December 11, 2015
Children who attend high quality programs are more likely to succeed in school and in their careers. Research shows that taxpayers benefit from high quality programming; there are improved educational outcomes, increased labor productivity and a reduction in crime. Early childhood education is not just a concern for parents; the impact of quality care extends into the community.
The success of Maryland EXCELS depends on the assistance of committed community partners, such as:
Maryland Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC)
The Maryland Early Childhood Advisory Council is composed of early childhood educators, policy-makers, and community advocates. Its mission is to identify the most important factors and most effective strategies for making the greatest possible gains in early care and education.
Maryland Family Network
Maryland Family Network spearheads the development of a statewide, comprehensive system of support for pregnant women, children ages birth to five, children with special needs ages birth through twenty-one, and their families and caregivers.
The Network includes:
- LOCATE: Child Care to help families find quality child care options;
- LOCATE: Special needs services to help families find options for children with special needs;
- Family Support Centers;
- A network of Child Care Resource and Referral Centers across the state;
- Training and e-learning services for early childhood professionals; and
- Technical assistance for programs and individuals seeking to develop high quality programs for children.
Maryland EXCELS-Supporting Organizations
Become a Maryland-EXCELS Supporting Organization and demonstrate to your customers, members, and your local community that you value high-quality early childhood and school age programs for children and their families.
Businesses and organizations interested in supporting Maryland EXCELS may help in a variety of ways:
- Offering discounts to teachers and child care providers who shop at their business;
- Offering memberships or training discounts; and
- Advertising their financial support of high-quality early childhood education and child care in Maryland.
Employees with access to dependable, quality child care and education programs may be less stressed and more productive than those without high quality care for their children. Access to high quality early childhood and school age programs may lead to a fewer absences and increased efficiency. Employers who recognize that the child care needs of their employees can have a significant impact on their businesses can work with Maryland Family Network to explore and implement programs that help employees balance their commitments to work and family.