At the heart of Maryland’s Birth through Five System of Services are families and children. The early childhood intervention and education process by design establishes families as equal partners, families as their child’s first teacher, families as fully engaged in all aspects of Maryland’s birth through five system of services. This philosophy is supported through national research that suggests that meaningful engagement of families in their children’s early learning supports school readiness and later academic success.
Family engagement is critical to successful outcomes for children. All families want the best for their children. In order to build the capacity of families to engage in the process they must understand the process. Informed families can communicate the vision for their child; they know their child best, and can provide their child’s strengths and challenges as well as other critical information to help shape the plan for meeting their child’s goals and objectives.