Baltimore County Government

Baltimore County Public Library

Baltimore County Public Schools

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 3's, age of entry.

Office of Early Childhood - (410) 887-4313

Birth to 5

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

Youth Services Department - (410) 887-0517

Department of Health

Information about childhood illness and conditions, colds, ear infections, head lice, sore throats, antibiotics, and immunizations. Child safety tips, testing services, WIC.

Locations and driving directions to Health Department and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Clinics.

Department of Health - (410) 887-2243

Connections: Children, Youth & Family Resources

A directory of community organizations providing links to  organizations and other resources for information on early childhood and developmental education, family financial assistance, support groups, legal rights and resources, health care and clinics, shelters, emergency assistance, counseling, medical information and referral, pregnancy and services for young parents, and more.

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, other assistance programs for parents and caregivers.

Department of Social Services - (410) 853-3000

Story Timers

The Story Timers 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 Times, Toddler Story Times, and Preschool Drop-in Story Times. Times and locations of all story times can be found in the library's Calendar of Events.

Youth Services Department - (410) 887-0517

Kindergarten Classroom Volunteers

From reading Dr. Seuss books to serving juice, kindergarten classroom volunteers help young students with cognitive and social skills. Baltimore County Volunteers, in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools, has developed a new volunteer initiative – Kindergarten Classroom Volunteers – to help our youngest learners through their first year in public school. Applications are being accepted for the school year.

Baltimore County Volunteers - (410) 887-2715

Baby Booster Kits

Baltimore County Public Library’s Baby Booster 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 each kit contains children's books on a particular theme, plus a parent resource book and a compact disc or DVD.

Baby Booster Kits are available at all branches of the Baltimore County Public Library, and you can reserve a kit free of charge at the Information Desk of your local library.

Human Services Topics for Children

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

My First Library Card

Baltimore County Public Library’s My First Library Card program provides library cards for children ages birth through kindergarten in all library branches, and through cooperation with various pre-school programs and Baltimore County Public Schools.

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.

Local Management Board - (410) 887-8727

Early Literacy Resources

Book lists, guidelines for reading aloud to children, tips for promoting brain development, as well as other print and online resources for parents and caregivers of young children.

Youth Services Department - (410) 887-0517

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