December 2018 eNews
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Maryland EXCELS 2.0 Solution Center Available
Be sure to check out the latest 2.0 news and updates on the System page. The Maryland EXCELS 2.0 Solution Center is available for reporting challenges you may experience since the new System launched on Friday, October 26, 2018. We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve identified issues with the Maryland EXCELS and Maryland Accreditation system.  For more information about common challenges and their solutions, or to report a new issue, visit
Maryland EXCELS Southern Maryland Provider Reception

The Maryland EXCELS Team hosted the second provider reception in Waldorf on November 8, 2018. More than 100 guests attended the evening event, which featured amazing food prepared by Chef Kendall of Middleton Hall, music by Shewsical Entertainment, and prizes by Kaplan Early Learning, Discount School Supply, and Maryland EXCELS. As we continue the Maryland EXCELS 5th Birthday celebration this year, we hope you will join us at a reception near you. For dates and information, visit
Access Frequently Asked Questions about Maryland EXCELS Bonuses here.
Select the image above to visit the Workgroup and Training calendar online.

Provider Spotlight: Sarah’s House: Helping Rebuild Families with Love and Structure

The children at the Child Care @ Sarah’s House are often only there for a short time. Some are getting daily structure for the first time, while others are having their first lessons to learn letters and numbers.
And all are receiving love, care, and security in a safe environment as their families prepare for a better future.

Read more here.

Are you a family child care provider? Are you interested in the development of a Maryland Accreditation program for family child care? The Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood wants your feedback.
Take the brief survey online at
For a paper copy of the survey, contact Jasmine Blackwood at 410-767-1664 or

TIPS:  How to Create an Effective Philosophy Statement

Once you create your philosophy statement, be sure to add it to your program’s policies and practices. In a family handbook, the statement will provide an extra measure of understanding on how you determined the best quality practices for your program. Adding a philosophy statement to your staff handbook gives employees better insight about the environment and mindset of their workplace.
Every child care program has a unique perspective on how best to care for the children in their program.  A philosophy statement allows you to convey your program’s beliefs and approach to quality early education. 
It explains the importance of the support and care you provide to the children and families in your program.  
When developing a philosophy statement, consider the following questions:
  • What does your program believe all children deserve as they grow?
  • What should families expect from a quality child care program?
  • How does your program create an environment that welcomes children of all abilities?
  • In what ways does your program recognize a child’s cultural background?
  • How are the individual interests of the children in your program addressed?
  • How does your program take into consideration the unique home languages of the children in your program?
Toolkit Connection: Create a Philosophy Statement
For assistance with creating a philosophy statement that expresses the individual approach of your program, consider using the 
Maryland EXCELS Toolkit.  Beginning at Quality Rating 2 in Developmentally Appropriate Learning & Practice (DAP), the Build-A-Statement tool can assist you in constructing a statement that communicates the set of beliefs that helps guide the important work you do.
Did you know? We now offer quarterly Orientation sessions for Maryland Accreditation! Whether you are a first-time participant or getting ready to begin Accreditation again, Orientation is the first required step to begin the  Maryland Accreditation process. Check out the link below for information about how to register for Orientation. We hope to see you there!
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