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Maryland Congressional Delegation announces millions in federal funding for early childhood education

Posted at 6:14 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 18:14:19-05

WASHINGTON D.C. — Maryland's Congressional Delegation has announced nearly $9 million in federal funding to help strengthen and expand early childhood education in the state.

“Expanding access to early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make in Maryland’s future,” the lawmakers said. “These high-impact programs make a tremendous difference in closing the achievement gap and put our children on a path to academic and career success. Our delegation remains committed to strengthening educational opportunities across our state and ensuring that families from every community can access these highly impactful programs.”

Funding comes through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Renewal Grant Program, which supports state-led efforts to enhance early childhood education.

The grant focuses on "implementing the comprehensive strategy such as families facing adversity and works towards increasing equity, enhancing early child workforce programs, strengthening Maryland’s data infrastructure, as well as supporting children’s mental, developmental and behavioral health."