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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: American Indian and Alaska Native Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

Deadline: August 24, 2016

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) seeks applicants to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and continuous early care and education for infants and toddlers in centers and/or family child care homes, serving low-income American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) infants and toddlers and their families. Applicants may propose Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, Non-Partnership Early Head Start (EHS) Expansion, or applications that include a combination of both:

  • Early Head Start (EHS)-Child Care Partnerships (CC): New entities or existing EHS grantees can apply to use funding to partner with local child care providers to provide comprehensive, high-quality services to eligible infants and toddlers through EHS-CC Partnerships. These Partnerships will enhance and support early learning settings to provide full-day, full-year comprehensive services that meet the needs of low-income working families; enhance access to high-quality, full-time child care; support the development of infants and toddlers through strong relationship-based experiences; and prepare them for the transition into preschool.
  • Early Head Start Expansion: Because Partnerships may not be the best fit in every community, new entities or existing Head Start and EHS grantees can apply to expand the number of center-based slots in traditional programs through expansion (Non-Partnership EHS Expansion). Non-Partnership EHS Expansion grantees will also provide early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services that will enhance the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of participating children; support parents’ efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and help parents move toward self-sufficiency. Given the need for continuity of care for very young age children, the Office of Head Start (OHS) expects that applicants will propose serving children in a full-day, full-year model with a minimum of 1,380 hours per year.
  • Combination Approach: New entities of existing grantees can also apply to both expand the number of EHS center-based slots and implement the EHS-CC Partnership model designed to bring EHS services to infants and toddlers in child care settings.

ACF established Region XI AIAN programs to serve federally recognized tribes, or consortia of tribes, and the children and families in their communities. 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: $3,581,838 is available for seven grants ranging from $500,000-$1,000,000 each.

Eligibility: States, Native American Tribal organizations, Native American Tribal governments (federally recognized), private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, and for-profit agencies.

Link: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2016-ACF-OHS-HI-R11-1182

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