Maryland EXCELS

Kaplan is proud to extend its long-standing commitment to Maryland's early childhood teachers, caregivers, parents, and children through its support of the Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating and Improvement System. For over 50 years, Kaplan has worked in concert with the early childhood community to support the vision and creation of quality caring and learning environments for children and families. This website is designed to continue that tradition of support. At the click of a button, Maryland EXCELS providers can access the information and resources that they need to design and operate great programs for children and their families.

Maryland EXCELS is a great way to support children's future success. Working together, child care centers, school-age child care programs, family child care homes, public pre-Kindergartens, and parents, can ensure that children are on the pathway to excellence. Kaplan is committed to being part of the success story and has worked hard to develop and provide resources for school districts, private providers, parents, and children that will be the foundation of many prosperous programs.

Assessments

ECERS-R™ Spiral Bound Edition
ECERS-R™ Spiral Bound Edition
Item: 11841
Status: In Stock
$25.95
This widely used program quality assessment instrument is designed for preschool, kindergarten, and child care classrooms serving children 2.5 through 5 years of age. It can be used by program directors for supervision and program improvement, by teaching staff for self-assessment, by agency staff for monitoring, and in teacher training programs. The established reliability and validity of the ECERS-R™ make it particularly useful for research and program evaluation.
ITERS-R™ Spiral Bound
ITERS-R™ Spiral Bound
Item: 10308
Status: In Stock
$25.95
This revised version offers practical assistance in the form of Notes for Clarification and an Expanded Score Sheet to simplify scoring. The items and indicators are the same as in the original version. Assess the quality of infant and toddler classrooms and enhance program development with charts detailing levels of quality from inadequate to excellent. Explanatory notes appear on facing pages. Scoring sheets and ITERS-R™ Profile included.
FCCERS-R™ - Revised Edition Spiral Bound
FCCERS-R™ - Revised Edition Spiral Bound
Item: 13598
Status: In Stock
$25.95
The increasing concern over the effect of child care on children's lives has focused attention on the quality of that care. Since most out-of-home care is provided in family child care homes, the need has grown for an accessible, reliable, and thorough means of assessing the quality and suitability of such settings. Developed through lengthy field testing, research, and revision, the Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale consists of 32 items, organized under six major headings: Space and… More »
School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale® - Updated Edition
School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale® - Updated Edition
Item: 27946
Status: In Stock
$25.95
What are the components of high-quality after-school care for children ages 5-12? How can we evaluate these programs? These are the challenges facing caregivers, schools, agencies, and parents as after-school programs proliferate. The School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale®, Updated Edition provides an easy-to-use resource for defining and assessing the quality of both public and private programs caring for school-age children during out-of-school time. This updated, spiral-bound edition is… More »
ASQ-3™ Starter Kit
ASQ-3™ Starter Kit
Item: 15485
Temporarily Out of Stock
$295.00
Everything you need to start screening children with ASQ-3™: 21 photocopiable print masters of the questionnaires and scoring sheets, a CD-ROM with printable PDF questionnaires, the ASQ-3™ User's Guide, and a FREE ASQ-3™ Quick Start Guide.
ECERS-3™ Third Edition
ECERS-3™ Third Edition
Item: 28800
Status: In Stock
$25.95
The long-anticipated new version of the internationally recognized Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale®, ECERS-3™ focuses on the full range of needs of preschool- and kindergarten-aged children. This widely used, comprehensive assessment tool measures both environmental provisions and teacher-child interactions that affect the broad developmental needs of young children, including cognitive, social-emotional, physical, and health and safety. ECERS-3™ also includes Items assessing… More »

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Insights and Inspirations

Browse our Insights & Inspirations section for a variety of articles, tips, resources, strategies, and more.

Addressing Challenging Behaviors

Addressing Challenging BehaviorsWhether a child hits others, uses inappropriate language, or throws a tantrum, all educators have to address challenging behaviors in the classroom. Social-emotional learning and self-regulation tools help teach children about resilience and how to appropriately manage their behavior and emotions, but those resources may not be enough to effectively address the challenging behavior. Read more.

Making Learning Centers More Inclusive for Children with ADHD

Learning CentersLearning centers are an important component of preschool and kindergarten classrooms, but children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often struggle with the learning center environment. For example, a child with ADHD may have trouble focusing on the activity or staying in his or her assigned learning center space. Read more.

Using Block Play to Promote STEM in the Classroom

Block PlayBlock play has long been a favorite learning center in preschool classrooms and child care centers, but it can also be used in both preschool and elementary classrooms to promote STEM. A major benefit of using block play to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is the versatile learning opportunities block play presents. Read more.

Building Positive Family-School Partnerships

connecting-with-familiesPositive family-school partnerships are essential in helping children learn and grow, but figuring out how to connect with families to form and maintain these partnerships isn't always straightforward. This is especially true in early childhood environments because attending a child care or preschool program for the first time can cause a lot of stress for both the child and family. Read more.

Choosing a Sand and Water Table

choosing-sand-water-tableChildren are often drawn to sand and water tables due to the fun learning experiences that they support, which is why choosing the right sand and water table for your students is important. Having a sand and water table in your classroom can help children learn to work together, develop their fine motor skills, and increase their communication and problem-solving skills. Read more.


Local Representative

Julie Dobies

Julie Dobies

Maryland Sales Manager

Contact

Phone:
1-800-334-2014 ext. 5099
Fax:
(336) 293-1169

Julie came to Kaplan with a strong background in sales, certifications in the state of Maryland for early childhood and elementary education, and a Master's Degree in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Julie currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and spending time outdoors. Julie spent more than 6 years teaching in both early childhood and elementary classrooms, so she has the knowledge and experience necessary to meet all of her customers' needs.

Julie serves customers across Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia for Kaplan. Julie also works closely with the Maryland Head Start Association, the Maryland Family Network, and is a Maryland EXCELS partner.

Whether you're looking for STEM products, curriculum and assessment resources, or even professional development trainings and courses, Julie will provide you with everything you need to meet Race to the Top and Judy Center guidelines, and attain IT and EXCELS enhancement grants. Julie encourages current and prospective customers to reach out to her at any time with questions or for more information about current discounts, sales, products, and services.