County recieves Pre-K expansion grants
The Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood has awarded 53 grants to serve four-year-olds in highquality prekindergarten classrooms in Maryland.
Baltimore County was one of the recipients, recieving $660,960 in grant funding.
Each of the State’s 19 school systems that applied have been funded for one or more additional PreK classrooms. In addition, community-based and Head Start programs in 12 jurisdictions have been funded. 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.
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 that were 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 over $88,216,000 will have been provided through this program over the four years of the grant.