Ready for Kindergarten (R4K) Grant Program


Provide support for the administration of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) and professional learning activities to improve teacher practices in order to increase Prekindergarten students’ readiness for Kindergarten and to support Kindergarten students’ learning. R4K Grant funds also support program credentialing and coordinate with private childcare providers.

When will the application be open?

This Grant Information Guide was released on July 31, 2023.

Application Submission Date

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

Customer Service Support Sessions

MSDE will hold three customer service support sessions for interested applicants. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will provide an overview of the Grant Information Guide, and proposal requirements, and provide an opportunity for LEAs to ask questions. Early Learning Supervisors and Coordinators will be invited to attend. To register for a session, send an email to See dates and times below:

Customer Service Support Session 1

Tuesday, August 8, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Customer Service Support Session 2

Tuesday, August 15, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Customer Service Support Session 3

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers will be posted to the R4K website following the customer service support sessions.

MSDE staff will also be available to provide technical assistance throughout the grant application process. Contact Nykia Washington at with questions related to the Ready for Kindergarten (R4K) Grant Program.

This funding opportunity, including all attachments and updates, can be downloaded from the MSDE Office of Grants Administration and Compliance website.


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

Nykia Washington
Pre-K Program Manager
Maryland State Department of Education
 (410) 767-0088