http://www.sunami.com/beansprout/main.html Beansprout is the first online community connecting parents with their pediatricians and child care providers. Visit this website to find up-to-date information, resources, and tools for families and child care professionals.
St. Mary’s Macaroni Kid
http://www.stmarys.macaronikid.com Have you discovered St. Mary’s Macaroni Kid? A website and weekly FREE e-newsletter, www.stmarys.macaronikid.com is a valuable resource and St. Mary’s on-line home for finding kid and family friendly events, activities, products and businesses. Subscribe to receive their FREE weekly e-newsletter and learn about family fun, great deals around town, kid-friendly products, and event ticket giveaways.
National Parent Information Network
http://www.npin.org As part of the ERIC clearinghouse on elementary and early childhood education, this site focuses on information for parents. You will find a lot of great resources, including a magazine, discussion list, conference events, state networks, an “ask-ERIC” section, and much more.
Zero to Three
http://www.zerotothree.org Zero to Three is a national non-profit charitable organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners, and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers. Visit this website to find information and resources for both parents and professionals.
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care
http://nrckids.org/Some highlights of this website include a study on cost, quality and outcomes, state child care regulations, and national safety standards. An extensive links page with resources on everything from lead poisoning to playground safety is useful for both parents and child care providers.
The American Library Association
http://www.ala.org/alsc/This section, or index, of the larger ALA site, has great resources for both children and parents. For children and teens, there are pages that highlight good websites to visit and recommended reading and software. For parents, there is information on adult reference and media materials, a link to Booklist magazine, and much more.
US Consumer Product Safety Commission
http://www.cpsc.gov This site maintains product recalls for consumers. Check here to see if your yard sale purchases are safe, or find out how to return a recalled product.
Maryland Family Network
http://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org Maryland Family Network coordinates the Maryland Child Care Resource Network, LOCATE: Child Care (a free resource for families to find child care), coordinates the Family Support Centers, and distributes data annually on the capacity of child care providers in the state.
Online Child Care Referrals
http://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/programs-services/locate/LOCATE Child Care Assist is an easy-to-use, software program that enables a parent or guardian to conduct self-guided searches for regulated child care program referrals in Maryland including family child care, child care centers, before and after school programs, summer camps, Head Start programs, nursery schools, part-day programs, and private kindergarten programs. Parents enter an address close to where they want care and choose the type of child care they want. Based on the parent’s choices, a list of up to ten child care programs with short descriptions and contact phone numbers is displayed. This list can be printed out by the parent. The listed programs are referrals only, and no recommendation is expressed or implied. A disclaimer statement appears on the program’s initial screen, as well as on the screen containing the referrals.
Online Search for After School Activities
http://apps.marylandfamilynetwork.org/mdcfc/search_ost/disclaimer.aspThe After-School Activities web application provides on-line access for parents and children who are searching for information about after-school activities and programs of all kinds. Currently, the After-School database contains information on over 2,200 after-school programs, including all regulated after-school programs in the state of Maryland. The web application is searchable by county and by school or town within counties. The database contains information on cost, hours of operation, location, program description and more. Only programs that are monitored or regulated are included in the database.
LOCATE: Child Care
https://locate.marylandfamilynetwork.org/family/login Maryland Family Network’s LOCATE: Child Care is a free, referral service with detailed information on all regulated child care in Maryland. Our trained referral specialists will help you identify care based on your personal preferences including program type, location, and cost.
Ready at Five
Maryland State Child Care Association
Maryland State Family Child Care Association
National Association of Family Child Care
National Association for the Education for Young Children
Child Care Aware of America
Office of Child Care Licensing Branch
Child Care Licensing Forms
Child Care Credentialing Program
Child Care CCPDF
Child Care Quality Incentive Grant Program
Maryland EXCELS Toolkit
MSDE IMPACT Newsletter
Child Care Scholarship Program
Calvert County Family Day Care Association
Charles County Family Day Care Association
Maryland Family Network’s 2020 Child Care Demographics and Trends Reports
View Maryland Family Network’s Child Care Demographic reports here:
Maryland Child Care Demographics 2021
Calvert County Child Care Demographics 2021
Charles County Child Care Demographics 2021
St. Marys County Child Care Demographics 2021
2020 Child Care Trends
Maryland Family Network
Maryland Family Network Caring During COVID Report
2020 Caring During COVID.
Family Child Care Alliance
CDA Grant Program in Maryland
Family Child Care Provider Direct Grant Program
MSDE Early Childhood COVID-19 Updates
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