Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Scholarship Grant FY24


The Early Head Start–Child Care Partnership Scholarship grant opportunity is designed to support Maryland’s Early Head Start–Child Care Partnership grantees in providing access to high-quality learning environments for infants and toddlers in low-income families. The Early Head Start–Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) supports the growth, development and readiness of infants and toddlers by providing comprehensive services and key resources to promote early learning, improved progress in children’s school readiness, and a smooth transition to Head Start or another preschool environment. EHS-CCP programs offer resources to parents and family members to foster a positive learning environment and enhance child and family well-being.

The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership brings together the best of Early Head Start and child care by providing comprehensive and continuous services in addition to improving program quality for all children. The EHS-CCP Scholarship grant, administered by the Division of Early Childhood at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), provides funding for existing Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership programs to serve children from low-income families who qualify for Maryland’s Child Care Scholarship program. 

The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (Blueprint) seeks to significantly increase investment in high-quality early childhood education so that all children can begin kindergarten ready to learn. The EHS-CCP Scholarship grant supports Blueprint’s strategy toward expanding family support.

When will the application be open?

This Grant Information Guide was released on Thursday, August 24, 2023.

Application Submission Date

Thursday, October 13, 2023. No later than 5:00 p.m. EST

Customer Service Support Sessions

The MSDE will hold three customer service support sessions. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will provide an overview of the grant requirements and answer questions about the grant. To attend a virtual session, please click on the hyperlinks below:

Customer Service Support Session 1

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Customer Service Support Session 2

Tuesday, September 12, 2023
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Customer Service Support Session 3

Wednesday, September 20, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


If you have questions about the application or the process, please contact the Program Contact:

Vanessa Jones
Early Childhood Program Specialist
Division of Early Childhood Development
Maryland State Department of Education
(410) 767-0602

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers will be posted to the MSDE website following the customer support sessions.