Gov. Hogan announces $50 million in additional child care support grants

Child Care Recovery Plan

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan announced on Monday that the State of Maryland will provide an additional $50 million in grant funding to support child care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Maryland State Department of Education has administered two rounds of stabilization grants utilizing $285 million of federal funding. With federal funds exhausted, Governor Hogan is taking action in his Fiscal Year 2023 budget to extend the program and provide additional relief to providers.

We’re told grant funds can be used to cover expenses associated with providing or preparing to provide childcare during the pandemic, such as personnel costs, rent or mortgagee payments, Personal Protective Equipment, mental health support for children and employees, as well as prior expenses.

The governor’s FY 2023 budget will also support childcare providers by committing the following:

  • $5.2 million to support child care staff in Maryland with attaining credentials
  • $5 million of awards to providers who participate in Maryland EXCELS, the state’s quality rating and improvement system for child care and early education programs
  • $3 million for continued support of local Head Start programs
  • $1 million for the Child Care Accreditation Support Fund, which assists child care providers with the costs of achieving accreditation
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