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).

Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday , December 8, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  

Nothing I Do Works: A Parent’s Guide to Challenging Behaviors
Do tantrums, power struggles and misbehavior make daily life difficult in your household? The Pyramid Model 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.   Free Online Workshop , Register here

Wednesday December 16, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m

Worries, Concerns and Apprehensions

Young children have anxiety and parents can help children learn positive ways on how to cope during these  difficult times.

In the early years, schoolwork, friends, reactions to negative experiences, or just the anticipation of something happening can overwhelm a child. In addition, the changes, stress and uncertainty of COVID has increased children's worries. Many parents report about the anxiety that affects children and the entire family. Attend this workshop to:

Review the signs and the symptoms of worry in children. Understand how to identify what is causing your child stress. Learn techniques to teach and demonstrate strategies to help your child process and work through their worries. This interactive workshop allows time to ask questions to a mental health professional on how to help your family. For pre-k through elementary age.    Free Online Workshop, Register here


Workshops can also be created or tailored to meet your group’s needs.   Submit an On-Site Request Form  to the Family Engagement Specialist, at

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.

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