Collaboration and Program Improvement Branch News during COVID-19

For immediate assistance, please contact Levette Trusty- Woodrum at levette.trusty-woodrum1@maryland.gov,  410-767-0583


State Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) 

The May 6th meeting has been cancelled.  We will be providing virtual opportunities during this time around specific tasks of the Council.  Information regarding virtual opportunities will be sent via email to members and can also be found on this page. More information on the State ECAC can be found here. https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/node/662

For additional questions, please contact Cyndi La Marca Lessner at cynthia.lessner@maryland.gov


Local Early Childhood Advisory Councils (LECAC) 

For the latest information regarding your Local Early Childhood Advisory Council, please contact the chairs of the Advisory Council or visit their website which can be found here.https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/councilsworkgroups/loca...

For additional questions, please contact Alberta Stokes at alberta.stokes1@maryland.gov


Family Support Centers

All on site monitoring visits have been suspended until further notice and desk monitoring procedures will be implemented until further notice. Information regarding your local Family Support Center can be found here. http://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/programs-services/family-support-ne...

For additional questions, please contact Cyndi La Marca Lessner at cynthia.lessner@maryland.gov


Preschool Development B-5 Grant  

Maryland’s Preschool Development Grant will continue to be implemented as planned. Visit https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/PDG for Maryland’s updates. 

For additional questions, please contact Rachel Demma at rachel.demma@maryland.gov


Head Start State Collaboration Office  

All monitoring visits of Head Start programs have been suspended until further notice and desk monitoring procedures will be implemented until further notice. 

Currently, local Head Start programs are closed and are following the statewide public school guidance. Teachers and Family Service Workers are staying in contact with families during this time. The Maryland Head Start Association has information on the situation at this link;  ttps://www.md-hsa.org/covid-19 

For additional questions about the Head Start Collaboration Office please contact Tresa Hanna at tresa.hanna@maryland.gov


Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants 

All grantee monitoring visits have been suspended until further notice and desk monitoring procedures will be implemented. 

All program visits by consultants to early child care visits have been suspended until further notice.  All consultants are working remotely and can be reached for technical assistance. Contact information for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants can be found here. https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/infant-and-early-childh...

For additional questions about the IECMH project, please contact Tresa Hanna at tresa.hanna@maryland.gov


Maryland Family Engagement

Spend Less Time Searching and More Time Engaging! 

The One-Stop Shop for Family Engagement and Early Learning: log on to the Maryland Families Engage website for a variety of at-home learning activities, resources, news, and virtual events! From recommended books to healthy snacks and diets, teachers and providers can continue to support parents and families with the marylandfamiliesengage.org resource collection that features free, downloadable learning experiences, including:

Connect with the MD Family Engagement Community on Facebook/Twitter @MDEngageEarly!