In the Spotlight
Frostburg Bridge Program
Director: Leticia Shelton
Co-Director: Tausha Smith
Leticia Shelton’s interest in early childhood and child care began with a simple request to help her mom, an elementary school teacher, by assisting with children during parent/teacher conferences. Eventually, that interest led her to the Frostburg Bridge Program in 1990.
“BRIDGE stands for Building Responsible Individuals in a Daily Growing Environment, and we encourage our children to give back to the community without expectations attached,” notes Leticia.
At Bridge, giving to the community comes in many forms. They have hosted children-inspired variety shows where the monies raised were used to help a cancer fund, an animal shelter, and several other organizations in need. Books and pajamas are collected and distributed to the local women and children’s shelter.
Because the program is located in a community building with a Senior Center, the children have had the unique opportunity to create cards for and interact with the senior visitors. The children also make cards for women and men in the military, filling them with words of encouragement.
Along with a local church, the Frostburg Bridge children create “Love Bags” which they fill with toothpaste, crossword books, and other needed items. The bags are distributed to the residents of a local nursing home.
In the daily operations of the center, Leticia welcomes the support of her Co-Director, Tausha Smith. “She’s left handed, I’m right handed and so she is like my other hand.” Leticia is also grateful for the help she received with Maryland EXCELS from her Quality Assurance Specialist, Darlene Schmidt. Leticia commented, “(I) probably wouldn’t have had the confidence to get to that Level 3 without Darlene’s assistance.”
Thank you for all the fantastic work in the community!