"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.
No matter if you’re playing music with a group or singing in the shower, music is an important outlet. Did you know music can also promote a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development? Find out more!
Earlier this year, we convened town hall discussions with hundreds of child care providers across the state to learn more about their experiences with MSDE’s Child Care Scholarship program. What we learned is that for too many providers the system is too slow, too cumbersome, and too unreliable for early childhood educators to depend upon it as a reliable source of income.
Maryland Family Network (MFN) is issuing a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) seeking qualified Vendors who have consulting experience in finding and analyzing demographic data to inform and develop MFN’s Child Care Demographics and MFN’s Trends in Child Care reports.
MFN's virtual auction fundraiser is live! The auction features eight fabulous vacation packages for two and includes destinations like Greece, Costa Rica, Italy, Ireland, and more. Register here to bid on one of eight incredible vacation packages! All trips are valid for three years with no blackout dates and include deluxe accommodations for two. Bidding is open from June 1 - 13, so don't miss your chance at one of these trips of a lifetime! Presented in partnership with American Fundraising Foundation.
A new Child Care Resource Center has come to town! On April 20, 2022 Child Care Choices and Maryland Family Network held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of a new Washington County Office of Maryland’s Child Care Resource Network. Representatives from MFN and Child Care Choices were joined by Maryland State Delegate Brenda J. Thiam to help cut the ribbon.