"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.
There’s a large group of people who are lying to us every day. These liars may even be living right in your home. It’s preschoolers. Young children discover the art of telling fibs at about three. But us adults have a job to do by teaching them that the truth will set them free. Listen now and let us lay some truth on you to help navigate young children toward honesty.
Maryland Family Network is pleased to announce funding awards totaling over $1.8 million to 12 community-based agencies across the state in an integrated, prevention focused initiative to reduce child abuse and neglect and increase public awareness about ways our community at large can contribute to supporting strong and healthy families.
We invite you to become a sponsor of Maryland Family Network's 2023 First Years fundraising event. You can get involved at the $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000 levels. Contact Jennifer Andiorio for more information at 443.873.5817 jandiorio@Marylandfamilynetwork.org to learn more.
There’s a child care crisis in this country—and with emergency funding running out soon, it will get even worse. This urgency prompted the Democratic Women’s Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives to hold a shadow hearing today titled “The State of Child Care in America: Addressing the Looming Child Care Funding Cliffs for Women and Families.” MFN’s Laura Weeldreyer will speak as an expert witness before the Caucus.