Department of Health and Human Services: American Indian and Alaska Native Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants
The Early Head Start (EHS) program will fund applications that demonstrate an organization’s commitment and capacity to operate an EHS program that raises the quality of early care and education in the community and helps children start school ready to succeed. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is seeking applicants that are able to use the best evidence-based, early education practices in their programs to support high caliber classroom instruction, home visiting services, and effective family engagement and health promotion.
American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) grantees provide comprehensive Head Start and EHS services that fully integrate the cultural practices and traditions of their community into their services. Programs are committed to the Head Start principles of integrating language and culture into their daily activities. Many programs engage in language revitalization and maintenance efforts targeted at preserving their Native language in their Head Start and EHS programs.
AIAN grantees are often located in rural, remote locations, and programs in that area are often affected by challenges associated with their geographic locations, such as limited transportation and relatively small numbers of preschool-aged children. The program provides daily well-balanced and healthy meals for children, as well as comprehensive services, including screenings and assessment. Further, many programs provide transportation for children to help ensure regular attendance, thereby maximizing opportunities for learning.
AIAN programs establish strong community collaborations and close partnerships with Indian Health Services, local schools, and other early childhood and social service entities to help ensure that children and families receive comprehensive health, dental, and other necessary services.
Amount: An estimated $4,106,262 is available to make approximately six awards ranging from $500,000 to $1,000,000.
Eligibility: Entities operating Head Start, entities operating Indian Head Start or Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs, and other public entities and nonprofit or for-profit private entities, including community-based and faith-based organizations, capable of providing child and family services that meet the standard for participation in programs under the Head Start Act.
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