Navigating Meaningful Dialogue with your Teen – 23 April

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In this age of emails, texting, and social media, parents are looking for ways to have
meaningful dialogue with their teenagers. Adolescence can be a difficult time for both
teens and their parents, however it is a time when communicating is extremely
important. While teens are off of their routine during the summer months with
employment or just spending more time away from home, the need for
communication is critical.

Parents are invited to listen to a panel of professionals and community members
engage in conversation about keeping a healthy relationship with children during the
teen years. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

When: Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Bain Senior Center
5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044
Cost: FREE. Space is limited so pre-registration is required
Who Should Attend: Parents and Guardians only
By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1440

This workshop is sponsored by The Howard County Family Institute, a parent education program of the Office of Children’s Services, Department of Citizen Services.  The Family Institute offers informational sessions and training workshops for parents on many topics, including child development, positive discipline, finding resources, and adolescent issues.  To learn more, please call 410-313-1940 or email

African American Community Parent Academy Session – 11 April

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Please join the African American Community Parent Academy as it sponsors a “Feedback Session on Upcoming Topics”. The Parent Academy has developed topics to be presented in its sessions for the upcoming 2015–16 school year in Howard County. Come share feedback on whether the proposed topics will support you in advocating for your child. Session will be held:


Saturday, April 11, 2015
10 a.m. – Noon
Oakland Mills High School
9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, MD  21045



Child care, limited transportation, and interpreting services are available.
Please call 410-313-1598 to access services. Advanced notice is required.

PARCC Information Session – March 14, 2015

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The Howard County Public School System and the African American Community Roundtable are sponsoring a PARCC Information Session on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. – Noon at the Oakland Mills High School located at 9410 Kilimanjaro Road in Columbia.

Learn valuable information about the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) state assessments in reading and mathematics being administered this school year. The new assessments replace the Maryland School Assessments (MSA) in English and mathematics in Grades 3-8, and replace the High School Assessments in Algebra I and English 10.

Child care is available! RSVP is required for child care – call 410-313-1598.