A Child with a Dream is a Child with a Future - Wintley Phipps, Founder

Dream Cities | Baltimore, MD

Pimlico Elementary/Middle School
4849 Pimlico Road
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (443) 203-4993
Learning Center Director
Tanya Callender
tcallenderatusdreamacademy [dot] org

Feature Story

At U.S. Dream Academy’s Baltimore Learning Center, more than 80 students grabbed books off the shelf and focused their energy on reading for the 2nd Annual Read to Achieve: Read-a-thon Challenge.  In a matter of 10 weeks, these students read more than 166,000 minutes! 

The top two “Reading Warriors” were 3rd-grade Dream Girl Akire and 5th-grade Dream Boy Daishawn.  Both of these students stepped up to the challenge by reading book after book and literally reading their way to the top!

From day one, Akire was excited about reading new books.  She enjoyed reading to younger students and to staff members or volunteers whenever possible.  With guidance from staff, she was able to improve sight word recognition and comprehension.  Over the course of the Read-a-thon, Akire was one of the first students to get a book, and easily kept reading for an hour straight.  Akire’s excitement for reading helped her to clock an amazing 2900 minutes of reading during U.S. Dream Academy programming! 

The runner-up for our Read-a-thon was 5th-grade Dream Boy Daishawn.  Daishawn made it a close race for the honorary top spot by reading 2700 minutes during the Read-a-thon.  Daishawn often sat in a cozy corner of the room with several books.  When asked about a book he read, Daishawn’s comprehension of what he read was evident in his ability to explain the story. 

Congratulations to Akire and Daishawn on their outstanding achievemnt and to all the other students who participated in the Read to Achieve: Read-a-thon Challenge!  After all, “the more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more things that you learn, the more places you’ll go” – Dr. Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut.

Our History in Baltimore

The Dream Academy Learning Center in Baltimore was one of the organizations earliest centers.  Opened in 2002, the Learning Center at Collington Square Elementary School served approximately 500 student in grades Pre-K – eight, most of whose families live below the poverty line.  The Learning Center at Collington Square earned the “Center of the Year” honor in 2006. With support from the Mayor's Office and the Baltimore City Public School Office of Student Support and Safety, the Dream Academy made the decision to relocate the program to a school and community in great need of comprehensive after school programs such as ours. Pimlico Elementary/Middle School in South Park Heights was identified and the program opened there for the 2010/2011 academic year.  The Dream Academy is a key partner working with the Center for Urban Families and others towards the redevelopment of the Park Heights community.


About Our Staff

Learning Center Director

Tanya Callender leads the U.S. Dream Academy’s Baltimore center in the role of Center Director.  Providing ten years of experience in non-profit and public management, Ms. Callender combines direct experience developing youth programs with hands-on classroom expertise.  Ms. Callender has experience working with a broad spectrum of nonprofit as well as government organizations including FEMA, The Friendship Edison Collegiate Academy, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Baltimore Urban League.  Ms. Callender possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies from the University of Maryland and has done work in Language/Culture from University of Valladolid Valladolid, Spain and Urban Community Planning University from Maryland College Park

Our Baltimore Partners in the Dream

Ancile Solutions, Inc.

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School

Baltimore Collegetown Network


Family League

Loyola University Speech Pathology Department

Maryland Mentoring Partnership

Notre Dame of Maryland University Psychology/Child Development

Park Heights Rennaissance

Space Telescope Science Institute

Towson University Family Studies Department

TUSCFR - Towson University Student Council for Family Relations

University of Baltimore Human Services Department

University of Maryland School of Law, Women's Bar Association

Wells Fargo Bank

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