New regulations from MSDE:
Maryland State Department of Education has implemented a new state of regulations for all children in regulated care and early childhood educational programs. Beginning July 1, 2016 all programs will need to have a developmental screening conducted.
Developmental screening is a brief method completed by parents or caregiver to quickly identify a child's progress through early childhood developmental milestones. Skills such as smiling, waving and talking are developmental milestones.
- Children aged birth - 36 months will be required to have two screening per year.
- Children aged 37 months - kindergarten entry will be required to have one screening per year.
Parents should consider this process as part of the required documentation in order for their child to attend our or any other licensed child day care and early childhood educational program in Maryland State.*
Please contact us if you have any questions. Thanks!
* This information was retrieved from On Track: All Aboard for Developmental Progress.
Maryland Early Care & Education Developmental Screening Program,12/8/14
Healthy Beginnings Guidelines:
The Guidelines for Healthy Child Development and Care for Young Children (Birth - Three Years of Age) was originally compiled in 2004 by a workgroup composed of early childhood professionals, to be compatible with the Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) and the Maryland State Curriculum, making the guidelines an important part of Birth-Grade 12 learning continuum.
In 2009, the Maryland State of Education Division of Early Childhood Development began a revision of these guidelines and changed the name to Healthy Beginnings: Supporting Development and Learning from Birth through Three Years of Age. This revision process is intended to ensure that the professionals who care for infants and young children have the knowledge and resources to support and encourage children during the ongoing process of growth and learning, and by helping these professionals recognize appropriate behaviors and set realistic expectation for infants and toddler in their stage of growth, development, and learning.*
Kokito Child Care is proud to inform parents that, in order to keep the high quality of our program, we completed the whole training of five modules of MMSR and recently finished the Healthy Beginnings training, organized by Child Care Resources Center of Montgomery County.
* This information was retrieved from Healthy Beginnings: Supporting Development and Learning from Birth through Three Years of Age, 2010.
Our Vaccine Policy:
Important Information for Parents!
Children in the U.S. still get vaccine-preventable diseases. So far in 2015, more than 100 people across the United States have been reported to have measles. Measles is very contagious. It can spread through the air when people with measles cough or sneeze. It so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected. An infected person can spread measles to others even before knowing he or she has measles-up to 4 days before the telltale measles rash appears.
Your children's health is a priority to us. Children younger than 5 years of age at risk for a serious case of measles if they get it.
So we would like to remind you to keep your children up to date on their vaccines. That means make sure they get their first dose of the measles-mumps-rubella(MMR) vaccine at 12 through 15 months, and a second dose when they are 4 through 6 years old. We usually care for children of different ages, and some of them are too young to be protected by vaccination. For example, children younger than 6 months of age cannot get MMR vaccine. Others may not be able to receive certain vaccinations due to severe allergies, weakened immune systems from conditions like leukemia, or other reasons. To help keep them all safe, it is important that you and your children who are able to get vaccinated are fully immunized. This not only protects your family but also help prevent the spread of these diseases to your child's friends in our classrooms.
This policy is supported by the Administration for Children & Family (ACF), division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).
For more information about the importance of infant immunization, visit: