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Maryland EXCELS in the Community

Maryland EXCELS Children Bring Back Orioles Magic

By Karyn Spellman

Baltimore Orioles fans will hear young voices bringing back old memories when they turn on the radio to listen to games this season.

For the third year in a row, Maryland EXCELS partnered with the Orioles on the "Kids Call of the Game," which lets kids have a chance to take over the broadcast booth and recreate famous play-by-play calls.

This year, 15 children who attend Maryland EXCELS quality-rated child care programs throughout the state traveled to the Orioles’ flagship CBS radio studio in Baltimore to record the segments.

 

Read the full story and listen to the recordings here.

June 17: Maryland EXCELS Hosts Fireworks Night at the Bowie Baysox

This summer, Maryland EXCELS will have a presence at baseball stadiums and community events across the state in an effort to reach families and educate them about the importance of quality child care and early education.
 
The next event, the Maryland EXCELS Fireworks Night will take place on June 17 at Prince George's Stadium! We hope that you'll purchase tickets and join us in celebrating the great work that Maryland EXCELS is doing in the community. Tickets at the stadium generally range from $9-19 and can be purchased online or in person. If you come to the game, share your photos on social media using the hashtag #MarylandExcelsBaseball.

 
June & July Tickets Available for the Hagerstown Suns

We have four tickets to each of the Suns' home games. Use this form to sign up for tickets. When you sign up to participate, you will have an opportunity to have your child go onto the field at the beginning of the game to say “Play Ball!” For more information or for questions, email social@marylandexcels.org.
June: National Safety Month

In a couple of weeks, the first half of the year will officially be over. That being said, the month of June is National Safety Month. The month of June is also when summer officially starts, and warmer weather always means more outdoor activities for children, like bike riding. With that in mind, we can take steps to keep everyone safe while they’re playing outside.
Making Wise Business Decisions
  1. Interview the Parent. Before enrolling the child, review your program’s policies and procedures. Review costs, payment deadlines, pick-up times, methods of communication, etc.  If all terms are acceptable by all parties, enroll the child. If not, do not enter into the business arrangement.
     
  2. Ensure that the Parent Adheres to Payment Policies. Ensure that parents pay you for services rendered.  Collect fees based upon an established weekly or bi-weekly schedule. Federal law requires providers to collect the co-payment amount on the vouchers.  The absolute minimum amount the provider must collect by federal law is the co-payment written on the voucher. Providers will not get fully reimbursed for services without the parent paying the co-payment on the voucher and all other amounts not covered by the subsidy payment.  
  1. Maintain Records.  Know when vouchers are nearing expiration so that you can remind the parent that they must provide a subsequent voucher to continue service without paying cash. Keep a receipt of all payment transactions. 


Ocean City Air Show
June 17-18

 
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to Ocean City, Maryland on June 17-18 to headline the 10th anniversary edition of the OC Air Show. The event will take place over the beach and boardwalk at 16th St.


Learn more here.
Baltimore City Child Care Coalition 2017 Child Care Conference

Join the "Spanning the Ages" Child Care Conference taking place on June 17 at Coppin State University. For more information about the conference or to register, email baltimorechildcarecoalition@gmail.com.
Learn more here.
 

TIPS! National Safety Month is a great time to think about the health and safety policies you have in place for your program.

Families appreciate knowing all the steps you take to keep their children safe and healthy. National Safety Month is a perfect opportunity to remind families of your program’s policies and steps they can take at home to promote children’s health and safety. 

Here are different topics you can include in your policies and information for families:

  • Supervising children
  • Emergency procedures
  • Outdoor safety
  • Water safety—particularly as summer approaches
  • Transportation safety
  • Importance of adequate rest
  • Wellness—immunizations, physical activity, healthy nutrition
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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