Therapeutic Child Care Grant Program


The Therapeutic Child Care Grant Program was authorized in 2022 in Md. Code Ann. Education §8-420. This grant program will incorporate the services formally provided under the Medically Fragile grant. This grant provides funding for non-profit and for-profit, health/medical-based, child care in coordination with early education services to children under the age of 6 years who have developmental delays, physical disabilities, or delays in social, emotional, or behavioral functioning.

Medically based care may include chronic medical conditions, developmental delays, physical disabilities, and behavioral issues. Children are also eligible for therapeutic child care services if they have, or are at risk for having, mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders. Programs must provide reports on the cost per child of providing services and the sources of funding. Additionally, proof of partnerships and collaborations from hospitals and medical facilities for medical care as well as school systems and local agencies for referral and consultation services must be provided. The scope of services shall be within the existing medically based models of care aligned with the National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.

When will the application be open?

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Application Submission Date

Thursday, August 17, 2023. No later than 5:00 p.m. EST

Customer Service Support Sessions

The MSDE will hold three 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

Friday, July 14, 2023
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Video call link

Customer Service Support Session 2

Friday, July 28, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
View the recording from the July 28th, 2023 Customer Service Support Session

Customer Service Support Session 3

Friday, August 4, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Video call link


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

Don Corbin
Education Program Specialist
Division of Student Support, Academic Enrichment, and Educational Policy
Maryland State Department of Education
(410) 767-0792

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