Chapter 4-A: Early Childhood and Developmental Education
Related Topics: Child Care | Education
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Baltimore County Department of Social Services - Young Parent Support Center
201 Back River Neck Road (Middleborough Shopping Plaza)
Baltimore, Maryland 21221
A comprehensive family support and development center serving the greater Essex area. Provides parent education for teens, for parents seeking to strengthen family ties, fathers, and parents with neglect or abuse issues. Offers home visiting programs focused on enhancing school readiness skills and increasing parent confidence as their child's first teacher. Developmental child care is available to parents with children ages birth through three.
Baltimore County Head Start
Y of Central Maryland
4375 Ebenezer Road
Perry Hall, Maryland 21236
Federally funded child development program providing comprehensive education and social services to pre-school children birth through age 5 and their low-income families. Goal is to ensure that every child is school-ready and focuses largely on literacy. Provides a single point of access to services, including: health screenings, medical referrals, immunization services, developmental therapy and treatment, low-income housing assistance, legal aid referrals, parenting education and support classes, substance abuse prevention, and recreational activities for the entire family. Web site lists centers. Contact the centers directly for questions about rates, hours of operation, and financial assistance.
Baltimore County Public Library - Birth to Five - Focus on the First Years
Youth Services Department
6105 Kenwood Avenue
Rosedale, Maryland 21237-2097
410-887-0517 or 410-887-0524; TTY: via Maryland Relay
Supports parents and caregivers with tools to promote reading readiness in young children. Learn more about Baby Boosters Kits available at your local Baltimore County Public Library branch, get a list of good night stories, or find some sing-along compact discs for those long car trips. You can also find helpful tips on your child's development.
A unique early literacy learning center designed specifically for children ages birth to 5 and their caregivers can be found at the Rosedale and Woodlawn Branches of Baltimore County Public Library during library business hours. Recognizing that parents are a child's first teachers, Storyville is designed to help preschool children through interaction with their caregivers gain the skills they need to enter school ready to learn. Adult supervision is required. Each area in this child-sized village is furnished with books and engaging materials and activities which promote language and literacy, as well as other vital school readiness skills. We do not take reservations for a visit to either Storyville. You are welcome to call the branch to see if the area is busy before you visit. Groups need to call the branch in advance to make arrangements. Please make other arrangements for older children. There is a full service children's area in the main part of each branch.
Baltimore County Public Schools - Office of Special Education
6901 North Charles Street, ESS Building
Towson, Maryland 21204
Baltimore County Infants and Toddlers Program
Family-centered community based program for children with suspected or diagnosed developmental delay or has a diagnosed physical or mental disability that puts the child at risk for developmental delay. Provides early intervention services in the home or through visits to sites located throughout Baltimore County. This program serves children ages birth to 3. Services are provided by the Baltimore County Department of Health, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Department of Social Services and other public and private agencies.
Office of Child Find
Identifies children and youth ages 3 to 21 suspected of having a disabling condition which interferes with learning. Services to the child may include screening, assessment, special education instruction, speech/language therapy, audiology services, occupational or physical therapy, psychological services and vocational education.
Baltimore County Public Schools – Resource Centers for Families and Schools
5 centers provide educational and instructional resources for teachers and Baltimore County families. Each center is equipped with materials and staff to assist parents, day-care providers, and community-based organizations with educational resources that support learning. Offers disability support, parent materials, home school liaison and an outreach library. Provides instructional materials and production equipment, lending library of instructional materials for Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) teachers, a Parent Information Center, and an Outreach Library for Baltimore County Public School parents, programs/workshops, information and support to strengthen the instructional programs for all Baltimore County students. Offers parent support in special education for parents of children with disabilities. Call center for hours. Fees for materials and production costs only.
Special Education Resource Center
White Oak Resource Center
8401 Leefield Road, Room 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
Provides information and support for parents and families for students with disabilities ages birth to 21. Center assists families of children with disabilities in locating and obtaining services for their child. Holds workshops to inform parents of their rights pertaining to the education of their child. Maintains a lending library of articles, books and videotapes on a wide range of special education topics such as special education law, types of disabilities, support groups and recreational opportunities. Provides facility for the development of instructional materials. Computers at the resource center are available for family use.
The Community College of Baltimore County - Essex Campus - Children's Developmental Class for Special Needs Children
7201 Rossville Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21237
Clinic for ages 1 to 14 utilizes "movement and fitness therapy", geared toward total developmental needs of each child. It serves children with emotional, social and physical challenges and their parents, in a recreational and educational environment. Acceptance on referral basis only, but concerned parents may call to be referred to a private physician to confirm need for therapy. Referrals from professional personnel usually are for faulty neuromuscular control and/or physical fitness or other types of developmental problems. It is not a formal medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy or psychotherapy program. Children are matched with trained volunteer clinicians who guide them as they play and learn.
Healthy Families Baltimore County
Abilities Network, Inc.
8503 LaSalle Road
Towson, Maryland 21286
Provides services that focus on successful parenting through individualized intensive home visitation support to families of children from the prenatal stage through age 5. Initial contact must occur from the prenatal stage through two weeks following the birth. Services are voluntary and available to families in specific communities in Baltimore County.
Baltimore County Public Schools
600 Stemmers Run Road
Baltimore Maryland 21221
A traveling resource center with technological and material resources to assist parents in helping their children learn. The Parentmobile travels to Baltimore County schools, community fairs, apartment complexes, and local businesses. Parent Services Assistants on the bus help parents and community members access information about Baltimore County Public Schools programs and resources. Visitors can learn about the services and resources available to them and their children that promote learning and increased student achievement. Call to schedule an appointment.