Judy Center Early Learning Hub Expansion Grant


The Judy Center 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 the opening of new Judy Centers with a priority for establishing centers in communities with Title I schools.

The Blueprint of Maryland’s Future aims to create 135 new Judy Centers by fiscal year 2030. Judy Centers serve to promote child development and school readiness through collaborative approaches to deliver high quality, comprehensive, full-day early childhood education programs and family support services.

When will the application be open?

This Grant Information Guide was released on Monday, May 1, 2023.

Application Submission Date

Wednesday, May 31, 2023. No later than 5:00 p.m. EST

Customer Service Support Sessions

The MSDE will hold 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. To attend a virtual session, please see the dates, times, and registration links below:

Customer Service Support Session 1

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Recording (link is external )

Customer Service Support Session 2

Thursday, May 4, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Recording (link is external )

Customer Service Support Session 3

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  ( Recording (link is external )

Customer Service Support Session 4

Friday, May 12, 2023 
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Office Hours, open link- no registration required)

Customer Service Support Session 5

Tuesday, May 16, 2023
10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.  (Office Hours, open link- no registration required)


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

Kaymi Plank
Judy Center Program Manager
Phone: 410-767-0675

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

Grant Application Timeline

May 1, 2023
Grant application period opens.

May 31, 2023
The grant application period closes

May 15, 2023
MSDE will begin reviewing submitted application on a rolling basis.

June 27, 2023
MSDE will complete notifying applicants of the award status.