The Montgomery County Council and the County’s Board of Education at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, in Rockville will meet with representatives of the State Department of Education and Montgomery County’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. The topics for discussion will include the State’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant program and the Advisory Council’s progress on improving early care and education services.
The meeting will be held in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. It will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast also will be streamed through the County Web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov
Federal funding is provided to support Maryland in establishing a seamless birth through grade 12 reform agenda to ensure that all young children and their families are supported in school readiness. The program also is intended to further improve a highly rated system of early childhood education in the State.
The State Department of Education is the fiscal agent for the grant, and the Division of Early Childhood Development is taking the lead in implementing the funds. The State plan includes 10 projects, including the creation of 24 local early childhood councils (for the state’s 23 counties and the City of Baltimore). Among the other projects are:
- Implement a tiered quality rating and improvement system for all early learning and development programs (Maryland EXCELS).
- Establish Early Childhood Breakthrough Centers.
- Revise the existing early learning standards to align with Common Core Standards.
- Conduct professional development to promote the use of early learning standards by all early learning and development programs.
- Revise Maryland's comprehensive assessment system in early childhood, including the Maryland Model for School Readiness.
More information about the topics for discussion is available at:
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