Howard County will continue to deliver essential County services to residents throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, however starting March 18, some services will be curtailed to protect employee and resident health. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on March 18, non-emergency County offices and facilities will be closed to the public until further notice, though operations will continue through teleworking by eligible employees.    The Department of Community Resources and Services headquarters at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046 are closed to the public. Phone appointments can be made via 410-313-6400. Multi-Service Center services will be conducted online or via phone at 410-313-0220. 

Are you an essential employee looking for child care? The Office of Children & Families has compiled a list of approved Essential Personnel Child Care (EPCC) sites in Howard County. This list contains the most current information for EPCC providers including hours of operation, availability by age group, and provider contact information. 


 How to use this spreadsheet:


Click HERE to Download the list and choose the zip code for which you are seeking care (zip codes of provider locations are listed across the bottom). This information will be updated twice daily. Please continue to check.

Next, Download these 4 forms, complete and take to the provider of your choice.


If you need assistance finding childcare, please call: 410 313 2273 or email



The Office of Children and Families

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As part of the Department of Community Resources and Services, our mission is to provide information and access to resources for families to ensure all children in our community thrive. The goal of the Office is to work in concert with the community to coordinate, develop, expand, and enhance children and family services in Howard County.


Howard County Office of Children and Families

Erin Bonzon, Administrator
9830 Patuxent Woods Drive Columbia, MD 21046

For general information or assistance, contact:
Voice/Relay: 410-313-1940
FAX: 410-313-1430

Find us on facebook: We post updates on training classes, information about upcoming events and reminders about parent workshops on the Community Resources and Services Facebook page. You'll also find posts from the other divisions of Community Resources and Services, the Office on Aging and Independence, the Office of ADA Coordination, and Consumer Protection.










Maryland State Early Childhood COVID-19 Resources

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Click above for updated information on grants, programming and initiatives for parents and providers.