About Us

To support the Early Child Care system so that children can reach their full potential. We do this by supporting families; training/mentoring/coaching Early Child Care professionals; providing expert consultation on Early Child Care issues; creating synergies among Early Child Care stakeholders; aligning and maximizing resources; and implementing evidence-based programming.

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Program and Resources
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Care Line
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The CARE Line provides information and referral to local resources, linking parents and childcare providers to supportive education and behavioral interventions.

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Home Visiting
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Our home visiting programs Healthy Families Howard County™ and Parents as Teachers are evidence-based programs for parents and their children, prenatal through age five. Certified home visitors help parents enhance their knowledge of child development, health and safety to promote school readiness and family self-sufficiency.

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Family Institute
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The Family Institute, OCF’s parent education program offers parent engagement and outreach activities including informational sessions, newsletters, and training workshops on many topics.

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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Program 
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The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Program offers early childhood mental health screening, training, consultation, and intervention services to child care professionals, children, and their parents.

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Child Care Resource Center
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The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) provides professional development opportunities to early care and education professionals as well as capacity building and technical assistance through on-site observation, strategic management, and leadership development.

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Newsletters and Publications
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The Howard County Office of Children and Families issues two monthly publications, Parent Pages and The Nest and Training Calendar. Parent Pages is a newsletter for parents, caregivers, and agencies working with families. The Nest and Training Calendar is a newsletter for family and center based providers, administrators and early childhood educators. 

Erin Bonzon
Administrator
Kaya Swann
Program Manager
Erica Taylor
Program Manager
Georgia Ferentinos
Program Manager
Tags
Child Care
Department / Office
Parents
Youth

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