Prekindergarten Expansion Grant


The Prekindergarten Expansion Grant is a competitive grant program administered by the Division of Early Childhood at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). It provides funding for local education agencies (LEAs) and private providers to administer high-quality prekindergarten and school readiness services throughout the State for children and their families in alignment with The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. The purpose of the grant is to broaden availability and expand access to high-quality prekindergarten educational programming and school readiness services for three- year-old and four-year-old students from families with household incomes up to 300% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

When will the application be open?

This Grant Information Guide (GIG) was re-released on Friday, March 15, 2024.

Application Submission Date

Tuesday, April 30, 2024. No later than 5:00 pm EST.

Funding Amount Available

$26,644,000 is available. Awards in the amount of $400,000 is the estimated average grant amount.

Estimated Number of Grants

Sixty (60)

Customer Service Support Sessions

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.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting Registration

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting Registration

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting Registration


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

Dr. Nykia Washington
Prekindergarten and Mixed Delivery Program Manager, Division of Early Childhood
Office: (410) 767-0088

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


Grant Information Guide (PDF)

Application for Participation (Word)