Local Children's Board

The Howard County Local Children's Board is comprised of public and private members working collaboratively to ensure a strong continuum of services for families and children in our community. Also known as the Local Management Board, there is a functioning board in all 24 jurisdictions in Maryland. We work in partnership with the Governor's Office for Children to ensure children grow up healthy, secure and successful.

Recently, The Board has identified priorities and designed strategies to help ensure Howard County is a place where all children thrive. Based on data gathered, the following child well-being results have been chosen for Howard County:

  • Children Safe in Their Homes and Communities
  • Children Successful in School

The Board provides funding, planning, program development and implementation, and technical assistance to programs and services working to improve outcomes for Howard County's children.  The Board is supporting many initiatives including:  

    Youth Homelessness - Youth Count
    Summer Food Access - Roving Radish
    Equity - Equity Report
    Child Mental Health - Building Youth Resiliency
    Career Readiness - CHOICE Program
    Weekend Warrior Snack Packs
    Healthy Families
    Local Care Team
    Achieve 24/7

Program Name
Building Youth Resiliency
Choice Program
Voices for Change
Strengthening Families
Outreach and Engagement


Board Support


Board Support

Charmayne Anderson, CB Anderson Partners, Community Representative

Dario Broccolino, Office of State's Attorney

Karen Butler, Howard County Department of Social Services

John Byrd, Chair, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks

Erica Byrne, Voices for Children, Community Representative

Kelly Cimino, Howard County Department of Housing

Bita Dayhoff, Community Action Council

Khiem Doan, Student Member, Community Representative

Dawn Duignan, Vice Chair, Hope Counseling Center, Community Representative

 Fr. Leandro Fazolini, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

Hector Garcia, FIRN, Community Representative

Chief Gary Gardner, Department of the Police

Tim Madden, Howard County Department of Juvenile Services

Tonya Kennon, Howard County Library

Dr. Michael Martirano, Howard County Public School System 

Mary Mukherjee, Maryland State Department of Education

Dr. Edisa Padder, Padder Health Services, Community Representative

Melissa Rosenberg, Autism Society, Community Representative

Dr. Maura Rossman, Howard County Department of Health

Jackie Scott, Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services 

Francine Trout, Office of Workforce Development



Equity and Opportunity

Equity and Opportunity Committee Report

Executive Committee Report

Food Access

Mental Health

FY18 Local Children’s Board Meeting Schedule 

Starting in July 2017 the Local Children’s Board will meet every other month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am with the addition of the June annual meeting.

The following meeting dates are:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (annual meeting)

 *Committees will meet in alternate months. 

*New Meeting Location: Howard County Health Department, Barton Rooms 8930 Stanford Boulevard, Columbia, Maryland 21045

To request accommodations to participate in these meetings, please contact the Office of Local Children's Board , 410-313-5929 (Voice/Relay), or email mdawson@howardcountymd.gov at least seven days prior to the meeting date.