The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has launched the redesigned Early Childhood Division website. The new website provides easy access to the most frequently sought information and provides valuable resources for the early childhood community in Maryland.The Division of Early Childhood Development at the Maryland State Department of Education is responsible for early care and education serving children, birth to kindergarten. The main mission of the Division is to improve early education in Maryland so that young children are well prepared for school and life success. The Division is composed of the Office of Child Care (Licensing, Subsidy, Credentialing and Maryland EXCELS), the Early Learning Branch, and the Collaboration and Program Improvement Branch. Visit the Maryland State Department of Education website at The Division of Early Childhood Development website may also be accessed by visiting

Check Out Our February ParentTip On Supporting Your Child's Physical Changes

Your child goes through amazing physical changes in the first few years. At birth he is totally dependent on you, but by one year he may be walking and talking!  Your child is growing in 3 big ways: Think about your child’s physical growth and development in three ways: gross (large) motor development, fine (small) motor development, and self-help skills. Every day is full of chances for your child to develop these skills - click here to learn more about our February ParentTip!

Math Institute for Early Educators Cancelled for Monday January 25, 2016

 The Math Institute for Early Educators scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016 from 8:30am-3pm at Arlington Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore has been cancelled due to the snow.  Look for an email next week announcing the rescheduled date. 

Check Out Our January ParentTip on Helping Your Child Get Along with Others!

Your child’s social and emotional development – how your child gets along with others, handles emotions, and expresses thoughts and feelings – is one of the biggest signs of how ready he is to start school. These are all ways of building your child’s social and emotional readiness for school. Every day, you as a parent can help your child grow: Sing to your infant. Tickle him if he likes it. Repeat the things that make him smile and laugh. Include your toddler in family conversations, and in phone conversations with relatives, to help her learn how to talk with grownups.  Give your preschooler chances to play, both alone and with others. Make arrangements for safe playtime with other children.  Please click here  to learn more about our January ParentTip on Helping Your Child Get Along with Others!

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