Maryland Family Network, Inc. (MFN) is an advocate and catalyst for the development of a strong system of quality child care, early education, and family support. Working with interested parties on local, state, and national levels, MFN is a private, non-profit organization that has a rich history of action in matters affecting children, families, and the child care community of this state.
MFN was created in 2009 from the merger of two leading Maryland non-profit organizations, Maryland Committee for Children (MCC) and Friends of the Family. This page provides background on Maryland Committee for Children.
Formed in 1945, MCC (then known as the Maryland Committee for the Group Day Care of Children) was founded to present an organized voice in support of continued federal funding for child care programs and to promote better child care services throughout Maryland. Between 1946 and 1964, the primary focus of the organization was: to provide training for teachers in child care programs; to help raise money for the operation of child care centers; to conduct research; and to spearhead the fight for child care regulation.
In 1965, the organization combined its former board and professional advisory committee with members of the public at large, thereby broadening its base and more effectively reaching the general public to interpret the need for quality child care services. In 1966, the organization received its first foundation funding and the first paid staff was hired from an annual budget of $20,000. The staff, budget, and scope of the organization continued on this level through the 1960s.
In the early 1970s, MCC's board undertook a complex planning process to determine how to best meet the developmental needs of children. Its decision was to expand the organization's ability to offer support services to parents and people who work with young children. With this decision reached, the organization focused its direct services to the child care community.
Today, Maryland Family Network is the state's foremost child advocacy organization. Whether it comes to issues of improving early childhood education and development opportunities, providing technical assistance and training to current and prospective child care providers, promoting the establishment of child care programs and professional opportunities within the field, helping working parents in need of child care, working with employers on work/family policy issues, or stimulating the supply of child care resources across the state, Maryland Family Network addresses the issues head on and takes action.
MFN's programmatic areas include Public Policy, the Maryland Child Care Resource Network, LOCATE: Child Care, Training and TECHNIC: Child Care, Development and Marketing, as well as the Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center.