Howard County Child Care Resource Center

Howard County Child Care Resource Center

The Resource Center is open 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Monday - Friday with a few exceptions.

The Resource Center follows the Howard County Government holiday observance schedule.

The Resource Center will also be closed the second Monday of every month:  

Oct 17 (slide from Columbus Day Holiday), Nov 14, Dec 12

3300 North Ridge Road, Suite 380 Ellicott City, MD 21043  

410-313-1940 (Voice/Relay)

As a member of the Maryland Statewide Child Care Resource Network, the Howard County Child Care Resource Center assists parents, child care professionals and the community in the following ways:

  • Assists parents in locating licensed child care
  • Provides technical assistance (information and expert advice) and resources for current and prospective child care providers in both family child care homes and child care centers
  • Provides training for child care professionals and parents to expand their knowledge of early childhood and best child care practices
  • Collects data that documents the child care needs of families and employers as well as the child care delivery system.

Resource Room

Our Resource Room includes a library of books on child development, curriculum, business skills, and other topics that are important to child care providers and center staff. You will also find equipment that can be useful to you in enhancing your program: a laminator, die-cut machines, a copier, and a book-binding machine. Anyone who works with children is welcome to use the Resource Room - family provider or center staff, home-schoolers, teachers at public, private, or religious schools, scout leaders, etc.

Equipment and Fees: 

Laminating: $0.75 per foot 

Copying (black/white only):

  $0.10 per copy on your paper 
  $0.12 per copy on our white paper 
  $0.15 per copy on our colored paper  

Book Binder: $.50 per binding comb 

Paper by the Sheet: 
 White Copy Paper $0.05 per sheet 
 Colored Copy Paper $0.10 per sheet 
 Construction Paper $0.10 per sheet 
 Cardstock $0.10 per sheet 
Die Cuts:
Use of the die-cut machine is free if you bring your own paper; otherwise, you are charged by the sheet (see price list above).
4" Upper and Lower Case Alphabet & Numbers
1” Upper and Lower Case Alphabet 

List of Die Cuts in Resource Room

Looking for some Halloween Die Cuts? Here's what we have.

Our library contains hundreds of books, videos, and journals on such topics as Child Development, Special Needs, Family Child Care Professionals, Activities and Curriculum, and Health and Nutrition. Providers are encouraged to apply for library cards, and may be check out up to 3 items for 2 weeks at a time.
We stock many current publications, catalogs, and information sheets from different sources, and visitors are welcome to browse and pick up anything they need.
For more information about our Resource Room, please call 410-313-1940 or email 


Register for Child Care Training

Do you want to view upcoming child care training workshops? Click on the Register Online for Child Care Training Button to view or register for workshops.

Online Registration Quick Tips

Easily display child care training workshops by following these steps:

1. Select Howard County Office of Children and Families as the Training Site.

2. Sort the workshops by First Meeting Date to display upcoming workshops in date order.

3. Looking for a specific workshop? Enter the workshop title or a portion of the title and select the search button.

Don't have an account yet? You can still view the upcoming workshops by clicking the Register for Child Care Training button. Create your new account for easy online registration at your convenience day or night!

View or print the current Nest and Training Calendar (September - December 2016).

On-Site Training

Directors, are you planning a professional development day for your center staff?

We can provide child care training for your staff at your Howard County location. Most workshops that are offered in the training calendar are available for your onsite training if you have at least ten staff members. It's convenient and as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Submit an On-Site Request Form to Nikki Pierre, Training Coordinator, at
  2. The Training Coordinator will contact you to discuss details and will send an On-Site Confirmation for your approval.
  3. After receiving your On-Site Confirmation, submit  an On-Site Training Enrollment Form to the Training Coordinator. An instructor will arrive at your site with the materials needed to train your pre-registered staff on the scheduled date!

The Nest Newsletter

The Nest newsletter and training calendar, published three times per year, is a publication of the Howard County Office of Children and Families for early care and education professionals! Learn about new training regulations, resources that are available to assist you in your professional development, upcoming workshops and conferences, and events.

The Nest and Training Calendar September - December 2016

View or print past issues of The Nest Newsletter and Training Calendar

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