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Maryland Family Network (MFN) is a voice in Annapolis and Washington, D.C. making sure that the needs of young children and their families are a priority with lawmakers. They administer the state’s network of Family Support Centers and Child Care Resource Centers.

State Allies:

Maryland Family Network • Baltimore, MD
Top Priorities for 2021

Advocate an override of the governor’s veto of “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future,” landmark legislation that will dramatically expand public pre-k and family support services.

Reconvene and expand the Time to Care Coalition to enact paid family and medical leave for Maryland workers.

Educate lawmakers about the negative impact of the pandemic on child care and advocate supports that will allow providers to “open strong” and achieve sustainability.

Protect major recent investments in child care subsidy rates and scholarship eligibility, which are highly vulnerable due to pandemic-related fiscal distress.

Maryland’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

$19.64B STATE BUDGET
Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

UNALIGNED GOVERNMENT
House (D), Senate (D)
Governor (R)

29% LOW-INCOME
187,973 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

FY2020 brought unique and unprecedented challenges to Maryland Family Network and the families with young children on whose behalf they advocate. The 2020 Legislative Session abruptly closed on March 18, nearly three weeks ahead of schedule, the first early adjournment since the Civil War. 

The sprint to the finish included the passage of “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future–Implementation,” which is arguably the state’s most important piece of legislation in decades. The Maryland Family Network helped win passage of this landmark education reform legislation. The Maryland Family Network provided key support for a proposed $45.6 million expansion of early childhood initiatives in the FY2021 budget, including pre-k, Family Support Centers, early interventions for children with special needs, and professional development for child care providers. Governor Larry Hogan vetoed the Blueprint bill in May, citing “the economic fallout from this pandemic” as the basis for his decision. An override vote is expected once the General Assembly convenes, either in a special session or in the 2021 Legislative Session.

*Early childhood policy progress in a state is the result of numerous efforts — by those listed on this page and many others — who worked both independently and collaboratively to achieve wins for young children.

More from Maryland:

Download the full 50-State report.

The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the icon to download the report.

State Budget Data: National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), “Table 4: Fiscal 2020 State General Fund, Estimated (Millions); The Fiscal Survey of the States.” Spring, 2020

Low-Income Data (including disaggregation by race): National Center for Children in Poverty, “NCCP Analysis of ACS 1-year Estimates—Public Use Microdata Sample, 2019.”

State Action Data: Provided by state advocates, October-November 2020, with analysis and synthesis by Frontera Strategy for Alliance for Early Success, “Protecting Progress and Investing in Scale: The 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Education Policy.”

Additional State Actions: Mincic, Melissa,  Early Care and Education, State Budget Actions, Fiscal Year 2020. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), October 2020. 

 

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Maryland early childhood state policy.

Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments

Consulting and Strategy

Technical Support from National Expertise

Rapid Response Support

Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States

Roles in National Communities of Practice