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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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How children’s brains develop to make them right or left handed

As children grow older, they tend to favor one hand over the other for certain tasks, particularly for writing or drawing. A child’s “handedness” is generally categorized as right, left or mixed, and tends to settle around the same time they acquire language – about four-years-old. It remains a persistent characteristic throughout our life.

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week May 1-7

May 1-7 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week in 2016. Recognizing the importance of mental health awareness and the expressive power of artistic pursuits, Maryland’s First Lady, Mrs. Yumi Hogan, invites youth to participate in a statewide art project. Children and youth are asked to create artwork expressing something which makes them feel mentally happy, healthy, and/or hopeful. National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is Thursday May 5th. Wear green to show your support!

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-7)  #ThankATeacher

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HCC Offering 90 hours of Child Care Training

Hagerstown Community College is offering 90 hours of childcare training in partnership with Howard Community College through continuing education. To meet the current educational requirements for certification as a care teacher, you must have a high school diploma or an approved certificate of high school equivalency, and have successfully completed two 45-hour courses (1 course in Curriculum and 1 course in Child Development).

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