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SCAM ALERT – Maryland Child Care Providers Being Targeted

A phone scam targeting Maryland child care providers aims to gather their personal and credit card information. The suspicious callers, going by the names of Alex Dawson and Ben, tell recipients that MSDE is running a $100 gift card promo. The reason for the call is to enter providers in the promo and to assist providers with the forms and process that are required to be accredited with MSDE. Scammers will ask to take the providers' credit card details to activate this promo with $2.95 and also give a verification code. Providers are then placed on hold after this promo process to connect with an officer to complete this process; callers are not connected to an officer. The number given to call regarding the promo is 1-877-605-1539. Contact your bank immediately if you have given your credit card information to anyone offering a promo from MSDE and/or the Credentialing Branch. If you have been contacted for this or another scam for the Credentialing program, email credentialocc.msde@maryland.gov. They'd like to hear your story.

Maryland EXCELS Toolkit Now Available!

The brand new Maryland EXCELS Toolkit is here! Be sure to check out this collection of interactive tools and information that will help you navigate your way through the five Quality Rating levels within the Maryland EXCELS system.

Accessible to the public, the toolkit is available to anyone interested in expanding their knowledge about quality child care and early learning. The toolkit includes:
  • Individualized experiences based on program type and children’s ages
  • Step-by-step guides outlining exact requirements for each standard
  • A Policy and Statement Builder tool for developing or revising policies, handbooks, and documentation
  • Video tutorials, articles, and checklists

Access the toolkit here.

Maryland EXCELS Sponsors Post-Game Fireworks Show at Camden Yards!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and find out how you can win tickets to the Orioles game on Friday, June 16 against St. Louis. Follow the instructions on this post for your chance to win. Winners will be randomly selected on Thursday, June 15 and notified via their Facebook private messages if they've been selected!