Tuesday Tidbits: New Jobs & Grant Program Updates

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June 15 COVID-19 Child Care Guidance

Updated Consolidated COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Child Care Facilities 

Memo to Child Care Providers: Clarification on Parent Visitors, Field Trips, and Culmination Events

June 2021

Scholarship Central

The Child Care Scholarship Program began paying Summer Rates for School-Age Scholarships on June 21, 2021.

There is a new Child Care Central vendor to process the child care provider invoices and all Child Care Scholarship applications. 

Please use the contact information below to contact CCS.

Contact info for providers

Contact info for parents

2021 Maryland Family Engagement Summit Registration

The 2021 Maryland Family Engagement Summit

Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021
10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Registration is open!

The 2021 Maryland Family Engagement Summit, “Building Back Together: Reimagining Family Engagement,” will feature keynote Dr. Daren Graves. Dr. Graves is an Associate Professor of Education and Social Work at Simmons University and Adjunct Lecturer of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

For more information, visit: marylandfamiliesengage.org 

UMBC Leader Program

Voices from the Field

Please join MECLP's webinar series Lifting the Voices from the Field to Bring Equity and Transformational Change in Early Education. In June and July 2021, four fellows from the inaugural cohort of the Maryland Early Childhood Leadership Program (MECLP) will moderate a webinar series with state and national leaders for an urgent call to action to unify the fragmented system of early childhood education policies, programs, and services. For more information visit our website meclp.umbc.edu 


Be in a leader in FCC PreK

And get paid. The Alliance is taking applications from FCC business owners who want to be part of the future. PreK is expanding in MD, and you can be a part of it. To learn more, go to www.fccamd.com/PreK.

Space is limited. Apply today!

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Employment Opportunities with MSDE

Staff Specialist - MD EXCELS Quality Assurance Coordinator Supervisor

Staff Specialist - Early Childhood Financial Reporting Specialist

Agency Grants Specialist - Early Childhood

For MSDE job openings, visit marylandpublicschools.org

Other jobs in child care


NIEER Seeks Input from Early Childhood Workforce

NIEER seeks input from everyone working with children under age 5 to inform the design of a future nationwide, state-representative survey of the ECE workforce. This is an opportunity to tell us what you want policymakers to know about the workforce. Your input will influence the scope and content of the survey. Answers are completely anonymous. Please click here for the short 11-question survey to tell us what you want policymakers to know about the early childhood education workforce.

Child Care Aware

Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development

Earn $5 by completing a 10-min online survey! A team of researchers we’re partnering with at the University of Oregon is collecting survey responses to better understand the needs and well-being of child care providers. Your survey answers will not be identified but we will share what you and other providers tell us with policy makers, media outlets, and organizations like Child Care Aware® of America with the goal of learning where relief is needed and how providers are doing. If you care for a child between ages 0-5, take the survey.

CDA Funding Flyer

Expand Your Career Options

MSDE will provide funding to support child care providers with obtaining their Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™ from the Council for Professional Recognition.

By earning their CDA, Maryland's child care professionals will expand their career options and have greater knowledge with which to serve young children across our state.

Apply for funding.

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Maryland Child Care Credential Program Changes

Effective September 1, 2021.The Credentialing Branch will change its name to Workforce
Advancement Branch! Updated resources and information coming soon!

Effective July 1, 2021, the Office of Child Care - Credentialing Branch is no longer accepting applications for the Child Care Quality Incentive Grant and Family Child Care Provider Direct Grant Fund Program due to limited funding. New grant opportunities in SFY 2022 will be available soon to support quality improvements and start up and sustainability for family child care and center-based programs. More information will be available on our website.

Effective July 1, 2021, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be
required to verify attendance at virtual and in-person national conferences.
Verification will be required for credentialing purposes as well as for training reimbursement.


JULY 13, 2021 

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Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund (CCCPDF)

45 Hour Critical Competencies For Infant-Toddler Educators
Upcoming Training Available:
September 16 - December 16, 2021
Contact: Lauren Bond at lauren@bestforece.com
Registration: https://bit.ly/3zpRH6y

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Supporting Maryland’s Multilingual Learners: WIDA Early Years Essential Actions

Coming This Fall

This training series will introduce you to the WIDA Early Years and the variety of resources available to support you in promoting equitable early care and education opportunities for young multilingual children. The WIDA Early Years 14 Essential Actions provides instruction and guidance to support young multilingual children’s language development utilizing practices that are designed to support not only the multilingual children, but also the adults that are involved in educating and supporting those children.


Maryland's CACFP: Serving Children Healthy Meals

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Call 410-767-0199 to
determine your
eligibility or visit

ELA Flyer

ELA Assessment Important Dates!

  • ELA Application Deadline: July 15th
  • Data Entry Window Extended: The current 2020-21 ELA data collection will end on July 30th. Teachers have until the end of day that day to enter ratings. Data Managers should plan to archive program data by August 5th. The system will be in maintenance until August 17th.
  • 2021-22 ELA data collection opens August 18

Recorded Data Digging Webinar Links:


Directors and Data Managers

Health & Safety Training

Child Care Training Updates 

As of July 1, 2021, all trainers and training organizations may resume face-
to-face training without limitations.
Virtual training will continue following the guidelines previously given.

Basic Heath & Safety and COVID-19 Trainings

Information and registration for the FREE trainings are available here.