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Ready for Kindergarten Professional Development Grants 2020 - 2021

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:

06/15/20 4:00 PM EST Receipt


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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 the school readiness of young children. Grants will support programs that offer professional development opportunities to prekindergarten, kindergarten, and other teachers throughout the state.

Support is provided in the following areas:

  • Professional development to support data analysis by teachers in order to address performance gaps on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA);
  • Professional development to support data analysis by teachers in order to plan instruction based on the learning trajectories on the Early Learning Assessment (ELA);
  • Professional development and support on the implementation of the KRA for new kindergarten teachers;
  • Professional development and support on the implementation of the R4K Early Learning Assessment (ELA) and KRA for prekindergarten, kindergarten, and other teachers that will administer the ELA or KRA;
  • Professional development that addresses the domains of learning (KRA or ELA) for prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers; and
  • Articulation of data and curriculum expectations among early childhood educators.

Additional points will be awarded to districts that incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Census administration of the KRA;
  • Kindergarten professional development using data protocol and reports;
  • Administration and professional development of the ELA; and
  • Second-year CSW implementation new teacher training

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GrantWatch ID#: 172083

Term of Contract:

July 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are the 24 public school districts of Maryland.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for submission: Monday, June 15, 2020, no later than 4:00 PM EST.

Notification of awards will be sent by email no later than Friday, July 19, 2020.

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.

Scan and email the application to:
Erika Anderson, Education Program Specialist

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

410-767-6549 (telephone)
410-333-6226 (fax)

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