Clare with her partner and husband for 40 years Phil Farfel

Bailey’s Cafe is the fiscal sponsor for the Clare Jean Siegel Memorial Scholarship.  The younger sister of Bailey’s founder and executive director, Stefanie, Clare was committed to the field of Early Childhood Development, primarily through her work with Head Start, Save the Children and Zero to Three.

This scholarship is specifically for people who are currently working at a Baltimore City Head Start but lack a college education and therefore are limited in the positions they are able to hold and the salary they can earn.  The scholarship will support their tuition for a college degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field at an accredited institution of higher learning located within the State of Maryland.

During the first round of the scholarship, we awarded three women who represent a range in ages but all share in common the desire to finish their college education and move forward in their work in early childhood.  We continued to support them until they successfully completed their undergraduate degrees.

The second round of scholarships has been awarded to two young women, both currently working at Baltimore’s Southeast Early Head Start.  They have shared a passion and aptitude for the work and readiness to complete their degrees in Early Childhood Education so they can continue to have a positive influence on the lives of Baltimore children and their families.

We are now currently accepting applications for the 2024 scholarship.   All interested applicants should email Stefanie at:  [email protected]

Please consider making a fully tax deductible donation.  Online at:  or send a check made out to:  Bailey’s Cafe, 324 Malcolm X Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11233.  Please put CJSMS on the memo line.

You can read more about Clare’s accomplishments here:

Thank you for the ongoing support that makes this scholarship program possible.

Scholarship Committee:  Phil, Shaina and Ruth Farfel, Brian Siegel, Stefanie Siegel, Chandra Evans, Hasan Abu Kharma, Andrew Kaufman, Mary Stengel and Gail Whitman

For more information: email Stefanie at [email protected]