AACC Child Development Center receives top state rating


Anne Arundel Community College’s Child Development Center recently was awarded the highest rating, a Maryland EXCELS Level 5, from the Maryland State Department of Education indicating high-quality education for preschool-aged children.

According to the Maryland EXCELS website, www.marylandexcels.org, “Advertising an EXCELS level demonstrates to parents and the community that you are committed to excellence and are continually working toward greater achievements.”

Maryland EXCELS is the state’s new Quality Rating and Improvement System that awards ratings to child care and public prekindergarten programs that meet standards over and above those required by state licensing regulations and public school requirements. The Maryland EXCELS program ratings include licensing and compliance, staffing and professional development, rating scales and accreditation, developmentally appropriate learning and practice, and administrative policies and practices.

AACC’s Child Development Center is accredited by both the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It recently expanded its age range to serve 2 to 5-year-olds for year-round preschool education and child care from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. It offers full-time or part-time schedules in a state-approved core curriculum taught by staff with early education degrees. Evening drop-in child care for children aged 2 to 10 also is available from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

The center has current openings and will have an open house Jan. 15, 2014 for parents interested in future enrollment. For information, visit the website, www.aacc.edu/cdc or contact LaVette Curtis at lvcurtis@aacc.edu or 410-777-2450