The Toolkit "In Action" May 2018 Special Edition - Children’s Mental Health Week!

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The Toolkit "In Action" May 2018 Special Edition

Children’s Mental Health Week!


In the Spotlight

MSDE Named a 2018 Champion!


MSDE is proud to announce it has been named a Community Champion for the 2018 Children’s Mental Health Matters campaign!

Become a School or Community Champion!


2018 Children's Mental Health Week Resources

  • 2018 Calendar: Tips for Fostering Resiliency in Your Child
  • Breathing Wands Exercise
  • Early Childhood Book List
  • Educator Resource Kit
  • Facts for Families
  • Family Resource Kit
  • Maryland Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
  • The Way I Feel Coloring Sheet

Click here for a full list of resources, including the Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Consultation Project!


Take a moment to enhance and improve your current family engagement practices. Click here to take a self-paced two-hour online module that will walk you through the process of moving from family involvement to family engagement in your program. 

Submit Your Story to The Toolkit "In Action"

How do you engage parents and families in your program’s learning community? 

Share your family engagement activities, events and programs with the early care and education community by sending an e-mail to


Children’s Mental Health Week

May 6 -12 is Children’s Mental Health Week!

2018 CMHM Poster

Click here to download the FREE Poster!


Children’s Mental Health Matters, a statewide education campaign, is coordinated by the Mental Health Association of Maryland and the Maryland Coalition of Families with support and resources provided by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Behavioral Health Administration.

The Campaign goal, with early care and education providers, schools and communities across the state, is to highlight the importance of children’s mental health.

Click here for more information about the 2018 State Campaign!

       May 10 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day!


The Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign, presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHA), aims to put children's mental health in the national spotlight.

Click here for more information about the 2018 National Campaign!


Awareness Day 2018: Join SAMHA for “Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma,” which will focus on the importance of an integrated approach to caring for the mental health needs of children, youth and young adults who have experienced trauma, as well as their families.

Click here to watch the Awareness Day Live Webcast (Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7 p.m.).


The Family Engagement Toolkit was designed to support early care and education providers as they implement the goals of the Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework: Maryland’s Vision for Engaging Families with Young Children

Click here to download the FREE Toolkit!