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Program Description

  Early Childhood Services

Early Childhood Services (ECS) serves children from birth to age five with services that support families, early care and education programs, and the community. The program administers the Federally mandated Infants and Toddlers Program (ITP) in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the County's Resource and Referral Center (R&R) which is part of the statewide R&R Network for support of high-quality child care and the early education workforce, the State Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Project (IECMH), and the County Child Care in Public Space Program (CCIPS). ECS oversees several contractual services including community-based pre-kindergarten, home visiting, and family support.

Program Contacts

Contact Dira Treadvance of the HHS - Children, Youth and Family Services at 240.777.1223 or Deborah Lambert of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2794 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY22Actual FY23Estimated FY24Target FY25Target FY26
Number of children served by the Infants and Toddlers program 15,4166,2506,3756,5036,633
Percent of customers satisfied with Early Childhood Mental Health 289%100%100%100%100%
Percent of regulated center-based child care programs that hold a quality of care rating of at least 3 out of 5 in Maryland EXCELS 319%40%50%60%75%
Percent of regulated family child care programs that hold a quality of care rating of at least 3 out of 5 in Maryland EXCELS 410%12%20%30%50%
1  The increase in the number of children served by the Infants & Toddler Program between FY22 and FY23 is attributed to the lingering impact of the pandemic. Parents felt more comfortable accessing public services in FY23 to seek support for their children's development.
2  79 individuals received surveys, of which 10 individuals responded. Every parent receives a survey and responses are not mandatory. Projections are based on the goal of 100% satisfaction.
3  The large increase between FY22 and FY23 is due to 2 factors: Maryland State Department of Education reduced its EXCELS backlog, and child care providers generally increased their attention to quality after the pandemic. New financial incentives are expected to spur gains in this measure.
4  Low numbers on this measure are due to persistent low enrollment numbers at family child care programs, limiting available funds for investment in accreditation. Family child care programs qualify for financial incentives that are anticipated to increase this measure over time.

Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved1279408646.83
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.694322-0.50
FY25 Recommended1348840846.33