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Online Early Education Resources

Being the caregiver of a small child is a big job, so there may not be time to surf the Internet looking for helpful websites. The sites below give you quick access to plenty of great information to help you raise children from newborns to pre-school toddlers.

Baltimore County


Family Engagement in Early Childhood Website for Parents and Families and Early Childhood Provider Module is an online professional development to orient providers through the process of moving from family involvement to family engagement.

  • Healthy Beginnings is designed for caregivers of infants and toddlers through age 3 and provides knowledge and support about child care and child development, including an activity planner filled with fun, developmentally appropriate activities to build young children’s skills.   
  • Maryland Excels uses a thorough but easy-to-understand rating system to evaluate child care and early childhood programs throughout Maryland. Here, you can find information about and ratings for participating child care centers, family child care homes, and public pre-kindergarten programs.   
  • Maryland Learning Links,  co-owned by the Maryland State Department of Education  and the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and Center for Technology in Education, is a free site that publishes content about early learning from a variety of contributors.
  • Ready at 5 is all about making sure children have the skills they need to enter and succeed at school. In addition, the site has a variety of other resources, including school readiness data, innovative programs and curricula, and parent/child activities.


  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website provides resources for caregivers of children from birth to 5 years, concentrating on milestones children should reach regarding playtime, learning, speaking, acting, and movement.
  • HealthyChildren relies on the nation’s leading child health experts to provide accurate and up-to-date information related to child health and parenting issues, including programs and activities of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Reading BrightStart provides free tools and resources to help children grow into successful readers. The site identifies milestones, screeners, and activities to keep children on track for reading achievement.
  • Strive for 5 is an interactive, hands-on program designed to give caregivers the tools and ideas they need to promote a child’s language development and to improve the quality of a child’s early learning environment.
  • Too Small to Fail offers useful information, blogs, and activities to help parents, caregivers, and business partners improve the health, growth, and well-being of children ages 0-5. Topics here include new research on brain development, early learning and early health, and research-based actions caregivers can take to help children succeed.
  • Vroom focuses on nurturing children’s growing minds through the daily “building moments” that make up a child’s day. Developed by scientists and community leaders, Vroom provides resources to use at mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between in order to boost early learning.
  • Zero to Three works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. The site explores aspects of early development and well-being, early learning, parenting, and policy and advocacy.
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