Family Engagement Project
Under the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant, Project 8 was formed to improve family engagement and a Coalition for Family Engagement was created. The Coalition focused on developing a Maryland-specific Family, Parent, and Community Engagement Framework and subsequently implementing strategies and training for all early learning and development programs and family engagement organizations.
Maryland Family Engagement Coalition
The Coalition is composed of early childhood educators, policy-makers, service providers, and community advocates. Its mission is to identify the most important factors and most effective strategies for making the greatest possible gains in engaging families with young children.
Click here for a list of Family Engagement Coalition members.
In October 2013, the final draft of The Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework: Maryland's Vision for Engaging Families with Young Children was approved by the Maryland Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Maryland State Board of Education. The document, developed by the Maryland Family Engagement Coalition and The Policy Equity Group, LLC, is a framework that presents an overarching set of family engagement goals, strategies, examples, and resources. Companion documents have been developed that will provide a pathway for parents, programs, and service providers to follow to achieve the goals in the Framework.
Effective Practices - The Maryland Family Engagement Coalition is developing an Effective Practices Guide that illustrates the seven (7) goals of the Maryland Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework. We hope to collect practices from various providers and educators that are applicable in multiple settings, including family child care, center-based child care, nursery schools, public prekindergarten programs, Head Start programs, home visiting programs, libraries, and other settings that serve young children, birth to five and their families. Selected practices will be disseminated widely throughout our networks.
The Harvard Family Research Article – author Nathan Driskell examines the work of the Family Engagement Coalition in developing the Family Engagement Framework and discusses Maryland's services and outreach strategies which support the Framework.
Best Practices to Engage Parents and Guardians in Early Education Programs and Services – A report developed under the Pre-K Expansion Act of 2014 to identify best practices to promote family engagement in early education programs and services.
Family Engagement Coalition Meeting Agendas, Presentations and Reports:
Click here for a complete set of 2012 Coalition Meeting Agendas
Click here for a complete set of 2012 Coalition Meeting Notes
Click here for a complete set of 2013 Coalition Meeting Agendas
Click here for a complete set of 2013 Coalition Meeting Notes
Click here for a complete set of 2014 Coalition Meeting Agendas
Click here for a complete set of 2014 Coalition Meeting Notes
Click here for a complete set of 2015 Coalition Meeting Agendas
Click here for a complete set of 2015 Coalition Meeting Notes
Maryland EXCELS Program (overview)
Family Engagement Framework – Next Steps
Reach Out and Read Powerpoint Presentation
Family Engagement Coalition Meeting Schedule for 2015 (every 3rd Monday; Bi-Monthly):
- April 20, 2015
- June 15, 2015
- August 17, 2015
- October 19, 2015
- December 21, 2015
Family Engagement Communication Sub-Committee
Meeting Agendas, Presentations and Reports:
Click here for a complete set of 2013 Sub-Committee meeting agendas
Click here for a complete set of 2013 Sub-Committee meeting notes
Click here for a complete set of 2014 Sub-Committee meeting agendas
Click here for a complete set of 2014 Sub-Committee meeting notes