News & Updates
COVID Diagnostic Testing and/or the Screening Testing
Licensed child care facilities in the state of Maryland interested in receiving information on COVID-19 Testing should contact their local health department for more information on testing resources that may be available. For additional information on COVID-19 testing and resources for child care facilities please see below: Operation Expanded Testing…
Child Tax Credit
The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest Child Tax Credit ever and historic relief to the most working families ever – and as of July 15th, most families are automatically receiving monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action.
Product Recall: Boppy Recalls 3.3. Million Baby Pillows
According to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, the recalled products include Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers. Eight deaths linked to the loungers were reported between December 2015 and June 2020. Infants reportedly suffocated after being placed in a lounger…
Healthy Beginnings Calendar for Parents & Families
Your child’s needs will change with age. You aren’t expected to know it all. The Healthy Beginnings calendar is full of helpful information and resources for parents, including information about developmental milestones, as well as programs and services that support both parents and their young children. Use this calendar to get some…
You love your three-year-old. And you have strong powers of persuasion. Perhaps you’re a diplomat or a prison warden. And all you want is for your three-year-old to clean up their toys before bedtime without you having to give a nightly reminder. I mean they know the routine, right? Is…
Oceans of Emotion
Even for adults, emotions can feel like the waves of an ocean – hugely powerful forces that come from outside of us and knock us silly or carry us up to the sky… forces that consume us. Now if we feel that way, imagine how very young children experience emotions.
The Right Way
As a parent, you get plenty of suggestions on how to raise and care for your child. From child care providers, teachers, family members to other parents, someone is always offering advice. There isn’t one “right way” to be a good parent. There is some advice that applies to all…
Take a Bite Out of Biting
Toddlers and other young children are supposed to bite things. Things like Oreos and Cheerios and various other kinds of food, some of which don’t even end with the letter “o.” But kids are not supposed to bite each other. Number one, it hurts. And number two, it usually makes…
Declaration of Independence
Your first impression of your child might have been formed when you saw them in a sonogram or felt their tiny kicks or when you held them for the first time at the beginning of their maiden voyage out into this crazy world. And it’s pretty likely you thought, “this…
Supporting Social-Emotional Development
Support your child’s social-emotional development every day, here’s a short list of ideas: Take time to play with your child every day. Use positive redirection to address your child’s inappropriate behavior. Use positive comments and language. Establish consistent, age-appropriate mealtime and bed time routines. Encourage your child to try…
Communication 101 – What’s That Kid Trying to Say?
It’s late afternoon and your ten-month-old is rubbing their eyes and just will not stop crying. The number of words in English or any other known language that this child can speak: ZERO. But is this baby communicating with you? Most parents would say “yes” – this baby is telling…