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Grants to Maryland LEAs for Programs that
Address School Readiness for Young Children

Judy Center Grant

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

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Deadline Date:

05/16/22 5:00 PM


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Grants to Maryland local school systems for educational programs that benefit young children. Funding is intended to address school preparedness for children from birth through age 5. The goal of the grant program is to offer comprehensive early care and education services to promote continuous improvement toward school readiness. The grant offers funding for local school systems to establish additional Judy Centers.

Judy Centers must be located in communities with Title 1 schools or a school in a high-needs community, and serve all children and families living within the catchment area of the school. These centers use collaborative approaches to deliver high-quality, comprehensive, full-day early childhood education programs and family support services.

Funds may be used for:

  • Staffing to coordinate and manage programming and family support services with all participating agencies and programs.
  • Professional development for staff and partnering agencies.
  • Materials and supplies.
  • “In-State travel” to destinations inside the boundaries of Maryland and Washington, D.C.
  • Registration fees to attend conferences or professional development training.
  • Programming aligned with the Judy Center 12 Component Standards (

For additional information about project enrollment and growth, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202513

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Nine Judy Centers in FY23

Estimated Size of Grant:

$990,000 (each year is limited to $330,000)

Term of Contract:

Three years: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This funding opportunity is designed for local education agencies (LEAs) to establish new Judy Centers. Priority will be given to programs that establish a Judy Center:
- located in communities with Title 1 school; or
- located in a community designated as high-need as indicated by a score of 0.6 or above on the Center for Disease Control’s Social Vulnerability Index.

Note: Additional priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate a strong partnership between potential Judy Center locations and LEAs as demonstrated by each entity providing at least 50% of funding for Judy Center staff salaries (i.e. LEAs provide at least 50% in-kind funding).

Funds may not be used for:
- Supplanting existing services.
- Capital improvements.
- Gift cards.
- "Out-of-State" travel or accommodations; however, funds may be used for conference registration fees.
- Classroom teachers and assistants’ salaries & benefits; with the exception of summer programming.
- Early Childhood LEA office staff salaries and benefits.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The MSDE will hold several customer service support sessions for interested applicants. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will provide an overview of the program, the requirements, the application, and answer any questions. To attend a virtual session, please use the links below:

Wednesday, April 6, 2022, from 10:00-11:30 AM EST
Video call link: is external)
Or dial: (US) +1 321-804-6965 PIN: 891 154 510#

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is May 16, 2022, at 5 pm.

Applicants will be notified of award status by June 15, 2022.

Applicants must submit with their application a signed MOU between the county board and the participating agencies and programs.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be submitted to

Direct questions to:
Amanda Holliday-Bembridge
Judy Center Program Specialist - Division of Early Childhood
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-0763

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