High-quality child care prior to kindergarten has well-known academic, social, and economic benefits. In the short-term, early childhood care and education increases school readiness and academic success. It also helps parents to fully participate in the workforce. In the long-term, it increases children’s lifelong achievement and attainment; promotes their health and well-being; and contributes to economic success for families and communities.

There is an urgent need to increase equitable access to high-quality early childhood care and education in Frederick County.

To address this need, the Frederick County Office for Children & Families (OCF), together with the Frederick County Interagency Early Childhood Committee (IECC), is working with Public Policy Associates and Solomon Evaluation to:

  • Identify existing capacity and gaps in regulated child care.
  • Define the economic drivers and educational impact of early childhood care and education quality in the county.
  • Collect the community-driven insights to guide the development of local solutions.

This project is administered by the Frederick County Office for Children and Families and is support by American Rescue Plan Act funding through federal award number SLFRP1623 awarded to Frederick County, Maryland by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Next Steps and Thank you!

The research phase of the Child Care Market Study is complete! In 2023, voices from all over Frederick County took part through advisory groups, surveys, focus groups, interviews, and community input and information sessions. In total, over 1,600 people joined in the effort to learn about the child care needs and opportunities in the county. From parents of the youngest residents to child care providers to municipal government staff, the research team listened. 

Thank you to everyone who contributed their thoughts and experiences with us!

This webpage will be updated as new information is available to share. 

Public Policy Associates and Solomon Evaluation

This study is being conducted by Public Policy Associates and Solomon Evaluation.

Public Policy Associates was founded in 1991 and is located in Lansing, Michigan. We serve clients in the public, private, and nonprofits sectors at the national, state, and local levels by conducting research and evaluation that supports informed decision-making. In addition to a wide range of research expertise, the staff have experience in early childhood care and education, K-12 educational outcomes, workforce and economic development, and strategic planning.

Solomon Evaluation has served the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area since 2015. Led by Dr. Shira Solomon, Solomon Evaluation advances learning outcomes in schools and social services agencies.