To improve the lives of all children, youth and families in Howard County by convening community stakeholders and aligning resources for measurable impact.  

I N C L U S I O N 

The LCB advocates and supports all members of the Howard County community regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability and immigration status. 

FY22 Request for Proposals – Enrichment Programs and Support Services Grant Opportunity
Strategic Priorities
Affordable and Quality  Education and Training

Over the next 5 years, Howard County Local Children’s Board is focusing on affordable and quality education and training. We will invest in setting children and youth on a life-long path to success by working to improve early education access and opportunities, decreasing rates of chronic absenteeism and increasing access to job training.

Increase Inclusiveness, Awareness and Coordination of Resources to Meet the Needs of Each Community

Howard County is a caring community that is committed to making its resources available to all residents. These connections are difficult to make for some families with access challenges, even for the most basic needs. By increasing awareness of resources for food, housing and healthcare within hard-to-reach communities, we can support families’ efforts to increase their self-sufficiency and financial stability through education, training and affordable, quality childcare.

Access to Affordable and  Quality Behavioral Health Care

Behavioral health care for all residents in Howard County is a major focus for the county. Many behavioral health indicators in Howard County are trending in the wrong direction. With this priority, the HCLCB will reduce youth rates of hopelessness and suicidal ideation while addressing the effects of intergenerational traumas by increasing access to mental health services.

Howard County Community Plan for Children, Youth and Families


Access to Opportunity in Howard County: Making the Case for Equity

Group of school-age children
Programs & Resources
Local Care Team

The Local Care Team provides a forum for families of children and youth with intensive needs to access information on available community resources and services. The team is comprised of representatives from the major childserving agencies, as well as a parent advocate. The group reviews information about the child/youth and then works together with the family to identify programs and services that  can best assist child and family needs (serving youth ages three to 24).

POC:   Candace Ball •  410-313-6552 (voice/relay) [email protected]


Voices for Change

Voices4Change is a diverse group of youth who work towards empowering young people to take action and create positive change in Howard County.

Contact: Jasmine Wigginton by phone at 410-313-6553 (voice/relay) or email [email protected]

Next meeting (hosted virtually by Jasmine Wigginton):

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 / 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. via Webex

Meeting number: 2318 301 0050 and Password: V4C

Link to join meeting:


Join by video system:

Dial [email protected] or dial and enter your meeting number (2318 301 005).

Join by phone: Call 1-650-479-3207 and use access code: 231 830 10050

Getting Ahead

Getting Ahead in a

“just-gettin’-by world” is a 16-session curriculum

that helps individuals in poverty build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities Getting Ahead provides the foundation for understanding the root causes of poverty and focuses on resources needed to rise above it.

POC:   Marchelle LeBlanc  •  410-313-0225 (voice/relay)

[email protected]


R-RULES is a robust curriculum of project development and

management, exchanges with the community, and individual academic and career plans that gets students ready for leadership in the workplace and in life.

POC:   Marchelle LeBlanc  •  410-313-0225 (voice/relay)

[email protected]



DCRS Community Engagement Request Form

Thank you for your interest in having The Department of Community Resources and Services participate and/or lead your event. To help us facilitate your request, please complete and submit the following form at least 2 weeks prior to the event, and allow 3-5 business days for decisions to be made. If you have any questions or need help completing the Request Form, please contact us at 410-313-0221.

The Howard County Local Children's Board comprises 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.

Kim Eisenreich
Marsha Dawson
Local Children's Board Manager
Ben Barnwell
Community Engagement Manager
Mental Health

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