Garrett County Health Department, Early Care Program
Resource Details
Alternate Name Garrett County Health Department, Healthy Families
Description COVID-19 UPDATE
  • Early Care Programs: Accepting phone calls to answer questions for all services under Early Care Programs (home visiting, Children with Special Health Care Needs, car seat, BF, Childbirth, Maryland Health Connection, Warmline, etc.). The office is being staffed with 2 workers M-F 8:30- 4:30p.
  • Early Care Programs Healthy Families and Early Head Start Home-Based Home Visiting staff are teleworking. At this time, all home visiting is paused and we are switching to Virtual Home Visits. We are continuing to complete outreach and new client enrollment.
  • Breastfeeding and Childbirth Classes: The expectant parent(s) sign up for the class. If we are not back to business as usual by the time the class date comes up: 1. Our Nurse Educator reaches out, 2. Provides support, 3. Gives them a code to access the class book to get to the full book that correlates with the in-class PowerPoint instruction, additional videos, handouts, etc. 4. Mails the hardcopy of the book, and 5. Provides contact information for continued support. *One-on-one support is also being offered for breastfeeding / lactation support / childbirth needs via telework staff.
  • Maryland Health Connection: The Maryland Health Connection offices at the Garrett County Health Department will be staffed week days from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in both Oakland and Grantsville to assist clients over the phones with insurance needs. Please call 301-334-7720 for Oakland or 301-895-5699 for Grantsville; no walk ins will be accepted at this time.
    Contact Garrett County Health Department, visit, use the “Enroll MHC” mobile app, or contact the call center at 1-855-642-8572
HOME VISITING: Home visiting Service for pregnant women and families with newborns up to 3 months old. Services include breast feeding, parenting skills, keeping children safe indoors and out, information and referrals to community services, as well as linkages to medical providers for services such as immunizations and prenatal care. Breast feeding classes are also available. 

CHILD BIRTH CLASS: Provides classes that prepare parents for child birth. Classes are held at the Health Department in the 1st floor conference room. Classes offered on weekdays and weekends must call in advance to register.
Defined coverage areas:
Maryland - Garrett County
Hours of operation:
Mon: 8AM 5PM
Tue: 8AM 5PM
Wed: 8AM 5PM
Thu: 8AM 5PM
Fri: 8AM 5PM
Mon: 8AM 5PM
Tue: 8AM 5PM
Wed: 8AM 5PM
Thu: 8AM 5PM
Fri: 8AM 5PM
Mon: 8AM 5PM
Tue: 8AM 5PM
Wed: 8AM 5PM
Thu: 8AM 5PM
Fri: 8AM 5PM
Eligibility Expectant families and families with newborns up to 3 months old. No income restrictions.
Languages Offered Accommodations possible.
Program Fees None.
Application Process Accepts self and agency referrals. Screening and assessment process.
Documents Required Call for details.
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Contact Information
Fax Number 301-334-7722
Main 301-334-7720
Garrett County Health Department 301-334-7777
Main Email Address
Main Contact Name Michelle Ford
Main Contact Title Nurse Supervisor
Main Contact Phone 301-334-7720
Main Contact Email Address
Director or Senior Administrator Name Maria Friend
Director or Senior Administrator Title Program Manager
Director or Senior Administrator Phone 301-334-7720
Director or Senior Administrator Email Address
Sites offering this Program 1025 Memorial Drive