About Us

the first five years last forever.

Children are born learning. You can see it in a baby’s eyes when you pick her up from her crib. It’s in the joy of a toddler who takes his first steps. It’s in an infant’s smile who delights in playing peek-a-boo. And it’s in a four-year-old’s voice when she tells her mom and dad what she learned that day.

A child’s innate capacity to learn is what drives us. We work tirelessly to fulfill our mission: ensuring children have strong families, quality early learning environments, and a champion for their interests.

We know you share our passion for making Maryland one of the best states in the country for early care and education. Thanks to you:

  • Every day our 25 Family Support Centers provide help to thousands of infants and toddlers, their parents, and pregnant young women.
  • Our network of 12 Child Care Resource Centers offer training, mentoring, coaching, and other support for more than 27,000 child care professionals per year. That’s more than any other organization in Maryland.
  • LOCATE:  Child Care helps over 39,000 parents a year find safe child care that is just right for their growing family.
  • We’re a voice in Annapolis and Washington, D.C. making sure that the needs of young children and their families are a priority with lawmakers. With nearly 70 years of experience, we are the most trusted early childhood advocacy organization in the State.

Maryland Family Network was formed in 2009 with the merger of two leading nonprofit organizations– Maryland Committee for Children, founded in 1945 to advocate for high quality child care, and Friends of the Family, founded in 1986 to administer Maryland’s network of Family Support Centers.

With partners like you, Maryland Family Network will make sure that all young children and their families have the resources to learn and succeed. Because the first five years last forever.