BALTIMORE (October 20, 2022) — Today, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) announced the distribution of bonuses to childcare programs participating in Maryland EXCELS that demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement in their early education programs.

As part of the transformative Blueprint for Maryland’s Future landmark legislation which expands access to high-quality child care and early childhood education in Maryland, $5 million will be distributed to Maryland EXCELS child care providers. The bonuses for this fiscal year are triple the minimum amount established in the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).

Bonuses ranging from $150 to $13,500, based on the type of program, quality rating, and capacity, will be paid to childcare programs participating in Maryland EXCELS. Awards are available to EXCELS providers that achieved a first-time quality rating, a higher rating, or again earned a quality rating of 5 on or after July 1, 2022. Bonus payments will continue through June 30, 2023, for achieving programs and will start being released immediately. That means providers will receive funds as early as midweek next week (week of October 24, 2022). The charts below indicate how bonuses will be determined:

Quality RatingChild Care CenterCapacity 1-50Child Care Center Capacity 51-100Child Care Center Capacity 101+
COMARFiscal Year 23 BonusesCOMARFiscal Year 23 BonusesCOMARFiscal Year 23 Bonuses
Quality RatingFamily Child CareLarge Family Home
COMARFiscal Year 23 BonusesCOMARFiscal Year 23 Bonuses

Unlike bonuses that will be distributed through House Bill 1100 to bolster staff retention, Maryland EXCELS bonuses reward high-quality programs and allow providers to build stronger programs that better serve the children enrolled their families and their communities. Increasing training and resources available to classroom teachers, providing benefits like retirement and paid leave, and increasing teacher salaries are examples of how childcare providers have used Maryland EXCELS bonuses to make meaningful improvements to their programs.

“The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future invests critical resources needed to support and strengthen the child care and early childhood education programs in the State so that all children have access to excellent learning opportunities and the best possible outcomes,” said the State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury. “These bonuses demonstrate to our childcare community that we prioritize investing in their success and support their commitment to continuous improvement. Children benefit through higher-quality learning and care as programs reach higher levels.”

On October 27 at 6 p.m., MSDE’s Office of Child Care will host a virtual Child Care Information Session on Maryland EXCELS bonuses and resources for increasing Maryland EXCELS quality ratings.

To register, please visit

Maryland EXCELS is the State’s quality rating and improvement program for child care and early education programs. It provides childcare programs and providers with a road map to achieve high quality and resources to encourage and reward improvement. 

Childcare providers can learn more by visiting:

Maryland EXCELS also helps families see and understand the quality of programs when making decisions about child care and early education programs for their children. Families seeking child care will find a directory of participating programs and their quality ratings at

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  1. is this bonus only for the providers who have become an excels provider as of july 2022 only. the letter is a bit confusing. if so, why?

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