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Child Care Quality Incentive Grant (CCQIG) Program

Grants to Maryland Childcare Providers to Enhance
Childcare Programs and School Readiness

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

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Grants of up to $2,500 to Maryland home and center-based childcare providers for projects that will enhance child care programs and advance school readiness for children. Funding is intended to support providers that are currently acquiring additional education and training through the state's credentialing program. Emphasis will be placed on educational curricula and activities in the areas of literacy, math, science, social studies, and physical development. Some appropriate areas of study include activities that help children ages 0 to 4 years old.

MSDE encourages providers, through the Credentialing Program, to acquire additional training and education to enhance their knowledge of early childhood development and the role providers play in helping children to enter school - ready to learn. As providers gain additional knowledge about age-appropriate activities and experiences that help children develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively, the grant will help them acquire supplies, materials, and equipment to create stimulating learning environments.

Preference for grant awards will be given to proposals that focus on the following areas:

- Gain meaning by listening.
- Demonstrate beginning phonemic awareness.
- Show some understanding of concepts about print.
- Comprehend and respond to fiction and non-fiction text.
- Speak clearly and convey ideas effectively.
- Use letter-like shapes, symbols, letters, and words to convey meaning.

- Begin to use and explain strategies to solve mathematical problems.
- Show understanding of number and quantity.
- Recognize duplicates and extend patterns.
- Recognize and describe some attributes of shapes.

- Seek information through observation, exploration, and descriptive investigations.
- Identify, describe, and compare properties of objects.
- Use simple tools and equipment to extend the senses and gather data.
- Begin to be aware of technology and how it affects life.

Social Studies
- Identify similarities/ differences in people’s characteristics, habits, and living patterns.
- Describe some people’s jobs and what is required to perform them.
- Demonstrate awareness of the reasons for rules.

Eligible items are limited to those supplies, materials and equipment that enhance the quality of child care by improving children’s developmental skills. For a list of eligible items, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176185

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may be awarded to qualified applicants based upon the number of children in their care:
- A child care facility or family provider with fewer than 10 children may be awarded a grant of up to $1,000.
- A child care facility with up to 29 children may be awarded a grant of up to $1,500.
- A child care facility with more than 30 children may be awarded a grant of up to $2,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Quality Incentive Grant applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
- Possess a current license or letter of compliance; and
- Currently operate a child care center or family child care home; and
- Implement a curriculum which aligns with the standards established by the Kindergarten Readiness and Early Learning Assessment (ELA) guidelines;

Child care center requirements:
- Located in a Title I Community; or
- In which at least 25% of children enrolled are from families that receive subsidy; and
- Accredited by MSDE or a recognized organization; or
- At least 50% of program staff are participating in the Credentialing Program at Level 2 or higher.

Family child care home requirements:
- That serve one (1) or more children who receive child care subsidies; and
- Where the owner participates in the Credentialing Program at Level 2 or higher.
Note: Income is not a basis for eligibility.

Quality Incentive Grant applicants may be INELIGIBLE if:
- Applicants are subject to any ongoing regulatory action; or
- Monies are owed to the State of Maryland.
- Applicant was “previously” awarded the Child Care Quality Incentive Grant within three (3) years.

Ineligible items include, but are not limited to, any item required as part of the licensing process, and any item eligible for funding under the Family Day Care Provider Direct Grant Award program. For examples of ineligible items, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Grants will be awarded quarterly (January, April, July, and October). Applications are due by January 1st, April 1st, July 1st or October 1st. Applicants will be notified in writing whether their application has been approved or disapproved.

One application must be provided for each child care facility when provider(s) operate/own multiple sites. FEIN/SSN identification must be provided per site to qualify for multiple awards.

Child Care Providers are eligible for a Grant Award once every three (3) years. Also, the Applicant(s)/Provider shall agree to continue providing child care services for two or more (2+) years after receiving a grant award.

Application process:

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:

Office of Child Care - Credentialing Branch
200 West Baltimore Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Or email application to:

For further information about the Child Care Quality Incentive Grant, please e-mail the Credentialing Branch at the above email address.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland