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
- 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.
Tara Duboski Finkle