ANNAPOLIS, Maryland—Governor Larry Hogan announced today that the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has opened the application window for the Child Care Stabilization Grant Program and will be accepting applications until Monday, August 29. Under this program, MSDE will distribute $50 million in public funding to help address financial burdens and operational challenges faced by child care providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency. 19.
“Child care has been critical to our recovery efforts in Maryland, and ensuring providers have the resources they need to function remains a top priority,” Governor Hogan said. “Our administration is grateful to our state’s child care providers for their unwavering commitment over the past two years, and we look forward to working closely with them to allocate this additional assistance.”
Earlier this year, Governor Hogan announcement allocating an additional $50 million in grants in its FY23 budget to support child care providers. Pursuant to House Bill 89, signed into law by the Governor on April 21, 2022, these grants will be paid in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to providers who experienced financial hardship or experienced an operational load during the pandemic. Grant funds can be used to support the developmental and learning needs of children, promote equitable access to high-quality child care, and support a professional workforce that is fairly and appropriately compensated for his essential skilled work. MSDE will assist vendors in the application process through a customer service support system prior to the application deadline, which is Monday, August 29.
“As essential partners in early childhood education, Maryland’s child care providers lay the foundation for healthy growth, development, and academic achievement for children in our state,” said the superintendent of state schools, Mohammed Choudhury. “This funding will help further strengthen the child care community, increase access to quality child care, and ensure equitable access for every child, especially those who have been historically underserved. As the repercussions of the pandemic continue to impact our learning communities, our home and center child care providers and families have held firm. MSDE remains committed to supporting our early childhood educators, who are essential in fostering a positive trajectory for the state’s youngest learners.
MSDE will also be rolling out direct calls to all vendors before and during the application window to ensure the program reaches as many eligible vendors as possible.
In this round of funding, the law obliges the MSDE to favor childcare service providers based on the following criteria, in order of priority:
- Suppliers who have proven financial difficulties which pose a significant risk of closure of the supplier’s business within the next 12 months;
- Providers who have not received a stabilization grant in a previous application cycle;
- Providers who participate in the Child Care Scholarship Program;
- Providers located in areas designated by MSDE as lacking childcare slots;
- Providers who primarily serve low-income populations in areas of high poverty;
- Providers serving children with special needs; and
- Providers that serve children 2 and under.
Eligible vendors meeting the above criteria receive additional funds, per licensed slot, for each priority area. Providers may refer to the Grants Information Guide on the program website for detailed information on terms and definitions for each priority area. Today, MSDE released the grant guidance documentation, grant application template, and its plan for a series of virtual customer service assistance sessions. Suppliers are encouraged to review the materials and attend one of the customer service support sessions offered.
August 3-22, 2022: application window open; MSDE will review and process requests on an ongoing basis
August 9, 11, 13, 15 & 16: MSDE will hold virtual customer support meetings to meet supplier needs
August 29, 2022: Applications due by 11:59 p.m. EST
Late applications will not be considered. Please watch the MSDE Child Care Stabilization Website for updated information and resources. A recording of the technical support meeting will also be posted on the website.