Early Head Start - Child Care Partnerships
As part of President Obama’s Early Learning Initiative, ACF has set aside $500 million for new Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships. New grants will allow new or existing Early Head Start programs to partner with local child care centers and family child care providers serving infants and toddlers from low-income families.
ACF will support states and communities as they expand high quality early learning opportunities to infants and toddlers through these partnerships. The partnerships will 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.
Early Head Start programs also provide 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.
The deadline for the American Indian & Alaskan Native and Migrant & Seasonal FOA's is October 6, 2014.
Get information and resources to apply.
EHS-CC Partnership Resources
- Check out Frequently Asked Questions related to EHS-CC Partnerships, including questions about the initiative, the grant application process, and program implementation (updated July 21, 2014)
- Read the Technical Assistance guide, 101: Early Head Start and Child Care Partnerships
- View a PowerPoint overview of the EHS-CC Initiative
- View the EHS-CC Partnerships Briefing for Tribal Partners
- Explore additional webinars, tools, and resources related to the partnerships