The Very Early Childhood Education Center offers programs to strengthen, encourage and educate families with children 5 years of age and younger (older siblings welcomed). The first 5 years of your child's life are the most important years for brain development. We are a free program to help you, the parents, be the Best First Teachers by providing you with information, books, toys and a wonderful place to play with your child, as you teach through the activities that are available in our Activity Center. In our center there are toys and activities that will teach creative play, creating with art materials, developing motor skills, learning academic skills such as reading/color names/numbers/shapes/counting and problem solving. We encourage family engagement assuring parents, they are their child's First Teachers. Parents are learning as they read the monthly newsletters provided and by attending our parent support group. We offer a Free Totes for Tots program that we will deliver to your home or exchange at the center once a month. We deliver only in Howard County. Each tote contains a couple of activities, a monthly newsletter and several books that are age appropriate for families to enjoy. We also offer a Free parent support group, Free Story Times with our local librarian and a Free Birthday Castle where children 5 years of age can enter and choose a Free toy.