Kodem Kol Grant Program


The Baltimore-Washington area has the fifth largest Orthodox Jewish population in the United States. Baltimore City ranks 56th of all counties reported across the United States in the religion census, for persons of the Orthodox Jewish faith. However, the families in this community have historically been underrepresented in public agencies and local early intervention programs. Given the unique nature of the Orthodox Jewish community, specifically tailored outreach services are needed to adequately provide access to early intervention programming. The grant program is intended to address this issue by funding additional services within the Orthodox Jewish community. The grant is facilitated by an Orthodox Jewish provider who attends Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), provides cultural awareness and sensitivity to LEA personnel, and coordinates marketing outreach in community publications. These supports typically benefit 80 to 100 families within the Orthodox Jewish community of Baltimore City.

These efforts are intended to ensure that families in this community who may have children experiencing developmental delays, disabilities, and/or have special needs not only have a greater awareness of Child Find resources and how these services can benefit children in need but make use of them as well.

Customer Service Support Session

The MSDE will provide a customer service support session to Kodem Kol Grant Program applicants on
January 9, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Please contact jamalden.gowans@maryland.gov for additional information.


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

Jamalden Gowans, Fiscal Compliance
(410) 767-0262

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

Application Submission Date:

January 27, 2023. No later than 5:00 p.m. EST