Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can make the transition easier.
Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Anne Arundel and Howard counties because they provide important connections to other residents, local businesses and public safety. These sites give up-to-date information on local happenings, municipal contacts, weather and events such as city council meetings:
State of Maryland
Anne Arundel County
City of Annapolis
City of Laurel
FAMILY, CHILDREN AND CHILD CARE SERVICES
Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care
Find family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults/seniors, pets and even housekeepers for your home.
Or you can post a caregiver job and then let the applicants find you — guaranteed responses within three days. Access to background checks, references and reviews helps you to make hiring decisions with confidence.
The site also provides helpful information such as how much to pay a baby sitter, how to interview a pet sitter and how to find a tutor or after-school activity for your student.
Active-duty military families receive a 25 percent discount on any subscription.
Child Care Aware
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.
The site will also help you find information on locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Maryland Department of Human Resources
311 W. Saratoga St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
This department is the state’s primary social service provider, serving more than 1 million people annually. The DHR, through its 24 local departments of social services, aggressively pursues opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide preventive services and protect vulnerable children and adults in Anne Arundel and Howard Counties. It oversees the state’s Child Protective Services offices, Emergency Food Assistance program, homeless services, safe haven services and more.
Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services
80 West St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
This county office of the state’s Department of Human Resources provides services that include adoptions, adult protective services, child care programs, child support enforcement, family support services, food stamps, temporary cash assistance and more.
Howard County Department of Social Services
7121 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
The Howard County counterpart of Maryland’s DHR provides many of the same services locally, including child, family and adult services; economic assistance; child support enforcement; employment resources; and other assistance.