Programs

The Judy Center Partnership serves children birth-age 5 yrs old and their families who live in the Cradlerock Elementary attendance area, including those enrolled in Pre-K, Kindergarten, Dasher Green Head Start and our partner Child Care programs. Please check school locator on our home page to determine if your address is within the Cradlerock Elementary attendance area or call us at 410-313-8224 and we will be happy to assist.

We offer parenting programs that foster knowledge of child development, learning about “teachable moments” and focus on good health, mental health and wellness practices.

All playgroups are held at the Judy Center (in the portable learning cottage next to Cradlerock Elementary). Parents/caregivers attend groups/events with their child, play, and participate!

Examples of the programs we offer include:

Storytime and Songs

2 year olds enjoy stories, movement, dance, making friends and language development. Meets Mondays from 10:00-10:45 a.m.

Terrific Tots

Play groups program for 2–3 year olds and their parents with play activities, stories, songs, finger plays, and dancing, counting activities and learning about sounds. Recreation and Parks provides a teacher and an assistant to lead these one hour groups. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 am. All sessions are held at the Judy Center (in the portable classroom next to Cradlerock Elementary School). Call 410–313–8224 to register.

Learn and Play

A program for 3-4 year olds. Children and caregivers engage in stories, songs, dancing and fun play-based activities that support early literacy and math. Make and take art activity. Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Call 410-313-8224 to register.

Families Together Nights

A family fun night that begins with dinner at 6pm followed by a special early learning cultural arts presentation/program focusing on early reading, science (animals, the planets and space), fitness, magic, and social emotional awareness. All families within the Cradlerock ES attendance area with children birth through age five are invited to attend. Programs are held in the CRES school cafeteria. The East Columbia Library sends staff with a selection of books and materials for parents to borrow and Howard County Recreation and Parks is available for information and registration.

Baby & Me - 0-18 months

Have fun with your baby as you participate in developmentally appropriate activities designed to stimulate and engage. You and your baby will enjoy music, puppets, instruments, streamers, parachute and other props as you sing, move and explore!

Read for Health sponsored by University of Maryland Extension

Language arts-based nutrition and physical activity education program for Judy Center children and families. Book and healthy recipe included!

Getting Ahead Workforce Development Program

Parents attend 8 week program instructed by the Howard County Multiservice Center to make concrete plans for economic security. Childcare and dinner provided at no cost.

Infant Massage

Classes for parents with babies up to 10 months old

Ready Rosie

Web-based resource for families of children birth- age 6yrs old, with easy access on your smart phone. Videos feature real families modeling quick early learning activities that can be done at home!

Adult Education Classes

  • Basic Computer Skills - Learning how to use a computer
  • Conversational English - Learning basic English conversational skills
  • Healthy Cooking - Making nutritional meals for families
  • Learning Parties - Learning about language and literacy with a science/math focus and social emotional/play focus
  • Financial Literacy - Developing an effective family budget

Our early childhood programs at CRES and child care partner programs in the community meet the highest national and state standards, ensuring that children participate in developmentally appropriate learning with teachers who have participated in extensive staff development courses and activities.