News & Updates
Learning Through Play
Children are learning all the time, especially when they are playing. Play also helps children learn to share, listen to others, and wait their turn. Just as you would help a child learn to recognize their name or colors, you can help infants and toddlers learn skills to express thoughts,…
No One Knows Your Child Like You Do…
This puts you in the best position to recognize and fulfill your child’s needs. Parents who give lots of loving care and attention to their children help their babies develop a strong attachment. Affection energizes your child to grow, learn, connect with others, and enjoy life. Here are some ways…
Honoring Cultures: Culturally Responsive Care
Children develop a sense of who they are and what is important through life through cultural experiences. Traditionally, values, ways of doing things, and expectations, have been passed down by the child’s family and cultural community. As more children enter child care during their early years, their cultural identity and…
SCREEN SAVERS… Choose Playtime Over Screen Time!
Most of your baby’s brain development will happen in the first two years of life. It’s important for babies and toddlers to explore the things around them and experience natural sights, sounds, tastes, and textures. Interacting and playing with others helps children learn about the world around them. For that…
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…
Supporting Social-Emotional Development
Social-emotional skills are essential for connecting with others! They help us manage our emotions, build healthy relationships, and feel empathy. Starting from birth, babies learn who they are by how they are treated. Loving relationships provide young children with a sense of comfort, safety and confidence. They teach young…
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.