Registration for the annual Summit closed in less than a week.
On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood hosted its annual Family Engagement Summit to bring together parents, providers, teachers, program coordinators, and other stakeholders to learn new early learning initiatives, share best practices and build community partnerships.
During this educational and thought-provoking Summit, the Division also launched Maryland’s new Family Engagement community Hub website: marylandfamiliesengage.org. In addition, more than 250 members of the early care and education community connected with national and local early learning and child development experts, who shared their expertise on topics affecting today’s families such as opioid addiction, immigration, violence, poverty, and more.
In its third year, the Summit offered creative approaches to identifying and meeting parents’ needs, as well as innovative strategies for engaging families and children and supporting their mental health and social emotional learning.
Keynote Speaker: Joyce L. Epstein
The Summit’s keynote address was delivered by early learning and child development expert Dr. Joyce L. Epstein, director of both the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), and a research professor of education and sociology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Epstein is credited with more than 100 publications on the nature and effects of family and community involvement. In 1995, she established NNPS to help school, district, and state leaders develop research-based programs of family and community engagement linked to student success in school.