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.
- Read an overview of the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships Initiative
- Learn more about the President’s Early Learning Initiative
- Learn how to apply for ACF Grants
- Explore resources to develop successful partnerships between Early Head Start (EHS) grantees and family child care
- View a toolkit on blending and braiding early childhood program funding streams
Source: Administration for Children and Families