Ready At Five, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Division of Early Childhood Development (DECD), and the Institute of Innovation and Implementation University of Maryland School of Social Work, has developed a Family Engagement in Early Childhood website for parents and families titled "Maryland Families Ready To Connect." This website offers information to parents and families about what family engagement is, how to practice it and the benefits of building a partnership with providers and schools to support young children's school readiness. Website topics include school readiness, supporting transitions, partnering with providers, families as leaders and advocates, choosing quality child care, and learning from 0-3. The Family Engagement in Early Childhood website is available in both English and Spanish.
With our partners, we have also developed the Maryland Family Engagement Early Childhood Provider module. This online professional development module is based on the Maryland Family Engagement Coalition's Early Childhood Engagement Framework: Maryland's Vision for Engaging Families with Young Children. This self-paced online module orients providers through the process of moving from family involvement to family engagement. The module is divided into nine lessons; each will take between 15-20 minutes to complete and includes helpful resources for providers to obtain more information about each topic, as well as participate in a pre- and post-assessment. At the successful completion of the module, providers will receive a certificate for 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The provider module is available in English:
and Spanish: https://theinstitute.umaryland.edu/onlineTraining/programCategory.cfm?ottype_id=39
As an incentive, the first 35 providers who successfully complete the online provider module will receive professional development books and enriching books for their classrooms.
Ready At Five co-chairs the Maryland Family Coalition with the Maryland Public Libraries.