Below you will find a list of local organizations providing information and services to children and their families. These are by no means the only resources out there. However, they will make excellent starting points as you begin your search. For additional information, you can also visit our page of general resources.
Anne Arundel County Chapter of the Autism Society of America
The mission of this organization is to serve as a resource for residents of Anne Arundel County with autism spectrum disorders and their families through education, advocacy, and public awareness activities, and by serving as a liaison to the Autism Society of America.
Anne Arundel County Department of Health—“Learn to Live” program
The “Learn to Live” program focuses on all aspects of healthy living, emphasizing such topics as healthy eating, smoking cessation and prevention, and sun safety. There are resources for parents and activities for children and teens.
Anne Arundel County Public Libraries—Kids page
This site contains links to Web sites about reading, as well as other fun-yet-educational sites for children of all ages.
The Arc of Anne Arundel County
The Arc provides direct care and support to people with mental retardation/developmental disabilities and their families. Services include family support, community education, respite care, advocacy, and community living programs. They work with the local chapter of PODS (Parents of Children with Down Syndrome).
Chesapeake Family Magazine
This is a free parenting magazine distributed in Anne Arundel and Calvert counties. Their Web resources include a calendar of local events as well as directories of schools, camps, day cares, and other services.
The Educational Resource Group
The ERG specializes in working with those who have been diagnosed with ADHD, Autism, Asperger's or Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Dyslexia and Auditory Processing Disorders and Traumatic Brain Injuries.
The Family Tree
The Family Tree is Maryland’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to improving our community by providing families with proven solutions to prevent child abuse and neglect. They provide family education programs, serve as a resource for parents and caregivers, and work with other local agencies to create more comprehensive community services.
Gifted and Talented Association of Anne Arundel County
The GTA is dedicated to raising awareness and advocating for the rights of gifted and talented students in Anne Arundel County, including those in undeserved populations such as ESOL, learning disabled, and Title I. Contact them at GTAAAC@comcast.net.
Maryland Parental Information and Resource Center (MD PIRC)
MD PIRC has been established as a site where parents can find resources and information to help their children succeed in school. It is user friendly to Asian, Latino, Recent Immigrant Parents and African American parents. Bilingual hotlines are available.
Network of Care
This is a comprehensive site of resources including information about physical and mental health, and resources to help with insurance, housing, substance abuse, legal issues, etc.
Parents’ Place of Maryland
Information for parents of children with disabilities. They offer a wide variety of workshops on topics such as behavior management at home, understanding psychological and educational test information, and navigating the special education system in the public schools.
Therapy Solutions for Children, Inc.
The Therapy Solutions for Children, Inc. is a pediatric practice specializing in occupational therapy for children The clinic provides services to children with special needs, particularly those with sensory processing disorder.
Tot's Line for Anne Arundel County
The Tot's Line is a nonprofit agency which provides a toll-free number that parents and caregivers can call to get free information, advice, and referrals. They also provide programs and workshops on a variety of topics.
YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
The YWCA offers a variety of programs for parents and families, including workshops and support groups for parents going through divorce, grandparents and other relatives providing care for children, and parents of young children. They also offer other classes and workshops aimed at adults who are not necessarily parents.