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Maryland EXCELS Toolkit is Here!

This exciting new tool is available to anyone participating in Maryland EXCELS, as well as anyone interested in expanding their knowledge about overall quality child care and early learning. The Toolkit will be accessible through the Maryland EXCELS website in the “About Us” section, under “Professional Development.”  You can also click here to access the toolkit.  Here’s a quick look at some of the things you’ll be able to find in the new Toolkit:

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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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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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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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Early Intervention (EI): Supporting infants and toddlers

At some point almost all early educators work with a child who receives or needs early intervention (EI) services. Early intervention consists of services and supports designed to help children who have a developmental delay or special need, and their families. Through collaboration with families and related service providers, supportive practices for infants and toddlers who receive EI services can be implemented within existing routines and across environments.

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The Marshmallow Test: What It Tells Us About Kids With ADHD and Self-Control

Research shows that self-control is learned best through play and physical activity. Playing games promotes self-control, especially games where children have to listen to the rules, pay attention when the rules change and not act on autopilot. Two great examples are Simon Says and Red Light/Green Light.

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