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Family Ed & Early Childhood

The Family Education and Early Childhood Department is committed to establishing, for each and every deaf and hard of hearing child and his/her family, the experience of an environment - at home, at school, and in the community - that promotes their early learning and development in the following:
  • Language and Literacy
  • Cognition
  • Social and Emotional
  • Physical: Gross and Fine Motor Skills
  • Visual Media: Drama, Music & Movement, Art
  • The Sciences: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and Social Studies
This goal is achieved through home visits, early childhood classes, and family workshops and events.
Bilingual Education at Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD)
  • MSD infants, like all infants, have the innate ability to learn languages.
  • MSD infants will acquire a natural language if that language is made accessible to them during the important early years of language acquisition. 
  • MSD infants learn English as a second language, parallel to acquisition of American Sign Language (ASL). Infants' emerging thinking abilities and development of ASL have a direct relationship to their ability to learn English. 
  • MSD recognizes the importance of and is committed to providing families with the support needed to develop strong language skills with their child who is deaf or hard of hearing.
  • All students in the Family Education and Early Childhood Department will have daily opportunities to acquire two languages through ASL and English in Reading and Writing; and enhance their auditory listening skills and spoken English.
COLUMBIA CAMPUS
 
Patricia Muldowney
Assistant Principal
patricia.muldowney@msd.edu
V: 410-696-3121
VP: 410-696-7436
 
Carrie Shortt
FEECD Secretary
carrie.shortt@msd.edu 
V: 410-696-3042
VP: 410-696-7435
Fax: 410-696-3089
 
FREDERICK CAMPUS
 
Tara Duboski Finkle
Assistant Principal
tara.finkle@msd.edu
 
Sheryl Berrigan
FEECD Secretary
sheryl.berrigan@msd.edu 
VP: 240-575-2924
Fax: 301-360-1407