Focus on the First Years

Well-Being for Baltimore County's Youngest Residents

Baltimore County Public Schools

Information on early childhood services, Infants and Toddlers Program, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten standards, services for children with developmental disabilities, Child Find, Even Start, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), Preschool 3s and age of entry.

Contact:
Office of Early Childhood
Phone: 410-887-4313

Department of Health

Information about childhood illness and conditions, colds, ear infections, head lice, sore throats, antibiotics and immunizations, child safety tips, testing services and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Includes locations and driving directions to Health Department and WIC Clinics.

Contact:
Department of Health Children's Services
Phone: 410-887-2243

Department of Social Services

Parenting, children and adolescent resources. Temporary cash assistance, purchase of child care assistance, food stamps and medical assistance. Services to pregnant and parenting adolescents, young parent support center and other assistance programs for parents and caregivers.

Contact:
Department of Social Services
Phone: 410-853-3000

Human Services Topics for Children

Links to information on the Baltimore County Government website about baby walkers, child care centers, child safety resources, child support, Child Protective Services, foster and adoptive parenting and safe toys.

Contact:
Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Services
Phone: 410-887-2718

Local Management Board

Maximizes the efficient and effective delivery of government and private resources to families and children so that they may lead self-sufficient, healthy and safe lives.

Contact:
Local Management Board
Phone: 410-887-8727

Early Literacy Resources—Birth to Age 5

The library nurtures a love of reading beginning in early childhood. In addition to children’s materials and programs, Early Literacy services include Story Time, Baby Boosters Kits, library cards for young children and other literacy resources for parents and caregivers.

Contact:
Youth Services Department
Phone: 410-887-0517

Story Time

The Story Time program supports the needs of children, caregivers, parents and the community by providing story times that have been researched and modeled. Three types of story times are offered: Baby Story Time, Toddler Story Time and Preschool Drop-in Story Time. Times and locations of all story times can be found in the library's calendar of events.

Baby Boosters Kits

The library's Baby Boosters Kits are collections of books and resources available for use by parents and child care providers. Each kit is housed in an easy-to-carry backpack and contains children's books on a particular theme, plus a parent resource book and a CD or DVD.

Baby Boosters Kits are available at all branches of the Baltimore County Public Library, and you can reserve a kit free of charge through the online catalog or at any branch's Service Desk.