Congratulations to First Book!

We'd like to congratulate our friends at First Book for receiving the 2015 David M. Rubenstein Prize, the largest of three literacy prizes awarded by the Library of Congress! 
Check out the powerful new video  on First Book's work, the second in a series made possible by special funding from C&S Wholesale Grocers.

Bring the Magic of Storytelling to our State!

Great stories change lives - especially for young people in need. First Book is teaming up with Disney and ABC to give you the power to share the magic of storytelling with the kids you serve in a BIG way. All you have to do is vote!

Over the years, Disney has donated more than 50 million books to First Book, a nonprofit that gets new books and resources to kids in need. We're celebrating by giving you the chance to win 100,000 free books for schools and programs in your state!

Voting for your state is free. Vote as many times as you'd like
between now and March 31! at the following link!

Want to make our state #1? 
• Share this message encouraging others to vote. Anyone can vote to bring books to our state, regardless of their eligibility to sign up with First Book. 
• Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag ‪#‎MagicOfStorytelling‬. Each time this hashtag is used Disney will donate an additional book!

2016 Brookes Publishing Co.'s Read With Me Calendar!

"Read With Me, Talk with Me"! We love these tips for boosting your child's language and literacy in Brookes Publishing Co.'s "Read With Me, Talk With Me!" Calendars! Please click on the link to request your free 2016 calendar!


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

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