Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Quality Enhancement Grant FY24


The Early Head Start–Child Care Partnership Quality Enhancement grant opportunity is designed to support Maryland’s Early Head Start–Child Care Partnership grantees to strengthen and sustain 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 and quality improvement. The EHS-CCP Quality Enhancement grant provides funding for existing EHS-CCP programs to improve the quality of the learning environment, enhance social-emotional and mental health supports and services for children and families, and offer professional development supports for both Early Head Start and child care staff.

When will the application be open?

This Grant Information Guide was released on Thursday, June 29, 2023.

Application Submission Date

Thursday, August 31, 2023. No later than 5:00 p.m. EST

Customer Service Support Sessions

The MSDE will hold three customer service support sessions for interested applicants. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will review what applicants need to get started, the program requirements, as well as a walk-through of the application. To attend a virtual session, please see the dates, times, and registration links below:

Customer Service Support Session 1

Wednesday, July 5, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Customer Service Support Session 2

Friday, July 7, 2023
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Video call link

Customer Service Support Session 3

Tuesday, July 11, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Video call link


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

Vanessa Jones
Early Childhood Program Specialist
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 customer service support sessions.