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Welcome to the Maryland Families Engage Parents and Families Page!

Did you know: You are your child’s first teacher? In other words, children learn through experiences with family members and the behavior they see and hear.

On this page, you will find a variety of activities and events dedicated to empowering you in your role as your child’s first teacher. After all, when parents and families take pride in this important role, they develop long-lasting partnerships with teachers and providers that ensure children’s success in school and in life.

The purpose of the Maryland Families Engage website and the Parents and Families page is to help you recognize and capitalize on those “teachable moments” or opportunities to build skills and reinforce lessons learned every day.

Family Activities

Family Bicycling together, a young boy rdies a small bike while his mother follows behind on the path

Reading with Children

young asian mother sitting on couch at home reading story to two little children.

Resources for Families

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Transitions Video (English)

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood
Watch this short video to see an example of parents ...
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Transitions Video (Spanish)

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood
Watch this short video in Spanish to see an example ...
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A Guide to School for Families of English Learners


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

Sat Sep 19

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

A trauma-informed conversation about how to protect our children. Read More
Mon Sep 21

Pratt Virtual Storytime Live

Join us on our Facebook Live for a virtual storytime. Read More
Mon Sep 21

Virtual Speech and Sign Group

Children interact while playing, singing, and moving. Read More
Mon Sep 21

Manga Drawing Lessons – Live! (virtual)

After-school activities and arts at the Pratt for teens. Read More

News for Families

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Maryland Family Engagement Coalition Brings Birth-12 Educators Together for Equity Discussions

By Malkia "Kia" McLeod, Maryland State Department of Education
Coming Soon: Registration for the third webinar, on October 8, ...
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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 ...
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Kindergarten Preparedness: The Importance of Relationships and Child Engagement

By Alan Guttman, IDEALS Institute
Prepare young children for kindergarten ...
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