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When it comes to family engagement, it’s never too early to ENGAGE, CONNECT AND LEARN.

The Maryland Families Engage website was designed to help build a community of support for those who care for and work with young children. Our database of resources contains links to child development, family engagement initiatives, research, and more. You can sort these resources by topics and locations, and then share your findings with families, friends, or colleagues.

Have an event you’d like to promote to early care and education providers, parents, and families? Found a great resource you’d like to share with others? Feel free to submit your events or resources through the links on the appropriate pages.

We invite you to visit the Maryland Families Engage website often to share resources and help promote school readiness, positive parent-child relationships, and the benefits of family engagement!


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Animated picture of child care provider talking with mother

Transitions Video (Spanish)

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood
Watch this short video in Spanish to see an example ...
Family Literacy Bag Materials for Educators

Family Literacy Bag Materials for Educators

By Melissa Carey, IDEALS Institute
Samples of family literacy bags for your program ...
A Guide to School for Families of English Learners

A Guide to School for Families of English Learners (Also Available in Spanish)

Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)
What you need to know about partnering with your child’s ...


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Fri Sep 18
Fri Sep 18

Painting with Alice and Brigid (virtual)

Hang out and paint together in a low-key setting.
Fri Sep 18

Free Python Coding Class for Children (virtual)

Think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
Sat Sep 19

Part II: TurnAround – Part One: Protecting Our … (virtual)

A trauma-informed conversation about how to protect our children.


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A mother sits on a cushion the floor, reading to her young daughter

3 Simple Tips for Families to Support Children’s Language and Literacy Development at Home

By Lisa Ann Dickinson, The Goddard School in Owings Mills
Help your children to understand that words have meanings ...
Boy wearing lab coat stands with arms crossed in front of a table with beakers filled with colored liquid

Kindergarten Preparedness: The Importance of Relationships and Child Engagement

By Alan Guttman, IDEALS Institute
Prepare young children for kindergarten ...
a father and daughter sit under an indoor tent, reading a book and smiling

Family Literacy Bags as Family Engagement

By Theresa Lutz, IDEALS Institute
Engage families in your program through family literacy bags ...



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