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Divisions > Early Childhood Development > Early Childhood Curriculum Project
Early Childhood Curriculum Project

Crayons showing various curriculum topics

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Early Childhood Curriculum Project provides guidance to child care and other nonpublic early childhood programs about curricular resources for four- and five-year old children that are State-recommended because they are aligned with the State’s prekindergarten and kindergarten curricular frameworks, also known as the Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR)/State Curriculum (SC).  For infants and toddlers and three-year old children, the recommended list of resources aligns with Healthy Beginnings: Supporting Development and Learning from Birth through Three Years of Age.  The State-recommended curricular resources also align with selected pedagogy standards of the guidelines of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

For more information about the State-recommended curricular resources follow these links:

    • Press Release (February 5, 2010) -
      State-Recommended Comprehensive 
      Curricula (Ages 3, 4, 5) - Click Here

    • Press Release (January 23, 2008) -
 State-Recommended Infants and Toddlers
      Curricula - Click Here

    Press Release (June 18, 2007) - State-
Recommended Comprehensive Curricula
       Matrix (Ages 3, 4, 5)  Click Here

    Questions and Answers: Early Childhood
        Curriculum Project
(Infants & Toddlers and
       Comprehensive - Ages 3, 4, 5)  Click Here

      Guidelines for Early Childhood
 - Infants & Toddlers and
       Comprehensive (Ages 3, 4, 5)  Click Here

     State-Recommended Comprehensive
        Curricula Matrix (Ages 3, 4, 5)  Click Here

     State-Recommended Family Child Care
        Curriculum Matrix
  Click Here

     Curricula of Historic Significance
Click Here

    • State-Recommended Infants and
Curricular Resources Matrix
       Click Here

     Guidelines for Content Area-Specific
(Ages 3, 4, 5)  Click Here

     Content-Area Specific Curricula Matrix
 (Ages 3, 4, 5)  Click Here



Contact Information
Jenaya Smith, Early Learning Specialist

Division of Early Childhood Development
Maryland State Department of Education

200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0602
Fax:  410-333-6226
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