Education Notes


June 01, 2008

Center offers families aid

The CARE Center for Child and Adolescent Resources will help families discuss their needs and offer resources and referrals.

Information is available on community services, county recreation and sports facilities, financial assistance, support groups, emergency needs, help for drug or alcohol abuse, classes for parents, school readiness and achievement, emotional and mental health, child care resources and other topics.

The center is a service of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office of Children's Services. Information: 410-313-CARE (410-313-2273), between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Or visit

Child care workshop to be held

The Howard County Office of Children's Services will sponsor a workshop for child care and early-childhood professionals and parents, "Make the Most Out of Summer!" from 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Office of Children's Services, 3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite 380, Ellicott City.

"Play: A Young Child's Work," an examination of the importance of play for children, will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $20.

Activities to Integrate Math and Science," a workshop on finding ways to engage children in enjoyable math and science activities, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $20.

An Infant/Child and Adult CPR Certification, acceptable to fulfill the requirement for a child care license, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $45.

Information: 410-313-1940.

Program teaches Chinese language

The Washington Metropolitan Association of Chinese Schools and the Chinese Language School of Columbia will present 2008 STARTALK summer language program for middle school students in Howard County.

The program seeks to jump-start Chinese language skills for students who do not speak Chinese. Participants will also be involved in cultural activities such as the lion dance, Chinese yo-yo and Chinese calligraphy.

The camp will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. weekdays, June 30 through July 25; an optional cultural camp will be offered July 28-29. Both camps are for students entering grades six through nine will be held at Burleigh Manor Middle School, 4200 Centennial Lane.

The cost is $200. Information: Bianca Chang,

The STARTALK program is a response to the National Security Language Initiative. Information:

Summer camp to focus on jazz

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Contemporary Arts Inc., a nonprofit organization working to advance jazz in the community, will offer a Music and Arts Academy Summer Camp.

Jazz saxophonist Carl Grubbs will direct the camp. Instruction will be available on saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, drums and keyboards, and in African, modern and tap dance, as well as jazz singing. Campers can take their own instruments or use instruments provided by the camp.

Tuition is $420. Payment plans and scholarships are available for all applicants; scholarships and financial assistance are also available.

The two-week camp for children ages 7 to 16 will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, beginning July 7, at Hammond High School in Columbia.

Information: Holly Harden, 410-313-4630, or

Essays on story by Doyle sought

Seventh-graders are invited to read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Speckled Band and write an analytical essay about it for a contest sponsored by the Howard County library.

The story, a glossary and sample essays are available at Entry forms are available at branches and online. The deadline is Friday.

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