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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) as 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 staffs the Commission on Child Care and Early Childhood Coordinating Council (ECCC). 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 FY21Actual FY22Estimated FY23Target FY24Target FY25
Number of children served by the Infants and Toddlers program 14,0045,4165,5005,6005,700
Percent of customers satisfied with Early Childhood Mental Health 2100%89%95%97%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 323%19%25%40%50%
Percent of regulated family child care programs that hold a quality of care rating of at least 3 out of 5 in Maryland EXCELS 415%10%25%40%50%
1  The number of children served in FY22 also shows a total caseload — cases may be new or have continued from previous years. The causes of the 35% increase between FY21-FY22 are not known, but may relate to parents bringing their children back to the pediatrician and/or re-entering social situations where they could observe their child's behavior in relation to other children.
2  A total of 39 individuals received surveys. FY22 percentage is based on the 11 survey responses received.
3  In FY22 this measure decreased due to COVID closures. FY23-25 projections are based on the anticipated influence of additional funds being made available for increasing capacity to achieve higher EXCELS levels, state requirements for participation in EXCELS for universal pre-K, and state incentives on reimbursement for higher EXCELS levels.
4  In FY22 this measure decreased due to COVID closures.

Program Budget Changes

FY24 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY23 Approved1229357245.83
Decrease Cost: DHHS Preschool Development Birth to 5 Grant-250000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.5255141.00
FY24 Approved1279408646.83