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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

Winter Safety Tips, with an image of a smiling snowman wearing a scarf.

Winter Safety Tips

Melissa Carey and Kimberly Anderson, IDEALS Institute
Keep children healthy, safe and warm this winter ...
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graphic of title Fun Ideas for Family Engagement February

Fun Ideas for Family Engagement: February

Stephanie Turnbach and Kimberly Anderson
Celebrate the love of early learning this month! ...
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Toy Safety Tips

Toy Safety Tips

Safe Kids Worldwide
Keep children safe, while enjoying fun learning experiences ...
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Events for Families

Fri Feb 03

Baby Storytime at Aspen Hill

An introduction to a diverse collection of books, songs and rhymes. Read More
Fri Feb 03

Black History Month BINGO

Read a book about the person, place or event to mark off a square. Read More
Mon Feb 06

Celebrate Black History Month

Pick up a swag bag to celebrate Black History Month. Read More
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News for Families

Pick the Perfect Tune: 6 Sing-Along Favorites for Lifelong Book Lovers

Pick the Perfect Tune: 6 Sing-Along Favorites for Lifelong Book Lovers

By Kristen Bowman, Flow with K. Bow
February is Library Lovers' Month! ...
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2023 NCDHM Poster

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

By Malkia “Kia” McLeod, Maryland State Department of Education
This year's theme is "Brush, Floss, Smile." ...
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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
Discover low-cost ways to keep your child’s mouth healthy ...
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