U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Head Start and/or Early Head Start Program – Bernalillo, Rio Arriba, and Taos Counties
The Head Start program provides high-quality, comprehensive early education programming to low-income children and families so that children start school ready to succeed. Head Start funding is directed to the organizations that are most capable of delivering high-quality early education that puts children on a pathway to improved outcomes, school success, and opportunity.
Applicants have an opportunity to propose a comprehensive, seamless birth-to-five Head Start and Early Head Start program, including services for expectant families, through a coordinated application. The goal is to foster innovative and coordinated models that better integrate Head Start and Early Head Start programming and address community need. Applicants also have the opportunity to propose to reallocate funding between Head Start and Early Head Start based on both the needs in the community and the applicant’s capacity and experience serving pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and/or preschool-age children.
Applicants will submit one application, whether the applicant is proposing to provide: 1) Head Start services only, 2) Early Head Start services only, or 3) both Head Start and Early Head Start services. Applicants proposing to serve pregnant women are expected to serve the newborn through the Early Head Start program. Applicants should consider their reason for deciding to apply to conduct a program to serve the proposed population, including the particular age group of children and, if applicable, pregnant women. This decision should be based on the needs of the community. Successful applicants will demonstrate capacity and experience serving the relevant target populations (i.e., pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and/or preschool-age children). Finally, applications must coordinate services within a community that support transitions for children and families, and at a minimum comply with Head Start Program Performance Standards. Successful applicants will have a strong plan for transitioning children and families from Early Head Start into Head Start and other preschool programs, as well as transitioning children in Head Start to Kindergarten.
Amount: $12,894,990 will be available annually to to provide Head Start and/or Early Head Start services to eligible children and their families in Bernalillo, Rio Arriba, and Taos Counties, New Mexico. This dollar amount includes base funding of $12,732,718 (for use in program operations, staffing, materials, equipment, facilities, etc.) and training and technical assistance (T/TA) funding of $162,272.
Eligibility: Public or private non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations that seek to provide a high-quality, comprehensive birth-to-five program incorporating both Head Start and Early Head Start funding, or to provide services for Head Start only or Early Head Start only, in a manner that ensures continuous services and seamless transitions for children and families residing in Bernalillo, Rio Arriba, and Taos Counties, New Mexico.
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