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Ready for Kindergarten (R4K) Professional Development Grants

Grants to Maryland School Districts for Professional
Development Programs for Early Childhood Teachers

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

Deadline Date:

05/07/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to Maryland public school districts for professional development projects designed for early-childhood and kindergarten educators. Funding is intended to promote school readiness. Grants will support programs that offer professional development opportunities to prekindergarten, kindergarten, and other teachers throughout the State.

Support for professional development activities to improve the school readiness of children with the Ready for Kindergarten (R4K) Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment Program in the following areas:
  • KRA Professional Development
    1. Train and support new and returning kindergarten teachers, and other certified teachers that will administer the KRA to implement the KRA with fidelity; Train and support para professionals who support administration/Proctor;
    2. Train and support kindergarten and prekindergarten teachers in the analysis of KRA data and design instruction in order to address identified performance gaps, including areas identified where loss of learning impact kindergarten readiness (using prior Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) trend data and other forms of assessment data identified in the LLS’s Recovery Plan);
  • ELA Professional Development
    1. Train and support prekindergarten, kindergarten, and other certified teachers that will administer the ELA to implement the R4K Early Learning Assessment (ELA) with fidelity; Train para professionals in formative assessment data collection practices in collaboration and support of a certified teacher;
    2. Train and support prekindergarten, kindergarten teachers and other teachers in roles that impact prekindergarten and kindergarten readiness outcomes to analyze data and design instruction based on the learning trajectories on the Early Learning Assessment (ELA);
  • Domain Professional Development
    1. Professional development that addresses the domains of learning (KRA or ELA) for prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers that is research/ evidence based, such as ELTRS training; and the Mathematical Learning Trajectories
    2. Articulation of data and curriculum expectations among early childhood educators including The ELA Implementation Academy

Additional funding may be awarded to LSS’s that incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Census administration of the KRA;
  • Kindergarten professional development using data protocol and reports that include responsive teaching practices and address specific student needs;
  • Administration and professional development of the ELA in general education classrooms; including participation with the ELA Implementation Academy.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172083

Term of Contract:

June 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are the 24 public school districts of Maryland.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Friday, May 7 2021, no later than 4:00 p.m.

Notification of awards will be sent by email on or before, June 1, 2021.

The review of proposals will be a two-part process.
- Written applications will be pre-screened for submission requirements and inclusion of all required sections. Applicants not meeting all prescreen requirements will not be read.
- Final approval for awards will be determined by the Early Learning Branch of the Division of Early Childhood.

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

All submissions should be submitted by electronically scanning the documents to:
Erika Anderson (email)

Maryland State Department of Education
Division of Early Childhood
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595

410-767-0646 (telephone)
410-333-6226 (fax)

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