Narrow Vote Seals The Fate of Campfield Early Learning Center: Closure Set For August 2026
BALTIMORE COUNTY - The Campfield Early Learning Center, a pre-K facility focusing on special needs education, will cease operations in August 2026.
The closure became official with a narrow 6-5 of the Baltimore County School Board on September 5. Board members expressed that the decision was challenging, especially in light of last month's tumultuous public hearing.
"This institution serves some of our most vulnerable children extraordinarily well. The idea of closing it is difficult to reconcile," board member Maggie Domanowski said.
About one-third of the 377 students attending Campfield have special needs, and over half come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, according to BCPS data.
County Superintendent Myriam Rogers highlighted the quality of care at Campfield, assuring parents that earmarked funds will be used on the schools where Campfield's student population will be transferred.
"The programs will continue but within the home schools that will be benefiting from enhanced capital improvements," Rogers clarified.
Despite reassurances, residents called for more transparency from board and district leadership.
It's essential that we understand what measures are being taken to emulate the level of support these children currently receive at Campfield," said Tiffany Frempong.