Local Children's Board


Home Visit Services RFP Announced

The Office of the Local Children’s Board in the Department of Community Resources and Services is requesting proposals from eligible entities to provide Home Visiting services to first time mothers in need of additional supports in Howard County. Please note these funds are contingent upon the award through the Local Children’s Board from the Maryland State Department of Education. Please download and complete the following documents or call Kim Eisenreich, 410-313-1461 (voice/relay) for more information. 

Howard County 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:  

    After School Programs
    Parent Support Services
    Juvenile Justice Programs
    Early Intervention and Prevention Services
    Delinquency Prevention
    Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
    Substance Abuse Prevention
    Mental Health Services
    Academic Achievement

Program Name Vendor Name Amount
Mentoring A-Ok Mentoring and Tutoring
Mobility Mitigation Howard County Department of Housing 75,000
Family Navigation MD Coalition for Families 65,000
Strengthening Families Howard County Department of Corrections 50,000
Mediation Center Howard Community College - MCRC 40,000


Board Support
PIT Count and Resource Fair


Board Support

John Byrd, Chair 
Howard County Department of Recreation and Park
Public Agency Representative

Dawn Duignan, Vice-Chair 
Hope Counseling Center
Community Representative

Charmayne Anderson, Community Representative
CB Anderson Partners

Dario Broccolino, Public Agency Representative 

Office of State’s Attorney

Jackie Scott, Public Agency Representative 
Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services

Karen Butler, Public Agency Representative 
Howard County Department of Social Services

Bita Dayhoff,  Public Agency Representative
Community Action Council

Chief Gary Gardner, Public Agency Representative
Department of the Police

Tim Madden, Public Agency Representative 

Howard County Department of Juvenile Services

Dr. Edisa Padder, Community Representative

Padder Health Services  

Dr. Maura Rossman, Public Agency Representative 
Howard County Department of Health

Louis Valenti, Public Agency Representative 
Maryland State Department of Education

Restia Whitaker, Public Agency Representative 
Howard County Public School System

Erica Byrnes, Community Representative Voices for Children



Equity and Opportunity

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. 

Meeting Location: Howard County George Howard Bldg, Columbia/Ellicott City Room, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043

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.