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?
Prekindergarten Expansion Grant: Applicants eligible to receive the grant must be Local School Systems 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 the Maryland State Department of Education (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. A report must be provided midyear and at the end of the year on the progress of achieving Level 5 and the next steps to be taken.
FY 2022 State Coordinating Entity (SCE) Services for the Maryland Child Care Resource Center Network (MCCRCN): A not for profit community-based agency/organization which has the capacity to provide a child care information and referral system as well as professional development, technical assistance and training services.
Emergency Preparedness Training and Support for Registered and Licensed Child Care Providers: Public agencies and non-profit agencies licensed to do business within the State of Maryland with at least 3 years of experience in providing training and support services in the emergency management field.
Accessiblity requirements for grantees and vendors. Learn more about accessibility at https://www.section508.gov/.
Until further notice, MSDE will ONLY be accepting grant proposals submitted electronically. Proposals should be submitted as a Word document file. Electronic signatures are allowable.