Caring Connections focusing on school readiness

School readiness is an important factor in children’s success in school. Some say it begins at birth.

Many Washington County families might be unaware of resources to help. That’s where Caring Connections comes in.

The program is a single point of entry for access, assessment and referral for Washington County families with children from birth to age 5. It saves them from applying at multiple agencies, duplicating paperwork over and over, said Heather Glass, the executive director of Apples for Children Inc.

“We want things to be simple. We feel like families are missing out on programs,” Glass said. Families looking for services can contact Apples for Children at 240-850-3212.

Currently, participating programs are Apples for Children, the coordinating entity for Caring Connections; Head Start of Washington County (both Head Start and Early Head Start); Healthy Families through Washington County Health Department; the Family Center of Washington County Department of Social Services; and prekindergarten and the Judy Center of Washington County Public Schools.

Caring Connections focusing on school readiness