Preschool

Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood

410-767-0100

200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595

The Division of Early Childhood at the Maryland State Department of Education is responsible for early care and education in Maryland. The main mission of the Division is to improve early education in Maryland so that young children are well prepared for school. The Division is composed of the Office of Child care, the Early Learning Branch, and the Collaboration and Program Improvement Branch.

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Office of Child Care

The Office of Child Care (OCC) works to support and guide early education and child care so that every young child in Maryland has a strong foundation and will be ready for kindergarten. The OCC is responsible for licensing and inspecting all child care centers and family child care and daycare providers in Maryland and evaluating and approving applications for Maryland State Department of Education Child Care Trainers/Training Proposal Approval Program.  The OCC also administers Maryland’s subsidized child care program for working families and the state’s Child Care Credentialing System.

The OCC is responsible for the regulation of child care, facilitating the development of new child care resources, promoting the use of regulated care, monitoring caregiver compliance with child care licensing requirements, encouraging the growth of caregiver professionalism, and providing technical assistance to caregivers and parents. Within OCC, the Licensing Branch is specifically responsible for all child care licensing activities.

The Early Learning Branch is responsible for pre-k and kindergarten policy and programs. This branch also oversees the Ready for Kindergarten Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System, Developmental Screening, Early Childhood Curriculum and the Maryland Approved Alternative Program Preparation. For more information about any of these branches or to locate a daycare provider please visit the website.

Caroline County Board of Education

410-479-1460

410-479-0108

204 Franklin Street, Denton, MD 21629

In partnership with family and community, the Caroline County Public Schools will motivate and challenge students to attain educational excellence.

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Caroline County Public Schools is a system consisting of approximately 5,500 students; more than 380 professional staff members, and ten schools. Instructional programs in all subject areas are offered. A comprehensive academic and vocational program includes classes for students of all ability levels. A free Pre-Kindergarten program is available at all 5 elementary schools for qualifying preschoolers. Teachers are part of a continuous curriculum improvement program, and may participate in a number of staff development and inservice programs.

Hours of Operation

8-4:30pm

Denton Child Development Center

410-479-2488

222 South Fourth Street, Denton, MD 21629

Offers an early learning preschool enrichment program for 3 & 4 year olds. Call for information on openings or to put your name on a waiting list. The hours for the 3 year old class are Tues. & Thurs. 9:15-11:30 AM. Hours for the 4 year old class are Mon., Wed., and Fri. 9:15-11:30 AM. Slots are given on a first come, first serve basis. Classes run from September to May. Daycare services are available from 6:30 AM-5:30 PM for ages 2 through 5th grade.

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Immanuel Lutheran Preschool

410-673-7107

410-673-1426

P.O. Box 39, Preston, MD 21655

At Immanuel we seek to preach Jesus as the only Savior of the World. We know him as the Savior because the Holy Spirit has created faith in Jesus in our hearts, using God’s Word, the Bible.

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Sunday School 9:15 AM, Morning Worship 10:30 AM. Offers preschool program to 2, 3 & 4 year olds. Class is held on Mon. through Thurs. from 9 AM – 11:45 AM. Program is Christian based and helps children socialize with other children, as well as teaches colors, letters, numbers, shapes, etc. Early enrollment is encouraged. Classes run from September to May.

Hours of Operation

Mon.-Fri. 9 AM-12 PM

Generations Child Development Center

410-482-8200

410-482-8300

112 Boyce Mill Road, Greensboro, MD 21639

We are a child care center providing child care for 18 months to 8 years of age.

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Offers a preschool program for 2, 3, & 4 year olds already enrolled in the center for daycare. The program includes a planned curriculum, hands on activities, social development, and community involvement.

Office of Child Care

410-819-5801 or 1-800-637-5563

410-819-5805

301 Bay Street, Suite 305, Easton, MD 21601

Oversees day care licensing for family day care homes and child care centers, provides letters of compliance for nursery schools, offers trainings and workshops to providers, investigates complaints, and recruits new homes and centers.

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Eligibility

No limits

Hours of Operation

Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fees

No direct fee.

Areas Served

Caroline, Talbot, Kent, Queen Anne, and Dorchester Counties

Union Preschool, a mission of Union United Methodist Church

410-253-0056

301 North Main Street, Federalsburg, MD 21632

It is the mission of Union Preschool to provide a Christian-based, developmentally appropriate educational experience that develops academic and social skills of all children, while nurturing respect for self, others and the community.

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Offers preschool to children ages 3-4. Union United Methodist Church is the proud home of Union Preschool. Youth Ministry is extremely important to the Union UMC family and as such present many opportunities throughout the year for child and family involvement. You do not need to be a member of Union to participate in any or all of these activities. We would love to have you.

Hours of Operation

Morning Class 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. Afternoon Class 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Areas Served

no restrictions

Ages Served

3 & 4 year olds

Maryland Rural Development Corporation

410 482-2585

P.O. Box 739, Greensboro, MD 21639

The Maryland Rural Development Corporation – MRDC – identifies and responds to the human service and community development needs of eligible individuals, families and communities in Maryland to improve the general human condition.MRDC is a private, non-profit corporation that has been serving the rural communities of Maryland for over 20 years.

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MRDC Head Start offers comprehensive services to low income families including early childhood education, nutrition, health and social services, and encourages strong parental involvement. HUD certified staff provides counseling and assistance in landlord/tenant relations and eviction prevention, foreclosure prevention, and loss mitigation. First-time homebuyer counseling is available to low income households seeking to improve their housing conditions. The Circuit Rider Program helps small communities receive direct and technical assistance in personnel administration, grant preparation, & administration and overall administrative oversight.A meeting room is available at no cost with a capacity of 45-50 people. Call 410-482-2585 ext. 233 for more information. For the Head Start classrooms, dial 410-482-2585. There is also a Head Start office in Federalsburg at 26245 Williamsburg Rd, Federalsburg, MD 21632, Phone Number 410-754-3453.

St. Paul’s Preschool

410-482-8170

P.O. Box 57, Greensboro, MD 21639

Offers a preschool program to 3 & 4 year olds during the school year. Classes are Mon., Tues., and Thurs. from 9:30 AM-12 PM. Cost is $115/month. The program is Christian based and non-denominational, with a focus on socialization.

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Hours of Operation

Mon. & Thurs. 10AM-1 PM

Imagination Library

100 Market St, Denton, MD 21629

Why is Imagination Library so important for our kids?- Reading aloud to young children has been found to be the single most important activity leading to language development.- An international study pubished in 2014 found a “strong, clear, and statistically significant” relationship between having books in the home and academic performance in the 42 nations studied.- The landmark Hart-Risley study on language found that children from low-income families hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers by the age of four.- Evidence shows that kids who are not read to in their early years are less prepared for kindergarten than their peers, and it is difficult for them to ever acquire average levels of reading proficiency.

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Kids enrolled in Caroline County Imagination Library receive a FREE book every month delivered right to their homes. Every child receives carefully selected books that are appropriate for their age. The Dolly Parton Foundation does an excellent job of choosing high quality books by outstanding authors. New books are selected each year, so if your family has multiple children participating in the program, you shouldn’t receive any duplicated books. Children of the same age all receive the same books each month. That means that when they arrive in Kindergarten, they will all have a shared experience of reading the same books.

Eligibility

Any child living in Caroline County under the age of 5 may enroll in the program.

Fees

Free

Areas Served

Caroline County

Ages Served

Birth – Age 5