Apply to be a grant reviewer

The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start (OHS) and Office of Child Care (OCC) are seeking expert reviewers for the 2014 Early Head Start Expansion and EHS–Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership grant panels. The EHS Expansion and EHS-CC Partnership is a new competitive federal grant opportunity to improve the quality of infant and toddler care in existing child care centers and family child care homes that serve children who are Early Head Start eligible.

The grant application review process relies on qualified, non-federal reviewers who can critically evaluate applications. Grant reviewers will work in an on-site team environment. They will serve on a panel to review and evaluate applications consistent with established criteria. Each reviewer will draft objective comments and submit them to the chair for an in-person panel discussion.

Reviewer Qualifications

Reviewer applicants must demonstrate expertise and experience in early childhood education and/or child development, family support services or related fields. Reviewer applicants are also needed with expertise in program budgeting and fiscal operations. All applicants must demonstrate abilities in the following areas:

  • Analytical/critical thinking skills: provide thoughtful and objective evaluations based on established criteria
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong communication abilities, strong listening, and speaking skills
  • Organizational and time management skills to adhere to deadlines
  • Self-motivated and self-reliant to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment
  • Familiar with diverse populations who might reflect the Early Head Start and Child Care communities

For reviews requiring bilingual skills: abilities listed above, plus strong communication skills in Spanish Familiarity with Early Head Start, center-based child care, or family child care is required.

OHS and OCC are committed to recruiting reviewers who represent diversity of race or national origin.

Please note that current federal contract staff, including all national training and technical assistance (T/TA) providers, is not eligible to apply.

Schedule Requirements

Reviewers must offer their availability for a minimum of four weeks, and commit to one to two weeks of panel reviews during the months of September, October, and November 2014. Panels run during a six-day work week, beginning Sundays and ending Fridays. During the review process, it is critical that reviewers not have additional professional commitments. Reviewers must be available during core business hours (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET). Reviewers are expected not to participate in other grant reviews during scheduled review dates. To avoid burnout, any two consecutive weeks of paneling will be followed by one week off.

Reviewers will be required to attend a mandatory training in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area the Saturday prior to the start of an on-site review week.

How to Apply

The formal recruitment period for Early Head Start Expansion and EHS-Child Care Partnership grant reviewers has ended. To be considered for future OHS grant review opportunities, please send your resume and a writing sample to


Last Reviewed: December 2014

Last Updated: December 9, 2014