Maryland will use the findings from its PDG B-5 statewide comprehensive Needs Assessment to develop a strategic plan that addresses service needs and systemic gaps at both the statewide and local levels. Maryland’s strong early childhood state infrastructure already supports service delivery coordination at the local level through a variety of initiatives including the state’s 24 local Early Childhood Advisory Councils (ECACs); Maryland EXCELS, the statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS); Judy Centers, which provide local coordination and collaboration in 54 Title I school zones around the state; Family Support Centers, which provide free, comprehensive services to families in 25 locations around the state; and Child Care Resource Centers located across Maryland’s 12 regions. Several of the state’s PDG B-5 grant activities that continue to build local capacity are highlighted below.
- Quality Improvement Grants
With the support of PDG B-5 funds, Local ECACs have the opportunity to apply for Quality Improvement Grants that will support service delivery coordination at the local level. To learn more about Local ECACs, please click here.
- Library Partnership Grants
- Results Count! Partnership
Local ECACs will partner with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to implement a results-base evaluation model, Results Count! Partnership.