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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

Title graphic that states Fun Ideas for Family Engagement March

Fun Ideas for Family Engagement: March

By Stephanie Turnbach and Kimberly Anderson
Family Engagement fun and ideas for March! ...
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graphic of healthy food like fish, vegetables and fruits coming up from an open book

Fun Children’s Books about Healthy Food

IDEALS Institute
March is National Nutrition Month ...
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Winter Safety Tips, with an image of a smiling snowman wearing a scarf.

Winter Safety Tips

By Melissa Carey and Kimberly Anderson
Keep children healthy and safe this winter ...
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Events for Families

Tue Mar 02

Toddler/Preschool Story Time (virtual)

Children 5 and under and their caregivers can join Ms. Jill on Zoom. Read More
Tue Mar 02

Baby Storytime @ MCPL (Virtual)

Enjoy Baby Storytime live with one of MCPL's children's librarians via Zoom!  Read More
Tue Mar 02

Read to a Dog (virtual)

Elementary school children may practice reading to therapy dogs from Pets on Wheels. Read More
Tue Mar 02

African American Book Club (virtual)

Join us for a discussion of Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. Read More

News for Families

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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mother and daughter smile while looking at a book

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Book for Your Preschooler

By Tonya Satchell, IDEALS Institute
Around 3 years old, children begin to crave more sophisticated ...
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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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