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HoCo Community Chat May 2024 - Recognizing our Older Americans and Child Care Providers

May 01, 2024 Howard County (MD) Department of Community Resources & Services
HoCo Community Chat May 2024 - Recognizing our Older Americans and Child Care Providers
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HoCo Community Chat
HoCo Community Chat May 2024 - Recognizing our Older Americans and Child Care Providers
May 01, 2024
Howard County (MD) Department of Community Resources & Services

May 2024

First segment: Celebrating Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month – a time to pay a little more attention to those of us over fifty. The theme this year is Powered by Connection, which recognizes the profound impact meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being.  

One way our Office on Aging and Independence is connecting our older adults is through a virtual employment expo. Guests are Ann Happ, a consultant to our virtual 50+ Employment Expo, working with our partner the Jewish Council for the Aging; and, our administrator of the Office on Aging and Independence Ofelia Ross Ott

Second segment: Spotlight on Howard County’s Child Care Providers

National Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is May 10, a day set aside to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere. Guests are child care provider Nicole Smith of Nicole’s Fun and Learning Family Child Care; and one of our early childhood program specialists in the Office of Children and Families, Marissa Hill.

Key topics:

·       Soundbite - Introduction of first topic and guests [0:00]

·       Anne’s Journey towards this new career and transitioning skills to a new career [4:03]

·       Understanding the demographics and geography of HoCo and how the Office on Aging and Independence serves the 50+ community with employment opportunities [7:11]

·       50 or better Virtual Employment EXPO description and employer information [9:33]

·       Why the office of aging is hosting this EXPO in HoCo [12:11]

·       Busting employers myths around hiring 50 or better employees [13:25]

·       Programs available at the JCA and contact info [15:30] 

·       Closing message from Ofelia [17:46]

·       Closing message from Anne [19:30]

·       Closing message from Jackie  [20:30]

·       21:50 Break and PSA
 Introduction of second segment and guests [22:42]

·       Nicole’s journey to a childcare career [24:50]

·       Nicole’s advice for people looking to join this industry [26:17]

·       Available supports for home childcare providers and centers through the Office of Children and Family [28:11]

·       Good qualities to look for in a provider [31:40]

·       Celebrating Nicole’s new book [36:40]

·       Advocating for our childcare providers [39:08]

·       Contact Information for the Office of Children and Family [41:31]

·       Closing message from Nicole and contact information [42:15]

·       Show Closing [45:02]

Resources:

Office on Aging and Independencehttps://www.howardcountymd.gov/aging

Howard County MAP line – 410-313-1234

Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington https://accessjca.org/

Howard County 50+ Employment Expo https://howardexpo.accessjca.org

Howard County Child Care Resource Center https://www.howardcountymd.gov/children-families/child-care-resource-center

Office of Children & Families https://www.howardcountymd.gov/children-families

Nicole’s Fun and Learning Family Child Care LLC

What do you want to hear about? Write us at communityresources@howardcountymd.gov.

Visit us at www.howardcountymd.gov/hococommunitychat, and follow us @hococommunity on Facebook, Instagram, X, Youtube, and Nextdoor.

Show Notes

May 2024

First segment: Celebrating Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month – a time to pay a little more attention to those of us over fifty. The theme this year is Powered by Connection, which recognizes the profound impact meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being.  

One way our Office on Aging and Independence is connecting our older adults is through a virtual employment expo. Guests are Ann Happ, a consultant to our virtual 50+ Employment Expo, working with our partner the Jewish Council for the Aging; and, our administrator of the Office on Aging and Independence Ofelia Ross Ott

Second segment: Spotlight on Howard County’s Child Care Providers

National Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is May 10, a day set aside to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere. Guests are child care provider Nicole Smith of Nicole’s Fun and Learning Family Child Care; and one of our early childhood program specialists in the Office of Children and Families, Marissa Hill.

Key topics:

·       Soundbite - Introduction of first topic and guests [0:00]

·       Anne’s Journey towards this new career and transitioning skills to a new career [4:03]

·       Understanding the demographics and geography of HoCo and how the Office on Aging and Independence serves the 50+ community with employment opportunities [7:11]

·       50 or better Virtual Employment EXPO description and employer information [9:33]

·       Why the office of aging is hosting this EXPO in HoCo [12:11]

·       Busting employers myths around hiring 50 or better employees [13:25]

·       Programs available at the JCA and contact info [15:30] 

·       Closing message from Ofelia [17:46]

·       Closing message from Anne [19:30]

·       Closing message from Jackie  [20:30]

·       21:50 Break and PSA
 Introduction of second segment and guests [22:42]

·       Nicole’s journey to a childcare career [24:50]

·       Nicole’s advice for people looking to join this industry [26:17]

·       Available supports for home childcare providers and centers through the Office of Children and Family [28:11]

·       Good qualities to look for in a provider [31:40]

·       Celebrating Nicole’s new book [36:40]

·       Advocating for our childcare providers [39:08]

·       Contact Information for the Office of Children and Family [41:31]

·       Closing message from Nicole and contact information [42:15]

·       Show Closing [45:02]

Resources:

Office on Aging and Independencehttps://www.howardcountymd.gov/aging

Howard County MAP line – 410-313-1234

Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington https://accessjca.org/

Howard County 50+ Employment Expo https://howardexpo.accessjca.org

Howard County Child Care Resource Center https://www.howardcountymd.gov/children-families/child-care-resource-center

Office of Children & Families https://www.howardcountymd.gov/children-families

Nicole’s Fun and Learning Family Child Care LLC

What do you want to hear about? Write us at communityresources@howardcountymd.gov.

Visit us at www.howardcountymd.gov/hococommunitychat, and follow us @hococommunity on Facebook, Instagram, X, Youtube, and Nextdoor.