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.

Partnership Relationships: Resources

When programs come together to better meet the needs of young children and their families, those relationships will be at the heart of their success. Explore resources to help partners build relationships that work well and enable them to meet their goals.

Orientation Sessions for Partnerships Teams

Explore this series of Office Hours videos and tools to assist you in working with your EHS-CC Partnership. These presentations were conducted by OHS and OCC federal staff and National Center training and technical assistance (T/TA) providers.

Layering Early Head Start Services and Funds with Child Care

The Cost Estimation Tool for EHS-CC Partnership Services is 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.

EHS-CC Partnerships Implementation Planners and Fiscal Consultants

Read information about the directory of implementation planners and fiscal consultants. It is designed to help ensure that funded EHS-CC Partnership grantees have the support they need to provide high-quality services to infants, toddlers, and their families. All implementation planners and fiscal consultants in the directory were trained by the Office of Head Start (OHS) and the Office of Child Care (OCC) in conjunction with the Partnership Center.

Last Updated: November 26, 2019