Early Childhood Guidelines and Resources

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BCPS Early Childhood Guidelines and Resources:

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Other BCPS and MSDE Programs and Services:

  • Head Start 
    • Offers school readiness activities and education for low-income children.
      Contact  Head Start directly at 410-248-0372

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Other Websites for Parents of Young Children

  • Ready at Five
    Ready at Five Partnership is committed to increasing the number of children entering school ready to succeed. Parents can obtain tips and activities to encourage age-appropriate language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills.

  • Conscious Discipline
    Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive approach to social emotional learning that teaches childeren the self-regulation skills necessary to manage their feelings, problem-solve, and be ready to learn.
  • The Starfall Method
    The Starfall Method of reading instruction was developed for the emergent reader. It is based in part on research by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development about how children learn to read. Primarily designed for first grade, is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade
  • Zero to Three
    Resources for working with infants, toddlers and families. It has information on a variety of topics such as brain development, child care, and developmental stages.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
    NAEYC provides resources and information for parents as guidance for choosing the best possible care and education for their children.

  • I Am Your Child Foundation
    This non-profit organization, founded by actor/director Rob Reiner, was formed to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood development and school readiness. The section on tips and linking websites would be useful for parents.

  • Tufts University Child and Family WebGuide
    This site provides links for parents and professionals to sites evaluated by experts from Tufts University. Topics include Family/Parenting, Education/Learning, Typical Child Development, Health/Mental Health, and Resources/Recreation.
  • First Signs
    First Signs is dedicated to the early identification and intervention of developmental delays and disorders.

  • Healthy Beginnings
    Supporting Development and Learning from Birth to Age Five

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