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Early Childhood Programs

HCPSS provides high quality early childhood education that is rigorous yet developmentally appropriate. HCPSS also supports and promotes school readiness by focusing on families of, and community programs that work with, children ages birth to five.

Early Learning Resources (Birth-5)

Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. There are many things a parent or caregiver can do, starting at birth, to help their child. There are numerous resources available to support families as they create everyday learning opportunities for children, which will ultimately ensure that the children are prepared to succeed in school and later life.

Child Find: Children Ages 3 to 5

Prior to Kindergarten

Email the Child Find Office directly with “3 to 5” in the subject line of the email or call 410-313-7046.

Learn more about the special education process for children ages 3-5.

Child Find: School-Aged Children (5–21)

For both resident and non-resident students who are parentally placed in a private or religiously affiliated school in Howard County.

Email the Child Find Office.

Child Find: School-Aged Children (K–21)

For resident students in Howard County.

Please contact the school for which your child is zoned. Use our School Locator to identify your home school.

Learn more about the special education process for school-aged children


HCPSS Pre-kindergarten programming includes a range of supports based on either economic or developmental needs.


Children must be 5 years old by September 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten. Every child who is 5 years old by September 1 must be enrolled in a kindergarten program or have an approved waiver.

Find out more about preparing and registering for kindergarten →