Early Head Start - Child Care Partnerships
As part of President Obama’s Early Learning Initiative, ACF has set aside $635 million for new and existing Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships and Expansion. In FY 2014, Congress appropriated $500 million which funded 275 grantees. In FY 2016, Congress appropriated an increase of $135 million to support additional EHS-CC Partnerships and Expansion programs. These 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 EHS-CC Partnerships. The partnerships will support working families by providing a full-day, full-year program so that low-income 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
EHS-CC Partnership Resources
- Read the Tribal Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Highlight – Partnering in Rural Northern California
- Read the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Report.
- See the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Brochure. Download the brochure here
- Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Funding Forecasts
- Check out Frequently Asked Questions (First Edition, revised May 2, 2016 and Second Edition, Third Edition) related to EHS-CC Partnerships Funding Opportunity Announcements, including the grant application process, and program implementation (updated May 3, 2016)
- View the current list of EHS-CC Partnership and Early Head Start Expansion grant awardees
- Visit the National Center on Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships
- Read the Technical Assistance guide (Update coming)
- 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 EHS-CC Partnerships
- Moving Forward With the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships: Highlights, Lessons Learned, and Early Successes webinar, which took place on November 12, is available to view online here
- See the Power Point presented on the webinar November 12 – Moving Forward with the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships