A key goal of the Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships is to increase the supply of high-quality early learning environments for infants and toddlers. EHS-CC Partnership grantees can leverage multiple funding sources to maximize resources and provide quality improvement opportunities for all children and child care providers. Many grantees fund the EHS-CC Partnerships by layering EHS funds with Child Care and Development Funds (CCDF), which provide families with child care subsidies. Explore these tools and resources to help support your learning, understanding, and your implementation of sound accounting and fiscal monitoring practices.
Developing and Strengthening Fiscal Relationships
Explore three pieces of advice from a director about ways to build relationships between grantee staff and child care partners. Learn how to help foster effective fiscal management.
Cost Estimation Tool for EHS-CCP Services
Take a look at this this tool designed to help EHS-CC Partnership grantees and their child care partners plan for the cost of delivering comprehensive EHS services to children enrolled in child care homes and centers. It provides a step-by-step process for identifying relevant costs and resources that support the implementation of an EHS-CC Partnership.
Layering Early Head Start Services and Funds with Child Care
Use this frequently asked questions (FAQ) document as a companion resource to the Cost Estimation Tool for EHS-CC Partnership Services. The FAQ provides additional clarification on items such as staffing, renovations, subsidy, and more.
The Cost Estimation Tool for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Services
View this webinar to learn the purposes and uses of the Cost Estimation Tool for EHS-CC Partnership Services. Find out how the tool works in a comprehensive demonstration. The webinar also includes a brief question-and-answer section.
Helpful Tips for Using the Cost Estimation Tool
Use these helpful tips as a companion document to the Cost Estimation Tool for EHS-CC Partnership Services. Find information on how to prepare to use the tool, who should use the tool, and who to contact for help.
The Cost Estimation Tool: Text Version
Use this text version of the Cost Estimation Tool for EHS-CC Partnerships that can be printed and completed rather than using the online module. This version provides the same step-by-step process for identifying relevant costs and resources that support the implementation of an EHS-CC Partnership as the online version.
Watch this EHS-CC Partnership Office Hour, "Layering of Funds and Avoiding Supplantation of Federal Funds." During this session, delve into some key concepts such as how to maximize and manage fiscal resources and get clarity on the services provided within each funding layer.
Funding and Payments
Once you have estimated the costs of each layer of service your EHS-CC Partnership partner will provide, use this tool to consider the funding sources to cover costs and the methods to use to pay your partners.
Provider Cost of Quality Calculator
Use this tool to help policymakers, policy analysts, budget analysts, providers, and other stakeholders estimate the annual cost and revenue for full-time child care provided through child care homes or centers at different quality levels.
Financing High-Quality Center-Based Infant-Toddler Care: Options and Opportunities
In this paper, explore strategies for financing early care and education services for infants and toddlers that are delivered in market-based child care centers.
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
Uniform Guidance streamlines and consolidates government requirements for receiving and using federal awards. In this way, it reduces the administrative burden for programs and improves outcomes.
Financing and Budgeting for Early Care and Education Facilities Guidebook
Grantees can use this resource to help them think through the financial considerations around how to develop a new early care and education facility. The document also includes links to the Head Start Program Performance Standards.
Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High-Quality Early Care and Education Project (ECE-ICHQ), 2014–2019
Learn more about the Implementation and Cost of High-Quality Early Care and Education Project. The goal of this project was to create an instrument to measure the implementation and costs of providing early childhood education services at centers for children from birth to 5. The project had two focuses: Measuring programs’ efforts to support quality and the cost of operating the programs.
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National Centers: Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships
Last Updated: February 28, 2023