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Flagship Initiatives

The Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework

The Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework outlines goals and strategies to support family engagement initiatives implemented by early care and education providers. It’s essential for Maryland’s entire early childhood community to promote family engagement to help prepare children for school and life.

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Putting Theory Into Practice

The Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework Toolkit: Maryland’s Vision for Engaging Families with Young Children was developed through funding with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Toolkit was organized around the Framework and puts the theory described in the Framework into practice for early care and education providers.

The Maryland Family Engagement Summit

The annual Maryland Family Engagement Summit brings parents, providers, teachers, program coordinators, and other stakeholders together to learn new early learning initiatives, share best practices, and build community partnerships.

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Family Initiatives

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Every Child Ready to Read

Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library is a parent education initiative that offers families library resources, workshops that help parents learn how to make reading with their children educational and fun, and community supports for promoting literacy.

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The Parent Leadership Learning Party

The Parent Leadership Learning Party provides parents and families with important leadership and advocacy skills as they take an active role in their child’s education and in schools, early learning programs, and local communities.

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Parent Cafés

Maryland Family Network is the state’s coordinator of Strengthening Families Maryland, an approach that helps children and families thrive, and reduces the likelihood of child maltreatment. Parent Cafés are one way to strengthen families by engaging parents in guided, meaningful conversations about what matters most to families with young children.

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School Readiness

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The Judith P. Hoyer Center Early Learning Hubs

The Judith P. Hoyer Center Early Learning Hubs, also known as “Judy Centers,” help prepare children age birth through kindergarten for school readiness. Located at Title I schools in every Maryland county, Judy Centers’ dedicated staff of early learning professionals improve families’ quality of life and play an important role in the communities they serve. There are 54 Judy Center Early Learning Hubs across the state of Maryland that offer comprehensive, integrated, full-day and full-year early care and education services.

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Family Support Centers

Maryland’s Network of Family Support Centers, coordinated by Maryland Family Network, offer high-quality care and education for children from birth through age 3 in 25 two-generation programs across Maryland, including nine Early Head Start programs.

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