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. 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.
In December 2014, HHS announced the first wave of preliminarily selected grantees.
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
- 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 EHS-CC Partnerships.