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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Early Head Start University Partnerships – Building the Evidence Base for Infant/Toddler Center-based Programs

Deadline: July 6, 2015

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), within the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF), is soliciting applications for Early Head Start University Partnerships: Building the Evidence Base for Infant/Toddler Center-based Programs to support projects that will contribute understanding and knowledge of how Early Head Start and other early care and education programs can promote and improve early child development by supporting parents and teachers.

This grant program seeks to stimulate systematic, programmatic, multidisciplinary research to develop and test models of integrated interventions targeted at parents and teachers to promote infant and toddler development across multiple domains including cognitive, language, and social-emotional/behavioral development. It is expected that research studies and programs stimulated by this initiative will contribute scientific data that inform a number of practice and policy issues.

Projects must be led by researchers working in partnership with one or more Early Head Start programs. Together, they will identify, implement, and examine integrated promising parenting and teaching intervention models. Integrated interventions are defined as those that target the child’s parent or primary caregiver in addition to center-based teachers as a means of achieving child development goals. Applicants are encouraged to consider the applicability of their intervention models to other early care and education settings, particularly within the context of Child Care and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership programs. Evaluation activities will include an implementation study as well as a rigorous test of the effectiveness of the intervention in one or more settings. Results of these studies are expected to provide valuable information that can help guide programs in their decisions regarding interventions to promote and improve early child development.

Amount: $2,000,000 is available for four grants between $400,000-$500,000 each.

Eligibility: Organizations that are applying on behalf of researchers who hold doctorates or equivalent degrees in their respective fields, conduct research as a primary professional responsibility, and have been first or second author on publications in peer-reviewed research journals; and organizations that can demonstrate partnerships with one or more Early Head Start programs. Applications are encouraged from: Tribally Controlled Land Grant Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic serving institutions, and faith-based institutions of higher education.

Link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2015-ACF-OPRE-YR-1010

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