Community Events

Interested in finding early childhood events in your community? Want the latest on local conferences? This calendar is open to the public and your submissions are welcome. Email your community event submissions to

MSDE reserves the right to exclude any event it feels is not appropriate for the Community Events page or may not serve the public interest. We reserve the right to edit event information for length, spelling, language and clarity.You won't see your event posted until it has been approved by our staff. 

APRIL 2017

Supporting Caregivers of Children Affected by Substance Abuse
Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff
Wednesday, April 5th
8:30 am-3:30 pm
Garrett College
$16 pp (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

For more information, contact Melanie Cooper at 301-334-4211 ext. 6419 or

Celebrating our Youngest Learners, Their Families, and Teachers at Montgomery College

Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Rockville Campus - Theatre Arts Building
Children, Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, and Community Members are invited to this FREE event featuring: Children’s Performances, Children’s Activities, Resources for Parents and Teachers, Parent and Teacher Workshops, and much more!

Child Care Providers volunteering at the event will earn 1 PAU!

Performance Schedule:
10:15 a.m. – Cultural Dance Group Tinkus Kay ‘Sur’
11:00 a.m. – American Chinese School
12:00 p.m. - Fraternidad Folklorica Cultural Ruphay
 1:00 p.m. – The Duffy School of Irish Dance
 2:00 p.m. – Zumba for Children

Teacher Workshops:
1. Preparing for an Interview
2. Resume Writing
*Must sign up before the event, 1 COK in professionalism will be awarded for workshop participation.

Parent Workshops:
1. Kindergarten Readiness (Chinese) – Dr. Ho
2. Reading to Young Children –Dr. McLean
3. Bilingualism (Spanish) – Dr. Saugar

Sponsored by Montgomery College School of Education, WDCE, MC ECE Club, Student Life Rockville, Community Engagement, and MC Employment Services.
Important Parent Information:

  • This is not a drop-off event. Children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Snacks will be provided; it is the parents’ responsibility to check for any allergens.
  • Free parking is available.

For more information or for accommodations, contact Professor Pruneda-Hernandez at 240 567 4168 or email at

2017 Month of the Young Child Conference: "Learning Knows No Bounds"

Presented by Arundel Child Care Connections 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Doubletree Hotel - Annapolis, MD 21401

Registration - 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Conference starts at - 8:00 am

Cost: $75.00 [six hours COK and one Professional Activity Unit (PAU)]

Training, breakfast, lunch and a "goody" bag will also be provided.

The key note speaker is Rae Pica, an education consultant, specializing in the development and education of the whole child and children’s physical activity, since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the founder and director of Moving & Learning (now Rae Pica Keynotes & Consulting) and the author of 19 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music (in its 5th edition), the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy, and A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity, and Free Time Create a Successful Child, written for the parents of children birth to age five. Her latest book, published by Corwin in 2015, is What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Improving Education and Children’s Lives.

MDAEYC & Field Training Services

Maryland Association for the Education of Young Children (MDAEYC) and Field Training Services has an opportunity for you to take an Infants, Child and Adults CPR, AED and First Aid, Health and Safety Class.

April 22nd 2017        

9:00am – 3:00pm
Lourie Center
12301 Academy Way
Rockville, MD 20852

If you would like to participate in this class, so you will have the knowledge and be ready to save a life.  Any questions please contact Jennifer at

Please fill out the registration form and send it with a check for $65 to  MDAEYC 
c/o Alicia Cross  
P O Box 693 Gaithersburg MD 20884

Spring School Readiness Symposium: “Building Equity in Early Learning”

 April 25, 2017

The keynote speaker is Dr. Walter Gilliam, Director of the Yale Child Study Center.  Dr. Gilliam’s research involves early childhood education and intervention policy analysis and how policies translate into effective services; ways to improve the quality of learning services to support children’s school readiness; and effective methods for reducing classroom behavior challenges and incidences of preschool expulsion.

Dr. Gilliam and his team’s recent groundbreaking research explores the implicit biases of early childhood educators and the systems that support them, as well as civil society, and the impact those biases may have on our expectations of children’s behavior.

The symposium will include afternoon workshops on supporting our diverse populations and the tools we can use to achieve education equity and social justice for our students. Registration for this full-day event will open by March 15th at

Family Fun in the Park

April 30, 2017


Wheaton Regional Park

Active fun for young children and their families

MAY 2017


MAY 5-7

Maryland State Child Care Association (MSCCA)       
Mark your calendars and plan your Professional Development around the opportunity to earn more than 17 hours of Core of Knowledge MSDE approved, quality training at the beach! MSCCA offers one stop shopping for your continued education and credentialing needs!

Clarion Resort Fontainebleau
10100 Coastal Highway | Ocean City, MD 21842  
Call-800-638-2100 | 410-524-3535 |

MSCCA is excited to welcome…                       
Saturday Keynote- Debbie Phelps- Educator, Children's Activist, and Mother and #1 Supporter of the Greatest Olympian of All Time, Michael Phelps  
Use your MSDE training voucher and get all the continued training hours needed while you climb the credentialing ladder. Enjoy exhibitors, prizes, networking and fun. 

Become a member and pay less! For More Info, Visit: or Call: 410-820-9196

Registration is open!

All Day with the Maryland Science Center presented by Caroline County Family Day Care Association

May 20th, 2017 9am - 4pm
Public library in Denton, Maryland
2nd floor large meeting room

Science on a Shoestring

9am till noon
Science on a shoestring will provide providers with the resources and the mindset to create science materials for their children from free of low cost items. 3 clock hours in Curriculum.
Break for Lunch (lunch will be provided)

Easy Early Engineering
1pm – 4pm
We’ve all become comfortable with the acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) but some STEM areas get more attention in our daycares than others. Join us as we explore engineering, the often neglected third letter in STEM. We’ll become comfortable engineers and focus on how to incorporate it into our daycares. 3 clock hours in Curriculum.
*All workshops are MSDE certified for 3 hours Core of Knowledge in Curriculum. They are designed for teachers of 3-5 year-old, to be hands-on minds-on experiences.

JUNE 2017

JULY 2017




Maryland State Family Child Care Association 25th Annual Conference - “Strong Foundations Build Bright Futures”

October 13-14

Come join us for a fantastic conference filled with education, networking and friends. Don’t miss out on this fun, refreshing, inspiring weekend where you can receive excellent training.

Location: Carousel Oceanfront Hotel and Condos

11700 Coastal Highway

Ocean City, Maryland

For more information: or contact Ruby Daniels, Conference Chair