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Maryland EXCELS 2.0 is online! Access Maryland EXCELS 2.0 here!

Maryland EXCELS 2.0 is now online! Use the Get to Know 2.0 webinars to help you learn about the new System and the changes we have made with you in mind. When you access your existing files, you may notice not all of them appear. We are still loading files into the System, and will let you know as soon as that process is complete. [call-to-action text="Log into Maryland EXCELS 2.0" link="http://excels.marylandexcels.org"] For the latest updates and information on Maryland EXCELS 2.0, visit www.marylandexcels.org/System.

An Important Update About Maryland EXCELS 2.0: Coming Soon!

The Maryland EXCELS 2.0 System launch has been delayed. We are committed to providing you with an experience and features that are designed with you in mind! Please check back on this page for updates. The Maryland EXCELS online system will continue to be unavailable as we prepare to launch Maryland EXCELS 2.0. Visit www.marylandexcels.org/system for more information, including access to a series of webinars that highlight features and functions of Maryland EXCELS 2.0. You can also view the calendar for upcoming, in-person 2.0 trainings conducted by Maryland State Department of Education Quality Assurance Specialists in your region. If you would like to apply to participate in Maryland EXCELS, please fill out this form. Once an application is submitted, your program will be participating in Maryland EXCELS and eligible for Child Care Subsidy reimbursement.

Attention Programs: 2.0 System Goes Live October 23, 2018 — Designed with you in mind!

2.0logo_designed_with_you_in_mind What does the Maryland EXCELS 2.0 System mean for you? You’ll have mobile-friendly access, a more intuitive and efficient experience, Facebook and Google log-in capability, printable checklists and more. It will also support you and your program as you work to maintain, publish, or increase your quality rating. If you have questions, submit them to www.marylandexcels.org/systemquestions. A Maryland EXCELS Team Member will contact you within 2-3 business days. For more information, or to access training materials, visit www.marylandexcels.org/system. 

Maryland EXCELS celebrates five years of continuous quality improvement. Providers, THANK YOU for your commitment. Learn more about the birthday offers and activities here.

July 2018 marks Maryland EXCELS fifth year as the state’s quality rating and improvement system. In recognition of the accomplishments and commitment of participating programs, Maryland EXCELS is hosting a year-long celebration. Providers can get the details to join the celebration at www.marylandexcels.org/birthday.

PROGRAMS: Sign up for FREE Child Care Exchange Subscription!

We appreciate how hard you work every day to provide quality child care and early education experiences for the children in your program.  To recognize YOU for your commitment to pursuing quality, Maryland EXCELS is offering the opportunity for published programs to receive a FREE one year subscription to the Child Care Exchange magazine. Sign up below to receive a FREE, year-long subscription to Child Care Exchange, Thank you, again, for your commitment to improving the quality of your program, and for the difference you are making in the lives of young children and their families. Terms and Conditions  Limited to one subscription per program.  Please ensure the information provided below is accurate and complete. Incomplete or inaccurate information could delay the start of your subscription. Each subscription includes six (6) issues of Child Care Exchange and access to Articles on Demand. All subscriptions will last for one year and will not be automatically renewed. Maryland EXCELS wants to ensure all personal information and data is secure and has not granted Child Care Exchange permission to share your contact information and address with any other parties.  

SCAM ALERT – Maryland Child Care Providers Being Targeted

A phone scam targeting Maryland child care providers aims to gather their personal and credit card information. The suspicious callers, going by the names of Alex Dawson and Ben, tell recipients that MSDE is running a $100 gift card promo. The reason for the call is to enter providers in the promo and to assist providers with the forms and process that are required to be accredited with MSDE. Scammers will ask to take the providers' credit card details to activate this promo with $2.95 and also give a verification code. Providers are then placed on hold after this promo process to connect with an officer to complete this process; callers are not connected to an officer. The number given to call regarding the promo is 1-877-605-1539. Contact your bank immediately if you have given your credit card information to anyone offering a promo from MSDE and/or the Credentialing Branch. If you have been contacted for this or another scam for the Credentialing program, email credentialocc.msde@maryland.gov. They'd like to hear your story.

Maryland EXCELS Toolkit Now Available!

The brand new Maryland EXCELS Toolkit is here! Be sure to check out this collection of interactive tools and information that will help you navigate your way through the five Quality Rating levels within the Maryland EXCELS system.

Accessible to the public, the toolkit is available to anyone interested in expanding their knowledge about quality child care and early learning. The toolkit includes:
  • Individualized experiences based on program type and children’s ages
  • Step-by-step guides outlining exact requirements for each standard
  • A Policy and Statement Builder tool for developing or revising policies, handbooks, and documentation
  • Video tutorials, articles, and checklists

Access the toolkit here.

Maryland EXCELS Sponsors Post-Game Fireworks Show at Camden Yards!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and find out how you can win tickets to the Orioles game on Friday, June 16 against St. Louis. Follow the instructions on this post for your chance to win. Winners will be randomly selected on Thursday, June 15 and notified via their Facebook private messages if they've been selected!