Child Care Quality Incentive Grant

MSDE will be accepting applications for the Child Care Quality Incentive Grant in FY23. Check back after October 1, 2022 for more information. 

The Child Care Quality Incentive Grant (CCQIG) supports projects that improve the professionalism and quality of child care programs. The program also supports initiatives that improve children's school readiness.

The purpose of the program is to award funds as an incentive for child care providers to enhance the quality of care provided to the children of Maryland. MSDE encourages providers, through the Credentialing Program, to acquire additional training and education to enhance their knowledge of early childhood development and the role providers play in helping children to enter school - ready to learn. As providers gain additional knowledge about age-appropriate activities and experiences that help children develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively, funds will help them acquire supplies, materials and equipment to create stimulating learning environments. 

Child Care Quality Incentive Grant applicants must meet the following criteria to be ELIGIBLE:

  1. Possess a current license or letter of compliance; and
  2. Currently operate a child care center or family child care home; and
  3. Implement a curriculum which aligns with the standards established by the Kindergarten Readiness and Early Learning Assessment (ELA) guidelines; and
  4. The additonal requirements for a child care center or family child care home as listed below:

Child Care Quality Incentive Grant Update (10/1/2020)

The Office of Child Care - Workforce Advancement Branch will accept applications for the Child Care Quality Incentive Grant quarterly. 

Funds are awarded quarterly as long as funding is available.  

Application cycle for first quarter  Application cycle for second quarter  Application process for fourth quarter

Applications received after the quarterly deadlines will be processed during the following quarter.​

Click here to review the Child Care Quality Incentive Grant before starting the application process.

                     Click here to start the application process  

For further information about the Child Care Quality Enhancement Program, please e-mail the Workforce Advancement Branch at

Through the authority of the Family Law Article, Part X, Sections 5594 through 5594.8, effective October 1, 2002, the Maryland State Department of Education’s Office of Child Care has been authorized to establish a Child Care Quality Incentive Grant Program.

The Child Care Quality Incentive Grant (CCQIG) is operated in accordance with regulations set forth at COMAR 13A.14.11. These regulations address all program requirements including eligibility and application procedures.

Except as provided by statute or regulation, MSDE may set the terms and conditions for Child Care Quality Incentive Grant. Although the intent is to be innovative, applicants must be able to show how materials approved for funding will be used to implement knowledge gained through participation in training and to enhance the quality of child care.