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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

The Educator’s and Family's Guide to Mental Health and Self-Care

The Educator’s and Family’s Guide to Mental Health and Self-Care

By Malkia "Kia" McLeod, Maryland State Department of Education
Support positive mental health conversations with children, families, and educators ...
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graphic of silhouettes of a boy and girl facing one another with graphic faces above them showing happiness, sadness, excitement, surprise and confusion

Books that Encourage Social and Emotional Development

By Melissa Carey and Kimberly Anderson, IDEALS Institute
Help promote children's social and emotional development ...
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two children wearing shirts with painted sad and frustrated faces on them

Little People, Big Feelings (video)

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood
Whether they are a sad, frustrated, or just plain angry, ...
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Events for Families

Tue May 11

Baby Bundles

Get a custom selection activities, five books, and tips to engage children birth to 24 months.  Read More
Tue May 11

Spring into Craft Time

Craft supply kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Read More
Tue May 11

Garden Fun with Corky (virtual)

Join Corky and Ms. Belinda as they plant a garden. Read More
Wed May 12

Virtual Yoga for Everyone with Civonnia

Join BYFree instructor, Civonnia, for virtual deep breathing, relaxation, basic yoga poses, and stretching. Read More

News for Families

profile of crying woman

Changing the Stigma of Mental Health: One Question at a Time

By Renée Goldfarb, IDEALS Institute
Although I am a mom of teenagers, my thoughts below ...
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The IECMH Consultation Is Here to Support Your Family and Provider

The IECMH Consultation Is Here to Support Your Family and Provider

By Laura Latta, Jenny Afkinich, Margo Candelaria, and Kate Wasserman Sweeney, University of Maryland School of Social Work Institute for Innovation and Implementation
If your child is struggling, you are not alone ...
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