Maryland: Expanding Supports for Young Children

Maryland: Supports for Young Children


by Jennifer Craw

 

Maryland: Supports for Young Children

The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education has recommended that the state expand its current early childhood education program so that all 4-year-olds, regardless of income, and all 3-year-olds from low-income families have an opportunity to enroll in a quality full-day program. The Commission suggests that this can be accomplished with a “diverse delivery” system composed of both public and private providers, all of which would be held to the same high standards. Both 3- and 4-year-olds from low-income families would attend for free, with a sliding scale of fees for other 4-year-olds. If Maryland implements this recommendation it will be one of very few states to offer full-day pre-K for all 4-year-olds.
Read more about the Commission’s bold proposal to reform Maryland’s entire school system here. And learn how some of the world’s most innovative education systems approach providing quality education to their youngest learners in CIEB’s Early Advantage study.