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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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Do You Use Locate: Child Care Service?

Do You Use Locate: Child Care Service? Locate:  Child Care for Providers How can you help LOCATE and yourself?LOCATE: Child Care staff depend on complete and accurate informationin order to serve the needs of the parents.Providing your fee schedules allows for an accurate cost of care analysis.

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Operating a Child Care Facility Using a “Doing Business As” Name

Operating a child care facility – whether family home or center - is a business and like all other businesses, any individual or group who does not want to use their legal name but wishes to operate a business using a different name must register that name with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation. This unique name is commonly known as the DBA – “Doing Business As” name and it is a legal requirement in Maryland when conducting business in any other name instead of your...

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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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MSDE to Update Recommended Curriculum List

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. Click here to view the updated list.

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Maryland Excels Work Groups

Come out to one of the following work groups and get the help you need to reach your Maryland EXCELS Goals!

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November Contest!! Washington County Resource Room Scavenger Hunt!!!

Visit our office at 1825 Howell Road, Suite 3, Hagerstown, MD 21740 anytime between November 1 and Decemeber 1, 2016. Complete items listed on Scavenger Hunt to be entered into drawing for some COOL Prizes!

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Social success is just as important as getting good grades in school.

Researchers find that when children learn to interact effectively with their peers and control their emotions, it can have an enormous impact on how their adult lives take shape.

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Investment in Early Childhood Development makes good business sense

A new report published today by the Global Business Coalition for Education reveals that investment in early childhood programs offer the highest returns on investments and are more successful and cost-effective than later interventions.

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Why are a child's first five years of life so important?

This video from takes a look into the lives of the many children we serve here in Garrett, Allegany, and Washington counties. Look at the video here by the First Five Years Fund. Let's work together to get our policy makers and elected officials to help us invest in our communities. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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