Referral service locates child care
Parents in need of child care can feel pretty alone. But in the last year many in Maryland found out they were not. Through its referral service LOCATE: Child Care, the Maryland Committee for Children assisted nearly 13,500 parents find registered care for 17,167 children during its fiscal year that ended June 30. LOCATE maintains a listing of more than 12,000 day care providers, nursery schools, kindergartens and Head Start programs throughout the state. Its staff advises parents on what to look for and what is available in day care and supplies names of providers in specific locations. The number for LOCATE: Child Care, except in Baltimore, is 625-1111. In the city, the number is 669-8333.
Families at risk of having premature and seriously ill children are going to get some help through a program designed by The National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality. Despite its tedious name, The Resource Mothers Development Project really means that experienced parents will visit young mothers and mothers-to-be and help them care for themselves and their babies. "Resource Mothers" will share information on basic health care and ways to get help for more serious problems. They may also drive families to doctor's offices and care for children to give the young moms a break. The project, with money from Nestle USA, will be developed by the commission and coordinated through local health departments and other agencies.