Resources for Early Care and Education Professionals

  • The CARE Center - The CARE Center can help child care providers and early childhood educators with children ages 0-5 years of age that have difficult and disruptive behavior. CARE Center behavior consultants work on site and provide observations and consultations with families and educators to provide intervention and support to decrease challenging or concerning behaviors.
  • Child Protective Services - A part of Maryland Department of Human Services - Social Services, lists contacts for local offices and quick links to child abuse reporting requirements and processes.
  • Early Childhood Career Center - Careers in early childhood can provide a rewarding opportunity for those who choose to make their life’s work focus on a critical time in the lives of children. From working directly with children or supporting those who do - there are lots of opportunities in the field of early childhood to chose from. Whether you are a student considering a career in early childhood or an early childhood professional considering your career options, utilize these resources to explore the many available career opportunities in Maryland.
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Project  - The Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Consultation Project improves the ability of staff, programs and families to prevent, identify, treat and reduce the impact of social, emotional and other mental health problems among children birth through 5 years of age.
  • Howard County Library - Sponsors educational activities and events; offers an A+ Educator library card that gives teachers and home school instructors special borrowing privileges for materials used in preparing lessons or in assisting students with assignments.
  • Howard County Family Child Care Association - Serves the professionalism needs of its members, operators of home based child care programs; it's mission is to foster professional, quality, registered child care by providing education, support and outreach to providers, families and our local communities.
  • Maryland's Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education (Birth through 5) - Provides support and services to infants, toddlers and young children with special needs and their families to improve the child's ability to learn and play. Services are based on the Individuals with Education Disabilities Act (IDEA). ensuring children with disabilities have the opportunity for a free and appropriate education to support their unique development and learning needs.
  • Maryland EXCELS - A voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement System that awards ratings to family providers, center-based and public school child care programs, and school age before and after school programs that meet increasingly higher standards of quality in key areas.
  • Maryland Family Network - The mission of the Maryland Family Network is to ensure that young children, their families and professionals have the resources to learn and succeed.
  • MSDE OCC Licensing Branch - Responsible for the licensure and registration of child care facilities and the approval of nonpublic nursery schools statewide. MSDE Licensing and Programs that Recognize and Support Quality - Provides a summary of programs Licensing, Credentialing, Accreditation and Maryland EXCELS - Learn more about eligibility, and the benefits of participation in both
  • MSDE OCC Hiring Staff Resource Guide - Provides information regarding hiring staff, staff/child ratio requirements for centers and large homes, employment prohibitions, reporting staff changes and contains links to resources and forms.
  • The Office of Child Care (OCC) -  Supports low-income working families by providing access to affordable, high-quality early care and after school programs. OCC administers the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and works with state, territory and tribal governments to provide support for children and their families juggling work schedules and struggling to find child care programs that will fit their needs and that will prepare children to succeed in school. 
  • Ready at Five - Dedicated to elevating school readiness for all Maryland children by developing a variety of programs and curricula that are designed to support early educators, parents, librarians, and other service providers.
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