This funding opportunity is designed for licensed child care providers. Applicants may be a family home child care provider, a large family home child care provider, a child care center, or an education program under a Letter of Compliance. It is not the intention of this program to fund the start-up of new child care programs that are not yet operating. This Grant Information Guide (GIG) and Application release - August 3, 2022. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on August 29, 2022.
On January 17, 2022, Governor Larry Hogan announced that the State of Maryland would provide an additional $50 million in grant funding to support child care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maryland State Department of Education has administered two rounds of stabilization grants totaling $285 million of federal funding. With federal funds exhausted, the governor is taking action in his Fiscal Year 2023 budget to extend the program and provide additional relief to licensed child care providers. Licensed child care providers can apply for a grant payment to cover expenses associated with providing or preparing to provide child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. These expenses may be personnel costs, rent or mortgage payments, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), mental health support for children and employees, as well as prior expenses.
To address the hardships faced by child care providers and to address the instability of the child care market as a whole.
APPLICATION PERIOD & SUBMISSION
This Grant Information Guide (GIG) and Application release - August 3, 2022. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on August 29, 2022.
Providers who wish to apply for a grant payment must do so through the online application.
August 3, 2022 – December 31, 2022
This funding opportunity is designed for licensed child care providers. Applicants may be a family home child care provider, a large family home child care provider, a child care center, or an education program under a Letter of Compliance. It is not the intention of this program to fund the start-up of new child care programs that are not yet operating.
To be eligible for a grant payment under this funding opportunity, applicants must meet both criteria listed below:
|License / Regulation||Status|
My program was licensed or registered by the Maryland State Department of Education on or before May 1, 2022.
My program is open and available to provide child care services on the date of the application.
Notes: Applicants who received funding in previous rounds are still eligible to receive funding again in this round.
Applicants who own or operate more than one child care location must submit a separate application for each site.
Customer Service Support Sessions
The MSDE will hold several customer service support sessions for interested applicants. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will review what applicants need to get started and walk through the online application, as well as answer any questions participants may have. To register for a session, click on a date below:
- Tuesday, August 9 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. l Presentation
- Thursday, August 11 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, August 13 10:00-11:00 a.m.
- Monday, August 15 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 16 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (en español)
If you have questions about the application or the program, you can contact MSDE staff via:
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
- FORM: Complete this online inquiry form
- PHONE: 1-855-476-5010 (M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sat 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
A customer service specialist will respond to all inquiries within 24 hours or the next business day and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers will be posted to the Child Care Stabilization webpage following customer service support sessions.