Frances Abrams, executive director of the Child Care Connection information and referral service in Rockville, has been appointed to Gov. Harry M. Hughes' Task Force on Day Care Facilities and Services. The 18-member task force will make recommendations next year on improving Maryland's child care laws and regulations. Abrams cofounded the private, nonprofit Child Care Connection in March 1984. She was formerly director of Montgomery County's Department of Environmental Protection and an urban planning consultant. She lives on Emory Lane in Rockville. Historic Preservation Commissioner Steven J. Karr, a partner of the Karr Sombat Associates Inc. architectural firm in Kensington, has been appointed by County Executive Charles W. Gilchrist as a member of the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission. The nine-member group advises the county planning board on designating historic sites and approves exterior alterations of historic buildings. Karr is also a member of the Wheaton Architectural Review and Advisory Committee and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce housing committee. He lives on Ferrara Drive in Wheaton. Students in Edinburgh

Dartmouth College seniors and Chevy Chase residents J. Patrick Rowan and Brian X. Gaul are presently studying in Edinburgh, Scotland, with the New Hampshire college's foreign study program. Rowan is studying philosophy. His parents, William and Ann Rowan, live on Shepard Street. Gaul is studying religion. His mother, Joan Gaul, lives on Primrose Street. Both Gaul and Rowan are 1982 graduates of Gonzaga College High School in Washington.