The Family Institute

The Family Institute A parent education program

The Howard County Family Institute is an education, information and community outreach program of the Office of Children and Families, Department of Community Resources and Services. Our Mission is to assist parents in their parenting role by providing education that enhances caregiver skills, knowledge and behavior with a vision that all children will start life with a strong foundation. The Family Institute supports the early childhood system by implementing evidenced based programming and partnering with early childhood stakeholders to build family engagement practices and education.

We offer classes, workshops and informational sessions for parents on many topics, including child development, positive discipline, school readiness and finding resources.  Click here to view workshops we have offered . To suggest topics for future workshops or to learn more, please email or call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay). or call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay).

On-Site / Virtual On-Site Workshops for Families

The Family Institute can provide workshops for your group either at your location or virtually. The Family Institute partners with early education programs and elementary schools to support parents in their child’s academic and developmental journey. We also partner with businesses to promote parents’ work-life balance while helping employers foster employee appreciation, productivity and retention.

To see current options for workshops available for onsite, click here. Workshops can also be created or tailored to meet your group’s needs.

  1. Submit an On-Site Request Form to the Family Engagement Specialist, at
  2. The Family Engagement Specialist will contact you to discuss details and will send an On-Site Confirmation for your approval.
  3. At the scheduled time, the instructor will arrive at your site with the materials needed to host the workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

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.

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 of the factors that impact a child, family and a child's behavior.  Learn how to set the stage to decrease negative behaviors from happening in the first place and what to do when they do occur.  Ask questions and leave with skills and resources that you can use immediately for young children ages 2 to 6 that will help you feel more confident in your parenting. Attendees will have opportunity to meet a week later to discuss how skills are working in their home and ask follow up questions.

Tuesday , September 15, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Free Online Workshop , Register here


Discipline and Communication in the Elementary Years
Managing the school schedule and learning frustrations can be difficult for the whole family this fall. Learn how to proactively prevent meltdowns by preparing your home and routine to encourage success.  Become familiar with temperament types and learn how to use this information to individualize your interactions with your child. Discuss ways to effectively communicate with your child and the importance of structure, consistency and self-esteem to help build a growth mind set.

Tuesday , September 29, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.   Free Online Workshop, Register here

Parent Pages Newsletter

Parent Pages is a newsletter published by the Howard County Office of Children and Families for parents, caregivers and agencies working with families. Each monthly issue features information to help parents and caregivers learn more on how to promote positive parenting for children’s development. It highlights workshops, local resources, events, parenting information, and agency programs targeted to help families grow and thrive in Howard County. This newsletter is a part of the Howard County Family Institute, an education, information and community outreach program.

Sign-Up to receive Parent Pages e-newsletter and updates here.
View the Current Parent Pages here and archived issues here.
If you need this publication in an alternate format, please call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay.)

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. We hope you'll "like" us!



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