The Family Institute

The Family Institute A parent education program

The Howard County Family Institute is a parent education program of the Office of Children and Families, Department of Community Resources and Services. We offer informational sessions and training workshops for parents on many topics, including child development, positive discipline, finding resources, and adolescent issues. Click here to view some of the workshops we have offered. To suggest topics for future workshops or to learn more, please email or call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay).

Upcoming Workshops

Developing your Child’s Emotional Intelligence
In addition to keeping children physically safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also important to care for their emotional health. Children may be sensitive to changes in their routine and the stress experienced by caregivers, as well as their own feelings about the pandemic. Most often, they cannot express or manage these big emotions effectively. This workshop will provide you with the tools you need to support your child’s social-emotional development during this unprecedented time. Parents will explore the meaning of emotional literacy and learn practical strategies to teach children how to recognize and label emotions as well as appropriate ways to manage those big emotions. Thursday July 16, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Free Online Workshop, Register here


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.

Wednesday , July 22, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Free Online Workshop , Register here

Managing Parental and Family Anxiety in Uncertain Times

Sage Wellness Group sponsored by The Local Children's Board


Expert panelists share strategies to help with parental anxiety, burnout and how to have courageous conversations with children. This recording addressed tough topics such as race, racism and the tragic events that have occurred in the last few weeks as well as throughout the history of our country. Topics included, creating a routine during COVID-19, self-care for parents/caregivers, screen-time use, answering tough questions, and more. Click to view here.

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.


Parent Pages Newsletter

Parent Pages is a family newsletter published by the Howard County Office of Children and Families. Each quarterly issue features news and tips from many of the programs in our office, including the Local Children's Board, Parents as Teachers, the CARE Center, Healthy Kids, and more. Parent Pages is a part of the Howard County Family Institute, an education and community outreach program.View the Current Issueif you need this publication in an alternate format, please call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay). 

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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 Community Resources and Services Facebook page. You'll also find posts from other divisions of Community Resources and Services; The Office on Aging and Independence, Disabilities Services, and Consumer Protection. We hope you'll "like" us!