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Deadline: August 24, 2016

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Migrant and Seasonal Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will award funding to expand access to high-quality, comprehensive early learning services for low-income migrant and seasonal eligible infants and toddlers and their families. Applications will be considered for:

  1. Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships: New entities or existing grantees can apply to use funding to partner with local child care providers to provide comprehensive, high-quality services to eligible infants and toddlers. EHS-CC 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.
  2. Early Head Start Expansion: Because Partnerships may not be the best fit for every community, new entities or existing Head Start and EHS grantees can also apply to expand the number of center-based slots in traditional Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs through EHS 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, it is expected that applicants for the migrant and seasonal programs will serve seasonal children in a full-day, full-year model with a minimum of 1,380 hours per year. Note that seasonal farmworkers’ families are defined as engaging in seasonal agricultural labor and have not changed their residence from one geographic location to another in the preceding 2-year period. Applicants proposing to serve migrant children, who are considered the neediest because they move the most, should propose services for the length of time that families are living and working in a particular agricultural community.
  3. Combination Approach: New entities or existing grantees can also apply to both expand the number of EHS center-based slots and implement the EHS-CC Partnerships model designed to bring EHS services to infants and toddlers in child care settings.

Organizations that seek to develop a unified birth-to-school-entry continuum through alignment of federal, state, and locally funded early care and education programs and improve the overall capacity of the community to offer high quality infant toddler care will be prioritized. Competitive applicants will show evidence of their leadership in supporting broad-scale impact to leverage resources and increase the supply of services to best meet the needs of infants and toddlers and their families in their community.

Amount: A total of $5,372,757 is available to award up to 10 organizations. Awards will range from $500,000-$1,500,000 per project period and average at $1,500,000 per project period. The project period will be for up to 54 months. Grantees must provide at least a 20 percent match of the total approved cost of the project.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are any public entities, including states, or non-profit or for-profit private entities, including community-based and faith-based organizations. Eligible entities include: entities operating Head Start, entities operating Indian Head Start or Migrant or Seasonal Head Start programs, and other public entities, and non-profit 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. Note that “entities operating Head Start programs” includes entities operating Head Start, Early Head Start, and/or EHS-CC Partnership programs.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=284768

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