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Improving Access to Child Care for Working Families

ACF wants to offer mothers and fathers more choice and flexibility with child care, so they can choose how to balance home and work life in a way that best serves their needs, benefits their children, and allows them to fully participate in our economy.

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Bring a Principal to Your Head Start Program This October

The "Bring a Principal to Head Start" celebration coincides with Head Start Awareness Month and National Principals Month. We are celebrating it in conjunction with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the School Superintendents Association (AASA) and the National Head Start Association (NHSA).

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Highlights and Milestones of the Native American Programs Act

Jeannie Hovland, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs, ACF Commissioner, Administration for Native AmericansANA Commissioner Jeannie Hovland recaps the history of how ANA came to be and the important milestones in the 45 years since it was formed.

ACF Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson

Healthy Marriage & Fatherhood Programs Make a Difference

Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson discusses ACF's efforts to support healthy marriages and responsible fatherhood.

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ANA Commissioner Hovland Takes Her Advocacy to the Next Level

Commissioner Jeannie Hovland describes her role and priorities for her term as Commissioner for the Administration for Native Americans.

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Fanning the Fatherhood FIRE Unifies Human Services Vision

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) hosted the historic fatherhood Summit to support the concept that fathers are essential to the healthy social, emotional, and economic well-being of their children and families. The theme, Fanning the Fatherhood FIRE, increased attention to fathers as Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilient, and Essential contributors to their children, families, communities and society.

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Children and Families find a “Home at Head Start”

Research finds that the stresses of family homelessness can affect a child’s well-being: delaying developmental milestones, compromising health and social/emotional regulation, and making it harder for them to enter school ready for the joys of learning. Head Start’s comprehensive services approach addresses each child’s need, whether it’s a doctor or dentist visit, assessing learning delays, or helping parents set bedtime routines in a shelter.

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Addressing Family Homelessness

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently completed the final of ten listening sessions on the subject of family homelessness, one in each of the ten federal regions.

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Foster Care Resources for Tribes

Resources are available for tribal families looking to participate in foster care

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After the Fire: OHSEPR Connects Disaster Displaced Families to Human Services

OHSEPR continues to support families displaced from Paradise by the 2018 Camp Fire by working in partnerships across ACF and HHS.

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