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State Letter #09-19

Early Head Start Funding Opportunity HHS-2009-ACF-OHS-SA-0087

Published: May 28, 2009
acf, head start


FROM: David H. Siegel
Acting Director
Office of Refugee Resettlement

SUBJECT: Early Head Start Funding Opportunity: HHS-2009-ACF-OHS-SA-0087

The purpose of this letter is to inform about the recent posting of an HHS funding opportunity that may be of interest to the refugee community and those who provide services to them.  A grant award is being made available through the Early Head Start (EHS) program to support the enrollment of approximately 55,000 additional low-income children and families as well as create new teaching and other positions in EHS.  The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is soliciting applications from public or private non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations.

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2009-ACF-OHS-SA-0087
Due Date for Applications: 07/09/2009
Ceiling on Individual Awards: $5,000,000 per budget period
Length of Project Periods: 2 years
Head Start ECLKC website: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc

EHS enhances all aspects of a child’s development, helps pregnant women access comprehensive prenatal/post partum care, provides supports to parents and helps them move toward self-sufficiency. ACF is specifically seeking applicants whose program services propose “to support staff training, child counseling, and other services necessary to address the challenges of children from immigrant, refugee, and asylee families, homeless children, children in foster care, children of migrant or seasonal farm worker families, children from families in crisis, children referred by child welfare agencies, and children who are exposed to chronic violence or substance abuse.”[Emphasis ours] (See announcement, p. 33)

We are attaching a copy of the announcement and encourage interested persons to go directly to the Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website for additional information about the grant, resources to help in the application process, and a webinar explaining how to establish an EHS program (Early Head Start 101 Toolkit).  

If you have questions regarding any of the information contained in this State Letter, please contact Elaine Kelley at (202) 205-4792 or by email at Elaine.Kelley@acf.hhs.gov.