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Here are a variety of resources and strategies for professionals to advance their knowledge and skill set of family engagement. The tools listed here are aligned with Maryland’s Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework.

From the Early Childhood Family Engagement Toolkit to the Competency Pathways, the purpose of this page is to support professionals as they discover new and creative ways to partner with parents and families. Just remember: positive, respectful, and empathetic relationships between teachers and providers, and parents and families are the foundation for successful family engagement strategies.

Maryland Early Childhood Family Engagement Toolkit


The Toolkit was designed to support early care and education providers as they implement the Framework’s goals and strategies. Learn best practices and practical tips, techniques, and strategies about how to move from family involvement to family engagement.

Earn CEUs Online Through Competency Pathways

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Competency Pathways provide multiple ways for learners to build and strengthen their knowledge and skills. The pathways offer multi-modal options for achieving competency and demonstrating knowledge and skills gained through prior work and educational experiences.

Resources for Professionals

two children wearing shirts with painted sad and frustrated faces on them

Little People, Big Feelings (video)

Maryland State Department of Education
Whether they are a sad, frustrated, or just plain angry, ...
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A little girl is smiling while a little boy is frowning with his arms crossed.

Family Activity Time Series: Recognizing and Identifying Emotions

IDEALS Institute
Name that Feeling: Helping Children Identify Emotions ...
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Family Involvement in School-Based Mental Health

The Children’s Mental Health Matters Campaign
Educate yourself about mental health diagnoses in children and adolescents ...
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Events for Professionals

Wed Jun 01

2022 National Community Schools and Family Engagement Conference

Uniting for Every Child's Opportunity, this year’s theme is both a reminder and a call to action. Read More
Sat Jun 04

Programming Playground: Let’s Make (Digital) Circuits!

Learn the basic building blocks of computer logic. Read More
Tue Jun 07

2022 Early Childhood Education Virtual Colloquium

Conversations around creating equitable learning opportunities. Read More

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