Infórmate September 2012 Edition

Greetings from ACF!

It’s a busy time at the Administration for Children and Families. We are wrapping up our fiscal year in the coming weeks, awarding our final 2012 grants. Also on our calendar is Hispanic Heritage Month.

Our ACF Hispanic Heritage Employee Workgroup has been busy planning quality programming for this 30-day commemoration. ACF employees will celebrate the month with four working-lunch events at our central office that will focus on best Hispanic outreach practices shared by other federal agencies, cultural competency training, a briefing on Limited English Proficiency, and a memorable cultural experience during our Día de La Raza event.

ACF’s goal during Hispanic Heritage Month is to engage in dialogue about how we can increase access to ACF programs for our nation’s largest minority population. We’re committed to helping more Latinos become more economically secure.

For weekly updates on ACF programs, visit our blog the ACF Family Room.


Text4Baby Logo that shows a partial pink heart with radio wavesSeptember is Infant Mortality Awareness Month

ACF and the U.S. Department Health and Human Services joined forces with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies to promote a new social media project to reduce infant mortality in the United States – Text4Baby. Important information for expecting and new mothers can now be accessed via free texts every week, guiding moms through their pregnancy and baby’s first days.Text4baby is the first free health text messaging service in the United States.

Pregnant women and new mothers who text “BABY” (or “BEBE” for Spanish) to 511411 receive weekly text messages (timed to their due date or their baby’s birth date) throughout pregnancy and up until baby’s first birthday. The text messages provide information on a variety of topics critical to maternal and child health, including developmental milestones, immunization, nutrition, mental health, safety, and more. Become a Text4baby Outreach Partner: email


Head Start Mother Jackie Godinez holds her son Jeremy (pictured on the left) and Ashley (pictured on the right).Recently, ACF interviewed young mother Jackie Godinez about her experience with Head Start. Godinez wanted a better future for her daughter. Head Start not only provided young Ashley with skills to do well in kindergarten this fall, but the program also helped Jackie jump start her own academic career. Find out how parents benefit from Head Start programs: Jackie’s Story.

Want to know how many federal dollars are spent in your state to improve early education? Visit this interactive map which shows the number of jobs, grantees and resources supported by Head Start and Child Care by state: ACF Prepares Next Generation of Elementary Students.


Office of Child Support Enforcement: Helping Parents Support their Children

Dad holding his daughter over his shoulder.Did you know child support payments benefit one in four U.S. children? Every year $26 billion goes directly to families thanks to the work of ACF’s Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and its state, territory and tribal partners. OCSE operates one of the most efficient government social service programs, and the national child support program helps provide economic stability for millions of households (the program collects $5 for every $1 spent).

OCSE and its partners :
- Help obtain reliable support for children living apart from a parent.
- Operate projects that link low-income fathers to employment.
- Connect noncustodial parents with their children through visitation programs.

In 2009, OCSE launched the Hispanic Resource Center and Hispanic Outreach Toolkit, which help child support professionals, community-based organizations, and other partners share information about the benefits of child support services with the Hispanic community. The Toolkit offers free, customizable posters, other marketing material in English and Spanish and PSAs in Spanish. Download them today.


ACF programs have a variety of funding opportunities available to support social service programming at the state, local and tribal levels. Our grantees include both non-profit and for-profit organizations as well as government, educational and public housing groups. ACF's wide breadth of programming funds an array of activities that support the economic and social well-being of people throughout the country. Find out which ACF grants are available today. To learn how to apply for a grant, view this guide to resources for community and faith-based organizations


Interested in working with ACF?

ACF is working hard to enhance the cultural competence of the agency, its employees and its contractors. One sure way to reach that goal is to hire more people from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to increasing diversity in the ACF workforce. We encourage you to apply or to share these jobs vacancies with qualified individuals ready to for a federal career in social services, program management and/or supervisory administration. Here is a list of current vacancies:

• Public Affairs Specialist (Washington, D.C., $74,872 to $97,333) Position responsible for developing, directing and coordinating public affairs and communication service for ACF programs. Visit job link:

• Field Program Specialist (Several positions: Miami, FL - $72,805 to $94,645 and Seattle, WA - $73,420 to $95,444); Position entails working with unaccompanied immigrant children, caseworkers and child care staff. Spanish skills are a requirement.  Visit job link:

• Field Program Specialist (Several positions: Houston Metro Area, TX $77,579 to $100,851; San Antonio, TX $68,809 to $89,450; Harlingen, TX $68,809 to $89,450; Brownsville, TX $68,809 to $89,450 El Paso, TX $68,809 to $89,450; Chicago Metro Area, IL $75,403 to $98,022; Phoenix, AZ $70,376 to $91,487; Washington DC Metro Area, DC $74,872 to $97,333; Philadelphia Metro Area, PA $77,585 to $100,859; Newark, NJ $77,585 to $100,859; New York, NY $77,585 to $100,859); Position entails working with unaccompanied immigrant children, caseworkers and child care staff. Spanish skills are a requirement.  Visit job link:


Thank you for taking the time to learn about ACF opportunities. If you would like to sign up to get Infόrmate via email, contact Special Assistant Jesus Garcia in the ACF Office of Public Affairs, at

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