Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships

2/27/2014

As part of President Obama’s Early Education Plan, ACF will support states and communities in expanding high quality early learning to over 100,000 infants and toddlers through the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships. Through these partnerships, Early Head Start grantees will partner with center-based and family child care providers who agree to meet Early Head Start Program Performance Standards and provide comprehensive, full-day, full year high-quality services to infants and toddlers from low-income families.

The Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships will provide children and families with access to high-quality early learning experiences that support working families by providing a full-day, full-year program so that more vulnerable children have the healthy and enriching early experiences they need to realize their full potential.

In addition to high-quality early learning experiences, Early Head Start programs provide high quality comprehensive services that benefit children, families, and teachers, including:

  • Health, developmental and behavioral screenings
  • Higher health, safety and nutrition standards
  • Increased professional development opportunities for teachers
  • Increased parent engagement opportunities

How will Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership funds be awarded?

Funds will be awarded competitively through the Early Head Start grant process.

Who is eligible to participate in the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships?

All agencies eligible to apply for Early Head Start funds can apply for Partnership competition grants, including tribes and territories, community organizations, non-profit or for profit organizations, and state and local governments.

Additional Resources

 

Source: Administration for Children and Families

Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/early-head-start-child-care-partnerships

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: Survey and New Web page from ACF

Greetings,

We have created a survey to capture your questions, concerns and perspectives on relevant federal public policy priorities. Please take a moment to respond to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EHS-CC_Partnerships_Survey. ­­­We ask that you complete the survey by COB Monday, February 17th. This is a quick turn around, but we wanted to survey the field to ensure your voices are heard and the various needs of the child care community are fully represented during this process.

Additionally, the Administration for Children and Families has released a new web page focusing specifically on the Early Head Start-Child Care partnerships.

Make sure you check out the release below:

ACF Releases Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web Page

As part of President Obama’s Early Education Plan, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will support States and communities in expanding high-quality early learning to infants and toddlers through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. Through these partnerships, Early Head Start (EHS) grantees will partner with center-based and family child care providers who agree to meet EHS Program Performance Standards and to provide comprehensive, full-day, full-year, high-quality services to infants and toddlers from low-income families.

ACF has launched an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web page. The launch includes the following resources:

· Read an overview of the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Initiative (PowerPoint).
· Learn more about the President’s Early Learning Initiative.
· Learn how to apply for ACF grants.
· Explore resources to develop successful partnerships between EHS grantees and family child care providers.

Please continue to check back with this site regularly, as ACF will update this page with new resources as they are developed.

The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web page is now published:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/early-head-start-child-care-partnerships

Deal considering combining Head Start and state Pre K programs

7/15/11

Gov. Nathan Deal is considering combining state and federal early-learning programs, which he said would improve education for at-risk children.

Deal told the Athens Rotary Club this week that he is “seriously looking at consolidating” the federally funded Head Start program for young children from low-income families and the state’s lottery-funded pre-kindergarten program.

“I believe if we were able to consolidate that, bring it under one unified approach to pre-K, I think we could show some very positive results in years to come,” Deal said.

Source: Rome News Tribune

Available at: http://romenews-tribune.com/view/full_story/14709849/article-Deal-considering-combining-Head-Start-and-state-Pre-K-programs-?instance=home_news