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Howard County has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the “Best Places to Raise a Family.” We are fortunate to have a broad range of resources dedicated to children, teens and their families. In this section of the website, you can access a variety of information and services that you will find helpful. From afterschool or leisure activities to resource and educational information, explore the links below for a sampling of what the County has to offer your family.
Recreational Licensed Child Care (RLC)
Recreational Licensed Child Care is dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, quality program for the youth of Howard County. Our programs take children as young as 2 ½ years and on up through middle school. We offer a full array of
Information for Child Care Providers

New Training Requirements Need Assistance with Your Child Care Business Resource Room at the Child Care Resource Center Child Care Rules and Regulations How to open a family child care home How to open a child care center Office of

Middle School Program: CAN-Teen
This licensed program provides a safe, supervised environment for middle school students. Activities include arts, community outings, crafts, games, homework time, sports and individualized programs (Special events and outings may require additional activity fees.) Participants must be attending school at
Elementary School Recreational Licensed Child Care
This before and after school program provides varied recreation and hands-on activities at local elementary schools.
Family Caregiver Support Program

Caregiving can be a daunting and stressful job. Awareness of services and resources is key to providing the best care possible to a loved one. The Office on Aging, Caregiver Educator Program and other area resources can help.

Howard County Early Learning Center (Pre-school)
This academic year, preschool program focuses on developing a child's social, cognitive, emotional, and motor skills through age appropriate activities that follow recommendations established by the Maryland Model for School Readiness. The safe, nurturing classroom environment encourages a child's playful
Registration and Payment Information
Registration All programs must meet the required minimum participants by July 11 to be offered for the ensuing academic year. For Summer Sunsations, please refer to the brochure for the specific cut off date for to meet minimum registration requirements.
Therapeutic Recreation Licensed After School Care
This program is licensed through the Office of Child Care for children, teens and young adults with developmental disabilities. Leisure education, community outings, special events and more are included in this after school program designed with participant input. Transportation to
Optional Days
Optional full day care is available for some days when schools are closed. This care is for currently registered RLC participants only. The fee is $40 per day per child during 2009 2010 school year. For a schedule of covered
LOCATE: Child Care Resource and Referral

Hours : Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Contact : 877-261-0060 LOCATE : Child Care is a free, personalized resource and referral counseling service designed to help parents choose a quality child care program that meets their needs. LOCATE : Child Care maintains a computerized listing of all Howard Cou

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