SOMOS LANGLEY PARK


CASA de Maryland’s SOMOS Langley Park Initiative is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Langley Park families and children by integrating place-based and people-based strategies to ensure stability and access to opportunity for all residents.

We work with a committed public-private partnership to transform our distressed neighborhood into a community with great schools and education programs; quality, affordable housing; jobs that pay a living wage; thriving locally-owned businesses; and affordable and accessible health and social services.

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Langley Park is at the heart of the greater Washington, DC area’s “International Corridor” and a pivotal inner-ring suburb in the region which is the seventh largest metropolitan concentration of immigrants in the United States. With relatively low-cost housing and both highway and public transportation access, Langley Park first began attracting immigrants in the 1970s and at an accelerating rate since 1990. The social and institutional infrastructure for integrating immigrants, however, has substantially trailed the growing need.

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Langley Park is at the heart of the greater Washington, DC area’s “International Corridor” and a pivotal inner-ring suburb in the region which is the seventh largest metropolitan concentration of immigrants in the United States. With relatively low-cost housing and both highway and public transportation access, Langley Park first began attracting immigrants in the 1970s and at an accelerating rate since 1990. The social and institutional infrastructure for integrating immigrants, however, has substantially trailed the growing need.

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Today, Langley Park is the heart of the Latino community of over 300,000 people residing in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. The over 17,000 Langley Park residents are over 70% foreign-born, principally from Central America; two-thirds came to the U.S. since 2000, in comparison to only about one-third of immigrants nationally. Most Langley Park adults have less than a 9th grade education, low English proficiency, and low income.
Langley Park’s 3,700 children are overwhelmingly the children of immigrants, and nearly all were born in the U.S.
  • CASA de Maryland is a community organization founded in 1985 by Central American refugees and North Americans in response to the human needs of the thousands of Central Americans arriving in the D.C. area after fleeing wars and civil strife in their countries of origin.

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  • CASA is the largest Latino and immigrant organization in the greater Washington area, and a key partner, along with our sister organization CASA in Action, a registered 501(c)(4), in the national campaign for social justice and immigration reform.

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  • To create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in low-income immigrant communities.

    Mission
  • A future with diverse and thriving communities living free from discrimination and fear, working together with mutual respect to achieve human rights for all.

    Vision
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LPPN | Langley Park Promise Neighborhood Initiative

Langley Park is a 0.8 square-mile census-designated place in Prince George’s County (MD), located less than 3 miles from Washington, DC. Langley Park is home to nearly 15,000 residents, 77% of whom are Latino/Hispanic as compared to 16% nationwide. Langley Park children face a myriad of challenges including poverty, linguistic barriers, violence, lack of early education programs and health care, low-performing schools, and high dropout rates, all of which contribute to poor educational outcomes.

Langley Park Promise Neighborhood (LPPN) includes a diverse set of partners who will collaborate to create a continuum of solutions to address the unique needs of Langley Park’s low-income, limited English proficient children, and will focus on a school feeder pattern that includes two consistently low-performing schools. Four Design Working Groups (DWGs) served as the primary creation mechanism for the comprehensive set of community solutions and were co-chaired by practitioners who are experts working on the issue in Langley Park.

A Research Team led by Urban Institute staff and supported by technical resource experts conducted a needs assessment and segmentation analysis, which will inform the creation of the continuum. The plan closely aligns with the reform efforts already underway in the partner schools, and school officials will be intimately involved in the planning process.

Within the traditional system of school and family supports, the academic progress of poor children is like the old board game of Chutes and Ladders, with many more chutes than ladders.
Existing System Failure

Existing System Failure

A Promise Neighborhood builds continuous and connected ladders of support for both children and parents.
Linking Support Seamlessly

Linking Support Seamlessly

• Deep and sustained community engagement.
• Focus on integration support.
• Pride in Langley Park.
• Excellence and results.
Our Guiding Principles

Our Guiding Principles

  • THEORIES

Theory of Change

Our theory of change is as follows: Our immigrant children and their families will thrive and succeed in a supportive Langley Park community when they have access to:
1) a continuum of integrated programs and supports
2) a two generation focus on child and parent, and
3) Linguistic and cultural responsiveness.
THEORY OF CHANGE

THEORY OF CHANGE

THEORY OF ACTION

We can most effectively pull the levers that will help our immigrant children and families thrive and succeed by
1) Initially focusing on a limited number of strategic anchor elements in each of our continuum areas;
2) Catalyzing now, and then growing over time, a range of partner services that address student and family needs;
3) Pursuing funding for future initiatives that will extend these efforts.
THEORY OF ACTION

THEORY OF ACTION

PROGRAMS

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COME SAY HI
Zorayda Moreira-Smith 
Senior Manager
Place-Based Initiatives and Community Development

8151 15th Avenue,
Langley Park, MD 20783, USA
240-491-5761

zmoreira@casamd.org


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Zorayda Moreira-Smith 
Senior Manager, Place-Based Initiatives and Community Development
8151 15th Avenue, 
Langley Park, MD 20783, USA
240-491-5761

zmoreira@casamd.org


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