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Governor’s State Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC): Sustainability Plan. Office of Child Care Advisory Council. Data Collaborative MLDS. State Interagency Coordinating Council. Early Childhood Mental Health Steering Committee. Research Advisory Group.

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Governor’s State Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC):

Sustainability Plan

Office of Child Care Advisory Council

Data Collaborative MLDS

State Interagency Coordinating Council

Early Childhood Mental Health Steering Committee

Research Advisory Group

Early Childhood Advisory Council

Legislative Consultant

Comprehensive Assessment System State Advisory Committee


Investment Adjunct Committee

Executive ECAC Committee

24 Local Early Childhood Advisory Councils in each jurisdiction

rtt elc project 9 update
RTT ELC Project 9 Update

Leadership in Early Learning Academies to promote rigorous, developmentally appropriate instructional practices that support the Early Learning Common Core Standards

what is qris
Whatis QRIS?

“A quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) is a systematic approachto assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs.” (NCCIC)



  • Recognize child care providers/centers for their accomplishments, and
  • Provide a framework to articulate to the public the quality initiatives a provider/center participate in and undertake
race to the top early learning challenge
Race to the TopEarly Learning Challenge

Project 2Implement a Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System for ALL Early Learning and Development Programs

Funding For Project 2:

RTT-ELG Grant: $21,265,146

Other funds (CCDF): $12,683,136

Total for the next 4 years: $33,948,282

rtt elc linkages with maryland excels
RTT-ELC Linkages with Maryland EXCELS
  • Early Childhood Breakthrough Center (Project 3)
  • Training and Technical Assistance
  • Quality Capacity Building
  • Local Advisory Councils (Project 1)
    • Marketing
    • Promotion

Project 2

  • Comprehensive Assessment System
  • (Project 6)
    • Formative Assessments
    • Kindergarten Entry Assessment
  • Revised Early Learning Standards (Project 4)
    • Incorporate Common Core Standards
    • Expand VIOLETS and STEM
    • Develop Guide to Early Pedagogy
  • Early Childhood Data System (Project 10)
    • Child Care Administrative Tracking System
    • Maryland Longitudinal Data System
  • Coalition for Family Engagement (Project 8)
    • Customizing Family Engagement Framework for EXCELS standards
quality assurance specialists
Quality Assurance Specialists

Lisa Smith

Petrea Fletcher

Ona Whitfield

Mary Beth Johnson

Shelia Maness

  • Quality Assurance Specialists will:
  • Provide technical assistance, support and coordination of services to early care and education programs throughout the state.
  • Conduct on-site monitoring and provide information on Maryland EXCELS.
  • Provide on-site consultation with participating programs to provide technical assistance, information and to verify the accuracy of Maryland EXCELS ratings.
maryland s standards
Maryland’s Standards
  • Licensing and Compliance
  • Rating Scales and Accreditation
  • Developmentally Appropriate Learning and Practice
  • Staffing and Professional Development
  • Administrative Policies and Procedures
md excels web site

process and next steps
Process and Next Steps
  • Develop workbook, application process – Fall 2010
  • Develop website – Initial development Completed
  • Pilot MD EXCELS – Completed
  • Field Test – November 26, 2012 – June 2013
    • 299 facilities participating
  • Develop Incentives and Marketing Tools – Winter 2012 – Spring 2013
  • Take to Scale – July 2013

County Breakdown