Howard County Library System and other organizations in our community offer excellent supplemental educational opportunities for children. HCLS urges all families to participate fully in Howard County Public School System’s online learning offerings. See hcpss.org/ for more information.
Library Resources for Kids
- Check out the library’s e-resources for students (pre-K through high school) here.
- HCLS is offering remote classes every day! Check out our schedule here.
- Kids aged 5-13 can participate in our “Play, Create and Learn” Reading Challenge. New activities are added each Thursday, so keep reading and checking in.
- Aged 13+? Share your photographs, art, music, creative writing, and personal stories from this unprecedented time in HCLS’s new community journal, createdwhileisolated.org.
- Need help accessing any of the library’s offerings? Have a research question? Call AskHCLS in English or Spanish at 410-313-5088.
Additional Local Activities and Resources for Kids
- The Columbia Association offers CA at home: a wide variety of fitness classes and creative activities that can be done from home, all for free.
- Howard County Recreation and Parks is posting new activities daily on social media and their website, At Home with Hoco Rec. Activities include fitness, arts and crafts, nature and environment and more.
- Oakland Mills Online offers live workshops each day from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. Workshops are led by community members for social, fun learning on topics like English, Social Studies, Creative Arts, Science and more. Each day follows the same schedule based on topics. Recordings of select workshops and other learning resources are available on the website.
- Magician Pravin offers free virtual magic shows! A donation to a local food pantry or to help first responders is requested in return. Call 410.340.0529 or email P[email protected] for more information.
- The Chinese American Parent Association of Howard County (CAPA-HC) is holding weekly live educational talks for school age children, Thursdays at 3 pm. Experts from different disciplines are invited to conduct presentations on a variety of topics. Visit https://www.capa-hc.org/weekly-talk to find out more information, including upcoming and past presentation information and how to attend.
- The Chinese American Parent Association of Howard County (CAPA-HC) is holding a digital celebration to recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Themes will be announced each week. Visit https://www.capa-hc.org/aapicontest for more information.
Support for Parents and Guardians
- Parents and guardians in need of assistance on behavioral challenges, childcare assistance, support groups, basic needs and more should contact the County’s CARE Line: call 410-313-CARE (410-313-2273) or email: [email protected]
- The Howard County Public School System has put together resources for how to talk to and support children during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- The Jacaranda Center of Oakland Mills is offering a series of free online parenting workshops throughout May. More information here.
- Need additional mental health support? See our resources here.
- Unsafe at home or worried that someone you know might be? HopeWorks provides services to women, men, and children impacted by sexual assault and domestic violence in Howard County, Maryland. All services are confidential and fees are based on income. No one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay. HopeWorks has a 24 hour hotline: 410-997-2272. They are currently offering virtual workshops, presentations, and support groups.
- The Child Mind Institute has put together a comprehensive guide to support families that have children struggling with mental health and learning disorders during the COVID-19 outbreak. The guide covers remote learning, discipline and behavior, dealing with loss, and much more.
- Zero to Three has created a COVID-19 resource guide that offers tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.
- Common Sense Media created a resource guide to help parents navigate the media landscape during the COVID-19 outbreak. Topics include remote learning, family entertainment, and the news.
- The Fred Rogers Institute has a list of resources to help parents and families with creating learning opportunities and structure for children.
- Sesame Street has started a COVID-19 resources initiative called Caring for Each Other. Visit the Caring for Each Other website for activities that help families find ways to breathe, laugh, and play together.
Email [email protected] with corrections/additions. For assistance in English and Spanish, call 410-313-5088.