Maryland

QRIS State Profile

This profile is from the QRIS Compendium—a comprehensive resource for information about all of the QRIS operating in the U.S. and its Territories. It was developed by a partnership of the BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends.

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Provider Incentives and Support

A Variety of Financial Supports in Maryland's QRIS

Statewide participation in the new Maryland QRIS, EXCELS, was launched in July 2013. With the redesign of the program, there was also a redesign of the awards, bonuses, and incentives. These changes included the following:

  • Program bonuses were awarded to participating programs based on the check-level rating and assigned capacity of the facility. These bonuses ranged from $50 to $1000 for family child care and from $50 to $4500 for centers.
  • Full-amount credential bonuses were available to staff in participating programs. Staff bonuses were based on the credential level and ranged from $200 to $500 at levels 2, 3, and 4 and from $600 to $1000 for staff levels 4 plus, 5, and 6. The bonuses at the lower levels (levels 2–4) were one-time only, while the bonuses at the higher levels (levels 4 plus–6) were annual. There were also bonuses for the Administrator Credential, with level 1 receiving a one-time award of $400, and levels 2, 3, and 4 having the chance receive an annual awarded of $750, $1000, and $1500, respectively.
  • Participating programs and their staff could access quality improvement incentives, grants, and supports including but not limited to:
    • Accreditation Fund support
    • Curriculum Fund
    • Child Care Quality Incentive Grants
    • Training vouchers and reimbursement
    • Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund
    • Increased subsidy reimbursement rates by check levels (levels 3, 4, and 5)
    • Infant/Toddler Expansion Grants