Debbie Rock, Executive Director of LIGHT Health

Debbie J. Rock, Executive Director
LIGHT Health & Wellness Comprehensive Services, Inc.

Debbie Rock is the founder and Executive Director of the LIGHT Health & Wellness Comprehensive Services, Inc. Ms. Rock oversees all of LIGHT’s comprehensive support services provided to children, youth and families whose lives have been impacted by health and societal issues, including HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.

As an advocate for children and families, Ms. Rock was instrumental in developing legislation for the State of Maryland Kinship Care Program and helping to get other state legislation passed that created stand-by guardianship to protect parental rights. She has forged collaborations with various organizations such as Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Systems, and Glass Substance Abuse Treatment Programs as well as numerous community-based and AIDS service organizations.

Ms Rock served as chair of the Greater Baltimore HIV Health Services Planning Council, and as a member of President Bush’s President’s Council on HIV/AIDS. She has also served as a member of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS, a member of The Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Board of Directors and the Mercy Medical Center Board of Directors. Ms. Rock is currently a member of Morgan State University Social Work advisory board.

The business community has also recognized Ms. Rock’s various contributions to the Baltimore metropolitan area by naming her one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland.  She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland.

Ms. Rock believes that her greatest role in life is to be a servant of God and to do the work that he has chosen her to do.

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Did You Know?…

LIGHT Health offers child care! We look at our child care services as the heart of our organization. Our facility, The Johnson Square Academy, is an accredited pre-school in Maryland. We offer day and respite care for children ages 2-5 and their families. This includes individuals who have special needs or require more comprehensive services. Staff and teachers have experience working with children who have special needs, and also assist in potty training.

The program facilitates the social, cognitive, and intellectual development of each child with individualized attention to meet their needs.  Training is also provided for parents on child development, medical care, and medication regiments.

The Johnson Square Academy operates from 6:00am — 6:00pm. As a Johnson Square student, your child will receive two meals and a snack each day (vouchers are accepted).

Curriculum

LIGHT uses The Creative Curriculum, which is an online curriculum-based system that integrates ongoing assessment of children’s development with reporting, program planning, and parent communication tools.  This approach engages children in daily classroom activities with the idea that children learn through play; and has been shown to promote the cognitive, language, social/emotional, and physical development of young children. It meets all of the assessment standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of State Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NASECS/SDE).  It also meets federal and state reporting requirements, such as those of Head Start and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Creative Curriculum® is appropriate forchildren from 2 to 36 months. For these younger children, the objectives are based on The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos.

Caregiver and Family Involvement

LIGHT strongly believes that a child’s first and most important teacher comes from home. When a child starts school, it is vital to maintain structure and consistency between home and school.  Parents and teachers must work hand-in-hand to ensure the educational goals for each child are achieved.

As a parent/caregiver with an enrolled child, we expect that the parent/caregiver will participate in:

  • Home visits by teachers/pre-school family support workers
  • Educational workshops and monthly meetings organized by teachers
  • Take-home activities with their child
  • The spring school conference on their child’s progress

Johnson Square also offers comprehensive programs for the families of children, including:

  • Project Isn’t She Luvly
  • Phenomenal Women
  • Youth Matters
  • A Step Beyond Outreach

Application Requirements

A Family Services Coordinator will meet with you to complete all necessary forms.  When you come in to enroll your child please bring the following:

  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Child’s Social Security Card
  • Child’s medical insurance card
  • Child’s physical exam form
  • Proof of income (paystub, statement of benefits)
  • Your medical insurance card
  • Child’s Immunization Record
  • Child’s dental exam record

Additionally…

LIGHT also provides off-site child care services to institutions needing such services in order to better care for the parent or other caregiver.  Examples of locations where we offer this service include hospitals and clinics, businesses, schools, and other non-profits. To learn more about our off-site services, contact us:

LIGHT Health and Wellness Comprehensive Services, Inc.

PO Box 25535

Baltimore, MD 21217

Phone: 410-235-3220

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