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.

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

Supporting EACH and EVERY Child 

On September 24, 2016, early childhood professionals and child care providers are invited to attend a day of professional development, networking and exploration focused on supporting diverse populations including each and every child. This unique opportunity features 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.

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

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.

Hot Air Balloon, Airplane, Books, Art, Music and Rocket rising out of open book

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.