The Family Institute

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).


Parent’s Survival Guide For the Elementary Years

Changes occur with your child as they grow and develop in the elementary school years. Children fluctuate between independence and dependence and the combination can bring a wide range of behavior issues. Attend this workshop to help understand how to help your 5 to 12 year old:
• Set the stage to create positive situations for empowerment and pride
• Develop consequences that work
• Gain strategies to handle oppositional behaviors
• Learn ways to develop better homework habits

When: Monday, December 5, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: N. Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd, Laurel MD 20723
Cost: FREE; Space is limited; pre-registration is required
Who Should Attend: Parents and Guardians Only
Register Online for Parent's Survival Guide For the Elementary Years 
Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1440

 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. 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!