"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!
Twenty of Maryland’s legislative districts have been identified as child care deserts according to Maryland Family Network (MFN) today. A child care desert is defined as a census tract with at least 50 children under age five AND greater than a 3:1 ratio of children to spots available. Garrett, Somerset and Cecil Counties have been identified as entire counties considered child care deserts.
MFN will identify a private and/or public non-profit organization to serve as the delegate agency responsible for operating the Dukeland Early Head Start Center, an Early Head Start program located at 2803 N. Dukeland Street, Baltimore, Maryland. The selected delegate agency will assume responsibility for operations effective April 3, 2023. Organizations must be able to demonstrate that they are locally-based with knowledge of the community’s needs and resources, and experience providing services to families in Baltimore City.
Maryland Family Network honored Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson yesterday with the Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick Leadership Award in Early Care & Education. President Ferguson has championed the critical role that quality early care and learning will play in transforming public education in Maryland into a world-class system, and his leadership has ensured that new parents and all Marylanders will never be forced to choose between the jobs they need and the families they love.