Check Out Our September ParentTip on Helping Your Child Learn First From You!

It may be back to school time but your child first learns from you! You might think of kindergarten as the start of your child’s education, but by that time, your child has already been learning for years! In fact, your child has been learning since birth: from you.
Spend just 15 minutes a day on learning activities now with your young child, and it can make a difference for life. No matter what you’re doing together, your child is learning. Please check out our  September ParentTip on Helping Your Child Learn !

New Contact Information for CCS Central!

MSDE and their CCS Program vendor are excited to announce the new contact and mailing information for CCS Central .  The transition from local DSS offices to a centralized process overseen by MSDE has gone live with the call and processing center accepting calls from the public inquiring about their application, benefits or request application. Please click here  for the FAQ document with more information.


It's That Time of Year - Back to School!

As the summer days are dwindling and the first day of school is quickly approaching, it can be hard to get back into a regular schedule.  It used to be that being ready for the first day of school meant getting a new pair of shoes, school supplies and a fresh haircut – but now we know that children benefit from far more to be ready for school.  We urge you to explore our website for some great resources and ParentTips to help your child be school ready.  In the meantime, here are our top five tips for getting ready for the first day of school:

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Help Your Child Build Social Studies Skills by Using Routines!

Routines are things we do every day.  Routines keep children on task because children do well in well-ordered and predictable environments.  Routines, like brushing teeth every night before bed, help children learn to care for themselves, their belongings and the home.  When setting up routines it is important to be consistent, give choices, use simple steps, be realistic, practice, give guidance, remain flexible and celebrate success!  Check out our August ParentTip on Using Routines  for some more great ideas!

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Ready At Five improves the practice and quality of early childhood education in Maryland.


We believe that every child in Maryland should have the foundational skills needed for success in school, career and life.

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