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Prekindergarten Expansion Grant

Grants to Maryland Schools and 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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Deadline Date:

05/01/20 4:00 PM


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Grants to Maryland public elementary schools and qualified vendors to increase access to early childhood education programs. Priority will be given to programs that provide increased participation for families with low-income and for students with special needs. Funding may be requested for the creation of new slots and for the improvement of existing slots.


Expand access to public prekindergarten for three-year-olds and four-year-olds with priority given to (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.

Fund Use:

  • Salaries, wages, and fringe benefits for teaching staff. (Note: State certified teachers must be compensated commensurate with the entry salaries of the LSS in which the program is located. See Appendix G – Teacher Salary Schedule.).
  • Equipment, materials and supplies (e.g., classroom furniture, instructional materials including MSDE approved curriculum resources to support the Maryland Early Learning Standards, book supplies for family literacy or math or math activities.).
  • Reasonable rental costs are allowable and should be reviewed periodically.  Contact the fiscal grant manager for specific conditions and requirements if property rental costs are included in the budget narrative. 
  • Technology costs may not exceed 10% of the total fund request.
  • Costs associated with maintaining MSDE or national accreditation status.
  • Costs for contracts to administer the screening and intervention services for prekindergarten students.
  • Costs associated with the provision of staff and professional development activities to support recertification of qualified teaching staff.
  • Costs associated with evaluation and monitoring of the project (may not exceed 5% of the total fund request).
  • Indirect costs (may not exceed 10% of the total fund request).
  • Costs for one meal per day for students.
  • Costs for academic field trips.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143247

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding Per Prekindergarten Student: $10,000 (full-day new slot) and $5,000 to improve an existing slot to meet the Definition of High Quality Prekindergarten (See Appendix A)

Term of Contract:

Length of Grant: July 1, 2020– June 30, 2021

Period of Operation: August 2020- June 2021 (School Year 2020-2021)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants eligible to receive the grant must be local public school systems (LSS) 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 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.

For LSS applicants, local general education and special education leadership are strongly encouraged to collaborate on the development of the grant proposal.

Funds may not be used for:

- Supplanting existing services, or
- Capital Improvements.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar info -

Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:30pm – 1:45pm (EDT)
Meeting number (access code): 641 354 510
1-855-797-9480 US Toll Free

Tue Mar 24, 2020 6pm – 7:15pm (EDT)
Meeting number (access code): 640 710 618
1-855-797-9480 US Toll Free

Pre-Application Information:

Please return completed application to MSDE by Friday, May 1, 2020
No later than 4:00 p.m.

Grant Process Timeline:

- Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Application disseminated
- Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Technical Assistance Webinar 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm
- Friday, May 1, 2020 Application due to MSDE
- April – May, 2020 Applications reviewed
- Friday, May 29, 2020 Initial notification of grant approval/Notice to proceed
- Friday, June 5, 2020 Last day to submit revised budget narrative
and C-125 or the State may rescind the grant
- Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Notice of Grant Award (NOGA) system opens.
- Monday, August 31, 2020 NOGA issued and Advance Request submitted for processing by August 31 st (please allow up to two weeks to receive
- Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Anticipated date for grantee to receive advance

Initial notification of grant approval will be sent by May 29th. 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.

Contact Information:

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

Maryland State Department of Education
Division of Early Childhood Development
Attn: Nykia Washington
200 West Baltimore St.,6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Nykia Washington, Specialist, Early Learning

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