Local Early Childhood Partnerships

Starting an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership

Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships support communities to expand high-quality early learning opportunities in the years before preschool. The partnerships work to increase the number of Early Head Start (EHS) programs and child care providers that can meet the highest standards of quality for infants and toddlers.

EHS-CC Partnerships bring together the best of two worlds by combining the strengths of child care and EHS programs. The program integrates EHS comprehensive services and resources into the array of traditional child care and family care settings. The partners layer funding to provide comprehensive services and high-quality early learning environments for low-income working families with infants and toddlers. Long-term outcomes for the program include:

  • Sustained, mutually respectful and collaborative EHS-CC Partnerships
  • A more highly-educated and fully-qualified workforce providing high-quality infant/toddler care and education
  • An increased supply of high-quality early learning environments and infant/toddler care and education providers
  • Well-aligned early childhood policies, regulations, and resources, with quality improvement support at national, state, and local levels
  • Improved family and child well-being and progress toward school readiness

Grantees or programs starting a new EHS-CC Partnership can find resources to help them implement the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) and build relationships to offer comprehensive services. Learn to set up good practices and relationships to support these services using the materials provided. There are numerous orientation videos, documents, checklists, and tools, along with access to a list of consultants to assist grantees and programs in understanding these partnerships.