Child Care Quality Incentive Grant Program

The Child Care Quality Incentive Grant Program (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 grants 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, Incentive Grants will help them acquire supplies, materials and equipment to create stimulating learning environments. 

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 center requirements:

  • Located in a Title I Community; or
  • In which at least 25% of children enrolled are from families that receive subsidy;

and

  • Accredited by MSDE or a recognized organization; or
  • At least 50% of program staff are participating in the Credentialing Program at Level 2 or higher.

Family child care home requirements:

  • That serve one (1) or more children who receive child care subsidies; and
  • Where the owner participates in the Credentialing Program at Level 2 or higher.

Note: Income is not a basis for eligibility.

Quality Incentive Grant applicants may be INELIGIBLE if:

  • Applicants are subject to any ongoing regulatory action; or
  • Monies are owed to the State of Maryland.
  • Applicant was “previously” awarded the Child Care Quality Incentive Grant within three (3) years.

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

                     Click here to start the application process  

For further information about the Child Care Quality Incentive Grant, please e-mail the Credentialing Branch at credentialocc.msde@maryland.gov.

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 Program (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 Grants. 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.