In the Spotlight: Mt. Hebron Nursery School

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A true story of coming full circle, Amy Schroeder first became associated with her center as a parent. She explains, “After my children moved on to kindergarten, I missed this nurturing environment and the talented educators so much I soon took a job here as an early childhood professional.” Now, as the Director of Mt. Hebron Nursery School in Howard County, Amy gives it her all. Mt. Hebron has been a Maryland EXCELS Participant since 2013 and has published at a Quality Rating of 5. In addition, the program has earned five Additional Achievements (Asthma Friendly, Health and Wellness, Quality Business Practices, Cultural and Linguistic Competency, and Eco-Friendly).

Amy gives a huge amount of credit for the program’s success to her staff. “One hundred percent of my classroom staff are MSDE credentialed and the time and love they put into their jobs never ceases to amaze me.” Julie Hess, the Program Coordinator for Mt. Hebron, points out that even with busy lives, Mt. Hebron’s staff makes professional development a priority. “In fact, thirteen of their lead staff members have a Maryland Child Care Credential of Level 5 or 6!” she notes.Mt-Hebron-preschool-children

Other resources in Howard County used by Mt. Hebron to promote a caring and vibrant program are Clark Elioak’s Farm and the CARE Center. Clark Elioak’s Farm, a working farm since 1797, appeals to both the children and their families. And, the CARE Center, with its Behavioral Team Specialists, provides staff with the tools to help children build positive social interactions.

Mt. Hebron has managed to give back to the Maryland EXCELS community by serving as a training site for MSDE assessors and by sharing their successes with others participating in Maryland EXCELS.

Thank you for being SUPER, Mt. Hebron!

Amy Schroeder, Director

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