The Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework Toolkit
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. The Framework is the theory and the Toolkit puts the theory into practice.
The Toolkit was designed to support Maryland’s early childhood community as early care and education providers implemented the Framework’s strategies; to promote family engagement in early care and education settings; and to improve outcomes for families and children by promoting a two-generational approach. The Toolkit was a collaborative effort among programs across Maryland, including Head Starts, Judy Centers, Family Support Centers, prekindergarten programs, family care providers, libraries, and child development centers.
The Maryland Family Engagement Summit
Introduced in 2016, the Maryland Family Engagement Summit brings together parents, providers, teachers, program coordinators, and other stakeholders to learn new early learning initiatives, share best practices, and build community partnerships. This annual event offers innovative approaches for early care and education providers resources to meet the needs of parents and families.
The Summit brings national and local early learning and child development experts together with the broader early care and education community to share insight on topics such as school readiness, transitions, leadership and advocacy, community involvement, professional development, and more.
Read a summary of the 2018 Maryland Family Engagement Summit here.
The Parent Leadership Learning Party
The Parent Leadership Learning Party, developed in collaboration with experts at EPIC (Every Person Influences Children), provides parents and families with important leadership and advocacy skills to promote civic engagement in the familiar and comfortable Learning Party format. It is part of a larger effort to create and sustain local parent leadership efforts through the Early Childhood Advisory Councils, Judy Centers, and public school systems. The Parent Leadership Learning Party is designed to support parents and family members as they take an active role in their child’s education and in schools, early learning programs, and local communities.
The Learning Party has been designed to meet Goal 7 of the Maryland Family Engagement Framework: Family engagement initiatives should support the development of families as leaders and child advocates.
The Learning Party supports growth and development in four areas: