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).  

Friendship Skills for School and Life Success   
Have you heard that your child doesn’t know how to play well with others?
Does your child cling to you in new environments?
Is he or she slow to warm around new kids?
Does your child prefer to just play alone?
Are you hoping they will just grow out of it?
Social skills are at the top of the list of important school readiness skills. Parents can have a strong impact on their children’s social/emotional development to help their children learn positive interpersonal skills that breed both success in developing friendships as well as the “side effect” of stronger academic skills.  Learn ways to intentionally impart this critical school and life skill. 

When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Deep Run Elementary School, 6925 Old Waterloo Rd, Elkridge
Cost: FREE! Space is limited and registration is required!
Who Should Attend: Parents and Guardians of children 4 to 10 years old
Register Online for Friendship Skills for School and Life Success
Register by phone (voice/relay):  Call 410-313-1940

Keeping Kids Safe

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. 

When:  Monday, March 5, 2018; 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Howard County Office of Children and Families, 3300 N. Ridge Rd., Suite #360, Ellicott City, 21043              
Cost: $8 per person
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 Keeping Kids Safe

Register by phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940

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 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: 3 Tuesdays; March 13, 20 & 27 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Howard County Office of Children and Families, 3300 N. Ridge Rd Suite #360
Cost: $18
Who Should Attend: Parents, Grandparents & anyone involved with children ages 1-6
Register Online for Behavior Basics and Managing Meltdowns
Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940   

Teen Parenting Strategies: Strengthening Relationships and Improving Behavior
Parenting a teen today can be extremely challenging and frustrating.  Parents typically find that as children grow into the teen years, new behaviors emerge and the old methods used to interact with them need a new approach in order to be successful. Attend this workshop to:

  • Review common behavior problems in teens
  • Learn strategies to communicate and strengthen your relationship
  • Create a positive environment for your relationship to grow
  •  Introduce strategies to improve your teen’s behavior
  •  Learn ways to encourage your teen to choose positive coping skills
  •  Learn techniques to teach and demonstrate strategies to help your child process and solve their worries
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Location: Clarksville Middle School, Media Center, 6535 S. Trotter Rd, Clarksville, MD 21029
Cost: FREE; Space is limited; pre-registration is required
Who Should Attend: Parents, Grandparents & Guardians
Register Online for Teen Parenting Strategies: Strengthening Relations and Improving Behavior
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 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). Would you like to be notified of upcoming Family Institute workshops? Sign-Up to receive the quarterly Parent Pages e-newsletter and updates.

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!