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 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 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 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


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.


Howard County 2017 Directors Conference Vision for the Future

We look forward to you joining us for a conference dedicated specifically to the needs of early childhood leaders. The 2017 Howard County Office of Children and Families Directors’ Conference focuses on helping early childhood leaders develop their Vision for the Future. Leaders of early childhood programs are often overwhelmed with administrative tasks and finding the time to dream, design, and inspire gets pushed to the side. This year's conference is packed with presenters to ignite your passion as a Director and provide you with the tools you need to be a visionary director. The conference begins with an opening statement from the new Director of the Howard County Office of Community Resources, Steve Bullock, and is followed by a certified presenter, Valerie Rjota from Harvest Resources, Inc, the publishers of the book The Visionary Director. The day continues with a presentation focused on working with a multi-generational workforce, early childhood advocacy, and upcoming regulations and policies. The final presentation features Donna Thorton-Roberts, a passionate dynamic speaker with over 30 years experience in Human Resources and Child Care. Her focus is on staff management and the challenges of finding quality staff, improving staff moral and developing your staff’s full potential. This day will provide you with the motivation and tools to take your program to the next level. For more information, view the registration form. To receive conference and training updates by email, please sign up for our training email list at


Math is Magical children's discovery fair 2017Children'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, view the Children's Discovery Fair Program Children's Discovery Fair Program, 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.