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).

Thrive by 5

Thrive by Five, an Essential Family Institute Parent Conference

Saturday, November 16. 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Energize your parenting skills at Thrive by Five,  an engaging conference featuring early childhood experts, including a keynote from Frank Kros. The conference will include discussion on topics including: building resilience in children; behavior basics; dealing with anxiety; cooking with kids; yoga and mindfulness; Ready Rosie/Talk With Me; accessing free resources at the Howard County Library; music; make 'n take - visual schedule to help with behavior; and a Spanish workshop: What You Do Matters.
The conference also features exhibits of local resources and information for parents, as well as the opportunity to win gift cards and other prizes . A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
Registration required. FREE :

Onsite Child Care is available for ages 2 and up (space is limited; once you have registered for the event, call 410-313-1442 to reserve a child care spot

Resilience- The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope

Tuesday, December 10 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Doors Open at 6:30 pm/ Film Begins 7:00 pm

Parents, early educators and community leaders are invited to a free showing of Resilience, a powerful documentary that explores the profound long-term effects of toxic stress, a condition that affects many young children in our community. Researchers have recently discovered this dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood that correlates to adult health problems such as heart disease, cancer and obesity. Resilience discusses the groundbreaking Adverse Childhood experience study (ACES) and how these early experiences affect the health and well being of families. An interactive discussion after screening the film will center on the scientific data, offer solutions to help children deal with and overcome the effects of toxic stress and discover ways to increase their resilience. Participants will identify the effects of toxic stress on the body and discover ways to increase resilience in children.

Department of Community Resources and Services
9830 Patuxent Woods Dr., Columbia 21046
Early Childhood Educators can earn (2 CD) Resiliency and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

FREE! To Register, visit To request accommodations to attend or need this in an alternate format, call at least one week in advance at  410- 313-1442 or email:                                  

 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). Would you like to be notified of upcoming Family Institute workshops? Sign-Up to receive 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!