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Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to assure all children reach their full potential. The UMD Early Childhood Studies faculty have developed curriculum designed to promote relationships and environments with the awareness that positive experiences in childhood correlate to healthy and productive citizens. Through cross disciplinary academic collaboration and strong community partnerships we can work together to improve the lives of children and families who are living and thriving in our communities.

Recent developments in the UMD early childhood program (Child Development Associate Degree offering though CED, the early childhood minor, and an online BA in early childhood studies) have reflected the growing awareness at the national, state, regional, and community levels about the impact the early years have on long-term health and wellbeing, as well as the increasing need for quality programs and services for children in our communities. With this growing awareness, the UMD early childhood program is positioned well to support the growing field. The development of a comprehensive early childhood studies program is timely and will create the infrastructure needed to develop relevant needs based academic programming, conduct collaborative research, and engage in community outreach. UMD's Early Childhood Studies program plan addresses research findings and recommendations at the national, state, and local levels.

The UMD Early Childhood Studies program faculty are dedicated to providing education, outreach, and services designed to improve the lives of children and families who are living and thriving in our communities. Our educational programs and services are framed with the belief that every child deserves to live without adversity, every parent needs to be supported, and every early childhood professional is prepared and empowered to assure all children reach their full potential.