December 8, 2023

Child Care Grants Available to Licensed Centers

Child Care

Licensed child care centers and registered family child care providers in Maryland can now apply for Child Care Stabilization Grants.

Interested providers must complete an online application by August 6, 2021, and must commit to being open and providing services no later than September 6, 2021.

The more than $309 million American Rescue Plan provides grants to licensed providers that sustain the child care sector and build a stronger child care system. Providers can apply the grant funds to support the developmental and learning needs of children, promote equal access to high-quality care, and support a professional workforce that is fairly and appropriately compensated for their essential skilled work.

These funds will help address the financial burdens and operational challenges faced by providers during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, we recognize the critical role that child care providers have played in the state’s overall recovery efforts – nurturing, caring and educating our youngest children while simultaneously supporting our state’s economy,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, said in a news release from the Maryland State Department of Education. “We are grateful to providers who have reopened and provided continued support to our children and families. With the infusion of funding from these grants, we hope to bolster our child care community and provide resources needed to continue the delivery of safe and reliable care to Maryland’s children.”

“Family child care and center-based providers have been on the frontlines, supporting families throughout the pandemic and continue to be key partners in early childhood education,” said State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury. “With these grants, providers can invest in a variety of operating areas, including: supporting the early childhood workforce through increased wages and benefits; overhead and sanitization costs; and goods and services necessary to maintain or resume child care services.”

At the beginning of the pandemic, only 29% of Maryland’s licensed providers were operating.

In response, MSDE has supported the child care community with an investment of $155 million to date, including child care for essential personnel, as well as grants to providers to offset the costs of low capacity, lost income, personal protective equipment, cleaning, and reopening. As of mid-July, 92% of Maryland’s licensed programs have reopened, and new programs have secured licensure.

Eligible programs are those which are either currently operating or are temporarily closed due to public health, financial hardship, or other reasons relating to the pandemic. Providers must note in the application how they plan to use the funds and whether funds are to be used for new or past expenses.

Information on the grants can be found here.

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