The Howard County Family
Institute is an education, information and community outreach program of the
Office of Children and Families, Department of Community Resources and
Services. Our Mission is to assist parents in their parenting role by providing
education that enhances caregiver skills, knowledge and behavior with a vision
that all children will start life with a strong foundation. The Family
Institute supports the early childhood system by implementing evidenced based
programming and partnering with early childhood stakeholders to build family
engagement practices and education.
We offer classes, workshops and informational sessions
for parents on many topics, including child development, positive discipline,
school readiness and finding resources.
Click here to view workshops we
. To suggest topics
for future workshops or to learn more, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay). or call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay).
The Family Institute can provide
workshops for your group either at your location or virtually. The Family
Institute partners with early education programs and elementary schools to
support parents in their child’s academic and developmental journey. We also
partner with businesses to promote parents’ work-life balance while helping
employers foster employee appreciation, productivity and retention.
To see current options for workshops
available for onsite, click
here. Workshops can also be
created or tailored to meet your group’s needs.
To request a sign language
interpreter or other accommodation to attend a workshop, call 410-313-1940
(voice/relay) at least one week in advance.
Behavior Basics and Managing Meltdowns
Do tantrums, power struggles and
misbehavior make daily life difficult in your household? Social Emotional
Foundations of Early Learning (SEFEL), is a comprehensive, research based
approach that considers all of the factors that impact a child, family and a
child's behavior. Learn how to set the stage to decrease negative
behaviors from happening in the first place and what to do when they do
occur. Ask questions and leave with skills and resources that you can use
immediately for young children ages 2 to 6 that will help you feel more
confident in your parenting. Attendees will have opportunity to meet a week
later to discuss how skills are working in their home and ask follow up
Tuesday , September 15, 7:00 to 8:30
Free Online Workshop , Register
Communication in the Elementary Years
Managing the school schedule and
learning frustrations can be difficult for the whole family this fall. Learn
how to proactively prevent meltdowns by preparing your home and routine to
encourage success. Become familiar with temperament types and learn how
to use this information to individualize your interactions with your child. Discuss
ways to effectively communicate with your child and the importance of
structure, consistency and self-esteem to help build a growth mind set.
Tuesday , September 29,
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Parent Pages is a
newsletter published by the Howard County Office of Children and Families for
parents, caregivers and agencies working with families. Each monthly issue
features information to help parents and caregivers learn more on how to
promote positive parenting for children’s development. It highlights workshops,
local resources, events, parenting information, and agency programs targeted to
help families grow and thrive in Howard County. This newsletter is a part of
the Howard County Family Institute, an education, information and community
Sign-Up to receive Parent Pages e-newsletter and updates here.
View the Current Parent Pages here and archived issues here.
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The Office of Children and
Families is a division of the Howard County Department of Community
Resources and Services. We post updates on training classes, information on
upcoming events and reminders about parent workshops on the
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