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).

Behavior Basics & Managing Meltdowns 

March 28 & April 4, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ($25)

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.  Leave this two part workshop with skills and resources that you can use immediately that will help you feel more confident in your parenting.   Click Here to Register

The Power of Visual Supports

February 22 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ($10)

Do you have times of the day when your child struggles with being ready or doing what you need them to do? Children thrive with structure that includes predictability and consistency. Developing simple tools to provide this structure for them minimizes conflicts and increases independence and self-confidence. Attend to learn about the power of visual supports, how to introduce and use them effectively, and leave with a make and take tool to use in your own home. Click here to Register




 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 Issue if 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!