Funding Opportunities

Child care is a mission.

But it’s also a profession and a business. Learn more about these funding opportunities from the Division of Early Childhood.

If you’re a provider, you can use this part of the site to learn how MSDE can help you pay for things like accreditation fees, improvements you might make to your program and the adoption of  new curricula. If you’re a family member, you can learn about the child care scholarship program that helps eligible families to pay for child care.

All of these programs are essential because they help make quality child care a reality for all of Maryland’s children and families.

Requests for Proposals


Who is eligible to apply?

Local Early Childhood Advisory Councils Quality Improvement Grants: Identified fiscal agents of the Local Early Childhood Advisory Councils in the State of Maryland, as verified by the MSDE grant manager.

Promoting Positive Outcomes for Infants and Toddlers: Non-profit organizations; Hospital and state, local, and community health service entities; Local Early Childhood Advisory Councils; Early Head Start Grantees; Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grantees; Universities; other organizations as applicable.

Prekindergarten Expansion Grants: Applicants eligible to receive the grant must be local public school systems (LSS) or qualified vendors (as defined in COMAR 13A.06.02)

Preference will be given to programs published at Level 5 in Maryland EXCELS or published at Level 4 with a plan in place to publish at Level 5 within one year.

Other applicants may be considered as noted: community-based providers must be published at Maryland EXCELS Level 3 with a plan approved by MSDE to achieve Level 5 within five years.  LSS must be published at Level 4 with a plan approved by MSDE to achieve Level 5 within five years.

Accreditation Support Fund

Child Care Quality Incentive Grant Program

Family Child Care Provider Grant Program

Child Care Scholarship

Prekindergarten Expansion Grant