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COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine

Child Care workers are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Find a more information and a Vaccination Clinic near you. 

MSDE Division of Early Childhood COVID-19 Maryland Child Care Build-A-Plan Tool

Stay Open Safely with Confidence!

In just 15 minutes, Maryland’s Child Care COVID-19 Build-A-Plan Tool can help overwhelmed center-based and family child care providers develop a plan to follow state regulations and guidance, use best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19, make feasible decisions that work best for their program, and stay open safely.

Learn how to “Stay Open Safely with Confidence,” Build-A-Plan with Maryland’s Child Care COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Health & Safety Training

Basic Heath & Safety 

The FREE February training will run February 1 at 9:00am through February 22 at 9:00am.

Registration for the March course will be open February 18-25.

Course information 

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Child Care & COVID-19 Training

The training is designed to equip child care providers and caregivers with the knowledge they need to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in their child care facilities.

Course information and registration is available on the Training page of our website.


Alliance Pre-K Program

The Family Child Care Alliance of Maryland is seeking FCC providers to join Phase II of their
successful Family Child Care Pre-K Pilot Program. Providers from across Maryland are invited
to apply. If you are a Registered provider in good standing, hold an EXCELS Level 3 or above,
and either have 3/4-year-old children or space for 3/4-year-old children, please visit our website
for more information. www.familychildcarealliance.org

Hand Sanitizer

FDA Reiterates Warning About Dangerous Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to warn consumers and health care professionals not to use certain alcohol-based hand sanitizers due to the dangerous presence of methanol, or wood alcohol – a substance often used to create fuel and antifreeze that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin as well as life-threatening when ingested.

Check the updated list here.

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In Memoriam

The Division of Early Childhood launched a new page  to pay homage to early childhood community members who have passed away due to COVID-19. 


Let’s Celebrate Teacher-Child Interactions!

Teacher-child interactions take center stage with the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) published by Teachstone.

  • CLASS provides an objective, consistent measure of teacher-child interactions, from supporting
    cognitive development to  connecting with children individually.
  • CLASS is valid and proven to predict child outcomes.
  • Maryland EXCELS will use CLASS to assess programs that request an assessment and for quality rated 5 programs that are due an assessment.
  • School-age child care settings will continue to use the School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale.

Are you ready to support continuous quality improvement and celebrate teachers who warm children’s hearts and tickle their brains?

Visit teachstone.com/maryland-excels

We want to hear from you

Maryland's Division of Early Childhood has scheduled a public workgroup on the proposed plan for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). The public workgoup is an opportunity for interested parties to publicly provide comment on what the Division should include in the plan response, including current and future goals.

FEBRUARY 12, 2021

Learn more and register.


Employment Opportunities with MSDE

Child Care Licensing Regional Manager *Announcement Pending*

For job openings, visit marylandpublicschools.org

Other jobs in child care

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Funded Opportunity for Child Care Centers

Child care centers in MD: do you have at least two classrooms of three and four-year-olds? If so, please take note of this opportunity to participate in an exciting research project focused on supporting quality in early childhood classrooms around the country.  Your center could have the opportunity to receive:

  • free curricular materials.
  • free training
  • free coaching
  • a stipend for participating

Learn more.


Grant Opportunities

Deadline Extended in Black

FY 2022 State Coordinating Entity (SCE) Services for the Maryland Child Care Resource
Center Network (MCCRCN)

Deadline for submission:
March 9, 2021
No later than 5:00 p.m. EST

FY 2022 Emergency Preparedness Training and Support for Registered and Licensed
Child Care Providers

Deadline for submission:
April 30, 2021
No later than 5:00 p.m. EST

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The Family Child Care Provider Direct Grant Program

The Provider Direct Grant Fund Program reimburses up to $1000 in expenses that a provider
incurs to achieve or maintain compliance with family child care regulations. Reimbursement is
made in the form of a grant award.

Deadline Approaching

Early Learning Assessment Updates

The enrollment for child care programs to complete the interest survey for the of the Early Learning Assessment (ELA) for 2021 are:

  • February 15
  • June 15
  • October 15

Click the flyer to learn more and register for the ELA at this link.


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FEBRUARY 9, 2021 

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Updated Consolidated COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance Posted (1/11/2021)

Guidance includes:

Guidance for Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Child Care Programs

Exclusion, Quarantine, and Closure Recommendations for COVID-19 or COVID19--like Illness in Child Care Programs

Guidance for Temperature and Symptom Screening in Child Care Programs

Frequently Asked Questions: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Child Care Settings

Get the Guidance here.

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How to Make An Early Intervention Referral

Webinar is designed for all child care professionals to learn more about the early intervention referral process in Maryland.

February 25, 2021

2:00-3:00 p.m.


Ready for Kindergarten Maryland

NEW Early Learning Assessment Virtual Guidance Resource!  

 Supporting Learning Progressions: Guidance for Formative Assessment in Virtual and In-Person Learning is designed to provide guidance, tips, reflective questions, and strategies to support the implementation of ELA learning progressions both virtually and in-person. This document focuses on the priority SKB’s for students in preschool special education. It is intended to be used by teachers of both students with and without disabilities

 For each learning progression, there are sample activities, family engagement strategies, and observable behaviors that support each SKB’s developmental level. You can use this resource as an aide for instructional planning and observations. The Virtual Guidance document has been posted in the MD ELA KReady Educator site in the Resource Guide section (you need to be logged in to view).

Contact Erika Anderson if you have any questions.

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Celebrate Black Leaders

Celebrate Black History -- in February and all year long! Help your child learn about the Black leaders of yesterday (and today!). As you explore the Black scientists, politicians, activists, artists, and more who have left their mark on U.S. history, encourage your child’s curiosity about the contributions and accomplishments of Black people.

Find more ways to learn.

Emergency preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Training for Child Care Providers

Project Security Blanket is a six -hour course that assists child care providers in completing an emergency plan for their programs. Information for upcoming Project Security Blanket training can be found on the Clearinghouse Calendar or on the Project Security Blanket website.


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Integrating Language Into Early Childhood Education

This teaching brief draws upon recommendations from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures. The brief highlights some promising instructional practices that are relevant and important for teachers of young children ages 3-7 who are identified as dual language learners or English learners.

View the resources.

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MSDE recently launched “Maryland Messenger,” an e-newsletter that provides timely and practical information for parents and caregivers of Maryland’s youngest learners.

It is available in English and Spanish.

Parents can subscribe to receive Maryland Messenger on our website.