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FINE Newsletter, Volume VI, Issue 4
Issue Topic: Around the Clock: The Power of Anytime Learning

HFRP Research & Resources

Through its Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge grant, Maryland is embedding a new family engagement definition statewide as a foundation of policy and infrastructure. And through comprehensive partnerships, it is bringing to scale existing family engagement approaches and launching new initiatives. The state seeks to transform parent involvement into “authentic parent engagement”—to move away from providing services and assuming that families would take advantage of them toward partnering with families, being sensitive to their cultural needs, and responding to their opinions.

In this profile (PDF), Nathan Driskell provides highlights of Maryland’s plans to build the necessary infrastructure to ensure that every family in the state benefits from a sustained, consistent family engagement strategy implemented by well-trained, skilled early childhood providers. The Maryland Family Engagement Coalition is at the heart of the ambitious family engagement proposals outlined in Maryland’s Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge. The Coalition, which consists of child care and family support providers from a wide range of sectors and across the state, has committed to measurable goals for family engagement and is incrementally building the capacity of partners to achieve them.

This profile is part of Harvard Family Research Project’s policy work highlighting state leadership in advancing family engagement anywhere, anytime children learn.


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