Launch Into Learning is an early learning initiative supported by the Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC). The goal of ECAC is to highlight the importance of the Early Years, for parents and families in particular, but also for early care and education professionals, and other community stakeholders.

Parent and Child Activities

Ready Rosie

A new program designed to help children from birth to age 5 become better prepared for school!

Believing that parents are a child’s first and best teacher, Howard County Government is providing free access to ReadyRosie for all Howard County families.

ReadyRosie is an innovative educational service that provides parents and caregivers with instructional videos that can be used to build their child’s school readiness skills.  Delivered by email or text, ReadyRosie demonstrates how to turn every day activities into teachable moments.  The activities shown are simple, take only a few minutes to complete and are available in English and Spanish.

ReadyRosie embraces our mobile culture and makes our everyday environment a real-time learning laboratory!  Howard County families can register for ReadyRosie at

Play and Learn!

Encourage development through play and learning with activities designed to support your child's growth. Use play-based activities to turn everyday experiences into learning opportunities.



Infant - (Birth to 12 months)

1 to 3 years old

3 to 5 years old

Learning On the Go!

Looking for some fun learning APPS when you are out and about?

PBS Parents Play and Learn - The bilingual (English/Spanish) PBS Parents Play and Learn is a collection of interactive games that are fun and educational for parents to play with their young children when they are at the store, the zoo, or other familiar locations.

VROOM - Creative tools and materials that inspire families to turn everyday moments into brain building moments. 

Parent Resources

The CARE Line -  A free service provided by the Howard County Office of Children and Families, The CARE (Child and Adolescent Resources and Education) Line,  410-313-2273 (CARE), is a resource and referral service for Howard County Families.

The Family Institute - Parent education program of the Office of Children and Families offering informational sessions and training workshops for parents on many topics, including child development, positive discipline, finding resources, and adolescent issues.

Parent’s Guide to Howard County - A guide for useful information on topics ranging from medical and mental health resources to educational programs and recreational activities.

Ready At Five: Parents Matter -  You are your child's first teacher!  Explore the Parents Matter series: downloadable publications full of advice, tips, and information to support you in your crucial role as a parent.

Road to Kindergarten Booklist - A getting ready for kindergarten booklist created in partnership between the Howard County Library and the HCPSS 

HCPSS - School Readiness - The Road to Kindergarten helps prepare parents for entering their child into the school system and getting them ready for kindergarten.

HCPSS - Parent Helper Series - MSDE publication series covering a variety of skill development areas.

Learn the Signs. Act Early. - A CDC program that aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need.

Maryland ExcelsMaryland EXCELS is a Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS) that addresses the needs of both families and educators. Maryland EXCELS stands for (EXcellence Counts in Early Learning and School-Age Care).

Maryland Families Ready to Connect - A website for parents, families and providers that offers information about what family engagement is, how to practice it and the benefits of families building a partnership with providers and schools to support young children's school readiness. Website topics include school readiness, supporting transitions, partnering with providers, families as leaders and advocates, choosing quality child care and learning for children ages 0-5.

Developmental Milestones: Birth to 5 - Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye bye" are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (crawling, walking, etc.). 

Too Small To Fail - Resources which can help enrich children's early language experiences beginning from birth.

Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing -  Using books, parent videos, text messaging, social media, and information from expert partners, Talking is Teaching empowers parents and caregivers with fun and easy ways to improve their babies' learning.

For additional resources, please call 410-313-2273 (CARE) or email

Launch Into Learning Quick Links