"If you ever have anything to do with their entertainment, their food, their toys, their custody, their childcare, their health care, their education – listen to the children, learn about them, learn from them. Think of the children first." – Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood
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.
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.
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.
Vaping may seem safer than smoking cigarettes. But women who use electronic cigarettes during pregnancy are 33% more likely than those who don’t to give birth to low-birthweight infants. Quitting altogether is the best option for mother and child.
Maryland Family Network today announced the launch of “Maryland Child Care Boost,” a pilot program that will equip select family child care providers with free tools to help them remain fully enrolled, financially sound, and focused on the high-quality care and education of our youngest learners.
The report details the data gleaned from child care providers across the state via a survey conducted in January. The providers report that since March of 2020, their monthly expenses have increased on average $5,339 per location as a result of needing to purchase essential PPEs and other COVID related health and safety expenses.
On September 15th, Maryland Family Network held our 11th Annual Sandra J. Skolnik Lecture on Early Childhood Education & Advocacy with over 225 professionals, students, elected officials, and others in attendance. This year's speaker was Dr. Dipesh Navsaria.