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).  

Family First Workshop Series

Join the Howard County Family Institute for a special series designed for parents and guardians raising children from birth to age eight. Learn about child development, how to encourage self-esteem and good behavior, positive guidance and discipline, and how to keep children safe and healthy. Each class, offered in an interactive group format, will include practical tips and advice for handling common situations, as well as hands-on activities. Participants who complete all five classes can receive a Certificate of Completion upon request. Child Care is not provided.

When: Wednesdays, Fall 2017; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (see below for dates)
Location: Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center
9411 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, 21042
Cost: $8 per class ($35 for complete five part series)
Who Should Attend: Any parent, grandparent or caregiver who wants to improve their parenting skills and learn hands on ideas for raising a healthy, happy child ages birth to eight.
Register Online for Family First: Five Part Series
Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940

Be a Brain Builder: Know as They Grow (Wednesday, September 27 • 6:00-7:30 p.m.) Scientists have made discoveries about how a child's earliest experiences affect the way the brain is organized. By knowing what to expect as a child passes through typical stages, you are better able to respond to new behaviors and expand their learning experiences to build a strong foundation. Explore the ages and stages of child development in several areas such as cognitive, social-emotional, motor and language. Learn about the latest brain research, why early experiences matter and how your interaction with your child during their early years can have an impact on their learning abilities in the future. Register Online for Be a Brain Builder: Know as They Grow

Keeping Kids Healthy and Happy (Wednesday, October 4 • 6:00-7:30 p.m.) Learn how to choose healthy snacks, meals and beverages for children. Discuss common eating concerns such as picky eaters or refusal to eat. Explore nutrition labels and healthy eating on a budget. Learn more about the importance of exercise and how you can keep children active in a variety of fun and easy ways. Register Online for Keeping Kids Healthy and Happy

Keeping Kids Safe (Wednesday, October 11 • 6:00-7:30 p.m.) Discuss safety-proofing your home for different ages; who to contact in an emergency, car seat safety, and tips on how to protect your child from abuse. Learn ways to cope with your own stress and how to teach children relaxation techniques and stress relief. Register Online for Keeping Kids Safe

Discipline and Communication Part 1 & 2 (double session)

Part 1 (Wednesday, October 18• 6:00-7:30 p.m.) Set the stage for better behavior. Become familiar with temperament types and learn how to use this information to individualize your interactions with your child. Learn how to proactively prevent misbehavior by preparing your home and routine to encourage success. Discuss ways to effectively communicate with your child and the importance of structure, consistency and self-esteem to help build a growth mind set.

Part 2 (Wednesday, October 25 • 6:00-7:30 p.m.) Learn how to teach children self-control and problem-solving techniques that they can use in the moment of behavior problems. Establish rules and logical consequences for misbehavior that are developmentally appropriate. Discuss behavior charts and a variety of other options to encourage behaviors that you want to see. Leave with practical strategies and tools to implement immediately! Register Online for Discipline and Communication 2-Part Workshop

First Aid and CPR for the Family

Need skills to help your family in an emergency? Do you know the basics, but want to be more confident in a crisis? Learn infant/child/adult CPR and first aid basics.
The aim of this course is to provide parents, grandparents or other caregivers basic information with time to ask questions. (NOT a health care provider certificate course)

When: Saturday, October 14, 1:00-3:00 pm
Where: Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, 21044
Cost: FREE! Space is limited; pre-registration required
Register Online for First Aid and CPR for the Family
Register by phone (voice/relay): Call 410-313-1940

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Behavior Basics & Managing Meltdowns

Be proactive! Learn skills that will help your child in their transition into a new school year.

Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (SEFEL) is a comprehensive, research based approach that considers all of the factors that impact a child and family. Learn how to teach your child new skills to replace challenging behaviors. 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 3-part workshop with skills and resources that you can use immediately that will help you feel more confident in your parenting.

When:  2 Saturdays; November 4 & 11, 2017
Time:   9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: Howard County Office of Children and Families
            3300 North Ridge Rd. #360, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Cost:    $18
Who Should Attend: Parents, Grandparents & anyone involved with children ages 1-6
Register Online for Behavior Basics & Managing Meltdowns
Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940 

 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 A quarterly digital publication from the Howard County Office Children and Families

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. If you need this publication in an alternate format, please call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay). Access previous issues of Parent Pages.

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!