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
Care Line

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

Home Visiting

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.

Family Institute

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

Early Childhood Mental Health Program 

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

Child Care Resource Center

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.

Child Care Resources
Early Childhood Grants, Programming and Initiatives

Information about Child Care for Families, Child Care Providers, Early Childhood Grants, Programming, and Initiatives on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

Locate Child Care

A free personalized resource, referral and counseling service to help parents choose quality child care to meet their needs.  If you’re a parent of a child with special needs or would like to speak with a Referral Specialist in Spanish, please call LOCATE: Child Care Enhanced Services at 1-800-999-0120.  

Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Contact: 877-261-0060

LOCATE: Child Care is a free, personalized resource and referral counseling service designed to help parents choose a quality child care program that meets their needs.

LOCATE: Child Care maintains a computerized listing of all Howard County:

  • Registered family child care homes
  • Licensed center-based and School-Aged Programs
  • Certified camps
  • Certified nursery schools
  • Head Start programs
  1. Parents can use the Child Care Referral Request Form for assistance in locating child care. A LOCATE Counselor will contact you with your referrals within three business days.
  2. If you prefer to receive referrals by phone, call 877-261-0060 to speak with a LOCATE counselor regarding your child care needs.
  3. You may search for referrals in the online Maryland statewide database.

Complaints or Concerns about a Child Care Provider?

Please visit the website of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network to read the official complaint policy and learn how to register any complaints you might have regarding a caregiver. You can also call the Office of Child Care at 410-750-8771.

Need additional help finding child care to meet your needs? Call the CARE Line at 410-313-CARE (2273) for additional resources.

Childcare Scholarship Program

The Child Care Scholarship (CCS) (formerly known as Child Care Subsidy) Program provides financial assistance with child care costs to eligible working families in Maryland. The program is managed through a centralized vendor -- Child Care Subsidy Central (CCS Central).


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Erin Bonzon
Kaya Swann
Program Manager
Erica Taylor
Program Manager
Child Care
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