The Maryland State Department of Education is prioritizing the implementation of programs and initiatives outlined in the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future legislation. Some of the actions taken in this first year of implementation have been identified below by pillar.
Learn more about Blueprint programs and initiatives
With sweeping policy changes designed to accelerate student achievement, and an unprecedented investment of state and local resources, the Blueprint creates the conditions for truly reimagining the education experience from early childhood to postsecondary success.
Under the Blueprint, all Maryland teachers will earn a salary of at least $60,000 beginning in 2026. This means that new teachers in some Maryland counties will see an increase of almost $15,000 over current rates.
The Prekindergarten Expansion Grant is a competitive grant program administered by Maryland State Department of Education. It provides funding for local education agencies and private providers to administer high-quality prekindergarten.
Students will have access to several college and career pathways at no cost them. Pathways are flexible, allowing students to develop in-depth knowledge of a subject area, earn postsecondary credits or industry credentials, and/or engage in competitive entry college preparation programs.
Under the More Resources for Students to be Successful pillar, a new Concentration of Poverty Grant was established to support schools with a high percentage of students living in poverty. The Blueprint also charges the Maryland State Department of Education to study and explore the application of more nuanced and sophisticated measures of poverty to better meet students' needs.
By earning a National Board Certification, teachers earn a salary increase of $10,000. Additionally, NBC teachers who teach at an identified low-performing school earn an additional salary increase of $7,000, for a total increase of $17,000.
This program is Maryland's quality rating and improvement system for child care, Head Start, and school-based prekindergarten programs. It helps child care and early education programs increase and maintain quality and assists families in finding quality child care and early education programs.
The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) is responsible for providing staff support for the Consortium. The CHRC will be working closely with the Administration, Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Department of Health, Maryland General Assembly, and other key stakeholders to help recruit qualified individuals to serve on the Consortium.
Judy Centers utilize a multigenerational approach to provide wraparound services for families and children, as well as provide professional development for early childhood educators. The Blueprint expands Judy Centers throughout Maryland and includes nine additional Judy Centers each year for the next five fiscal years and 18 per year for the following five fiscal years.
The Expert Review Team program is designed to support the implementation of the Blueprint at the school and district levels. By reviewing available data and information, and conducting a comprehensive school visit consisting of observations, interviews, and focus groups, the Expert Review Team will identify opportunities for improving the implementation of Blueprint initiatives with a focus on student outcomes and develop recommendations for support to improve student achievement.
This workgroup is charged with accelerating the academic achievement of more than 98,800 multilingual students. The purpose of the workgroup is to collect data, study national and international best-in-class practices and make recommendations for implementing and scaling those practices in Maryland public schools.
Maryland is focused on growing the pipeline of teachers who want to transform Maryland education and accelerate academic achievement for all students, especially those who have been historically underserved. Learn more about how to become a teacher in Maryland and explore available financial incentives and scholarship opportunities.
Community schools are schools that develop and utilize partnerships that connect the school, students, families, and surrounding community to the resources needed in order to thrive. They highlight the assets in traditionally underserved communities and provide students and families with essential wraparound services and supports.
Maryland has raised the income requirements for families from 65% of State Median Income to 75% in the Child Care Scholarship program. Now a family of four can earn up to $90,033 per year and still qualify for assistance.
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Accountability and Implementation Board is an independent unit of State government that was created to ensure the successful implementation of the Blueprint. It is governed by a seven-member board supported by an executive director and staff.
Delivering opportunity and promise of a better future to every Maryland child, the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future will transform the State’s prekindergarten through postsecondary systems with sweeping policy changes and an unprecedented investment of State and local resources.