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Encouraging Outdoor Summer Play

  The start of summer and warm, sunny weather means an opportunity to get children outside playing. Time for both unstructured playtime and organized activities can help children’s overall well-being

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TIPS: Incorporating Safety into Your Program’s Policies and Practices

Now that it is National Safety Month, it’s a great time to review the written safety policies in your program.  Documenting these procedures and sharing them with families and staff

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Celebrating Father’s Day

If you’re planning to help the children in your program celebrate Father’s Day on June 17, consider how to create ways to make the special occasion inclusive for all kinds

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Provider Spotlight: Maryland EXCELS Provider Succeeds with Toolkit

Nancy Rife considers the children she cares for in her family child care home exactly that—family. When Rife was ready to improve the quality of care she offered her families,

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Share Your Quality Rating!

Remember to share your quality rating with your families and staff! You work hard to provide the best program possible, and your participation in Maryland EXCELS shows that! Print your

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