Initiatives & Priorities

Early Childhood DevelopmentEarly Childhood Development

ACF works to build successful Early Learning and Development systems across Head Start, child care, and pre-K.

The Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) promotes a joint federal approach to improve early childhood education and development. ECD includes the Offices of Child Care and Head Start, and the Interagency Team.

EmergeEmergency Preparedness & Responsency Response and Recovery

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is responsible for Human Services Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery activities within the Department of Health and Human Services.  Before, during, and after disasters, ACF Region 6 provides emergency response and recovery by working with federal, state, local, tribal and non-governmental organization partners, including grantees and contractors.  Our goal is to ensure that human service needs are met through a coordinated system of federal and state assistance.

The Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) provides national leadership in human services preparedness and response while providing information and tools to prepare individuals, families and communities to respond and recover more quickly after a disaster.

Photo of a woman reviewing receipts and billsFinancial Literacy

ACF oversees programs for short-term financial security, as well as education, training and employment for long-term stability.

Faith-based & Neighborhood PartnershipsFaith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

The department recognizes that without the engagement of secular and faith-based nonprofits, community organizations, neighborhoods and wider communities, services will not reach people who need them most. This initiative allows us to build and support partnerships with faith-based and community organizations in order to better serve individuals, families and communities in need.

Photo of American flag and stethoscope.Health Care

The Affordable Care Act makes health care more accessible and affordable for many Americans.  The Department of Health and Human Services is the government’s principal agency for protecting the health of Americans and providing essential human services, especially to our most vulnerable populations. 

The conditions in which we are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age affect our health in a variety of ways, creating an undeniable link between health and human services.  Through its many human service programs, ACF reaches millions who will be eligible for new or reduced-cost health insurance that could help improve health care and human services access for vulnerable children, families and communities.

Photo of a family playingHealthy Marriage Initiative

The Healthy Marriage initiative is part of ACF's strategy to enhance child well-being. Programs provide comprehensive healthy relationship and marriage education services, as well as job and career advancement activities to promote economic stability and overall improved family well-being.

Region 6 serves as the lead for the African American Healthy Marriage Initiative, a component of the Healthy Marriage Initiative. Specifically, this initiative promotes culturally competent strategies for:

  • Fostering healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood
  • Improving child well-being
  • Strengthening families

These targeted strategies empower families within the African American Community to maintain strong family units.

Use the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Map to find a program in your area.

Photo of Hispanic familyHispanic Outreach

Together with the Department of Health and Human Services, ACF is well-positioned to address many of the challenges faced by the Hispanic community.  ACF has identified important strategies to support underserved and/or underrepresented populations.  These strategies strengthen research and programs targeting Hispanic populations and conducting outreach to stakeholders and providers.

ACF has undertaken several research projects focusing on Hispanic populations, including children who are dual language learners or children of migrant and seasonal workers, economic mobility among low-income Hispanic families and identifying and minimizing the impact of restrictive immigration laws on public benefit program and social services.

ACF Region 6 integrates Hispanic Outreach into all of our conferences, meetings, and events in areas with a high Hispanic population, including South Texas, New Mexico, New Orleans, and more.

Photo of mother holding her childrenHomelessness

Homelessness is a complex issue, but one we are determined to solve. Together, with our federal partners, ACF is committed to finding meaningful solutions for the individuals, children and families we serve.

Rescue & Restore Victims of Human TraffickingHuman Trafficking

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) envisions children, youth, families, individuals, and communities who are resilient, safe, healthy, and economically secure.  ACF has worked for more than a decade to better identify and serve victims of human trafficking, among the most marginalized and under-recognized members of our community. We make sure victims of human trafficking have access to the support needed to foster health and well-being.


ACF has made it a high priority to create and encourage greater collaboration and service integration among its programs and agencies. To achieve that integration at the state level, we offer an Interoperability toolkit. Service integration or ‘interoperability’ as it is known today, is gaining tremendous momentum and is transforming the way the public and private sectors plan for change and conduct business. Over the course of the next few years, our health and human service systems will change dramatically, offering enormous opportunities for improving how we do business. This transformation is due, in large part, to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as other technological and business related innovations. Interoperability encourages partnerships and provides incentives for states that integrate services.

Father and daughter in swimming poolResponsible Fatherhood Initiative

The Responsible Fatherhood Initiative encourages fathers to be present in their children’s lives by taking an active and responsible role in raising and supporting them. 

Organizations across the United States provide Responsible Fatherhood activities designed to help fathers improve relationships with their spouses, significant others, and/or the mothers of their children. Activities also help fathers become better parents and contribute to the financial well-being of their children by providing job training and other employment services. 

Use the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Map to find a program in your area.

Photo of Native AmericanTribes/Native Americans

ACF promotes self-sufficiency for Native Americans and Tribes with funding for community-based projects, and training and technical assistance to eligible tribes and native organizations.