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Happy Birthday Maryland EXCELS! This July marks the 4th anniversary of Maryland EXCELS.  Since 2013, the team at Maryland EXCELS has been proud of the hard work and accomplishments of the many programs/providers across the state who work to provide quality child care and early education every day.
 
Did you know that prior to the launch of Maryland EXCELS, the previous Tiered Reimbursement System only had about 200 programs participating? Now, the system, which you know as Maryland EXCELS, has over 5000 programs and providers participating and showing their commitment to quality!
Maryland EXCELS in the Community
Delmarva Shorebirds Tickets Available for Fireworks Night!

Maryland EXCELS is in full gear this summer reaching out to families to inform them about Maryland EXCELS.  We still have tickets available for the Delmarva Shorebirds on July 28 for the Maryland EXCELS Fireworks Night!  Visit here to claim your tickets!

Research Survey from Penn State College of Education Open For Individuals Working with Children
 
Are you a teacher, administrator or para in a school?  The Penn State College of Education researchers need your help as they develop trauma-sensitive curriculum. Take their survey and be entered for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.  To access the survey, visit https://go.umd.edu/TSP.

Early Childhood Professionals Summer Roundtable Aug. 10
Presented by MDAEYC, Montgomery College and Kaplan Early Learning

Early Childhood Teachers, professionals, child care providers, students and advocates for children are invited to an evening discussion of access, equity and advocacy in early childhood! The roundtable will occur on Thursday, August 10 from 6-9 pm at the Montgomery College, Rockville Campus. More information and registration information can be found here.  PAUs will be issued to participants.

Congratulations to the winners of the Discount School Supply Giveaway!      


Maryland EXCELS is proud to work with Discount School Supply to give away five $1000 gift certificates to participating programs and providers! We are excited to see what these providers will do with their gift certificates and the impact that it will have on their programs! The winners are:

 
Dee Dee's Place at Fairland
Rebecca Ascencio, Director
Montgomery County

Gloria Tellez
Family Child Care Provider
Montgomery County

Ekene Anofienem
Family Child Care Provider
Prince George's County

Wise Early Learning Center
Sharon Winter, Director
Baltimore County

Grannie Annies ChildCare & Learning Center
Ruth Claytor, Director
Anne Arundel County


View the original flyer here.

 


New Maryland EXCELS Toolkit to Debut this Month!
 

Maryland EXCELS will be supporting child care programs with a new online resource later this month! The Maryland EXCELS Toolkit, which will be available to the public, provides information and resources to help achieve Quality Ratings, assess program policies and practices, and set goals for continuous quality improvement. The interactive toolkit is designed to give users a personalized experience through navigation that’s easy to follow. The resources include video tutorials, articles, activities, and an interactive feature that will help providers build a new policy for their program. 
 
A Summer Garden
 
It’s not too late to start a summer garden. Young minds are fascinated with seeds and plants.
 
July is the perfect time to plant cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, garlic, collard greens, lettuce, watercress, herbs, and more.
 
Help children understand how seeds grow with an activity called Garden in a Glove.  They will see the process of germination in clear plastic gloves as the seeds sprout. 

 

TIPS! Technology Use and Screen-Time Policy

Technology in our current world is changing and evolving constantly.  Media technology is part of daily life for most of us, including for children.  This easy access means that adults must make decisions about the time children spend in front of screens.  This is especially important in the summer months, when the heat and additional free time can mean more screen time.
 

READ MORE HERE

Maryland EXCELS By the Numbers: July 2017
Maryland EXCELS Workgroup and Training Schedule
 
Are you interested in attending a Maryland EXCELS approved Core of Knowledge Training? Would you like the opportunity to work directly with a Quality Assurance Specialist on developing, revising, and submitting documentation? Consider attending a Maryland EXCELS Workgroup or Training. 

Access the schedule here.
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