$309M in grants available for licensed child care providers

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MARYLAND – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is giving licensed child care centers and family child care providers a chance to get more funding. MSDE announced the first round of Child Care Stabilization Grants are now available, totaling about $309 million. “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,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in a release.

Providers will be able to apply for grants that will help support developmental and learning needs of children, promote equal access to child care, and support child care workers. MSDE says the goal is to help ease the financial burdens and challenges that many child care providers were faced with amid COVID-19.“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 in a release.

MDSE says when the COVID-19 pandemic began, only 29% of the state’s licensed child care providers were open for business. To date, MSDE has provided the the child care community with about $155 million in emergency funding. As of July, 92% of Maryland’s licensed childcare centers have reopened, and new programs are getting ready to open their doors.

Child care providers interested in applying must do so by August 6th, 2021. They must also commit to being fully open and operational no later than September 6th, 2021. In their applications, providers are required to explain how they plan to use the funding, and if it will be used for new or past expenses.

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