The Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) facilities, including 50+ Centers, the Loan
Closet, Patuxent Woods offices, and the Multiservice Center, will make all reasonable attempts to open on
time in the event of inclement weather. Please call the DCRS Inclement Weather Line at 410-313-7777(voice/relay) to learn of any delayed openings or
Additional Inclement Weather updates can be found at:
https://www.howardcountymd.gov/DCRS Please Click Here to View the Inclement Weather Policy
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9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
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.
Please call for Evening and Weekend Hours
The Howard County Child Care Resource Center is a member of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network with funding provided from the Maryland State Department of Education, through Maryland Family Network, and Howard County Government. As a member of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network, the Howard County Child Care Resource Center assists parents, child care professionals and the community in the following ways:
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Training workshops are held at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.
MSDE Child Care Training Approval Number: CKO-30733; PSO-3569, CTO-7406, expires 06/30/2022
Looking for child care training online? Courses are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!
Our e-learning training courses are designed to help early childhood professionals complete annual training requirements and acquire required training hours for those seeking a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, CDA credential renewal or in-service training. Our courses provide a variety of engaging topics designed specifically for the early childhood professional.
Where is the training available?
FREE online, visit http://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/basic-health-safety-training and complete the training online. The free online Basic Health and Safety Training, hosted by MSDE, runs in cohorts. There is only one course per month and registration is required.
Want to attend the in-person 3-hour Basic Health and Safety Training?
Cost: $30 phone/mail or $27 online
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Project Security Blanket provides training and technical assistance for Maryland child care center staff members, family child care providers, and informal providers on the development of a written emergency plan for their programs.
The Howard County Child Care Resource Center offers the in-person training two times per year. Register for the in-person six hour training.
Looking for an online version of Project Security Blanket?
An online version of this training is now available.
The Nest e-newsletter and training calendar, published three times per year, is an electronic 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, conferences and events.