All Day Kindergarten

Only 8 elementary schools of the 126 in Montgomery County had all day kindergarten. These few schools were among the most affluent in the county and had more resources available to them than the large majority of others. As early childhood education has shown to have the biggest return of any kind of education for children because it is crucial to learning, socializing and a rounded education, AIM members thought it necessary that all children in Montgomery County be afforded access to all day programs.

At around the same time AIM members began pushing for all day kindergarten, Mayor Dr. Reece also saw its importance and proposed a five year plan to implement it. Though, AIM leaders, clergy and congregations saw the immediate need of this program and successfully organized to expedite Reece’s five year plan by two years. AIM members also ensured that all day kindergarten be afforded to all elementary schools throughout the county, regardless of privilege.

In the News

Dream Academy Video

See this fun and inspiring video of the Dream Academy at South Lake Elementary School!


AIM 5k Walk to Support Dream Academy Expansion

Join us for a fun afternoon to raise money for AIM to expand the Dream Academy–affordable after school programming to Montgomery County’s highest needs schools. It’s a fun afternoon and a pretty walk along Sligo Creek with plenty of friends from AIM and our congregations and schools. Get friends, family and neighbors to sponsor you to have even more impact!

REGISTER ONLINE HERE–once you register, friends and family can sponsor you online!

Click Here for a form you can use to sign up sponsors in person


AIM Seniors Fight for Pensions for WMATA Workers–Montgomery Sentinel

“No matter what field you’re in, an employee with a good salary [and] benefits is a better employee and able to deliver better services,” Madaleno said. “Do you want a happy, focused bus driver driving 35 people around, or do you want an unhappy, distracted bus driver?”

About 75 people, many of them seniors, attended the news conference, which was hosted by local community organization Action in Montgomery at Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg. AIM spokesperson Cynthia Marshall said the seniors traveled from retirement communities in the county to support their local bus drivers.


WAMU–It Takes A Village: Silver Spring Community Effort Helps Rid Apartments Of Mold

More than a year after joining forces and eliciting help from community groups and the Montgomery County Council, the mostly immigrant tenants of Northwest Park Apartments are celebrating a small victory. This summer, Kay Apartment Communities began the process of replacing all of the windows in the 75-building complex on Ames Road, a move that will hopefully eliminate the mold and mildew that has plagued the complex.

Katie Ashmore, an organizer with Action in Montgomery (AIM), who helped the tenants organize, said the $2 million project is a key step in preventing the high levels of humidity in the apartments that caused the mold to grow to return after the treatment.