Maryland Dept. of Ed to hold Town Hall meeting on Early Childhood Development in region

News Release, Maryland State Department of Education

Maryland State Department of Education, Department of Health and Department of Human Services Seek Public Input

BALTIMORE —The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Maryland Department of Human Services (MSDH), in partnership with Ready At Five, will hold a series of regional town hall meetings on the State’s early care and education system.

“This is an opportunity for the three state agencies that oversee early childhood programs and services in Maryland to collaborate together in a nine-stop listening tour,” Division of Early Childhood Assistant State Superintendent Steven Hicks said.  “Our focus is finding out what parents, early childhood educators, policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders see as our greatest challenges and opportunities to building a well-coordinated and integrated early care and education system in Maryland. Participants will help shape the future for children in Maryland.”

MSDE was recently awarded a Preschool Development Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Grant, a $10.6 million federal grant that will help states conduct a comprehensive statewide birth through five needs assessment followed by in-depth strategic planning. The grant also focuses on enhancing parent choice and expanding the current mixed delivery system consisting of a wide range of provider types and settings, including child care centers and home-based child care providers, Head Start and Early Head Start, state pre-kindergarten, early intervention and special education services, and home visiting service providers across the public, private and faith-based sectors.

As part of the PDG B-5, nine regional town hall meetings will take place between March 26 and May 17, 2019, with both morning and evening sessions offered to accommodate various schedules and needs. Continental breakfast will be provided at morning sessions and a light dinner will be served at evening sessions.

Representatives from the State, Ready At Five, and local child- and family-serving agencies will share updates on a variety of topics related to early childhood care and education, family supports, new data from Maryland’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, and opportunities through the new PDG B-5 grant.  Each session will also include opportunities for the public to contribute to developing the State’s prenatal to age five needs assessment.

Feedback and findings from the town hall meetings will be used to develop and inform a new early learning strategic plan for Maryland by identifying significant needs and priorities. To join one of the Regional Town Hall meetings, please register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ECETownHalls

Locations, dates and times can be found below. More information about the Regional Town Halls, including handouts, can be found at https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/townhalls.

Jurisdiction(s)Date & TimesLocation
AlleganyCarrollFrederickGarrettWashingtonTuesday, March 26, 2019Morning 8:30-11:30AMEvening 5:00-8:00PMWashington Co. Board of Education10435 Downsville PikeHagerstown, MD 21740
Baltimore CityBaltimore CountyThursday, April 4, 2019Morning 9:00-11:30AMEvening 5:00-8:00PMBaltimore County Public Library/Owings Mills10302 Grand Central AvenueOwings Mills, MD 21117
CarolineDorchesterKentQueen Anne’sTalbotTuesday, April 16, 2019Morning 8:30-11:30AMEvening 5:00-8:00PMChesapeake CollegeThe Higher Education Building1000 College CircleWye Mills, MD 21679
SomersetWicomicoWorcesterThursday, April 25, 2019Morning 8:30-11:30AMEvening 5:00-8:00PMWor-Wic Community College32000 Campus DriveSalisbury, MD 21804
CecilHarfordTuesday, May 7, 2019Morning 8:30-11:30AMEvening 5:00-8:00PMThe Center for Educational Opportunity in Aberdeen253 Paradise RoadAberdeen, MD 21001
Anne ArundelHowardThursday, May 9, 2019Morning 8:30-11:30AMEvening 5:00-8:00PMPoint Pleasant Resource Center1450 Furnace AvenueGlen Burnie, MD 21060
CalvertCharlesSt. Mary’sWednesday, May 15, 2019Morning 9:30-11:30AMEvening 5:00-8:00PMCalvert County Public Library850 Costley WayPrince Frederick, MD 20678

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at davidhiggins@southernmarylandchronicle.com

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II




© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.