NEW! View the Summer Resource Guide for Families, produced by the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services and the Howard County Library System.
Office of the Local Children's Board

The Howard County Office of the Local Children's Board is comprised of public and private members working collaboratively to ensure a strong continuum of services for families and children in our community. Also known as the Local Management Board, there is a functioning board in all 24 jurisdictions in Maryland. We work in partnership with the Governor's Office for Children to ensure children grow up healthy, secure and successful.

Recently, The Board has identified priorities and designed strategies to help ensure Howard County is a place where all children thrive. Based on data gathered, the following child well-being goals have been chosen for Howard County:

  • Children Safe in Their Homes and Communities
  • Children Successful in School

The Board provides funding, planning, program development and implementation, and technical assistance to programs and services working to improve outcomes for Howard County's children.  The Board is supporting many initiatives including:  

  •     Youth Homelessness - Youth Count
  •     Summer Food Access - Roving Radish
  •     Equity - Equity Report
  •     Child Mental Health - Building Youth Resiliency
  •     Career Readiness - CHOICE Program
  •     Weekend Warrior Snack Packs
  •     Healthy Families
  •     Local Care Team


Cover of the 2019 Children's Equity Report
Howard County Local Children’s Board Presents County Executive Ball with New Report

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball previously met with the Howard County Local Children’s Board (LCB) to receive their new report, “Access to Opportunity in Howard County: Making the Case for Equity.” The LCB represents a wide range of public agency leaders and residents committed to creating a Howard County where all children and youth have equitable access to education, health care, basic needs and enrichment. The discussion covered the scope and purpose of the report, top findings and next steps for cooperative action. Read more or dowload the report here.


Request for Proposals - Public Notice

Building Youth Resiliency and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program 

The Office of the Local Children’s Board in the Department of Community Resources and Services is seeking proposals from eligible entities to provide the Building Youth Resiliency program and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program services for youth in Howard County. Building Youth Resiliency is a rapid access mental health program (outpatient psychiatric services) with case management support. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program services would be prioritized for Building Youth Resiliency clients who qualify for PRP. Any additional slots would be available to qualifying youth ages 3 to 24. Considerations will be given to single organizations, partnering organizations who agree to work collaboratively in efforts to serve this population, or organizations may also apply for a component of this RFP at which point more than one vendor will be awarded a portion of the grant dollars. Regardless, all vendors awarded will be required to establish an MOU