Give Kids A Smile 2024
The Give Kids A Smile® (GKAS) program, launched nationally in 2003, provides underserved children with free oral health care. Each year approximately 6,500 dentists and 30,000 dental team members volunteer at local GKAS events to provide free oral health education, screenings, preventive and restorative treatment to over 300,000 children.
Give Kids A Smile Day
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. GKAS events kick off annually on the first Friday in February, which is Give Kids A Smile Day. GKAS events are also held throughout the year.
Give Kids A Smile Vision
To ensure access to quality oral healthcare for all children.
2023 MSDAF Results
In 2023 the MSDAF successfully supported 27 events across the state of Maryland. 3,823 children received oral health education and many others were able to receive treatment through our private practice partners on the first day of GKAS, Friday, February 3rd and beyond.
In 2024, we will propel our efforts higher with more screenings and dental care being provided expanding across the 12 components of Maryland. Please check back as events are constantly updated. If you are a parent interested in bringing your child/ children to one of our community events please email Foundation@msda.com for details.
In conjunction with GKAS, the MSDAF is hosting a school supply drive until January 2024 for the schools we will be visiting. Simply drop off donations to our headquarters located at 8901 Herrmann Drive Suite A, Columbia, MD 21045 or purchase items from our Amazon Wishlist to be mailed to our office.
Give Kids A Smile locations:
Westmar Early Learning Center (No Volunteers Needed)
Allegany College of Maryland Dental Hygiene School* Thursday, Feb 1 - Appointment Only (must call 301-784-5540 to schedule children up to the age of 18)
Anne Arundel County
Park Elementary School Friday, Feb 2
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Community Engagement Center* on Friday, Feb 2 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Saturday, Feb 3 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Vincent Farm Elementary School Friday, Feb 16
Sandymount Elementary School (No Volunteers Needed) TBA
Easton Elementary School Friday, Feb 2
Colliver Dental Group* Saturday, Feb 17
Howard Community College Dental Hygiene School (No Volunteers Needed) Friday, Feb 2 - Appointment Only for treatment (must call 443-518-1570 to schedule children under 18 years of age), Oral health educational will be provided for patients and guardians (no appointment necessary 9 am and 2 pm)
Wisteria Dental Care* TBA
Catholic Charities: Oakland Elementary School in MoCo TBA
Catholic Charities: HeadStart in PG County TBA
*Open to public/ community event for children
Interested in volunteering? Click the Volunteer Registration button above.
If you are hosting an event in Maryland that is not listed, please email Foundation@msda.com with details.