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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

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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

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Family Activity Time Series: Recognizing and Identifying Emotions

IDEALS Institute
Support positive mental health conversations between families and children, especially ...
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The Educator’s and Family's Guide to Mental Health and Self-Care

The Educator’s and Family’s Guide to Mental Health and Self-Care

By Malkia "Kia" McLeod, Maryland State Department of Education
Support positive mental health conversations with children, families, and educators ...
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Books that Encourage Social and Emotional Development

By Melissa Carey and Kimberly Anderson, IDEALS Institute
Help promote children's social and emotional development ...
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