The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of funds for a National Center for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, hereafter referred to as the “National Center.” Approximately $3 million is available to be competitively awarded through a cooperative agreement for the purpose of supporting all newly awarded Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships grantees. Future funding is dependent upon the availability of funds. The goal of the National Center is to provide training, resources, and materials to federal staff, Office of Head Start (OHS) Regional training and technical assistance (T/TA) providers, State Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators, and Office of Child Care’s (OCC) Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN), as well as to orientations and state cluster trainings that support and promote implementation of quality services and practices across EHS-CC partnership settings.
The National Center will ensure that all newly awarded EHS-CC Partnership grantees have access to the same level of high-quality information and T/TA in order to afford the best possible outcomes for high-risk children living in high poverty communities. T/TA will support the highest quality, comprehensive early care and education services for the youngest and most vulnerable, high-risk children and their families across the country.
The National Center will work collaboratively and cooperatively with the OHS National T/TA Centers, OCC CCTAN, and ACF regional offices to increase professional development participation of staff working with underserved populations. The National Center will work with these entities to implement and enhance the infrastructure necessary to support a well-managed system of early education for infants and toddlers at the state and local levels.