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Effective family engagement can improve all aspects of a child’s development from birth throughout their school years. Maryland Families Engage provides resources designed for educators, child care providers, families, and community members alike to facilitate the best possible experiences for all children.

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Milestone Checklists: Birth to Five
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development ...
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Tips for Talking with Parents about Developmental Concerns
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Use this guide to gain confidence in having difficult discussions with families about their child's development.  Use How to Talk with ...
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A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education
This guide is to help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a member of your child's IEP team ...
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A Family Guide to Preschool Special Education Services in Maryland (English)
Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services
This guide supports families in the early intervention and special education systems in Maryland. This guide is also available in ...
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An Early Child Care Provider’s Guide to Managing Challenging Behaviors
Autism Speaks
A guide for early childhood professionals for managing behaviors through intervention strategies and positive behavioral supports ...
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Autism Spectrum Disorder
National Institute of Mental Health
April is National Autism Awareness Month. Use this resource to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Visit our Events page ...
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