The Office of Children and Families Events

The Office of Children and Families holds several annual events and conferences throughout the year. Event pages are updated regularly and include helpful links to schedules, registration forms and program descriptions.


Children on Board Child Care and Preschool Fair

Parents, guardians, grandparents and child care personnel, mark your calendars for the 2017 Preschool & Child Care Information Fair "Children on Board" on Sunday, January 29, 2017. This annual Fair offers a “one stop shop" for information on child care, pre-school and summer programs, as well as an opportunity for personal contact with teachers and program directors. Representatives from community service organizations that offer programs and services to Howard County’s young children will also be on hand to provide information. For more information, view the program, or contact the County's Office of Children and Families by calling 410-313-1940 or emailing



          2017 Howard County Directors' Conference

Save the Date! The 2017 Howard County Directors' Conference for Child Care Center, Nursery and Preschool Directors, Assistant Directors and Owners will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029. More information will be available soon - to receive conference updates by email, please sign up for our training email list at

Celebrating Successes Excellence in Bloom Honoring Those Who Guide Our Children and Our Future


Celebrating Successes for Children

Howard County's 17th Annual Celebrating Successes event is held in April during the Month of the Young Child. Next year's event will be held Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Ten Oaks Ballroom. Nominees who work closely with children will be honored for the great work they do everyday to help our children learn and grow.


Children's Discovery Fair 

The Annual Children’s Discovery Fair for children ages 3-5 with an adult, will take place Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Cradlerock Elementary School , 6700 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045. A celebration for young children and their families, the Howard County Children’s Discovery Fair features FREE hands-on activities related to school readiness, including interactive games, crafts, and stories. For further details, call 410-313-1940 or 410-313-7750, or email This event in celebration of Howard County’s Month of the Young Child is sponsored by the Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council and Howard County Library System.



Early Care and Education Conference

Early childhood professionals and child care providers attended  a day of professional development, networking and exploration focused on supporting diverse populations including each and every child. This unique opportunity featured breakout sessions focused on the latest research based strategies, understanding and implementing universal design for learning and hands on literacy and math activities for all children.