Help make the holidays brighter for local families!

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The OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES is collecting new gifts (including books and toys) for families in need who have children ages 0 to 5.  Drop off donations of new, unwrapped items through December 7 at three convenient locations. Financial contributions and gift cards are also welcome. Click on the flier, above, for details or call 410-313-1483 (voice/relay). 


Guidance for Child Care Providers during COVID-19


Resources for Families Looking For Child Care:

  • Operating Child Care Sites - Listing of child care programs and family child care providers.
  • FAQ for Parents - Maryland's Recovery Plan for Childcare Frequently Asked Questions.
  • LOCATE: Child Care - A free personalized resource, referral and counseling service to help parents choose quality child care to meet their needs.  If you’re a parent of a child with special needs or would like to speak with a Referral Specialist in Spanish, please call LOCATE: Child Care Enhanced Services at 1-800-999-0120.  
  • The Care Line  - A free information and referral service to help Howard County families identify needs and link them to agencies, programs and organizations.  Phone: (410) 313-2273 Email:
  • Child Care Scholarship Program - Program provides financial assistance with the costs of child care to eligible working families in Maryland. Phone: 1-866-243-8796
  • The Parent's Guide to Howard County 2020 - Resources and information from infancy through the teen years
  • Summer Resource Guide for Families - The Summer Resource Guide for Families provides links to a variety of services and information  including child care, activities for kids, food resources, housing and financial counseling. 

The Office of Children and Families



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As part of the Department of Community Resources and Services, the Office of Children and Families' purpose is to support the early childhood system so that children can reach their full potential.  We do this by supporting families; training/mentoring/coaching early childhood professionals; providing expert consultation on early childhood issues; creating synergies among early childhood stakeholders; aligning and maximizing resources; and implementing evidence-based programming.


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: post updates on training classes, upcoming events and reminders about parent workshops on the Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) Facebook page. You will also find posts from DCRS' other eight offices, including the Office