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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.
Little girl smiling at child care.
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 Auction 2022
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. 
Crowd gathers for Washington County CCRC Ribbon Cutting
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. 
Father and toddler son playing.
In Maryland, a child is reported abused or neglected every 10 minutes, despite there being proven ways to prevent child maltreatment. Maryland Family Network (MFN) is pleased to announce that it is doing its part by awarding The Family Tree a $225,000 grant to help further its mission of strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect.  Together, we are working to see that more children are raised in safe and supportive families and communities.
Happy parents and toddler laying on floor.
In Maryland, a child is reported abused or neglected every 10 minutes, despite there being proven ways to prevent child maltreatment. Maryland Family Network (MFN) is pleased to announce that it is doing its part by awarding The Family Tree a $225,000 grant to help further its mission of strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect.  Together, we are working to see that more children are raised in safe and supportive families and communities.
A diverse group of mothers and babies.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are central to Maryland Family Network’s mission. Help us get it right. We’re currently accepting proposals for a consulting services contract to provide training, facilitation, and coaching services in support of the organization’s anti-racism, anti-oppression (ARAO) initiatives. Deadline to apply is February 15.
Two toddlers playing.
Child care educators work hard and are essential to our community. That’s why the Maryland Child Care Resource Network is here to help. We are pleased to announce that the bid process was completed in October 2021 and eight agencies have been selected to operate Child Care Resource Centers (CCRCs) beginning January 1, 2022. CCRCs provide leadership, training, coaching, program supports and other services to child care providers as well as assist families in finding child care and navigating support services such as Child Care Scholarship assistance. While the structure has changed, the services remain the same and are even more convenient. The eight CCRCs in Maryland work collaboratively with local and state partners to ensure every child care educator and program are provided high quality professional development and support services.
We're hosting a series of Gubernatorial Candidate Forums about issues that matter to families with young children. The 9th in the series was with Ashwani Jain. These are not debates. MFN is a 501c3 organization & we don't endorse or rank candidates. Enjoy!