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).    


Preparing to Launch!

When your children turn 18, they become legal adults and can enter into many types of contracts without the permission of parents or guardians. Young adults are vulnerable to scams that take advantage of their inexperience. Does your teen know what to do? Parents and Teens are invited to join an investigator from The Howard County Office of Howard County Consumer Protection to learn about:

  • How to avoid becoming the victim of scams and identity theft
  • How and when to use credit and debit cards
  • Contracts and their consequences
  • Making smart decisions when buying goods and services
  • Warranties, retail store refund and return policies, and more…
  • When: Thursday, March 23, 2017; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia 21044
    Cost: FREE Space is limited, pre-registration is required
    Register Online for Preparing To Launch
    Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940

    How to be a GREAT Grandparent
    A lot has changed in parenting since grandparents were parents! Learn the latest research based information to balance your tried and true skills with current best practices. Discuss your role as a grandparent verses being the parent. Discover ways to safeguard your home for infants and toddlers and gather important resources to help support your children in their new role as parents.
    When: Thursday, March 23, 2017; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044
    Cost: FREE. Space is limited; pre-registration is required
    Who Should Attend: Grandparents
    Register Online for How to be a GREAT Grandparent
    Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940

    Behavior Basics & Managing Meltdowns

    Do tantrums, power struggles and misbehavior make daily life difficult in your household? 

    SEFEL, Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning, 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: 3 Tuesdays, May 9, 16, & 23, 2017; 6:00- 8:00 p.m.
    Location: East 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, 21045
    Cost: $18 per person
    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 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!