Early intervention and education is critical to preparing children to be school ready and establish a life-long love of learning and literacy. Through partnerships with the Maryland State Department of Educationís Early Childhood Division, the Maryland Family Network, the Maryland Family Support Centers, HIPPY International, the Judith P. Hoyer Early Childhood and Family Education Centers, and HeadStart, MAEC has gathered evidenced-based best practices and developed programs to help train early childhood education providers, childcare providers, and families to promote healthy child development, school readiness and ease the transition from preschool/home/childcare to kindergarten. MAEC delivers these services through the following programs:
The IPSC curriculum is especially geared to culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse families to promote healthy, early childhood development, provide information on choosing child care, and offer general parenting information for parents of children ages birth through five years. The curriculum is written in a trainer-of trainers model and is meant to serve as a tool for agencies, early childhood educators and child care providers to use in a manner appropriate to their program and the families they serve. The curriculum is divided into age groupings (0-6 months; 6-12 months; 12-18 months; 18 months-3 years; and 3-5 years) and also into four developmental areas: physical, cognitive, social-emotional, and language and literacy. The training includes a trainer’s manual, handouts, illustrated brochures, and activities that parents/caregivers can do to promote healthy early childhood development and school readiness. The curriculum is available in five languages: English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, and Mandarin (Chinese). You can find out more information about it here.
One of the most critical transitions young children make is the transition into Kindergarten. Parents of young children are naturally involved in their children’s early schooling, but as they
enter Kindergarten, family engagement in education lessens. This trainer-of-trainers curriculum offers schools and transitioning families an opportunity to build foundational skills to ensure family
engagement in their children’s education throughout elementary school. The curriculum includes: a trainer’s manual, handouts, PowerPoint slides, and resources to help preschool or elementary
school transition teams ease the transition into kindergarten. The five, 90 minute sessions cover information about: childhood development, establishing good study routines, navigating the school
system, the importance of family engagement in education, school culture, creating welcoming schools, parent advocacy and leadership, communication and discipline, communication between parents and
teachers, literacy and planning for transitions. The training guide and materials are available in English and Spanish. You can find more information about it here.
For more information, please contact:
Nora Cartland, Vice President