The Toolkit "In Action" Summer 2019 Edition: Suspension is an Adult Behavior!

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Summer 2019 Edition - Support for Early Care and Education Providers as they Implement the Goals of Maryland's Family Engagement Framework!

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Unable to attend the 2019 Maryland Family Engagement Summit?

Watch Live on Facebook @MDEngageEarly Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

  • Child Care Scholarship Reimbursement Rate Changes. Beginning July 1, 2019, the reimbursement rate of the CCS increased to the 30th percentile of the 2019 Child Care Provider Market Rate Survey. Learn more.
  • Professionals, Pizzas, and PAUs. On Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, join MSDE Division of Early Childhood Assistant State Superintendent Steven R. Hicks and the Office of Child Care Director Jennifer A. Nizer, M.Ed. for the Early Childhood Professionals Third Annual Statewide Summer Symposium from 6-9 p.m. at Montgomery College. Register here.
  • All Children Together. On Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, join the Abilities Network Project ACT and the Community College of Baltimore County for the 10th Annual Early Childhood Conference from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Register here.

Featured Resources


Suspension is an Adult Behavior 

Prepare for the 2019 Maryland Family Engagement Summit by viewing this TED Talk, featuring Dr. Rosemarie Allen, on how adult behavior and perceptions affect children and discipline in early childhood settings. Watch here.

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 email to

The Toolkit "In Action"


Maryland’s CACFP Program: Serving Healthy Meals, One Child and Adult at a Time

When children leave their learning environment, it’s hard to imagine that one in six of them are going to a food insecure household. In fact, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), an estimated 11.8 % of American households were food insecure at least some time during 2017. Food insecure, says the USDA, means families lack access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.

In Maryland, 16.3 % of children under 18 are living in households that experienced limited availability of nutritious meals at some point during the year, says Feeding America. However, the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is helping to ensure Maryland’s children and adults don’t have to go hungry. Read more.



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


Fredrick County Judy Center Counteracts “Summer Slide” with Splashy STEM

On a sunny day in June, the weather was perfect for 40 parents and 55 children to splash around in Frederick County. However, this wasn’t any typical summertime cool-off session—it was the Frederick County Judy Center’s 8th Annual STEM Water Day. Read more.

MSDE Partners with WIDA Early Years to Support Multilingual Children in Early Care and Education

The MSDE Division of Early Childhood has partnered with WIDA Early Years to offer a series of professional learning opportunities and resources designed for early care and education providers, coaches and leaders throughout the state. Read more