The Howard County Health Assessment Survey captures a representative snapshot of the county’s overall health, access to health care services, lifestyle habits, and health knowledge. The survey also helps identify which residents are more likely to have needs that are not currently being met by health care institutions in the county. Fact sheets highlighting some of the interesting findings of the Howard County Health Assessment Survey can be found at

Children Programs and Before and After Care Services

Columbia Association’s mission is to engage our diverse community, cultivate a unique sense of place and enhance quality of life. In support of this, Columbia Association (CA) offers an array of services including children’s programs and after care services to meet the needs of the community. CA proudly serves its Columbia residents of all ages as well as businesses that make Columbia their home.

Some of these programs include:

Child Care Services. You can rest easy knowing that your child is being kept safe in an environment where they can explore, learn and have fun. For working parents, CA provides School Age Services (SAS) in 20 Howard County schools as well as Before and After Care for elementary and middle school children. Parents who use CA clubs to maintain their fit and active lifestyle can work out worry-free when taking advantage of CA’s KidSpace child care program.

Camps. Camps provide children with a place to build relationships, develop a sense of community and explore their creativity. CA’s caring and professional staff promote a variety of fun learning opportunities in an environment where health and safety is of the utmost importance.

Columbia Art Center offers art classes in Columbia, MD and is dedicated to providing artistic experiences in the visual arts for all ages and interest levels and to join with local arts organizations and community businesses in creating diverse offerings.

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County. Looking for a way to volunteer? You’re in the right place. Find An Opportunity by viewing our current volunteer opportunities. From that page you can filter the search results based on location, key word, issue, skills, age range, availability or other criteria. Click on the Opportunity Calendar link to view date- and time-specific opportunities in a calendar view.