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Prekindergarten Expansion Grant

Grants to Maryland Local School Systems and Qualified Vendors
to Increase Access to Early Childhood Education Programs

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Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) - Division of Early Childhood

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04/30/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to Maryland local school systems and qualified vendors to promote early learning and development. Funding is intended to increase access to early childhood education programs for children from low-income families, children with special education needs, and students who are homeless.

Purpose: Expand access to public prekindergarten for three-year-olds and four-year-olds for (a) students from families with household incomes up to 300 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) and (b) students with special education needs, regardless of income and (c) homeless students.

Special Considerations:

  • For Local School System (LSS) applicants, local general education and special education leadership are strongly encouraged to collaborate on the development of the grant proposal.
  • Combining multiple funding streams offers increased opportunities for the inclusion of children with Extended IFSPs or IEPs for whom a regular early childhood program with typically developing peers has been determined by the child’s IFSP/IEP team to be the appropriate natural and least restrictive environment (LRE). The participation of children served through an Extended IFSP or an IEP in public prekindergarten programs provides access to the general early childhood education curriculum and instructional program, further supporting a narrowing of the school readiness performance gap with typically developing peers. Fully inclusive options have been shown to work for children across disability groups and levels of severity (children with developmental delays, mild to severe; children with Autism spectrum disorder; children with multiple disabilities; children with significant social and emotional needs; children with hearing impairment; children with limited mobility).

For Eligible Uses of Funds, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 143247

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Average Grant Amount: $400,000

Funding Per Prekindergarten Student: $12,000 (full-day, new slot) and $6,000 to improve an existing slot to meet the Definition of High Quality Prekindergarten (See Appendix A)

Term of Contract:

Length of Grant: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
Period of Operation: August 2021- June 2022 (School Year 2021-2022)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Eligible applicants include:
- Public School
- Public Charter School
- Community-based Provider (Center)
- Community-based Provider (Family Child Care Home)
- Head Start Program
- College, University or Vocational/Technical School

Pre-proposal Conference:

- Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Technical Assistance Webinar 9-10:30 AM. (the webinar recording will be posted)
- Technical assistance meetings will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:00 -2:30 p.m. Via WebEx

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline April 30, 2021 no later than 4:00 PM

Grant Process Timeline:
- Monday, March 15, 2021 Application disseminated
- Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Technical Assistance Webinar 9-10:30 AM. (the webinar recording will be posted)
- Friday, April 30, 2021 Application due to MSDE
- April – May, 2021 Applications reviewed
- Friday, May 28, 2021 Initial notification of grant approval/Notice to proceed
- Friday, June 4, 2021 Last day to submit revised budget narrative and C-125 or the State may rescind the
- Thursday, July 1, 2021 The NOGA system opens. Processing of NOGAs will begin; this process can take 6-
8 weeks for processing.
- Tuesday, August 31, 2021 NOGA issued and Advance Request submitted for processing by August 31st (please allow up to two weeks to receive payment)
- Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Anticipated date for grantee to receive advance

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency and until further notice, MSDE will ONLY be accepting grant proposals submitted electronically.

Qualified Vendors must submit a DUNS number. To Register for DUNS Number visit the following website. This is the only way to receive funding.

All grant requirements must be met prior to the start of the school year, including the certified teacher requirement to avoid a disruption in grant funds.

Notification of awards will be sent by e-mail on or before May 31, 2021. Processing of the official Notice of Grant Awards (NOGA) will begin on July 1st; this process can take 6-8 weeks. Once the official NOGA is received, an invoice template will be sent for billing. Once an invoice has been approved by MSDE, payment can be expected within 15 business days. For budget planning purposes, please note that funds may not be available until September 15th. Community-based programs, meeting all grant requirements, are eligible to receive a 15% advance upon request; however the advance may not be received by grantee until September 15th.

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Technical Assistance Webinar Recording:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications must be submitted by email to

Questions can be submitted to

Program Contact:
Nykia Washington, Prekindergarten Program Manager
Maryland State Department of Education
Division of Early Childhood Development, 6th floor
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-0088

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