Department of Health and Human Services: 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.
EHS enrolls pregnant women and children from birth to age three. Applicants may request to operate services through the EHS-Child Care Partnership (CCP) model for center-based services for infants and toddlers, and family child care services for infants, toddlers, and children up to the age of four; or through the Non-Partnership EHS Expansion model that consists of direct or delegated center-based, family child care; home-based or locally designed options with services for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers; or a combination approach of both models. Grantees, regardless of the model(s) or option(s), must serve a sufficient number of pregnant women, infants, and toddlers, and their families so that the funding level is adequate to support the full array of staffing and infrastructure for successful implementation.
Applicants should identify the model(s) they plan to implement. The EHS Expansion model is operated directly by the program or its delegates. The EHS-CCP model is operated through child care centers and family child care homes, generally through a contracted partnership. Applicants may elect to offer both models in a single program.
Amount: An anticipated $140,000,000 is available to make approximately 60 awards ranging from $750,000 to $8,000,000.
Eligibility: Entities operating Head Start, entities operating Indian Head Start or 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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