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

RFP Frequently Asked Questions

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 with each other and partner on service delivery. Please note these funds are contingent upon the office receiving requested funds for FY21. The submission deadline is Friday, March 13 at 4:00 p.m. 

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Download the FY21 Budget Template


Summer Youth Workforce Readiness Program and Landscape Analysis 

The Office of the Local Children’s Board (LCB) in the Department of Community Resources and Services is seeking proposals from qualified vendors to implement a summer youth workforce readiness program for youth 14 to 24 years of age who are at risk of or who are disconnected. The summer workforce readiness and youth employment should include both workforce readiness skill building and opportunities for employment, both formal and informal.

In addition, this RFP is also seeking a vendor to conduct a landscape analysis and needs assessment focused on workforce readiness and youth employment in Howard County. The LCB would like the landscape analysis and needs assessment to identify what the need is for workforce readiness and youth employment in Howard County, for what ages of youth, and for what sub populations. The project should identify the organizations and institutions in the county (both public and private) working on and providing workforce readiness and youth employment services.

Vendors may choose to apply for both projects or just one. Please note these funds are contingent upon the LCB receiving FY21 funds. The submission deadline is Friday, March 13 at 4:00 p.m. 

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Download the FY21 Budget Template


Enrichment Programming for Summer Scholars

The Howard County Office of the Local Children’s Board (LCB), in partnership with the Howard County Public School System is implementing Summer Scholars in July 2020 and expanding to two sites. This is the third summer for the Summer Scholars program, which is a four-week program focused on academic acceleration in math, English and social emotional learning. The LCB is seeking proposals from youth development providers to deliver the four-week enrichment component of Summer Scholars. Organizations may apply for one of the two sites or for both sites. The submission deadline is Friday, March 13 at 4:00 p.m.

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Download the FY21 Budget Template

RFP Frequently Asked Questions


Note: Change to implementation timeline for the Summer Workforce Readiness and Youth Employment RFP. Due to new information from the state, this program must now be implemented in the summer of 2020 and be completed by June 30, 2021. 

 

  1. The budget is not to exceed $39,000 per site for a total of $78,000. Are there 2 sites being served this summer? 

Answer: For the Enrichment RFP there are two sites and the cost per site is not to exceed $39,000. 

 

  1. Are these the only funds available for workforce development in FY21? 

Answer: Yes, the Board decided to narrow it’s focus from a year-round program to just a summer investment.  

 

  1. Is 75k the maximum allocation for these two projects (workforce readiness and youth employment AND the landscape analysis)? 

AnswerYes, $65,000 for the summer workforce readiness and youth employment program and $10,000 for the landscape and gap analysis. 

 

  1. In the workforce readiness RFP what does informal employment mean/look like? 

AnswerThe LCB recognizes that for 14- and 15-year old’s formal employment can be challenging due to their age labor law restrictions, however we still want to serve these youth. So, a program may want to offer a “volunteer” opportunity with a small stipend, so the youth can still receive work experience. 

 

  1. What are the ages of the target youth served for the summer workforce readiness and youth employment program? 

Answer: 14-24 youth who are at risk of or who are disconnected. 

 

  1. What is the definition of disconnected youth? 

Answer: Youth 14-24 who are not in school or employed. (Definition is from the Governor’s Office for Children) 

 

  1. Are we allowed to braid funding with the LCB dollars? 

Answer: Yes, if the braiding of funds allows the program to serve beyond 25 youth, which is the maximum requirement of the LCB for these funds.