements for higher learning. Instructors at the two academies teach classroom-modeled lessons using information technology to improve skills in reading, mathematics and other disciplines. Students of the Prince George’s County Public School System are encouraged to use Community Service hours received through the FRA towards Community Service Credits required for high school graduation.

Program Instructor
The director of the Academy has a doctorate in education technology and the instructor is a certified public school teacher. The instructor is fluent in Spanish and teaches this language to children at the Marlborough Towne Campus.

Program Services Include:
  • Supervised computer learning labs for students to develop and improve classroom and business skills to allow a structured curriculum while also providing adequate time for freelance activities.
  • State of the art computer learning centers equipped with personal computers linked to the internet and Prince George’s County Public School homework networks. Computers are equipped with Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Home Essential and Quicken software to assist participants with class assignments, presentations, and resume writing. Syllabus also includes:
    • Chats
    • Email
    • Search Engines
    • Web Browsing
  • Job search and placement program that includes
    • Career outreach
    • Interviewing skills
    • Job counseling
    • Job enhancement efforts
    • Job retention
    • Resume writing
  • Tutorial component provided on the basis of individual needs in the areas of:
    • Business
    • English
    • Math
    • Sciences
  • The Family Resource Academy program at the Kimberly Campus is enhanced by a partnership with a non-profit group who operates a homework club that is attended by approximately 40 children. The group has six (6) certified public school teachers who provide hands-on assistance for homework and special class projects, as well as ongoing tutorial assistance. The teachers work closely with the county schools tracking the achievements of the students involved in the program. The program has successfully assisted children from the Academy to attend institutions of higher learning.