Caroline Receives Three Major Grant Awards


Striving Readers Grant 

Caroline County Public Schools was recently awarded $1.7 million in funding through the Maryland State Department of Education to support the improvement of literacy for CCPS students from birth through grade 12.  

The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) grant is designed to create a comprehensive approach to improve literacy among all children, particularly those living in poverty, those with limited English proficiency, and those with disabilities.  The focus of the grant aligns with Maryland’s State Comprehensive Literacy Plan, Maryland’s Keys to Comprehensive Literacy. 

Superintendent Patricia Saelens stated, “We are excited to expand our collaborative efforts with the Caroline County Public Library, the Judy Centers in Greensboro and Federalsburg, and the Family Support Center in Denton. We appreciate our stakeholders who were an integral part of our success in obtaining the grant.” 

Pre-K Expansion Grant

Caroline County Public Schools has received a pre-kindergarten expansion grant for approximately $1,300,000 from the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood which enables the continuation of current services for Caroline County’s youngest students. 

Since 2015, these grants have been awarded using funds provided to Maryland through the federal Preschool Development Grant – Expansion Grant program and matching state funds made possible through the passage of the Prekindergarten Expansion Act of 2014. Initially, CCPS provided pre-kindergarten classes in two elementary schools. With continued funding, CCPS was able to offer pre-kindergarten classes at all five elementary schools in the 2017-2018 school year. 

Parents/guardians interested in applying for the 2018-2019 school year should visit the school office during business hours to begin the process. 

Judy Center Grant for FY19

Caroline County Public Schools received a $660,000 grant from the Maryland State Department of Education to continue services at the Federalsburg and Greensboro Judy Centers. The grant will provide comprehensive, integrated, full-day, full year early care and education for approximately 400 children and families in Greensboro and 270 children and families in Federalsburg.  Although impacting all domains, efforts focus on verbal and early literacy skills, mathematics, family engagement and quality improvement for early care and education programs.
In conjunction with community partners, Judy Center staff conduct outreach, provide professional development, coordinate case management, home visits, mental health, enhance Early Childhood Education programs, support families with children with disabilities, and implement family engagement including adult education.  

According to Tearesa French, Supervisor of Judy Centers/Family Support Center, “This funding enables us to meet the early care and education needs of close to 700 families in Caroline County. We appreciate the investment the state and our community partners are making in early childhood education.”