The Governor’s State Advisory Council on Early Care and Education, later renamed the State Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), established the Maryland Family Engagement Coalition. The group’s mission was to review the federal Head Start-sponsored Family Engagement Framework and the U.S. Department of Education’s Dual Capacity Framework and customize it for Maryland. By 2013, the Coalition had published Maryland’s Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework, which set forth seven goals for family engagement and shared best practices with early care and education providers. Review the History of Maryland’s Family Engagement Program.
The mission of the Maryland Family Engagement Coalition is to support educators’ efforts toward increasing family engagement practices that improve outcomes for children, parents and families.
The vision of the Maryland Family Engagement Coalition is to create stronger partnerships, foster communication and develop best practices that serve as a national model for connecting teachers, providers, parents, families, the community, state agencies and beyond.