MSDE Awards $26.5M in Pre-K Expansion Grants

The Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood recently awarded 53 grants to expand high-quality prekindergarten programs across the state. All nineteen school systems that applied for the expansion grants received funding for at least one additional pre-k classroom.

According to a press release:

The approximately $26 million in grant awards will provide four-year-old children from low-income families access to full-day prekindergarten in school year 2018-2019.

Systems receiving funds are:

Allegany County – $73,440

Baltimore City – $1,175,040

Baltimore County – $660,960

Carroll County – $146,880

Caroline County – $1,332,936

Charles County – $119,880

Dorchester – $844,560

Frederick County – $293,760

Garrett County – $146,880

Harford County – $859,248

Montgomery County – $1,175,040

Prince Georges County – $1,957,176

Queen Anne’s County – $440,640

Somerset County – $220,320

St. Mary’s County – $293,760

Talbot County – $271,728

Washington County – $1,248,480

Wicomico County – $1,674,747

For the past three years these funds have allowed school systems and early childhood programs to increase the length of the day from a half day to a full day, fund highly qualified and certified Early Childhood teachers in each classroom, and serve more vulnerable children who otherwise would not have access to the early education they need for success in school. Maryland’s statewide plan expands high-quality prekindergarten, provides intensive technical assistance, and ensures comprehensive services are accessible in many high-need communities.

These grants have been awarded since 2015 using funds provided to Maryland through the federal Preschool Development Grant – Expansion Grant program and matching state funds made possible through the passage of the Prekindergarten Expansion Act of 2014 (Senate Bill 332).

A total of $88,216,000 will have been provided through this program over the four years of the grant.

Read the full press release for more information.

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