The CARE Line for Howard County Families


Every child deserves a quality environment that engages families, is sensitive to a child’s individual skills and cultures, and promotes love of learning. Selecting High Quality Child Care presents tips and information that prepares families for the child care search, what to look for and questions to ask. Additionally, families are provided with community resources including the Child Care Scholarship Program, COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care, and more.

To help you prepare and navigate the process of finding a program that meets the needs of your family, the presentation, Selecting High Quality Child Care is available. This webinar provides tips and information on what a quality program looks like and questions to ask regarding licensing, health and safety, schedules and more.

Complementary information with additional resources can be found in the handouts, Types of Licensed Child Care and the High Quality Child Care Checklist for Parents.

Need Help? Call 410-313-CARE (2273)

CARE (Child and Adolescent Resources and Education) for Howard County Families is a free service provided by the Howard County Office of Children and Families, with the support of Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, the Howard County Local Children’s Board, Maryland State Department of Education, Howard County Mental Health Authority and the Governor’s Office for Children. The CARE Line is a resource and referral service for the following:

  • Behavior Issues
  • Finding Child Care
  • Child Care Assistance
  • County Resources
  • Special Needs
  • Parenting Classes
  • Health Care
  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Grandparents Support
  • Financial Assistance
  • Support Groups
  • Adolescent Concerns
  • School Age Programs
  • Camps

The CARE Center's CARE Line is a FREE information and referral service for people who have questions about children in Howard County. CARE Center staff work with families to identify their needs and help find solutions. For assistance, call 410-313-CARE (410-313-2273) or email: