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.

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

Celebrating Successes for Children

Howard County's 18th Annual Celebrating Successes event is held in April during the Month of the Young Child. This year's event will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018 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 on Board Child Care and Preschool Information Fair


Children on Board Child Care and Preschool Information Fair

Parents, guardians, grandparents and child care personnel, mark your calendars for the 2018 Preschool & Child Care Information Fair "Children on Board" on Saturday, January 20, 2018. 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 to interested parents. Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend free informational sessions on “How to Choose an Early Childhood Program” offered at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. by the Parents As Teacher’s Program. In addition, the Howard County Health Department will be on site offering free flu shots to anyone older than three years old. For more information, view the program, or contact the Office of Children and Families by calling 410-313-1940 or emailing

Howard County Office of Children and Families Early Care and Education Conference

Early Care and Education Conference

Early childhood professionals and child care providers are invited to attend a day of networking and professional development exploring nature and play-based activities with children. This annual conference features engaging breakout sessions and a variety of vendors focused on high-quality play and nature experiences for all children.



Cathy Dixon-Kheir

Howard County Office of Children and Families Professional Development Institute

The Howard County Office of Children and Families Professional Development Institute (PDI) is dedicated specifically to the needs of early childhood leaders. Join us for a morning focused on empowering early childhood leaders while enhancing their decision making and problem solving skills. Leaders of early childhood programs often face challenges that require immediate decisions; leaving little time for proactive problem solving and collaborative decision making. This year’s Institute will provide practical solutions to real-life challenges and build the skills needed to take early care and education programs to their full potential.

Catherine Dixon-Kheir is the President of Transformative Learning Solutions, LLC with over 20 years of experience in business consulting, organizational effectiveness, leadership development and adult learning.  Throughout the morning, Ms. Dixon-Kheir will use an interactive approach focusing on real life examples often seen in early care and education programs to assist you in developing creative approaches to challenges. 



Catherine Dixon-Kheir, President of Transformative Learning SolutionsChildren's Discovery Fair

The Annual Children’s Discovery Fair for children ages 3-5 with an adult, will take place Saturday, April 14, 2018 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.