Preschool Development Grant

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has been awarded a $26.8 million Preschool Development Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Renewal Grant.


Request for Proposal


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Technical Assistance

Local Early Childhood Advisory Council Quality Improvement Grants FY21

This grant will provide funds to:

  • To support the capacity of Local Early Childhood Advisory Councils (LECACs) to serve as local governance entities by leveraging resources, coordination, and collaboration to support local early childhood system development that aligns with statewide goals and priorities.
  • To support LECACs to demonstrate a focus on one or more of the following prioritized Statewide System Development Goals.


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Promoting Positive Outcomes for Infants and Toddlers Grants.

This grant will provide funds to:
·         Increase state capacity to serve infants and toddlers (age 0-3), and their families, in programs that promote positive behavioral, mental health and parent relational outcomes for infants and toddlers.
·         Support grantees in leveraging resources, coordination, and collaboration to support local early childhood system development that aligns with Statewide System Development Goals.


Please note, effective April 6, 2020:

Grant funds for both the Local Early Childhood Advisory Council Quality Improvement Grants FY21 and the Promoting Positive Outcomes for Infants and Toddlers FY21 may be used to support staffing costs.

The Request for Proposals documents for both grant opportunities have been updated with the following information:

Grant funds can be used for “compensation for all personal services, including remuneration, paid currently or accrued, for services of employees rendered during the period of performance under the sub granted award, including, but not necessarily limited to wages and salaries.

“Costs of compensation are allowable to the extent that they satisfy the specific requirements of the grant, and that the total compensation for individual employees is reasonable for the services rendered, and conforms to the established written policy.” (Code of Federal Regulations 200.430)

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has been awarded a $26.8 million Preschool Development Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Renewal Grant. The grant will help continue the strategic planning and system development of the state’s mixed-delivery early childhood system. Maryland’s earliest learners start their education in a variety of settings, including center and family childcare providers, Head Start, schools, and other early learning centers and programs. The three-year renewal grant will allow MSDE, state/local partners, and stakeholders to enhance, expand, and build upon activities in the state’s PDG B-5 initial one-year grant.

Maryland’s vision is to develop a well-coordinated and integrated mixed-delivery system of programs, supports, and services where each child in the state has an opportunity to access high-quality early childhood experiences. These experiences allow children to arrive at school with a healthy body, healthy mind, and the foundational knowledge and skills needed to succeed. With this grant, the state will continue to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of comprehensive, two-generational services and supports for children from birth to age eight and their families who may be experiencing adversity.

Under the PDG B-5 Renewal Grant, MSDE plans to sustain effective approaches already underway including:

  • Modernizing Maryland’s early childhood data system
  • Training and coaching to support evidence-based curriculum for three and four year-olds
  • Professional development engaging young multi-language learners through WIDA Early Years
  • Promoting and supporting inclusive settings for young children with disabilities
  • Strengthening family engagement
  • Training and coaching for high-quality care and learning experiences for infants, toddlers and their families
  • Increasing alignment and opportunities across the state’s higher education system to support the early childhood workforce
  • Providing grants to local Early Childhood Advisory Councils and libraries to improve local service capacity and quality


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    In December of 2018, Maryland State Department of Education received a $10.6 million federal Preschool Development Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Initial Grant Award to enhance and improve early care and learning programs for children, birth to five, throughout the State.

    45 States/Territories received a Preschool Development Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Initial Grant Award from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education (Departments).The PDG B-5 grants, which differ significantly from the previous Preschool Development Grants, are designed to fund states to conduct a comprehensive statewide birth through five needs assessment followed by in-depth strategic planning, while enhancing parent choice and expanding the current mixed delivery system consisting of a wide range of provider types and settings, including child care centers and home-based child care providers, Head Start and Early Head Start, state pre-kindergarten, and home visiting service providers across the public, private and faith-based sectors.

    Because of the number of high–quality applications received, most budgets of winning applicants were reduced by 29%.  Maryland received $10.6 million, one of the highest awards. The grant performance period will run from December 31, 2018 through December 30, 2019. States and Territories that receive this grant award will also be given the opportunity to apply for Renewal Grants prior to the end of 2019.

    Below is Maryland’s original submitted application and appendices.  The Departments are currently reviewing all states revised budgets and plans given the reduced funding amounts. Therefore, Maryland may not be able to implement all projects included in their application.

    Maryland’s grant will help the State develop a plan to better utilize existing federal, state, local, and non-governmental resources to improve delivery of services, as well as to increase the number of children in high quality programs.  Specifically, the grant will allow Maryland to:

    • Hold nine regional Town Halls as part of a Prenatal to Age 5 needs assessment for the delivery of childcare services, focusing on the State’s most vulnerable children.
    • Provide funding for all 24 local Early Childhood Advisory Councils.
    • Provide training and coaching for nearly 200 early childhood educators on Maryland’s new integrated curriculum for 4-year-olds.
    • Modernize its early childhood data system.
    • Support the expansion of the Maryland EXCELS program, a voluntary quality rating system for childcare programs.
    • Develop an inventory of early childhood education programs at Maryland higher education institutions.
    • Invest in family engagement activities.
    • Provide grants for libraries to support children without access to early childhood programs.

    Please click on the PDG B-5 grant activities listed here to learn more.

    Maryland’s new grant is initially for a single year, but MSDE intends to apply for a three-year renewal grant.

    Renewal Grant Press Release

    Maryland's Renewal Application - Everyone, Together, Working for Maryland’s Children