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In-home child care can be nice for the big folks, too


Among a USA Today list of 25 projected high growth small businesses for the 1990s is "Child Care Services."

More and more, during the past 20 years, parents have been forced into the workplace by increasing financial pressures brought on by rapidly rising living costs. As a result, the need for child day care has increased dramatically, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

The steady rise in the need for child care in Columbia is supported by the increase in the number of day care centers in the area. If you open the telephone directory, no fewer than 20 are listed. Still, the need for affordable day care persists.

Many parents, especially those with infants and toddlers, prefer an in-home setting for their children, and they have turned to individual licensed day care providers who care for small groups of children in their homes.

It is this growing need for in-home day care that provides an attractive employment alternative to a parent with a young child who is planning to enter the workplace. Instead, of working at a nine to five office job, they may choose to become a day care provider, earning needed income while caring for their own children.

Individuals who provide in-home child care are required to pass selective training courses, and must be licensed by the State of Maryland.

For those interested in becoming an in-home child care provider, a series of continuing training classes will be available at Linden Hall, in Dorsey's Search, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., beginning on Monday, Sept. 13, and continuing through Oct. 4.

The four classes combine to form an informative, dynamic, and interactive six-hour course. The instructor, Bonnie Bricker, is director of Play Pals Inc., and is certified by the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

Registration may be done in person at Linden Hall, from now until Sept. 11. Participants may sign up for the entire course, or for individual classes. Certificates will be issued to those needing continuing training hours for licensing. The cost is $15 per class, or $50 for the entire course.

For additional information, call Bonnie Bricker at 301-596-2504.


Attention parents! If you think your son or daughter has what it takes to be a model, here is an opportunity to find out.

Auditions for the Back to School Fashion Show will be held this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Center Court in The Mall in Columbia.

Children between the ages of 4 and 18 are invited to try out. Parents should bring a current picture of their child with them.

The winning models will participate in the Back to School Fashion Show to take place at the Mall on Saturday, Aug. 14, with shows at 1 p.m. and again at 5 p.m.

For additional information, call 730-3300.


Congratulations to 10-year-old Melanie Ackers of Harper's Choice and her 11-year-old cousin, Susan Dahl of Gaithersburg. These young ladies recently participated in the Betty Crocker Junior Miss Baking Contest held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Melanie, who says she has been baking and experimenting with her own recipes since she was 6, won a fourth-place ribbon for her trail mix cookies. And, Susan received an honorable mention for her Dutch chocolate ribbon cake.

The Trail Mix cookies sounded particularly good to me and I asked Melanie for the recipe, which she has allowed me to share here with you:

1/4 cup melted butter

1 cup brown sugar

(Stir until blended smooth)

1 egg (beaten)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/8 level teaspoon Allspice

(Stir until blended)

1/2 cup flour (sifted)

(Add 1 additional tablespoon

of flour)

1 level teaspoon baking powder

1/4 level teaspoon salt (optional)

(Stir until blended smooth)

3/4 cup trail mix (chopped coarse)

(Stir until mixed well)

Baking instructions:

Drop with teaspoon on a greased cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven at 375 for 6-8 minutes.

And, yes Melanie. They are delicious! Thank you!


"I Was There at the Chicago Fire" is the catchy title of a new Howard County Library program for 7- to 10-year-olds. The children will explore this famous historical event through a combination of stories and creative dramatics.

Did Mrs. O'Leary's cow really kick over a lantern and start the big fire? To discover the answer, come to the Central Library tomorrow, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

For additional information and to register, call Jo Puckett, children's librarian, at 313-7880.

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