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Program Description

  Early Childhood Services

This program focuses on increasing the quality of early care and education programs available to young children throughout the County through technical assistance, consultation, and training for child care providers. Family Support Services' focus is on the development of strategies to increase the supply of quality early care, education programs, and services. Services are delivered through contracts between HHS, the State, and private non-profits that support parents as their children's first teacher. The services include parent engagement activities; home visits; health and parenting education; screening of children to identify special needs; and family support; primarily targeting families and children with risk factors such as poverty, health issues, and isolation.

Program Contacts

Contact JoAnn Barnes of the HHS - Children, Youth and Family Services at 240.777.1223 or Deborah Lambert of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2794 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY18Actual FY19Estimated FY20Target FY21Target FY22
Number of children served by the Infants and Toddlers program5,2605,2745,3545,4145,474
Percent of customers satisfied with Early Childhood Mental Health95%100%100%
Percent of regulated center-based child care programs that hold a quality of care rating of at least 3 out of 5 in Maryland EXCELS N/A47%48%
Percent of regulated family child care programs that hold a quality of care rating of at least 3 out of 5 in Maryland EXCELS N/A18%19%

Program Budget Changes

FY21 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY20 Approved439498713.50
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.616440729.83
FY21 Recommended1055939443.33