News Updates

Suggested Amendments to Policy 1080 (Educational Equity)

August 17th, 2020 - To help improve Policy 1080 so that it will provide guidance and clarification to HCPSS practices, and to ensure that Policy 1080 is aligned with state regulations, CAPA respectfully submitted the following recommendation on revision.

The following revisions are based on the current BOE draft dated July 9, 2020.  Read more ...

AAPI Month Celebration

June 3rd, 2020 - The month of May is designated to recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. The AAPI community is part of the diverse fabric of our nation. Its contributions, resilience and compassion are especially noteworthy in this challenging time during the coronavirus pandemic. To honor the AAPI Heritage Month, CAPA-HC launched an on-line celebration which includes a series of virtual activities and events.


As a conclusion of the celebration, CAPA-HC created a video featuring Howard County elected officials, government agencies, HCPSS school officials, non-profit organizations and community leaders recognizing the contribution of the local AAPI community.

The YouTube link is

We are very grateful that we have received huge support and great responses which made this initiative such a successful event.

WE CARE Initiative Opening Ceremony at Park View Apartment Complex

February 11th, 2020 - CAPA proudly partners with Howard County Health Department and Department of Community Resources and Services to serve the residents living in the Park View Columbia apartment complex who have been identified as frequent and high-risk health individuals. As one of the grant recipients of the WE CARE initiative, CAPA, along with organizations representing Korean, Persian and Russian populations will provide classes and site visits to the Park View residents and is committed to promote a healthier living to the senior citizens.


This initiative was launched by County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball. An opening ceremony was held in Park View on February 11th. Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Ball, DCRS Director Jackie Scott and Health Officer Dr. Maura Rossman for recognizing the diverse needs of the immigrant community and taking initiative to reach out to the community organizations for a collaborative effort.

Lunar New Year Celebration at Dayton Oaks Elementary School

January 24th, 2020 - It is great to see more and more schools in Howard County celebrate Lunar New Year each year. CAPA is proud to partially fund the celebration at the Dayton Oaks Elementary School for the second year. Thanks to the DOES families for putting together a program including morning greeting by the Lion Dance, Panda and "caishen", passing "hongbao" (red envelop) at the door, classroom presentation of Chinese culture and lunch for teachers to show our appreciation. Thanks to DOES principal Mr. Nigel LaRoche for your continuous support of this program. Thanks to Dr. Michael Martirano for joining us to celebrate this important holiday with us.

Click here to apply CAPA Census 2020 Community Grant.


Partnership with Howard County Health Department

January 6th, 2020 - We were excited to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Howard County Health Department today as we  will work together to provide Community Health Workers to improve health outcomes and decrease the need for emergency health care services.


CAPA was Awarded the Horizon Foundation Mental Health Community Engagement Grant for the Second  Year

November 22, 2019 - The Horizon Foundation approved a grant to CAPA in supporting of the Mental Health Community Engagement Grants program.


SY 2019-2020 Achieve Success Together (AST) Opening Ceremony

October 25, 2019 - Achieve Success Together 2019-2020 Opening Ceremony was held on Oct 25 at HCPSS Homewood Center.

AST is a a collaborative effort of CAPA, HCPSS and the Howard County government to close opportunity gaps among disadvantaged students. It provides equitable access to education opportunities for FARM and ESOL students in Howard County.

Thanks to the distinguished keynote speakers, Angela Cabellon from County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball's office, Board of Education member Dr. Chao Wu, and James LeMon from HCPSS central office representing Superintendent Dr. Martirano for their inspirational speech and sharing their great personal stories. Thanks to Bellows Spring teacher Mrs. Lindsey Kim for her professional training to our newly recruited high school tutors. Thanks to the leadership team and all tutors for your hard work. It will certainly be another great year!

CAPA will testify at a BOE public hearing to strongly against Superintendent's proposed attendance area adjustment plan.

September 27, 2019 - This letter is written on behalf of over 600 registered members of the Chinese American Parent Association of Howard County (CAPA).

 CAPA, while fully supporting the goal of diversity, equity and inclusion, and improving the academic performance of all Howard County students,  strongly opposes superintendent's proposed attendance area adjustment plan, for the following reasons.

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AST Run for Census Program

August 22, 2019 - Run for Census! Our young people are promoting 2020 Census awareness by running at Centennial Park wearing t-shirt with Maryland 2020 Census logo every Saturday morning. Thanks to team leaders Annabelle Gao, Marlia Nash, Payton Carroll and Jessie Zong for leading this effort.

CAPA Census Partnership Information Session

August 3, 2019 – CAPA hold a 2020 Census information session to the leaders of our partner organizations, League of Korea Americans, Indian Origin Network, Kenyans Live in Howard County, Peiying Chinese School, Howard County Chinese School, CAPA of Montgomery County and CAPA of Baltimore County. Read more

Promote 2020 Census at River Hill Independence Day Parade

July 4, 2019 - CAPA as one of the State 2020 Census Outreach grantees kicked off its one-year long project in an unique way. In collaboration with multiple organizations, CAPA organized Independence Day parade promoting census awareness. Along the way, we received huge support from the crowd. Some residents cheered "2020 Census" and "Everyone Counts" to respond the Maryland Census slogan in one of the banners we displayed - Every Marylander Counts! We were even asked where to purchase the census shirt!

Big thanks to Young Smith from League of Korean Association, Pravin Ponurri from Indian Origin Network, Zotum Hmung from Chin Integration and Advocacy Network, Sarah Mugo from Kenyans living in Howard County, Will Lee from Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington and Ru Huang from Peiying Chinese School. We are very grateful that you bring your community and family to celebrate this important holiday of our great nation, support 2020 Census together with us and show patriotism as immigrants! It is a huge milestone in Howard County and we made it together!

2019 Annual General Meeting

Jun 16, 2019 - The full version of 2018-2019 annual report is here.


2019 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration

May 5, 2019 - CAPA's Panel discussion to kick off the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Many thinks to the amazing panelists: Angela Cabellon, Theo Goetemann, Dr. Seema Iyer, David Lee and Ting Ma. We really appreciate all of you for sharing your career and personal journey. They are very inspirational. We are very grateful to Mrs. Kui Zhao as our moderator. She ran the event smoothly and professionally. Thanks to Dr. Chao Wu, Board of Education member for joining this event.


CAPA Received a State Funding for 2020 Census Community Outreach

 April 1, 2019 - We enthusiastically announce that Chinese American Parent Association of Howard County is awarded a $50,000 grant by the Maryland Department of Planning. CAPA will partner with the Howard County Complete Count Committee, diverse community organizations, foreign born groups to educate the public importance of Census 2020 to ensure a reliable and inclusive census count and increase the self-response rate among all people in the county.

CAPA Held a School Counselor Seminar

March 1, 2019 - Work with Your School Counselor presented by Centennial High School Counselor Mrs. Jae-hi Hebler at Centennial High School Media Center.

Community Outreach Meeting with Police Chief

February 15, 2019 - CAPA President Jean Xu and Board Member Jodie Wang, along with Indian community leaders met with Howard County Police Chief Lisa D. Myers and County Chief of Staff Sameer Sidh.

CAPA Organized Maryland  State House Tour

February 5, 2019 - CAPA organized Maryland  State House Tour sponsored by District 9 Senator Katie Fry Hester. Over 30 children and their parents participated.

CAPA Sponsored Lunar New Year Celebration at Dayton Oaks Elementary School

February 4, 2019 - CAPA sponsored Lunar New Year celebration at Dayton Oaks ES. This is the first local school culture event supported by CAPA with funding. Grant application is requested to apply for the fund.

Lunar New Year Celebration Event at the Columbia Mall

 February 2, 2019 - CAPA, along with over a dozen Chinese and Korean organizations, was invited by the Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball to co-host a Lunar New Year celebration event at the Columbia Mall.

Jean Xu Testified for FY2010 Operating Budget

January 31, 2019 - CAPA president Jean Xu testified in front of the HCPSS BOE on the FY2020 proposed school budget. 

Lunar New Year Celebration at River Hill High School

January 27, 2019 - CAPA, Peiying Chinese School and League of Korean American co-hosted the 2019 Lunar New Year Celebration at River Hill High School.

CAPA was Awarded the Horizon Foundation Mental Health Community Engagement Grant

December 21, 2018 - CAPA was awarded the Horizon Foundation Mental Health Community Engagement grant. Horizon Foundation is a prestigious private foundation in community health in Howard County. We will support the foundation's goals and objectives to promote mental health awareness by sharing foundation supplied and HCPSS approved materials.

CAPA Held a Mental Health Seminar

December 15, 2018 - Effective Skills to Promote Well-being Among AAPI Youth presented by Asian American Pacific Officers Committee of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

CAPA Signed an Official Partnership Agreement with HCPSS

November 16, 2018 - CAPA signed an official partnership agreement with HCPSS.

CAPA Held an College Admission Seminar

October 27, 2018 - How to apply for Engineering School of University of Maryland presented by Dr. Bruk Berhane, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Scholarships, A. James Clark School of Engineering.

CAPA Held a GT Program Overview Seminar

October 13, 2018 - HCPSS GT Program Overview and Discussion Presented by GT Education Program Coordinator Debbie Blum.

CAPA Co-hosted a Candidates Forum

October 7, 2018 - CAPA and LoKA (League of Korean Association) co-hosted an all-level candidate forum for the 2018 election.

AST Started for School Year 2018-2019

September 30, 2018 - Achieve Success Together tutors for the school year 2018-2019 were recruited and trained.

CAPA Hosted the 2nd Dragon Boat Festival

June, 17 2018 - CAPA-HC hosted the 2nd Dragon Boat Festival to celebrate a traditional Chinese holiday, Duanwu Jie. We invited the Baltimore Dragon Boat Club to demonstrate dragon boat racing at the Centennial Park. This event attracted more than 200 residents.
At the event, we raised $1,000 to help the Ellicott City flood victims and donated through the Community Foundation of Howard County. CAPA plans to establish a tradition to donate to local charitable causes each year through annual Duanwu Jie celebration.

CAPA Held an Annual General Meeting

May 31, 2018 - CAPA general meeting was held at Howard County Library Miller Branch.  Board members were elected - First row from left to right: Lan Deng,  Jean Xu, Lili Zhang, Jodie Wang, Hongling Zhou, Steve Chen. Second row from left to right: Chao Wu, Tony Du, Xinning Yang.