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For Parents

Strong Families

Maryland Family Network’s Family Support Centers help children learn and parents earn. Our Family Support Centers help over 3,000 parents a year finish their education, learn job readiness skills, build solid social networks, and improve their parenting skills. At the same time as their parents, very young children are in a state-of-the-art early care and education setting that helps them reach their greatest potential. 

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For Providers

Quality Early Learning Environments

Maryland Family Network’s LOCATE:  Child Care helps families recognize quality care and find child care that meets their needs.

We also provide child care training and capacity building support to over 30,000 participants annually who are licensed to provide care for over 200,000 children. Through our Child Care Resource Network, we make sure these professionals tend not only to the health and safety needs of young children, but also to their social, emotional, and cognitive development.

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For Advocates

A Champion for Their Interests

Through our strong advocacy and public policy presence, Maryland Family Network leads the charge for very young children and all those concerned with their well-being at the local, state and federal levels. Polls show that American voters want greater public investment in the quality and availability of early care and education.

Overwhelming research proves that such investments greatly benefit a child’s future, and the government’s bottom line. For every $1 of investment in early care and education there is a return of about $7.

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On Thursday, March 2, Maryland Family Network (MFN) and the Anne Arundel Professional Firefighters Association presented children at the Annapolis Family Support Center with books for their home libraries. The event kicked off with a photoshoot for the children on an antique firetruck followed by a brief safety presentation and a few stories read to the children by one of the retired firefighters. The day ends with parents and children selecting books to take home and keep. This is the 8th year in a row that the firefighters have collected new and gently used books for the children at the Center. The event is always held in March to coincide with Dr. Seuss' birthday.
Contact Members of the House Ways & Means Committee and Urge Support for HB 495 & Child Care Scholarship Funding

HB 495 will protect Maryland's critical investments in child care. It will help rebuild our child care capacity and support families. The bill hearing is February 15. Urge legislators to support child care!
The Sacrifices Parents Make: The urgent need to fix Child Care Scholarship today and secure Maryland's future highlights the extreme lengths many parents must go to in order to pay for child care. We surveyed thousands of parents across Maryland and talked to dozens of other parents in small group discussion-oriented workshops. They told us that the Child Care Scholarship program was too difficult to navigate, they were turned down for minor paperwork errors, and that materials were not available in Spanish or other languages. As a result, parents said they had to sacrifice things like healthy foods for their family, prescription medicine, medical check-ups, and even face housing insecurity to pay for child care. Read the report to learn more and to find out what considerations policymakers can take to improve the system.
Maryland Family Network (MFN) is issuing a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) seeking qualified Vendors to design, collect, compile, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data for MFN’s Building Better Beginnings (B3) Listen and Learn tour for the state of Maryland. B3 desires to hear from families with young children and early childhood practitioners about what changes they would like to see within the state’s Prenatal to Three systems. We are especially interested in hearing from members of the BIPOC/ALANNA community and communities that are impacted by the state’s policies. This work will begin in March 2023 and will end in July 2023.