Early Learning


Caroline Judy Center Early Learning Hub

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The Caroline County Judy Centers promote school readiness through collaboration with community-based agencies and organizations.  Through these partnerships, the Judy Centers are able to provide a full range of early intervention and comprehensive services within the school and center.

Visit the Maryland State Department of Education Judy Center website for statewide information!

Caroline Early Learning Advisory Council (CELAC)

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The Caroline Early Learning Advisory Council, or CELAC, is a team in Caroline County that meets regularly to support each other in the mission of supporting Caroline families.

CELAC’s mission: We foster coordination and collaboration among partners to ensure all Caroline County families have equitable access to high-quality programs, supports and services, so that children arrive at school with a healthy body and mind, and with the foundational skills needed to thrive.

CELAC vision: All of Caroline County’s young children and their families will thrive.

2021-2022 Meeting Schedule

September 22, 2021

October 13, 2021

November 17, 2021

January   19, 2022

February 16, 2022

March  16, 2022

April  20, 2022

May  18, 2022

July 20, 2022

September 21, 2022

If you are interested in having your organization join CELAC, please contact Tearesa French, [email protected] or 410-479-3298

Caroline Early Head Start

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Caroline County Early Head Start strives to ensure young children and their families have the resources they need to learn and succeed. We provide quality early care and education, family support and related services to help parents meet their goals of becoming economically and socially self-sufficient in order to raise healthy, successful children.

Since 1996, the Caroline County Early Head Start program has played a critical role in the early care and education of the county’s youngest residents.

Early Head Start is a two-generation program designed to provide high-quality child care and family development services to low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers. With center-based services and parent engagement activities, Early Head Start offers a variety of educational and social activities for parents and children birth to three. 

All children and families receive:

  • Full day, year-round services (6.5 hours per day, five days per week) with highly trained staff
  • Healthy meals and snacks
  • Researched-based curriculum
  • Developmental screenings
  • Family support and engagement
  • Services that promote nutrition, healthy development, mental and dental health
  • Socializations and field trips
  • Parenting education
  • English as a Second Language (ESL), General Education Diploma (GED), and employability opportunities through our partnership with Chesapeake College Adult Education

The Early Head Start program is accredited by the State of Maryland and maintains a level 5 highest quality rating in the Maryland EXCELS system.

Locations & Contacts

If you are interested in enrolling your 0-3 year old child in our Early Head Start Programs, please contact the center nearest you:

  1. Ridgely Early Head Start
    2 North Maple Avenue, Suite 2, Ridgely MD 21660   |   410-634-2231
  2. Denton Family Support Center - Early Head Start
    100 North 6th Street, Denton, MD 21629   |   410-479-3298
  3. Federalsburg Judy Center - Early Head Start
    323 S. University Ave., Federalsburg, MD 21632   |   410-754-2467

Enrollment Process

To enroll in the program, your family will work with one of our Family Advocates who will guide you through the qualification and paperwork process.  The majority of new enrollments take place over the summer, in preparation for the new school year.

Parents as Teachers (PAT) Home Visiting

The Parents as Teachers First and Best Home Visiting Program (PAT) is a home-based case management program serving pregnant women and families with children from age birth through 5 years old. There are no income requirements to be a part of the PAT program. 


As a PAT family, you receive: 

  • Personal visits - during which your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns. 
  • Parent group meetings - which are opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents learn and support each other, observe their children with other children and practice parenting skills. 
  • Screenings - to assess your child’s overall development as well as health, hearing and vision. 
  • Access to resource networks that link your family to other community services. 


For more information or to enroll your family in the PAT program, contact the center nearest you: 

  • Ridgely Early Head Start (The Temporary Home of the Greensboro Judy Center)  |  2 North Maple Avenue, Suite 2, Ridgely  |  410-634-2231
  • Denton Family Support Center 100 North 6th Street, Denton  |  410-479-3298
  • Federalsburg Judy Center  | 323 S. University Avenue, Federalsburg  |  410-754-2467


The Parents as Teachers First and Best Home Visiting Program is funded by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Caroline County Human Services Council