Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Applications Under Review

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Applications Under Review

Innovative models work together to serve young children in poverty

Response to the Early Head Start expansion and Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships funding opportunity has been tremendous. Including the last funding opportunity announcements which closed on Oct. 6, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) received more than 600 grant applications. These came from communities in every state, as well as two territories. Altogether, applicants requested a total of about one billion dollars.   

Here at ACF, we are happy to see so many organizations working together to serve their communities, and meet the needs of children and families.  It is clear that in preparing their applications, many agencies engaged in community-wide conversations about the needs of children and families. They sought to maximize both existing resources and the Early Head Start – Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership opportunity to make life better. 

The innovative models proposed by many of the applicants combine the strengths of EHS comprehensive services with the continuity, flexibility, and reach of child care.  A preliminary analysis of the applications shows that about 60 percent are proposing a program completely made up of EHS-CC Partnership slots for infants and toddlers. Nearly a quarter are proposing a mix of EHS expansion and EHS-CC Partnership.  The rest are proposing only EHS expansion slots. As many of you know, ACF will prioritize applicants that will operate their proposed program through EHS-CC Partnerships.

The funding available to applicants within in each state, as well as to American Indian and Alaska Native applicants and Migrant and Seasonal applicants, was published in their respective funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).  These numbers were based on the number of young children in poverty. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may reallocate funds in order to fund only capable organizations that propose high-quality services as described in the FOAs

In late September, ACF began performing a rigorous review of the applications that were submitted with the assistance of a myriad of reviewers from around the country who have expertise in child care and Early Head Start.  ACF regional offices will begin reaching out to preliminarily selected awardees on a rolling basis early in the new year. We will award the funds by the end of March 2015.  Funding these EHS-CC Partnerships represents a new milestone in our history.  Early Head Start and child care, working together, will improve our approach to caring for the most vulnerable children in America.

This blog post was originally published on the ACF Family Room Blog.

Linda Smith is the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Interdepartmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, Ann Linehan is the Acting Director of the Office of Head Start, and Shannon Rudisill is the Director of the Office of Child Care.  

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Applications Under Review. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2014. English.

Last Reviewed: October 2014

Last Updated: March 24, 2015