MSDE has received a federal Race To the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant under a program that is co-managed by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Maryland is one of only nine states awarded the grant. Click here for details about the grant award.
NOTE: The Maryland EXCELS program now has its own home page on the DECD website – click here!
New! In October 2013, the final draft of The Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework: Maryland's Vision for Engaging Families with Young Children was approved by the Maryland Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Maryland State Board of Education. The document, developed by the Maryland Family Engagement Coalition and The Policy Equity Group, LLC., is a framework that presents an overarching set of family engagement goals, strategies, examples, and resources. Companion documents will be developed and posted in the next few months that will provide a pathway for parents, programs, and service providers to follow to achieve the goals in the Framework.
New! DECD Event and Notification Calendar for 2014-2015 - Click here for the dates of statewide provider conferences, MSDE-sponsored training, upcoming child care regulation changes, and other events of interest to the chlld care community.
Maryland EXCELS Video - Learn how Maryland’s new Quality Rating and Improvement System, Maryland EXCELS, supports the needs of families and recognizes the accomplishments of high-quality early childhood and school-age programs. Maryland EXCELS opens for statewide participation on July 1, 2013. Click here to download a video about Maryland EXCELS!
The MSDE Division of Early Childhood Development has completed the MSDE Standards for Implementing Quality School-Age Child Care Programs. Click here to go to a Division blogsite where you can review the instrument and provide feedback.
Join the Division of Early Childhood’s List Serve to receive notifications of Partners Newsletter publication, child care licensing regulation changes and important notices for the early childhood and school-age child care community at http://listsrv.msde.state.md.us. Select "EARLY CHILDHOOD" from the list and follow the instructions to subscribe.
Online Child Care Licensing Inspection Findings - MSDE has an online child care licensing inspection results site – www.CheckCCMD.org! The site offers detailed compliance findings from child care licensing inspections conducted since January 2011, as well as links to a wide range of information about early care and education in Maryland.
Register your program at Let’s Move! Child Care and do your part to create a healthier Maryland. “The risk of obesity starts early in life. Over half of obese children become overweight by the age of 2, and approximately one in five children are overweight or obese by their 6th birthday.” – The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity. Get the support you need to give the children in your care a healthier start. Click here to register.
The MSDE Division of Early Childhood Development (DECD) has finalized its 3-year
On January 20, 2012, the MSDE Division of Early Childhood Development presented its 1st Early Childhood Research Forum on the Towson University campus. Click here to read all about this unique and energizing event.