Watch Me Grow Becomes First Childcare Center in Clarksburg to Receive Top State Level-5 Rating of Excellence

Date: Mar 28, 2018


Family Services, Inc. (FSI), a part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, is pleased to announce that its Watch Me Grow Child Development Center, located in Clarksburg, MD, has achieved the highest rating, a Maryland EXCELS Level-5, by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).  Maryland EXCELS is the state's Quality Rating and Improvement System that awards ratings to child care and public prekindergarten programs that meet increasingly higher standards in key areas that are identified nationally as contributing to the highest level of childcare and education.

Watch Me Grow is one of 19 center-based programs in Montgomery County, MD to achieve a level-5 rating, and one of 302 centers statewide, to include family child care and Public Pre-K programs. The total number of center-based, family child care and public Pre-K programs that participate in Maryland EXCELS are 4,476.

"In the 9 years we have been providing services to the Clarksburg community, we are delighted that our high-quality childcare program is recognized on a state level," said Sandra Smith, Family Services, Inc. Corporate Compliance Officer.

Through a process of continuous quality improvement, Maryland EXCELS programs, like WMG, meet rigorous quality standards over and above those required by State licensing regulations and public school requirements.  The Maryland EXCELS standards include Licensing and Compliance, Staffing and Professional Development, Rating Scales and Accreditation, Developmentally Appropriate Learning and Practice and Administrative Policies and Practices.

"While this is a center-based program, this recognition is meaningful to not only the staff and teachers, but also the children and parents," stated Kelly VanDenEngel, Administrator at Watch Me Grow.  "Part of what makes Watch Me Grow successful comes from everyone feeling like we are one big family."

For further information on Watch Me Grow Child Development Center or to schedule a tour, visit us at or call 240-686-0572 / email: 

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