Childcare is essential always, and critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. Childcare providers across Maryland remained open through the peak of the virus this spring, providing care to the children of essential workers, putting their own health and safety at risk to make sure that our first responders could do their jobs. As more public schools are moving to remote learning, childcare programs and after-school providers are taking in more children of families who cannot work remotely.
Childcare keeps parents earning, children learning, and the economy churning. Essential Always, Critical Now COVID-19 microgrants are sponsored by local businesses and community members. Each microgrant will provide a childcare program with supplies such as Personal Protective Equipment for adults and children, cleaning supplies, or materials to support children through this traumatic event. The microgrant will also provide the childcare program with at least 3 COK training hours* on topics such as health, safety, children’s mental health, distance learning, traumatic events, or grief and loss, and coaching sessions to support them in implementing new strategies and trouble shooting challenges.
Microgrants are awarded to providers in Baltimore, Harford and Cecil Counties. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however awards are based on availability of sponsorships. Click the appropriate button below to apply.
*This training will NOT be a substitute for the mandatory COVID-19 training required by MSDE.
Microgrants are made possible with funding from: