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
Temporarily Out of 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
Status: In 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.
Program Administration Scale - PAS
Program Administration Scale - PAS
Item: 24682
Status: In Stock
$25.95
Using a 7-point rating scale (inadequate to excellent), this easy-to-use instrument assesses 25 items grouped into 10 categories: human resources development, personnel cost and allocation, center operations, child assessment, fiscal management, program planning and evaluation, family partnerships, marketing and public relations, technology, and staff qualifications. 2nd Edition.
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 »

Personal Protective Equipment

Clear Divider Panels
Clear Divider Panels
Item: 35110P
Ships From Manufacturer
$159.95 - $549.95
Support healthy learning environments at school or home with these clear divider panels. Designed to provide teachers and caregivers with a clear view of many children at once, these durable panels help children feel a sense of community although they may be socially distanced in the classroom. Available in three sizes, panels feature easy-to-clean vinyl secured with elastic loops, a lightweight plastic frame, flexible hinges (on 3-panel and 4-panel dividers only), and weighted support legs. Creating… More »
Adult Face Mask with Clear Center - Set of 5
Adult Face Mask with Clear Center - Set of 5
Item: 35053
Status: In Stock
$34.95
Adult 2-ply cotton face mask with clear center for improved communication and recognition of emotions. The cotton construction allows for a comfortable wear, and the clear fabric allows for easy communication. Also included in the construction of the mask is a bendable nose wire for the ultimate fit. Masks are machine washable, but need to air dry. Please note, fogging may occur. To prevent mask fogging please apply a defogger, like those for swimming and ski goggles, or apply household shaving… More »
Washable Gown/Cover Up - Set of 4
Washable Gown/Cover Up - Set of 4
Item: 34680
Status: In Stock
$89.95
From entrance drop-off and pick-up to staff moving from classroom to classroom, this washable, durable, and reusable gown will keep clothes protected from the spreading of germs. Gown can also be used to keep a barrier during diaper changing and feeding or food service. Fits most adults with two adjustable ties in the back: one at the neck and one at the waist. Gown can be individually decorated and designed with colorful images to provide comfort for young children. Gown is not pre-designed. Made… More »
Acrylic Clear Table Divider Shields
Acrylic Clear Table Divider Shields
Item: 35405P
Ships From Manufacturer
$309.95 - $439.95
These new table divider shields give your students the ability to achieve physical separation and social distancing, while still being able to engage with one another and teachers. Easy to clean, just apply soap and water. Easily reposition and move with no necessary installation. Dividers may also be used in other situations outside of learning centers. Available in sets of 6 stations and 4 stations. The 6 station shields measure 58.5"L x 29.5"W x 16"H and the 4 station shields measure… More »
Clear Child Face Mask - Set of 5 Blue Masks
Clear Child Face Mask - Set of 5 Blue Masks
Item: 35080
Status: In Stock
$29.95
Child size 2-ply cotton mask with clear center for improved communication and recognition of emotions. The cotton construction allows for a comfortable wear, and the clear fabric allows for easy communication. Also included in the construction of the mask is a bendable nose wire for the ultimate fit. Masks are machine washable, but need to air dry. Please note, fogging may occur. To prevent mask fogging please apply a defogger, like those for swimming and ski goggles, or apply household shaving… More »
Disposable Vinyl Powder-Free Clear Gloves
Disposable Vinyl Powder-Free Clear Gloves
Item: 34491P
Status: In Stock
$14.95 - $16.95
Keep your classroom safe with these Disposable Vinyl Powder-Free Clear gloves. 100 gloves per box. Select size.
Wash Your Hands Health & Safety Carpet
Wash Your Hands Health & Safety Carpet
Item: 36938P
Ships From Manufacturer
$61.95 - $109.95
Help children learn healthy habits with the Wash Your Hands Carpet. A positive and bright visual for learning and teaching healthy habits in a carpet. Perfect in front of a sink. Made in the USA.
Stand & Sanitize Health & Safety Carpet 3' x 4'6" - Blue
Stand & Sanitize Health & Safety Carpet 3' x 4'6" - Blue
Item: 36946
Ships From Manufacturer
$61.95
Help children learn healthy habits with the Stand & Sanitize Carpet in blue. A positive and bright visual for learning and teaching healthy habits in a carpet. Perfect in front of a sink or under a sanitizing station. Made in the USA.
Rainbow Dot Sanitize Health & Safety Carpet 3' x 4'6"
Rainbow Dot Sanitize Health & Safety Carpet 3' x 4'6"
Item: 36944
Ships From Manufacturer
$61.95
Help children learn healthy habits with the Rainbow Dot Sanitize Carpet. A positive and bright visual for learning and teaching healthy habits in a carpet. Perfect in front of a sink or under a sanitizing station. Made in the USA.
Wash the Germs Away Health & Safety Carpet Runner 3' x 12'
Wash the Germs Away Health & Safety Carpet Runner 3' x 12'
Item: 36952
Ships From Manufacturer
$184.95
Help children learn healthy habits with the Wash the Germs Away carpet runner. A positive and bright visual for learning and teaching healthy habits and social distancing in a carpet. Portable and perfect in front of a sink or near a sanitizing station. Made in the USA.
Touchless LED Handwashing Timer - Water Resistant
Touchless LED Handwashing Timer - Water Resistant
Item: 35236
Status: In Stock
$27.95
3 years & up. This Touchless operation encourages the right length of time is spent when washing hands in the classroom, learning center, or home. This touchless timer features a 30-second, 3-phase countdown. The first phase is 5-second wet/soap, the second is a 20-second wash/scrub, and the third is a 5-second rinse. Modern LED color display, timer is water resistant with mounting options. Requires 3 AA batteries, not included.
Sanitize Here Stop Sign Health & Safety Carpet
Sanitize Here Stop Sign Health & Safety Carpet
Item: 36943P
Ships From Manufacturer
$61.95 - $109.95
Help children learn healthy habits with the Sanitize Here Stop Sign Carpet. A positive and bright visual for learning and teaching healthy habits in a carpet. Perfect in front of a sink or under a sanitizing station. Made in the USA.
Sanitize Here Health & Safety Carpet 3' x 12'
Sanitize Here Health & Safety Carpet 3' x 12'
Item: 36949
Ships From Manufacturer
$184.95
Help children learn healthy habits with the Sanitize Here Runner. A positive and bright visual for learning and teaching healthy habits in a carpet. Perfect in front of a sink or near a sanitizing station. Made in the USA.
Sanitize Here Dot Health & Safety Carpet
Sanitize Here Dot Health & Safety Carpet
Item: 36940P
Ships From Manufacturer
$61.95 - $109.95
Help children learn healthy habits with the Sanitize Here Dot Carpet. A positive and bright visual for learning and teaching healthy habits in a carpet. Perfect in front of a sink or under a sanitizing station. Made in the USA.
Rainbow Dot Sanitize Here Health & Safety Carpet Runner 3' x 4'6"
Rainbow Dot Sanitize Here Health & Safety Carpet Runner 3' x 4'6"
Item: 36950
Ships From Manufacturer
$184.95
Help children learn healthy habits with the Rainbow Dot Sanitize Here carpet runner. A positive and bright visual for learning and teaching healthy habits in a carpet. Perfect in front of a sink or near a sanitizing station. Made in the USA.
Stand & Wait Health & Safety Carpet 3' x 4'6" - Green
Stand & Wait Health & Safety Carpet 3' x 4'6" - Green
Item: 36947
Ships From Manufacturer
$61.95
Help children learn healthy habits with the Stand & Wait Carpet in green. A positive and bright visual for learning and teaching healthy habits and social distancing in a carpet. Portable and perfect in front of a sink, sanitizing station, or general use. Made in the USA.
Stand,Wait&Sanitize Here Health & Safety Carpet Runner 3' x 12'
Stand,Wait&Sanitize Here Health & Safety Carpet Runner 3' x 12'
Item: 36951
Ships From Manufacturer
$184.95
Help children learn healthy habits with the Stand, Wait & Sanitize Here carpet runner. A positive and bright visual for learning and teaching healthy habits in a carpet. Perfect in front of a sink or near a sanitizing station. Made in the USA.
Wash the Germs Away Health & Safety Carpet 3' x 4'6"
Wash the Germs Away Health & Safety Carpet 3' x 4'6"
Item: 36948
Ships From Manufacturer
$61.95
Help children learn healthy habits with the Wash the Germs Away Carpet. A positive and bright visual for learning and teaching healthy habits and social distancing in a carpet. Portable and perfect in front of a sink or sanitizing station. Made in the USA.
Deluxe No Contact Infrared Thermometer
Deluxe No Contact Infrared Thermometer
Item: 34411
Status: In Stock
$68.50
Non-contact infrared thermometer for the forehead or objects takes temperatures safely, quickly and easily with a large easy-to-read backlit screen. Features one button operation, automatic shut off after 60 seconds, and reads in Fahrenheit and Celsius for your convenience. Safe for newborns and has ear mode for infants above 3 months. The Infrared Thermometer measures body temperature or an object temperature such as water and milk. Includes thermometer, 2 AAA batteries, carrying pouch, and instruction… More »
Clean Hands Helper Portable Sink Accessories Kit
Clean Hands Helper Portable Sink Accessories Kit
Item: 36095
Ships From Manufacturer
$114.95
This kit makes filling your Clean Hands Helper sink easy. Kit includes a mobile cart and 60" hose with funnel. The mobile cart has four casters and two non-skid strips to prevent any sliding while tank is being transported. Cart and hose fit inside the sink cabinets for storage. Measures 3.5"H x 15.5"W x 13"D.
Clean Hands Helper Portable Sink - 38" Counter - Plumbing Required
Clean Hands Helper Portable Sink - 38" Counter - Plumbing Required
Item: 36094
Ships From Manufacturer
$1,219.95
This sink is perfect for adults and older kids. This sink is great for temporary needs or can be used as a permanent solution when casters are removed and sink is installed per local guidelines. The cabinet is made of solid Baltic Birch plywood and the sink is 5" deep stainless steel. The faucet has a water-saving .5gpm aerator. Water lines need to be connected to a water source with female 0.5" IPS threaded fittings and drain line needs to be connected with a 1.5" slip fitting. Sink… More »
Touch-Free Faucet Adapter
Touch-Free Faucet Adapter
Item: 36091
Ships From Manufacturer
$139.95
This faucet adapter makes handwashing time easy with the two touch-free options. Kids will be able to wash their hands without touching the faucet for added safety measures. Option one allows the water to turn on and off when it senses hands below. Option two allows the water to run for 3 minutes or until it is turned off by swiping a hand next to the sensor. Includes a 6' micro USB to USB-A cord for charging. Wall plug and faucet not included. CE and RoHS compliant. Measures 3"H x 2"W x 2"D.
Step Up Standard Stool
Step Up Standard Stool
Item: 34842
Ships From Manufacturer
$149.95
The Step Up Standard Stool provides extra height for children, giving them a boost for taller tasks. Works great with our line of portable sinks. The top of the stool includes two 4" wide non-skid strips and the bottom of the stool has rubberized feet for safety and slip-resistance. Measures 6"H x 23"W x 12"D.
Waste Water Tank - Clean Hands Helper Portable Sink
Waste Water Tank - Clean Hands Helper Portable Sink
Item: 36097
Ships From Manufacturer
$89.95
Waste water tank for use with Clean Hands Helper portable sinks.
Non-Potable Clean Water Tank - Clean Hands Helper Portable Sink
Non-Potable Clean Water Tank - Clean Hands Helper Portable Sink
Item: 36096
Ships From Manufacturer
$89.95
Non-potable clean water tank for use with Clean Hands Helper portable sinks.
Clean Hands Helper Portable Sink - 38" Counter
Clean Hands Helper Portable Sink - 38" Counter
Item: 36092
Ships From Manufacturer
$2,799.95
This sink is perfect for adults or older kids. The water is heated by the tank-less, on-demand water heater. The faucet features a water-saving aerator and the water pump flows at a rate of .35 gallons per minute. The mistake-proof connectors ensure the clean and waste water tanks won't be inadvertently switched. Stainless steel sink is approximately 5" deep. Each sink provides 40-50 hand washes based on washing hands for 20 seconds. Power switch inside the cabinet. Measures 49.5"H x 28.5"W x 23.5"D.
Space Divider
Space Divider
Item: 71201
Ships From Manufacturer
$582.95
Create safe and healthy classroom environments with this see-thru divider. Acting as a barrier between cribs, this divider panel is also an effective tool for creating physically-distanced learning spaces or multi-use areas in large rooms. Flexible and functional, this panel offers a sound barrier that supports uninterrupted sleep when placed around cribs or mats while also helping decrease the spread of germs and airborne illnesses. Panel is see-thru for easy viewing and cleaning. Separate up to… More »
Large Space Divider
Large Space Divider
Item: 71184
Ships From Manufacturer
$933.95
Create safe and healthy classroom environments with this see-thru divider. Acting as a barrier between cribs, this divider panel is also an effective tool for creating physically-distanced learning spaces or multi-use areas in large rooms. Flexible and functional, this panel offers a sound barrier that supports uninterrupted sleep when placed around cribs or mats while also helping decrease the spread of germs and airborne illnesses. Panel is see-thru for easy viewing and cleaning. Separate up to… More »
Space Saver See-Thru Island Crib Divider
Space Saver See-Thru Island Crib Divider
Item: 71181
Ships From Manufacturer
$2,539.95
Conquer germs and sound in one! These panels act as a barrier between cribs and help divide large rooms. The panels not only offer a sound barrier for uninterrupted sleep when setup around cribs or mats, but they also decrease airborne illnesses and the spread of germs. The panels are see-thru and allow for easy cleaning and viewing. Separate up to 4 cribs. Measures 76.5"L x 126"W x 59.5"H. Structure built weighs 172 lbs. Assembly required. Cribs pictured not included.
Clean Hands Helper Portable Sink - 26" Counter
Clean Hands Helper Portable Sink - 26" Counter
Item: 36093
Ships From Manufacturer
$2,699.95
This sink is perfect for young children. The water is heated by the tank-less, on-demand water heater. The faucet features a water-saving aerator and the water pump flows at a rate of .35 gallons per minute. The mistake-proof connectors ensure the clean and waste water tanks won't be inadvertently switched. Stainless steel sink is approximately 5" deep. Each sink provides 40-50 hand washes based on washing hands for 20 seconds. Power switch inside the cabinet. Measures 38"H x 28.5"W x 23.5"D.
Full Coverage Adjustable Clear Safety Goggles for Science Experiments
Full Coverage Adjustable Clear Safety Goggles for Science Experiments
Item: 86104P
Status: In Stock
$4.95 - $13.95
Promote safe practices with these comfortable Full Coverage Adjustable Clear Safety Goggles for Science Experiments. These safety goggles are great for use with messy science experiments or even water balloon fights. Go over safety tips and practices before activities that require safety goggles. These goggles are vinyl and feature a secure strap. One size fits all. Available individually or in a set of 3.
20 Second Hand Washing Timer
20 Second Hand Washing Timer
Item: 147757
Status: In Stock
$9.99
3 years & up. Healthy hands mean healthy kids! Help your little ones build essential hygiene habits to last a lifetime with the 20-Second Handwashing Timer from Learning Resources. Perfect for bathrooms, classrooms, or wherever sinks are found, this fund interactive timer provides visual and audio cues to let kids and adults alike know when they've hit their recommended handwashing goals. Simply tap the timer, take three seconds to grab some soap, then start scrubbing while the light is lit.… More »
Scan Pal - Contactless Infrared Thermometer
Scan Pal - Contactless Infrared Thermometer
Item: 34878P
Status: In Stock
$2,695.95 - $3,495.95
Build healthy classroom environments with the Scan Pal. Safe, quick, and friendly, the Scan Pal reduces contact between personnel and those being screened, takes only a few minutes to set up, and is a non-threatening method for classroom temperature checks. Unlike typical industrial thermal cameras, the Scan Pal was developed for precise temperature measurement and calibrated specifically for delivering accurate skin temperature readings.
10 - Count Bright Fabric Markers - Single Box
10 - Count Bright Fabric Markers - Single Box
Item: 29669
Status: In Stock
$4.45
Personalize t-shirts, bags and other fabric crafts without the use of messy dyes. The durable and long lasting, brightly colored markers are easy to use and easy to set. Set of ten markers in ten different colors.
My Mindful Mat - Set of 10
My Mindful Mat - Set of 10
Item: 35027
Status: In Stock
$69.95
Give children a space of their own to relax and reflect with My Mindful Mat! Easy to incorporate into classroom layouts, these mats help introduce and reinforce the idea of self regulation, identifying feelings and mindfulness. The calming mandala-inspired design of each circular mat helps create a safe space for each student. These mats are the perfect tools for promoting personal space and classroom wellness. Machine washable on cold and low heat to dry for easy cleaning. Each mat measures 12.5"… More »
Premium Corrugated Plastic Study Carrels - Set of 12
Premium Corrugated Plastic Study Carrels - Set of 12
Item: 35837
Status: In Stock
$91.95
The Premium Study Carrels are made from durable, lightweight corrugated plastic and feature rounded corners for safety. These carrels are perfect for reinforcing social distancing within the classroom. Acts as a sneeze and cough shield and can be wiped clean with disinfectant wipes easily. Fold carrels flat for storage. Measures 12"H x 46.5"W, side panels measure 12"H x 11.5"W, and center panel measures 12"H x 23.5"W. Set of 12 blue carrels.
Touch Panel UV Sanitizer & Dryer
Touch Panel UV Sanitizer & Dryer
Item: 32638
Status: In Stock
$399.95
Amazing UV sanitizer cleans more than bottles -- sippy cups, stuffed animals, electronic devices, and more. Unit is equipped with dual UV bulbs to ensure quality power. Our State-of-Art RapidDry dual ventilation system is designed to give fast and efficient drying. Our Patent pending low-heat technology and PTC precise heating element. FDA approved. Eliminates 99.9% of harmful bacteria when used as directed. Sanitizer size is 13.8" x 11.5" x 16.5".
I Wear A Mask Demo Kit
I Wear A Mask Demo Kit
Item: 35035
Status: In Stock
$109.95
Support young children's understanding of how to properly use face masks with the I Wear A Mask Demonstration Kit. Featuring plush animal puppet friends, this kit provides educators and caregivers with an approachable and easy-to-use visual prop for demonstrating the correct way to wear masks in the classroom. Teachers and children alike will enjoy giving their puppet friends voices, practicing the proper way to put masks on and take them off, and engaging in imaginative play centered around wearing… More »
SimpoSquare™ A Frame Sign Holder
SimpoSquare™ A Frame Sign Holder
Item: 90717P
Status: In Stock
$94.95 - $109.95
The SimpoSquare™ A Frame is convenient and easy to use. Holds two signs -- one on each side, and an optional rider sign on top. Change signs in seconds by sliding them in and out of the stay tabs. The stay tabs ensure the signs stay in place. Sign holder can be used indoors or outdoors and features a molded handle for portability and non-slip feet. Can internally ballast the frame with dry sand, if needed for extra durability. Available in two sizes. Signage is not included.
Acrylic Tabletop Partition - 46" Wide
Acrylic Tabletop Partition - 46" Wide
Item: 35075
Status: In Stock
$149.95
This 46" wide by 23.25" high partition is perfect for providing economical and effective sanitary protection. Ideal for use in early learning environments and childcare centers on wide tables. Perfect for encouraging social distancing. Acrylic panel sits in fitted groove within its 15mm base. Panel is removable for easy cleaning. Partition is made in USA.
Acrylic Tabletop Partition - 23" Wide
Acrylic Tabletop Partition - 23" Wide
Item: 35076
Temporarily Out of Stock
$109.95
This 23" wide by 23.25" high partition is perfect for providing economical and effective sanitary protection. Ideal for use in early learning environments and childcare centers on wide tables. Perfect for encouraging social distancing. Acrylic panel sits in fitted groove within its 15mm base. Panel is removable for easy cleaning. Partition is made in USA.
Blue Bandana - Set of 10
Blue Bandana - Set of 10
Item: 34616
Status: In Stock
$24.95
3 years & up. These bandanas are perfect for any and all uses. Children can express themselves in music and movement expression in waving the bandanas and dance. Each bandana features 2-sided print, rolled-hem edges, and are 100% cotton. Made in the USA. Measures 22"L x 22"W. Includes 10 bandanas.
Red Bandana - Set of 10
Red Bandana - Set of 10
Item: 34615
Status: In Stock
$24.95
3 years & up. These bandanas are perfect for any and all uses. Children can express themselves in music and movement expression in waving the bandanas and dance. Each bandana features 2-sided print, rolled-hem edges, and are 100% cotton. Made in the USA. Measures 22"L x 22"W. Includes 10 bandanas.
COVID-19 Focused Books - Hardback
COVID-19 Focused Books - Hardback
Item: 35345
Temporarily Out of Stock
$83.95
With children in mind, these four books focus on how the most recent coronavirus outbreak has affected our communities and schools. The books discuss topics including essential workers, flattening the curve, what a virus is, building healthy habits, and how children are learning and staying connected while schools are temporarily closed. Each book features real images, a review section, a glossary, and an index. Hardback. 24 pages each.

Family Engagement Kits

I Wear A Mask Demo Kit
I Wear A Mask Demo Kit
Item: 35035
Status: In Stock
$109.95
Support young children's understanding of how to properly use face masks with the I Wear A Mask Demonstration Kit. Featuring plush animal puppet friends, this kit provides educators and caregivers with an approachable and easy-to-use visual prop for demonstrating the correct way to wear masks in the classroom. Teachers and children alike will enjoy giving their puppet friends voices, practicing the proper way to put masks on and take them off, and engaging in imaginative play centered around wearing… More »
Highlights™ Preschool Developmental Skill Books
Highlights™ Preschool Developmental Skill Books
Item: 35546
Status: In Stock
$24.95
$19.95
3 years & up. Puzzles, humor, and kid-friendly images featured in these teacher approved practice pads make lesson practice engaging and fun during supplemental learning. Bonus sections within the Read and Write practice pad and the Math practice pad have STEAM activities for children to explore through simple observations, experiments, creative prompts and more! The Thinking Skills practice pad teaches children how to think logically and expand their problem solving skills. Includes 3 practice pads.
All Ready For Toddler Time Readiness Kit
All Ready For Toddler Time Readiness Kit
Item: 35256
Status: In Stock
$35.95
2 years & up. A complete assortment for toddlers to learn alphabet, shapes, colors, counting, and more. Children will develop skills with number, alphabet, and shape identification, 1 to 1 correspondence, vocabulary, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, matching, and sorting. Includes 59 items and guide.
All Ready For PreSchool Readiness Kit
All Ready For PreSchool Readiness Kit
Item: 35255
Status: In Stock
$35.95
3 years & up. Everything you need for preschool learning with this comprehensive collection of fun activities and tools. This kit includes preschool essentials all wrapped up in a convenient storage case. Includes an easy-to-follow guide and lesson framework for a smooth transition to age-appropriate subjects with engaging activities and games that progress in difficulty. Includes 85 items, a parent guide, an activity book, and storage box.
All Ready For Kindergarten Readiness Kit
All Ready For Kindergarten Readiness Kit
Item: 35260
Status: In Stock
$35.95
4 years & up. Everything you need for kindergarten learning with this comprehensive collection of fun activities and tools. This kit includes kindergarten essentials all wrapped up in a convenient storage case. Includes an easy-to-follow guide and lesson framework for a smooth transition to age-appropriate subjects with engaging activities and games that progress in difficulty. Includes 169 items, a parent guide, an activity book, and an included storage box.
All About Me - Creative Open Ended Arts Kit
All About Me - Creative Open Ended Arts Kit
Item: 34475
Status: In Stock
$30.95
5 years & up. Get to know all about you, from the inside out! This robust kit includes components for studying basic anatomy, making self or family portraits and writing and decorating stories or journal entries about all your important activities! It comes complete with accessories for decorating your art with clothing, hair and even flair! Includes: 3 Big! Huge! Paper Kids, 3 Stand Up Self Portraits, 3 All About Me Books, 1 See Through Me fold-out Transparency, 3 Paper Doll Chains, 180 Hair… More »
Around the World Crafts - Creative Open Ended Art
Around the World Crafts - Creative Open Ended Art
Item: 34478
Status: In Stock
$30.95
4 years & up. Explore world cultures with this fun, educative and super creative set of crafts. Travel the world from Africa to the Pacific Northwest, creating authentic, inspirational art all along the way! This kit includes an excellent mix of simple activities and open-ended craft bases, all intended to teach your kids about the value and importance of our world's unique cultural traditions. Includes: 3 Kente Weaving Mats, 3 Japanese Wind Carp, 3 Peel & Stick Totem Poles, 1 Castle Stencil… More »
My Trip to the Zoo - Creative Open Ended Arts Kit
My Trip to the Zoo - Creative Open Ended Arts Kit
Item: 34474
Status: In Stock
$35.95
4 years & up. Use your creative skills and imagination to recreate a trip to the zoo! Build animal shapes and textured backgrounds. Cut and color animal sculptures. Make gorgeous botanical displays of flowers, trees and foliage. This kit has all the reusable tools, pattern prints and die cut papers you'll need to recreate the magic of the zoo at home in your own art space. Includes: 10 Wild Animal Rubbing Plates, 10 Safari Animal Stencils, 5 Botanical Cuts Sheets (8.5" x 11"), 8 Amazing… More »
Creative Open Ended Arts Kit
Creative Open Ended Arts Kit
Item: 34484
Status: In Stock
$30.95
3 years & up. Decorate your favorite spaces with original art - made by you! Color the peel & stick art shapes with washable markers and add your favorite accents. Choose from Popz of multicolored paper, pasta, buttons, strips and mosaics. With this set of simple shapes and colorful textures the fun is in the making! Includes: 1 each of 5 different Peel & Stick Art Shapes: turtle, flower, seahorse, butterfly, and child, 100 Paper Circle Popz, 1.5 Lb. Art-A-Roni Colored Noodles, 15 Big… More »
We Connect Puzzle Art - Creative Open Ended Art
We Connect Puzzle Art - Creative Open Ended Art
Item: 34479
Status: In Stock
$20.95
4 years & up. Create your own puzzle art! This kit has lots of colorful craft materials that will help you make the most unique puzzle ever! Collage with colorful rice, pasta, buttons and art mosaics. Use crayons, markers or paints to illustrate your favorite ideas. A great way to focus on strategy and process while having fun. Includes: 12 Puzzle Quilt Pieces, 3 oz. Colored Rice, 1.5 Lb. Art-A-Roni Colored Noodles, 120 Pointillism Pieces, and 3 oz. Bright Buttons.
Celebrate Nature STEAM Kit
Celebrate Nature STEAM Kit
Item: 34486
Status: In Stock
$40.95
4 years & up. Celebrate nature with this HUGE collection of crafts, coloring sheets, and illustrated facts! Build your own bugs! Decorate your windows with die-cut frames and colorful paper! Turn off the TV and get outside with your very own field guide! This colorful, fully illustrated field guide is fun and full of simple facts about common outdoor subjects like clouds, birds and spiders! Learn about the ecosystem with 36 coloring pages, organized in 9 different biomes! Includes: 3 Butterfly… More »
Literacy Learning Kit
Literacy Learning Kit
Item: 35303
Status: In Stock
$29.95
4 years & up. Learning the alphabet and how to write are just some the most important skills children are taught, so why not make it fun! This fun and interactive kit assists in the fostering of fine motor skills necessary for writing and provides children with plenty of practice tools. The composition notebook features wide ruled sheets perfect for small hands practicing dexterity. Colorful individual cards teach letter formation, and a letter puzzle game helps in letter and sound recognition.… More »
Transition to Kindergarten: Literacy & Math Kit
Transition to Kindergarten: Literacy & Math Kit
Item: 33275
Status: In Stock
$39.95
4 years & up. Achieve school readiness skills with this backpack filled with activities and a book selected for family engagement and independent learning. Includes a bilingual family guide.
52 Interactive Family Engagement Ideas for Infants and Toddlers
52 Interactive Family Engagement Ideas for Infants and Toddlers
Item: 63497
Status: In Stock
$17.95
This set of 52 cards will provide infant and toddler classrooms with a year of interactive family engagement activities. These simple and straightforward ideas are enjoyable for teachers, families, and children alike. Cards measure 5" x 5" and store in a sturdy plastic container.
Kindergarten Readiness Zoo Crew Pack
Kindergarten Readiness Zoo Crew Pack
Item: 34608
Status: In Stock
$39.95
3 years & up. Literacy and Math with Zoo Animals. This exciting set will provide your preschooler with plenty of entertaining educational options when learning about the 26 letters of the alphabet and numbers 0 through 10. An 8-count pack of crayons and a container of dough are also included to make learning more hands on. A safari animal puppet is also included.
Primary Science Set and Lab Experments
Primary Science Set and Lab Experments
Item: 98244
Status: In Stock
$32.95
3 years & up. Real science tools perfectly sized for little hands! Includes 10 activities that cover science process skills, living and non-living things, physical science, senses and more. Includes beaker, magnifying glass, funnel, eyedropper, flask, tweezers, goggles, test tubes, and activity cards.
Play Science Starter Kit with Activity Cards for Young Children
Play Science Starter Kit with Activity Cards for Young Children
Item: 35301
Status: In Stock
$45.95
4 years & up. Made for little hands, this play science kit is the perfect addition to any learning center. Encourage exploration and discovery through play, and introduce early STEM concepts through included activity cards. Observe children increase their skills in math and fine motor development. Includes: 1 beaker, binoculars, 1 magnifying glass, funnel, 1 eyedropper, flask, tweezers, goggles, 3 test tubes, and an activity guide.
Art Exploration Kit for Toddlers
Art Exploration Kit for Toddlers
Item: 31902
Status: In Stock
$62.95
2 years & up. Art gives young children the opportunity to express their own creativity, problem solve and make choices. This art kit provides a variety of inviting materials that toddlers can use for making their own creations. Toddlers can choose from jumbo buttons and shapes, shredded tissue, yarn, big paper shapes, and themed stickers. Animal shapes and frames have sticky centers...no glue required! Contents may vary.
LAP™ B-K Distance Kit
LAP™ B-K Distance Kit
Item: 35246
Status: In Stock
$129.95
Created to help program staff complete distance assessments for a full picture of a child's development during the COVID-19 pandemic. This kit can be delivered to a family in advance of a scheduled distance assessment. Materials can then be collected, cleaned, and distributed to the next family.
Back to School Readiness Zoo Crew Pack
Back to School Readiness Zoo Crew Pack
Item: 34610
Status: In Stock
$39.95
4 years & up. Literacy and Math with Zoo Animals. This exciting set will provide your kindergartener with plenty of entertaining educational options when learning about the 26 letters of the alphabet and numbers 0 through 20. An 8-count pack of crayons and a finger fidget are also included to make learning more hands on. A safari animal puppet is also included.
Math Basics Single Student Kit
Math Basics Single Student Kit
Item: 35296
Status: In Stock
$35.95
Promo Pricing: $29.95
3 years & up. Perfect for independent or collaborative learning, this math kit helps develop basic concepts of measurement, number recognition, counting, patterns, sequencing, and more. Kit includes 10 transparent numbers with tracking lines for writing guidance, a large child-friendly tape measure, KidConnectors , and a fun math story. The included KidCounters includes 100 counters, 10 of each color, plus 25 two-sided activity cards.
School Essentials Kit
School Essentials Kit
Item: 35279
Temporarily Out of Stock
$19.95
3 years & up. Set children up for success with this comprehensive set of school essentials. Ideal for individual use at home or in the classroom, this set includes school supplies and materials designed to support interdisciplinary learning. This set includes: Dry Erase Board Set, set of 8 Large Crayons, set of 8 Broad Tip Markers, one pair of Safety Scissors, 50 Sheet Pack of Assorted Construction Paper, one Large Grip Pencil, one Glue Stick, and six Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint Stix.
Toddler Creative Open-Ended Art Kit
Toddler Creative Open-Ended Art Kit
Item: 35636
Temporarily Out of Stock
$32.95
2 years & up. Toddlers can express their early creativity and imagination with over 50 pieces including felt and card shapes, soft buttons, pom poms, rainbow paper and links. Great for classroom and at-home use, peel-and-stick felt shapes follow common themes in early language and can be used in correlation with many children's books. Kaplan Exclusive!
COVID-19 Focused Books - Hardback
COVID-19 Focused Books - Hardback
Item: 35345
Temporarily Out of Stock
$83.95
With children in mind, these four books focus on how the most recent coronavirus outbreak has affected our communities and schools. The books discuss topics including essential workers, flattening the curve, what a virus is, building healthy habits, and how children are learning and staying connected while schools are temporarily closed. Each book features real images, a review section, a glossary, and an index. Hardback. 24 pages each.

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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.


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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.