Articles Resources Tips TrendingProvider Spotlight: Sarah’s HouseFind A Program Select the FIND A PROGRAM link below to locate quality early childhood and school-age programs currently participating in Maryland EXCELS. Find A Program Search for: February 27, 2023 Engaging Families Research shows us that children tend to do better when programs engage families. February 20, 2023 Making Transitions Work Transition plans can help children and parents adjust successfully. February 19, 2023 Utilizing Observation Practices Observations provide insight into how each child thinks, hears, and learns. February 16, 2023 Developing an Inclusion Policy In an inclusive program, children have access to and participate in the same routines, play, and learning experiences. February 1, 2023 Technology Use and Screen-Time Policy A screen-time policy helps guide children on how to use technology and set limits. January 22, 2023 Sharing Community Resources Sharing resources can help connect staff, families, and children to opportunities in your community. January 19, 2023 Effective Staff Meetings Effective staff meetings allow your team to support one another, share information, and communicate ideas. January 15, 2023 Refreshing Your Bulletin Boards Bulletin boards offer the perfect canvas to welcome and engage the families and children in your program. January 6, 2023 Transitioning to Kindergarten Transitioning from an early childhood program to kindergarten is a significant time for children and families. January 2, 2023 Creating a Program Improvement Plan The Program Improvement Plan (PIP) is a tool that can help you determine and achieve specific, December 15, 2022 Opening the Door to Quality Communication Family conferences give programs and families a chance to have focused discussions. December 10, 2022 Positive Behavioral Supports Offering choices and redirection are proactive behavior support strategies. December 1, 2022 Creating Healthy Habits A nutrition policy and weekly menu can help teach children about healthy eating habits. November 30, 2022 Selecting Materials to Reflect Children’s Cultures and Languages Diverse materials can encourage curiosity and discussion. October 27, 2022 Developing Clear Rules and Expectations with Input from Children Allowing children input gives them a sense of ownership. October 15, 2022 Creating Activities and Schedules Plan purposeful and meaningful individualized schedules using domain-based activities.