Register for a Professional Development "Early Math Matters" Event in Harford County

"Early Math Matters" a professional development event featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Geetha Ramani, will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 8:30am-3pm at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD.  Dr. Ramani, an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park, will speak about the Importance of Mathematics in Early Childhood in the morning, followed by two training sessions and lunch.  Please click here to register for the event.   


A Million New Opportunities

“I firmly believe that we can close the school readiness gap and prepare our children for college and careers through high-quality early learning experiences, but we have more work to do…”

Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools

As a kindergarten teacher, I loved the first day of school. After weeks of stapling corrugated border around bulletin boards, stringing yarn through the holes of the new name tags, setting up beautiful and enticing learning centers, and organizing the critical tools for my students – new boxes of unbroken crayons with 24 dazzling colors, writer’s workshop books, pens and pencils, glue sticks, and rubber-handled scissors with no sharp edges – the day had finally arrived. The morning was crisp, and it was the earliest in the day I had seen over the past weeks of the long, endless – and now almost forgotten – summer. Everything smelled new and full of a million new opportunities. I greeted each child at the door and with them, waved goodbye to their parents, and considered each one's potential in the coming school year … in my room.  Unfortunately, the starting line for each child varied widely because of their different life experiences leading up to that first day of kindergarten – serious differences that could mean some of them would never be able to keep pace or catch up.

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Strong Families, Strong Children "There comes a time when silence is betrayal"

When families are weakened, children suffer.  Today, at both the state and federal levels, families – increasingly, with declared will and purpose -- are under attack.  If I am to remain a defender of children and promote what is best for them at every turn, my silence in this moment will fail those I intend to serve. 

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