Assistance

Comcast Free and Discounted Internet Services

1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376)

Comcast is offering two free months of free Internet Essentials service to new internet customers. You may qualify for Internet Essentials if you qualify for SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, and other services. After promotional pricing, the cost will be $9.95/month + tax. Comcast also offers free WiFi to people who are not current Comcast customers. A list of public WiFi locations can be found at www.xfinity.com/wifi.

Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood

410-767-0100

200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595

The Division of Early Childhood at the Maryland State Department of Education is responsible for early care and education in Maryland. The main mission of the Division is to improve early education in Maryland so that young children are well prepared for school. The Division is composed of the Office of Child care, the Early Learning Branch, and the Collaboration and Program Improvement Branch.

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Office of Child Care

The Office of Child Care (OCC) works to support and guide early education and child care so that every young child in Maryland has a strong foundation and will be ready for kindergarten. The OCC is responsible for licensing and inspecting all child care centers and family child care and daycare providers in Maryland and evaluating and approving applications for Maryland State Department of Education Child Care Trainers/Training Proposal Approval Program.  The OCC also administers Maryland’s subsidized child care program for working families and the state’s Child Care Credentialing System.

The OCC is responsible for the regulation of child care, facilitating the development of new child care resources, promoting the use of regulated care, monitoring caregiver compliance with child care licensing requirements, encouraging the growth of caregiver professionalism, and providing technical assistance to caregivers and parents. Within OCC, the Licensing Branch is specifically responsible for all child care licensing activities.

The Early Learning Branch is responsible for pre-k and kindergarten policy and programs. This branch also oversees the Ready for Kindergarten Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System, Developmental Screening, Early Childhood Curriculum and the Maryland Approved Alternative Program Preparation. For more information about any of these branches or to locate a daycare provider please visit the website.

USDA Rural Development

(302) 857-3580

1221 College Park Drive, Suite 200, Dover, MD 19904

Provides subsidized home loans to very low and low income people for new and existing homes. Provides grants to very low income people age 62 or older and one percent interest loans for any very low income person who owns and occupies their home to complete home repairs that are needed to fix hazardous conditions for safety reasons. Applications available by mail, email or in the office.

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Eligibility

Call our office for income guidelines used in determining eligibility.

Hours of Operation

Mon – Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm

Areas Served

This office serves Caroline, Dorchester,Queen Anne’s,Talbot, Somerset, Worcester and Wicomico Counties

Upper Shore Aging

410-479-2535

410-479-1879

Upper Shore Aging Housing Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the provision of decent, safe and affordable housing for Senior Citizens in the upper five Counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Service

Two Senior Centers in Caroline County provide a pleasant environment where older adults can socialize and participate in group activities, including recreation; education; physical fitness; arts and crafts; holiday events and fun and games. Both Senior Centers have computers with Internet access.Senior information and assistance. Senior Care. Legal assistance, Housing. Public Guardianship.

Eligibility

Individuals must be 62 years of age, disabled or handicapped adult. Income from all sources must not exceed the Federally established income eligibility guidelines for the county where each project is located. Call the agency for an application.

Hours of Operation

Mon.-Fri. 8 AM-3 PM

Areas Served

Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne, Talbot, and Caroline Counties.

Visiting Angels

443-746-0494

443-552-0948

To help seniors who need a helping hand.

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Service

Personal care, hygiene assistance, light housekeeping, meal preparation, running errands, and general companionship.

Fees

We have a variety of package options – arrange for your free in-home assessment to hear all about them.

Areas Served

Queen Anne, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties

Benedictine School & Adult Services

410-634-2112

410-634-2640

14299 Benedictine Lane, Ridgely, MD 21660

Helping children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential.

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Service

The Benedictine School is a year round day and residential school which provides individualized programming with a high staff to student ratio and a multidisciplinary approach. The Adult Program, for ages 21 and over, provides residential and vocational support services and is open all year.

Eligibility

The Benedictine School is for ages 5-21 living with intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, and autism. For the Adult Services program, one has to be age 21 or over and have developmental disabilities.

Adult Education, Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Training at Chesapeake College

410-827-5835

P. O. Box 8, Wye Mills, MD 21679

Chesapeake College provides adult education programs to residents in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties. Classes include English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education and GED® Test Preparation classes. Students wishing to enroll in classes must first attend a registration session. During registration the student’s current skill level will be evaluated for the proper class placement. The registration schedule can be found by calling the hotline numbers or on the calendars on the website.

For registration and further information on ABE/GED classes, students can contact Danielle Thomas at ged@chesapeake.edu or 410-829-6043 (text).For ESL classes, contact Karen Luceti at esl@chesapeake.edu or 410-443-1163 (text). For NEDP program, contact us via email at NEDP@chesapeake.edu.

OUR NEW VIRTUAL CLASSES ARE HERE!Make an Appointment to Register Now!¡Aquí están nuestras nuevas clases virtuales!Summer Session starts July 6, 2020!¡La sesión de verano comienza el 6 de julio de 2020!Haga una cita para registrarse ahora!Improve your English-speaking skills, your reading, writing, math and employability skills, and/or study to earn your Maryland High School Diploma.Mejora tus habilidades para hablar en inglés, para leer y escribir, en matemáticas, y la posibilidad de conseguir un empleo, y o estudia para obtener tu Diploma de High School de Maryland.All from the comfort of your own home!¡Todo desde la comodidad de tu hogar!You can study through text messaging, WhatsApp, FaceBook, and other platforms that work for you.Puedes estudiar a través de mensajes de texto, WhatsApp, FaceBook y otras plataformas que puedan funcionar para ti.So, whether you have a flip phone, a smart phone, an iPad, tablet, laptop, desktop, or other device, and access to the Internet,*We can help you go on to college, training, and better jobs!Entonces, ya sea que tengas un teléfono plegable, un teléfono inteligente, un iPad, tableta, computadora portátil u otro dispositivo, y acceso a Internet, *¡podemos ayudarte a continuar tus estudios enla universidad, capacitarte y mejorar tus trabajos!For more information, contact:Para más información, contáctenos a través de:GED@chesapeake.edu or ESL@chesapeake.edu*For help obtaining a device and/or Internet access, go to http://www.everyoneon.orgWIFI can be accessed from the parking lot of your local library, the Wye Mills campus, and the Cambridge Center. Also, many retailers offer free WIFI for customers.*Para obtener ayuda para conseguir un dispositivo y / o acceso a Internet, vaya a http://www.everyoneon.orgSe puede acceder a WIFI desde el estacionamiento de su biblioteca local, el campus de Wye Mills y el Centro de Cambridge. Además, muchas tiendas ofrecen WIFI gratuito a los clientes.For assistance in Spanish call 410-827-5929

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Eligibility

English As a Second Language classes are available to all adults whose native language is other than English. Classes provide instruction in English language skills to non-English or limited English proficient adults and are offered at multiple levels from beginning to advanced Adult Basic Education and GED® Test Preparation classes are available to individuals we are at least 16 years of age and who are not a high school graduate or currently attending high school. Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes include instruction for learners at beginning and intermediate levels. GED® Test Preparation classes are for those who are in the final stages of preparing to take the GED® Test. Individuals must be a resident of the State of Maryland for at least 3 months to be eligible to take the GED® Test. The External Diploma Program (NEDP) is for individuals age 18 or older, who are not enrolled in regular high school and can demonstrate essential academic competencies and life skills. NEDP provides a unique way for adults to earn a Maryland high school diploma. Participants demonstrate high school level skills by applying work, family and community life experiences in real life situations. This is not a class-attendance based program. The program structure is self-paced and offers flexibility for busy adults. Individuals meet regularly with an NEDP advisor and assessor. NEDP is a computer- based program. A one-time $150 fee is assessed for NEDP.

Fees

No fees for classes. Classes are supported by grant funding from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

Areas Served

Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Kent, and Queen Anne’s Counties

Caroline County Department of Social Services-Family Investment Program

410-819-4500

410-819-4504

P.O. Box 400, Denton, MD 21629

To encourage people to be self-sufficient and provide them opportunities and support to achieve that goal.

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Service

Employment services (see Caroline County Career Center), Temporary Cash Assistance, Welfare Avoidance Grants, Emergency Assistance to Families with Children, Child Care Subsidy, Temporary Disability Assistance, Public Assistance to Adults, Food Supplement Program benefits, Medical Assistance, and Long Term Care Medical Assistance. There is a Burial Assistance program that helps qualified families with burial costs for loved ones. There is a Spanish interpreter available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 – 1:00 to assist in completing the application for the Food Supplement Program. Call for application procedure.

Eligibility

Eligibility requirements vary according to each program.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 8 AM-5 PM

Fees

All services are free.

Areas Served

Caroline County

Ages Served

All ages

Caroline County Department of Social Services-Child Welfare Unit

410-819-4523

410-819-4501

P.O. Box 400, Denton, MD 21629

The Caroline County Department of Social Services is an agency of the state Department of Human Resources. It is the mission of the Department to aggressively pursue opportunities to assist people in economic need, increase prevention efforts and protect vulnerable children and adults. Our vision is a county where people independently support themselves and their families and where individuals are safe from abuse and neglect. To this end, the Department is responsible for a continuum of human service programs that must be assured to all in need. Primarily, Federal and State Governments fund these programs.

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Service

This Child Welfare Services Division provides child physical and sexual abuse and neglect investigative services, continuing child protective services,intensive family services, foster care, kinship care, adoption, licensing of foster/adoptive families, and court ordered home evaluations. Parenting classes are offered periodically. There are certain eligibility requirements for some of the family service programs.

Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Areas Served

Caroline County

Ages Served

Children under the age of 18.

Caroline County Department of Social Services-Adult Services Unit

410-819-4500

410-819-4578

P.O. Box 400, Denton, MD 21629

“We envision Caroline County as a diverse and inclusive community that provides a protective and healthy environment in which individuals and families are economically stable, safe from abuse and neglect, and have achieved and maintained their maximum potential for independence and well being.”

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Service

Adult Protective Services Unit investigates vulnerable adult abuse (elder and non-elder), neglect, self-neglect and exploitation. The Adult Services Unit also offers services to seniors, services to non-aged adults, Project Home licensing and case management, In-Home Aide service, and Emergency Assistance to Adults. Provides referrals to homeless individuals during business hours, but those requiring homeless assistance outside of regular business hours can contact the Sheriff’s Department at 410-479-2515.

Eligibility

Eligibility requirements vary according to program.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

Fees

Some fees based on income

Areas Served

Caroline County

Ages Served

Adults aged 18 and older.