The Howard County Family Institute is an education, information and community outreach program of the Office of Children and Families, Department of Community Resources and Services. Our Mission is to assist parents in their parenting role by providing education that enhances caregiver skills, knowledge, and behavior with a vision that all children will start life with a strong foundation. We offer classes, workshops, and informational sessions for parents on many topics, including child development, positive discipline, school readiness, and finding resources. To suggest topics for future workshops or to learn more, please email [email protected] or call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay).  Workshops can also be created or tailored to meet your group’s needs. Submit an On-Site Request Form to the Family Engagement Specialist, at [email protected].

Additional Programs


Family Institute Workshops


Upcoming Workshops

* For assistance with registering, call 410-313-5992 (voice/ relay) or email [email protected]

* To request sign language, interpreter or other accommodations to attend, call at least one week in advance.

Presenter: Allison McFadden

Parenting Apart: Navigating Co-Parenting through the Holiday Season and Beyond:

The holiday season is a time of joy and togetherness for many families, but they can also be reminders of who and what we have lost.  For those co-parenting during or in the aftermath of divorce, the holidays can bring unique challenges and disruptions to the usual routine. This presentation is tailored to parents who are going through divorce or separation and are eager to create a parenting plan that minimizes conflict and promotes stability and harmony for your children. Explore essential considerations when creating an access schedule that prioritizes your children's well-being throughout the year, but especially during the holidays.  Gain insights into effectively managing common co-parenting  issues that can arise. Learn valuable communication and co-parenting strategies to navigate this period of transition, and as well as resources for ongoing support and assistance.
Monday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. Free Virtual Workshop. Register here


Managing Parenting Anger and Frustration (Lisa Rh)
Parenting is an incredibly rewarding experience, but can also be challenging when our children don’t listen or have meltdowns. Frustration can build and it is normal to find yourself at your wit’s end.
This workshop will provide tools to navigate anger and frustration and provide you with coping strategies when you are feeling elevated.
Ask questions and leave with skills and resources that you can use to feel more confident in managing your own anger and frustration.
Thursday, December 7 , 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Click here for registration to virtual workshop


Una guía para padres sobre  comportamientos desafiantes

Aprenda cómo ayudar a disminuir la ocurrencia de comportamientos negativos y/o qué hacer cuando ocurren. Asista a esta sesión, haga preguntas y salga con habilidades y recursos que puede utilizar de inmediato para sentirse más seguro en su crianza. Para padres de niños de dos a ocho años.  

Para padres, abuelos y personas involucradas con niños de 2 a 8 años 
Regístrate para recibir el recordatorio de la sesión virtual: https://bit.ly/OCFComportamientoDesafiante

enlace para la session: https://bit.ly/JoinHoCoOCFComportamientoDesafiante

Miércoles 13 de diciembre: 7:00 p.m. horas

Navigating Your Child’s Mental Health Journey

Whether it is knowing the best ways to support your child’s social emotional health, having concerns about your child’s behaviors, or feeling like something is seriously wrong, knowing where to go for answers is a top issue for parents. Those first steps of navigating mental health supports are a challenging and daunting task. Learn about the stages of mental health and the local resources and supports that will guide your understanding, provide you with choices, and help you learn the steps to start helping your child. Leave with tangible tools for education and intervention as well as where to go for assistance if you hit roadblocks to services.

Monday, December 18, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free Virtual Workshop. Register here




Parent Pages


The Parent Pages newsletter is published by the Howard County Office of Children and Families for parents, caregivers, and agencies working with families. Distributed via Constant Contact, each monthly issue features information to help parents and caregivers learn more about positive parenting and  children’s development. It highlights workshops, local resources, events, parenting information, and agency programs targeted to help families grow and thrive in Howard County.

This newsletter is a part of the Howard County Family Institute, an education, information and community outreach program. To request the Parent Pages in an alternate format, call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay.)


The Basics


The Basics movement aims to help every family help every child reach their potential. To learn about The Basics Howard County, watch this overview video for an introduction to the five fun, simple and powerful ways to boost early brain development and learning for all children from birth to age five.


Launch Into Learning


Launch Into Learning is a campaign supported by the Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council (HCECAC). The goal of HCECAC is to highlight the importance of the early years, for parents and families in particular, but also for early care and education professionals, and other community stakeholders.

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