Early Learning Centers

Our academic year programs provide an active and creative learning environment for each child. Throughout the program, children enjoy building the skills needed for kindergarten (social and emotional development, reading and math readiness, and fine and gross motor skills). They also participate in hands-on activities, including arts and crafts, science, nature, music, drama, multicultural programs and cooking. There are instructional and self-directed activities throughout the day. All programs are successful participants in the Maryland EXCELS program. Staff is trained in continuing early childhood education classes yearly and certified in First Aid and CPR.

Parents provide snack/lunch. Children must be toilet-trained and meet the age requirement by September 1 of the current school year. If class minimums are not met, a combined class will be offered.

The age determination date is September 1 of the current school year. To reserve a space, a $50 non-refundable registration fee and one month's tuition are required.

How to Register

Registration for programs is open on a first-come, first-served basis. You may contact the registration staff at 410-313-7275 to enroll or check availability. Internet registrations are not available during the school year. Registrations are accepted by walk-in, mail or fax.
• Before your child can begin the program, you must complete all forms (including an Immunization Record, Parent Contract, Emergency Card, and Parent's Guide to Regulated Care & Health Inventory, which may require a physical). Forms completed more than one year prior to the start date of the program will need to be re-submitted.
• A $50 non-refundable registration fee and first month’s tuition are due at the time of enrollment.
• Payment is due monthly. We cannot prorate fees.  Financial assistance is available by application on an individual basis – please call 410-313-4659 for details.
• Fees are based on full-time participation and subject to change.
• Advance written notification is required when withdrawing from a program or changing the hours of use. Email Registration or send fax to 410-313-4658. No retroactive refunds are permitted.

Payment Information:
For your convenience, payments using Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover may be completed online. You must have an approved online account to access this feature. If you haven’t already done so, request an online account by visiting our Online Registration site and clicking “Request Account”.  Approval can take 24-48 hours. After receiving your confirmation email, log on to your account; go to “Account Options” and select “Pay on Account”.  Child care fees should appear online before or by the 7th each month and payments are due on or before the 17th of the month. The online payer must match the payer we ordinarily bill based on which parent signed the Child Care Contract. If you prefer, you can complete an Auto-Deduct Form and we’ll process your payment every month.

For those of you who already take advantage of this service, remember that the form must be re-submitted each school year. On-line Banking parents are reminded that we cannot process post-dated checks. Please be clear to your bank as you authorize payments that the date on the check cannot be later than their mailing date. If the date on the check is after the grace period required, a late fee will be accessed.

• Our Federal Tax ID number is 52-6000965.

Required Forms

Once you have registered your child for the program, please complete the following forms. They all must be completed prior to your child(ren) beginning the program. Once completed you will take the forms to the program and give the to the Director.

Emergency Card    

Health Inventory

Immunization Record  

Parents Guide to Regulated Care

Medication - All medication just be completed accurately and with a doctor's signature. All medication must be in it's original container with the prescription instructions included)

These forms also must be completed prior to your child beginning the program, but please return all of these forms to the Registration Department:

Parent Contract

Auto Deduct Form


For general program information please contact:

Brian Murphy, Recreation Coordinator
410-313-4797 or email bmurphy@howardcountymd.gov.

To register call 410-313-7275 or email Registration.

For scholarship information, call 410-313-4659.


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Prices and times vary; see registration form for information.

2019-2020 ELC Registration Form

2020-2021 ELC Registration Form - Coming Soon!  

ELC Parent Manual

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