Howard Magazine - Page 23 - Education and Schools (2)

Howard Magazine
- Page 23
Education and Schools (2)

grams sponsored by religious organizations, Montessori schools, day-care programs and programs for children with disabilities.

 

Information about early childhood programs and services can be obtained from the following offices:

 

Howard County Child Care Resource Center, 410-313-1940, howardcountymd.gov/children. The Resource Center assists parents in locating licensed childcare and provides information, training and data on child care to parents and child care professionals.

 

Howard County Infants and Toddlers Program (also called Early Beginnings) 410- 313-7017, hcpss.org/special-education. This program provides assessment and evaluation services to children below the age of 3 who may be in need of special education services.

 

Child Find, 410-313-7046, hcpss.org/special-education. This program provides assessment and evaluation services to children 3-5 years old who may be in need of special education services.

 

Howard County Head Start, 410-313- 6443, cac-hc.org. This preschool program for low-income 3-to 5-year-olds is offered in four locations.

 

Pre-K, 410-313-5693, hcpss.org/schools/pre-k-programs. The county school system’s program provides preschool for 4-year-olds, primarily from lower-income families, at 26 elementary schools.

 

Special needs education

 

County public schools offer many programs for children with special needs. Children with disabilities are included in regular classrooms whenever possible, assisted by specialists.

 

Cedar Lane School in Fulton is the county’s special education center, which provides classes for students ages 3 through 21 who are developmentally delayed or have multiple disabilities.

 

The Homewood Center in Ellicott City houses programs to meet the needs of students in middle and high schools who have difficulty functioning in traditional classroom settings.

 

The private Linwood Center in Ellicott City, which educates autistic children and adults, offers day and residential programs, as well as community-based residential services.

 

The Maryland School for the Deaf in Columbia offers a nurturing educational environment for hearing-impaired children from infancy through eighth grade.