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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.
Preparing Children for School

Useful Tips and Ideas for Parents How do I know if my child is ready for school? What is expected of them in Kindergarten? How can I help prepare my child? Parents are sometimes overwhelmed by these questions. The following

Tips for Creating a Partnership With Your Family Child Care Provider

SHOW UP AT PRE ARRANGED TIMESIf you have an appointment to meet your provider, be on time. If you cannot keep your appointment, call Remember, your provider has other children to care for and a family to tend to.If you

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
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
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
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
Elementary School Recreational Licensed Child Care
This before and after school program provides varied recreation and hands-on activities at local elementary schools.
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
2014 Parents Guide to Howard County

  View the 2013 edition of the Parents Guide to Howard County online, or call 410 313 1940 to request a copy.     

The Resource Room at Howard County Office of Children's Services

Early childhood professionals, public and private school teachers, and others who visit our office will find a resource room and lending library with materials and equipment for their use. The resource room is open 8:00 am – 4:45 pm; Monday – Friday.

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