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Young Parent Support Center

201 Back River Neck Road
Essex, Maryland 21221
Phone: 410-853-3860
Fax: 410-686-5479

Now Celebrating our 25th Year!

The Young Parent Support Center (YPSC) is a comprehensive family support and development center that strives to strengthen families, promote the healthy development of children and guide families toward self sufficiency and economic independence. All services offered are free; the value of the services is priceless.

Parents may feel overwhelmed at times, as children age 4 and under do not come with an operator's manual. The YPSC may provide extra support that new parents need because it takes a village to raise a child. 


  • "YPSC staff really care about you and your family and want to see you achieve in life."
  • "They helped me be a better parent."
  • "It's a friendly environment."
  • "It's a place like no other. It gives you an opportunity to get your high school diploma with free transportation and free child care."
  • "Amazing field trips!"

Services Available

The following services are available from the Young Parent Support Center:

  • Childcare designed to help children improve their literacy and speaking skills and to be ready for prekindergarten
  • Daytime transportation to and from the YPSC for residents in southeast Baltimore County (within limits)
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) to help parents prepare for taking the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) tests. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday and are enhanced by computer-assisted instruction and tutorial services
  • Service coordination and referral services to help parents respond to personal and family challenges and to help map out goals for the months and years ahead
  • The Nurturing Parenting Program, a six-week program offered Monday and Wednesday 1 to 3 p.m., designed to give parents effective parenting strategies to best nurture their child
  • Our In-Home Interventionist visits to provide pregnant women, mothers and fathers with children ages 0 to 4 with quality services to enhance parent and child relationships, health education and development-centered parenting tools
  • Opportunities to participate in fun recreational outings and field trips
  • Life skills and health education classes are provided from 2 to 3 p.m.
  • English as a second language (ESOL) classes with childcare

Hours of Operation

The YPSC is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Daytime ABE classes are offered Monday through Friday and evening ABE classes are offered two evenings per week. For more information on ABE classes, contact:
Phena Long
Phone: 410-853-3866

For more information or to make a referral(PDF), contact:
Susan Zimmerman, LCSW-C
Service Coordinator
Phone: 410-853-3858

Revised October 12, 2017         


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