Earlier this year Maryland EXCELS Participants had the opportunity to provide feedback by completing our annual survey.
Here are some of the results:
We Asked: Has your program published* a Maryland EXCELS Rating?
You Said: 82.5% of respondents had published a Maryland EXCELS rating. *Published means that you have met the requirements and requested to publish your rating and your Maryland EXCELS Rating is visible to families searching for early childhood and school age programs.
We Asked: What is the top reason you are participating in Maryland EXCELS?
- 37.8% of respondents need to participate in order to accept Child Care Subsidy.
- 32.1% of respondents are participating to improve the quality of their program.
We Asked: What resource has been the most helpful to you?
You Said: 39% of respondents found their Quality Assurance Specialist to be most helpful.
We Asked: Do you have other ideas for Additional Achievements that should be considered for Maryland EXCELS Participants?
- SEFEL Training
- Allergy-Friendly Program
- Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) Programs
- Accredited Program
- Highly Trained Staff (Staff w/ college degrees)
- Length of Time in Business
- Family Engagement
- Extended Learning / Community Connections
We also held in-person Listening Sessions on September 9 & 10 where we listened to your feedback about Maryland EXCELS. In next month’s E-News, we will highlight some of the feedback we gathered during those sessions.
All of your feedback is being used to help make Maryland EXCELS even better for children, educators, and families!
Would you be interested in attending a Listening Session? Do you have feedback that you’d like to share? Email us at email@example.com
We are so fortunate to live in Maryland where we enjoy four seasons. One benefit is the amazing variety of color nature shares with us before its winter rest as trees turn from green to vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. If you have ever wondered about this seasonal change, the USDA Forest Service provides answers to questions you and your children might have about autumn leaves.
- How do autumn colors happen?
- Where do autumn colors come from?
- How does weather affect autumn color?
- What triggers leaf fall?
For the answers to these and other questions read Why Leaves Change Color by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Want to share your Autumn Leaf activities with us? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we just may feature your program in our next newsletter or on our Facebook page!
Not only is it important for your program to have a philosophy statement, your learning environment should always support it. When thinking about your philosophy statement, you may want to ask: