The Toolkit "In Action" Spring 2019 Edition: Week of the Young Child Resources!

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The Toolkit "In Action" Spring 2019 Edition

Support for Early Care and Education Providers as they Implement the Goals of Maryland's Family Engagement Framework!

In the Spotlight


The 2019 Regional Town Hall Meetings

Maryland was recently awarded a $10.6 million birth through five grant to strengthen the State’s early care and education system. Please join State and community leaders to learn more about the grant, as well as new programs and initiatives. Earn one Professional Activity Unit (PAU) for attending. Register here.

  • On Saturday, April 13, 2019, join Harford County’s Department of Community Services for the Second Biennial Harford County Youth and Family Resource Festival from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Harford Community College. Register here.
  • On Saturday, April 20, 2019, earn three MSDE-approved Core of Knowledge clock hours during Maryland Public Television's FREE professional development opportunity at Fredrick Community College. Register here.
  • Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4, 2019, drop by the Maryland Families Engage table during the 2019 MSCCA Conference by the Sea event in Ocean City, MD. Register here.



Step It Up (SIU) during #woyc19™ #MDFamiliesEngage

Join the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC®) to celebrate the early learning community during the Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC) from April 8 – 12! 

Sponsored by NAEYC, the WYOC is an opportunity to highlight the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early care and education providers who meet those needs. During the weeklong celebration, early care and education providers are encouraged to work with and provide information to parents and families on the importance of high-quality early learning experiences. Download activities here.

Engage Parents and Families with Maryland Families Engage's Daily Themes!

The Toolkit "In Action"



National Library Week is April 7-13, 2019: Libraries = Strong Communities! 

Celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries this month. Maryland's public libraries provide a variety of resources and collections for children, parents, and families. Read more.

April is National Autism Awareness Month

World Autism Day was Tuesday, April 2, 2019, which marked the kickoff of an entire month dedicated to spreading awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Click here to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder.



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!

The Judy Center Early Learning Hubs

What's a Judy center?

What's a Judy Center? Discover the many ways your local Judy Center can help support your family!

The Judith P. Hoyer Center Early Learning Hubs, also known as “Judy Centers,” benefit everyone in Maryland by improving the quality of life for families. They help prepare children from birth through kindergarten for school readiness and offer comprehensive, integrated, full-day, and full-year early care and education services. Watch here (Video).

Submit Your Story to The Toolkit "In Action"


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

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