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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

International Backyard Olympics (Checklist for Families)

International Backyard Olympics (Checklist)

By Malkia “Kia” McLeod, Maryland State Department of Education
Try staging your own family competition at home ...
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The backs of three young children in goggles and arm floats sitting on the edge of a pool

Pool Safety Checklist: Tips for Parents

Safe Kids Worldwide
Use this checklist to keep children safe when spending time ...
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Fun Ideas for Family Engagement: Summer

by Stephanie Turnbach and Kimberly Anderson, IDEALS Institute
Create great memories that will last a lifetime ...
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Events for Families

Fri Jul 23

Fingerplay Fridays (virtual)

Join us for a quick rhyme, flannel board, song, or activity. Read More
Fri Jul 23

Zoo After Dark

Ever wonder what happens at the Zoo after hours and the lights go out? Read More
Fri Jul 23

Summer Storytime Outdoors

We will read stories, sing, and dance. Read More
Sat Jul 24

Park Picks Scavenger Hunt

Pick up a Park Scavenger Hunt sheet. Read More

News for Families

Free Summer Meals Program

Maryland Ensures Summer Adventures Include Healthy Meals for Children

By Samantha L. Bader, MPH, Maryland State Department of Education, Office of School and Community Nutrition Program
Help ensure children have nutritious meals to fuel their summer ...
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Read the "Eliminate Sugary Beverages: 7 Tips for Getting Children to Enjoy Nature’s Drink" article here.

Eliminate Sugary Beverages: 7 Tips for Getting Children to Enjoy Nature’s Drink

By Diane Teigiser, Administrator, Maryland Dental Action Coalition
DYK: what your child drinks is just as important as ...
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Maryland Kids In Safety Seats: Keep Children Safe on the Road

Maryland Kids In Safety Seats: Keep Children Safe on the Road

By Kids In Safety Seats (KISS)
Do you need to schedule a car seat check? ...
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