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LOCATE: Child Care - Update Your Provider Information

LOCATE: Child Care now has a new system! Providers can now provide revisions to their profiles.

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Get to Know Your Child Care Resource Center

Western Maryland's Child Care Resource Center, under the auspices of APPLES for Children, Inc., serves Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties!  We are committeed to supporting the well-being of children and families by promoting the availability of quality child care services in the area. We work with parents, child care providers, businesses, and community organizations to provide education and training and act as a bridge to other important resources at the local, state, and national...

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Regular Breaks Throughout the School Day Benefit Children

Regular breaks throughout the school day—from short brain breaks in the classroom to the longer break of recess—are not simply downtime for students.

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Classroom Management Tips for Preschool Teachers

10 Proven Classroom Management Tips for Preschool Teachers 1. Organize your room strategically A preschool classroom can be quite chaotic, so the way you organize is not only important, it can help ensure that effective learning is happening wherever children are stationed. There are certain tips and tricks that you can only learn from experience, according to Barbara Harvey, ECE professional and parenting educator.

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6 Ways to Support Preschoolers Social Emotional Learning at Home and in School

High quality social-emotional learning (SEL) curricula have been shown to improve children’s social and emotional competencies significantly — and these are key contributors to kindergarten readiness. But implementing a curriculum is not the only way that preschool teachers and parents can support children’s SEL. Every adult who regularly interacts with your child has the opportunity to contribute to her SEL in a variety of ways.

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Routines and Schedules

 Establish a regular routine and schedule. Keep whole group gatherings short. Remember that children have varied attention spans and learn through play and active engagement. Read every day. Limit transitions. Balance active and quiet times as well as child initiated and adult facilitated time. Classroom management is often an issue for new teachers. Many discipline situations can be corrected by examining your schedule and environment to prevent problems before they occur. While it's important...

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Child Care Credentialing Updates

There has been a minor change with the Child Care Credential process.  Xerox is no longer the vendor who is processing the application packets.  The new vendor is called Conduent and the new email address to use is:  The address and fax number to submit your application is still the same at: Child Care CentralPO Box 598Baltimore, MD  21203 Fax: 410-229-0145

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Looking for an MSDE State Recommended Curriculum?

The recommended list of early childhood curricula for 3 and 4 year olds has been updated. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), responsible for early care and education programs throughout the state, has updated its recommended list of early childhood curricula for 3 and 4 year olds for child care, Head Start programs, and nursery schools. You can find the updated list by clicking here.   

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MSDE Accreditation Support Fund

Have you been thinking of working towards accreditation for your child care program but concerned about the costs involved in the process?  MSDE can provide financial support to licensed child care centers and family child care homes.  Click here for detailed information about the application process and how to qualify for support.  

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