Non-Federal Match Narrative

Non-federal matching information and explanations of fiscal issues such as contributions, disallowances, documentation, in-kind, and volunteer services can be found below. Head Start administrators and non-federal entities may find this information helpful.

Keep Children Safe Using Active Supervision

Children learn best when they are in safe, well-supervised environments. Head Start staff can reduce the possibility of a child getting hurt when they closely observe children and respond when needed. When programs think systematically about child supervision they create safe, positive learning environments for all children.

Create a Culture of Safety

In programs, all managers, staff, and families embrace the belief that children have the right to be safe by creating a culture of safety. They provide "an environment that encourages people to speak up about safety concerns, makes it safe to talk about mistakes and errors, and encourages learning from these events." Children are safer when managers, staff, and families work together to improve the strategies they use in homes, centers, and the community so children don't get hurt. Explore the resources below to learn more about creating a culture of safety.

Head Start Pre-K Local Partnerships That Work: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Learn how the Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAP) combined the philosophy of traditional Head Start with collaborative partnerships from area school districts to transform a program on the brink of collapse into a highly regarded early childhood program. 

Documenting In-Kind Contributions

Documenting in-kind contributions is a key part of a grantee’s fiscal operations. By accurately documenting in-kind expenditures, your program has a record of its financial "sweat equity" for potential funders.

Real Property Status Report (SF-429)

As described in ACF-IM-HS-15-01 Real Property Reporting and Request Requirements, all grantees, including those with no covered real property, are instructed to use and submit standard form (SF) Real Property Status Repoty 429. It includes the following real property reporting and request forms: Note: These resources are under review.

Submission of Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428)

ACF-PI-HS-17-04 notifies grantees of the requirements around SF-428 and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Payment Management System (PMS). Grantees are required to provide Tangible Personal Property Report SF-428 and SF-428B, and SF-428S if needed, not later than 90 days after the close of the project period.

Active Supervision

All Head Start educators are responsible for making sure that no child is left unsupervised. Active supervision is a strategy that works. It can be used in classrooms, family child care, playgrounds, and buses. It can also be shared with families as a tool to use at home. This fact sheet explains what active supervision is and how to use it in your program.