Innovation has always been a key component in our approach, giving us a competitive edge in our ever-expanding programs. With creative thinking and inventive techniques, we solve problems strategically and efficiently. Here are some samples of our innovative work.

Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

  • Promotes quality care through a robust ratings system that helps Maryland families make informed choices about child care and prekindergarten
  • Offers programs and providers multipoint guidance on improving the quality of their care


  • Online observational data collection system that integrates any observational form
  • Schedules and tracks assessment visits
  • Randomizes classrooms or programs for observation
  • Data reporting and export for research analysis
  • To learn more about EDCeRT, contact us at

EC Workforce Registry

  • Designed to track employment status of eligible child-care providers
  • Connects workers with employers seeking to improve their program’s quality
  • To learn more about EC Workforce Registry, contact us at

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