Monday, Governor Larry Hogan announced the State of Maryland will allocate an additional $50 million in grant funding to support child care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, as proposed in the State’s FY23 budget.
“Child care is one of our most essential services, and keeping facilities open and available to parents with minimal disruption is a top priority,” said Governor Hogan. “We want to thank our providers for all of their efforts, and we look forward to working closely with them to allocate this critical relief.”
According to the Governor’s press release:
The Maryland State Department of Education has administered two rounds of stabilization grants utilizing $285 million of federal funding. With federal funds exhausted, the governor is taking action in his Fiscal Year 2023 budget to extend the program and provide additional relief to providers.
Grant funds can be used to cover expenses associated with providing, or preparing to provide, child care during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as personnel costs, rent or mortgage payments, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), mental health support for children and employees, as well as prior expenses.