The Family Room Blog

Historic Investments Help Improve the Lives of Children and Families through the American Rescue Plan Act

July 30, 2021 | By JooYeun Chang, ACF Acting Assistant Secretary  
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) provides ACF an unprecedented $47.5 billion designed to improve the lives of families and children devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn. The Act provides…

Opportunity is Knocking: Expanding Housing Access for Survivors

July 22, 2021 | Khaila Montgomery, Research and Data Collection Analyst, OTIP and Alexis Polen, Human Trafficking Regional Liaison, OTIP
HUD expands affordable housing for families served by ACF.

Renewing our commitment to inclusive early childhood programs and practices

July 13, 2021 | Katie Hamm, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, Office of Early Childhood Development
ACF and the Office of Early Childhood Development is committed to serving the needs of children with disabilities and their families.

American Rescue Plan at Work with Martha’s Table Head Start program in Southeast Washington, D.C

June 30, 2021 | by Dr. Bernadine Futrell, Director of the Office of Head Start
Funds from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) are at work in communities across America to support children and families. Head Start programs received $1 billion investment through the ARP. They are using the…

ACF's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request

June 4, 2021 | JooYeun Chang, Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families
ACF’s budget focuses on support for early childhood education and child care through the creation of two new programs and the historic increases in annual funding for Head Start, preschool development grants and the…

The Power of Engagement, Support, and Connection

May 27, 2021 | Taffy Compain, National Foster Care Specialist| Children’s Bureau
Learn about National Foster Care Month and ways to engage youth and their families.  

RHY Grantee Supports Young People Across the Hawaiian Islands

May 24, 2021 | Tim Joyce, RHY Program Specialist| FYSB
Get to know a Family and Youth Services Bureau Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) program grantee serving Asian and Pacific Islander youth.

May 18th marks 56 years since the launch of Project Head Start

May 18, 2021 | Bernadine Futrell, Ph.D., Director, Office of Head Start
Today, we are celebrating 56 years of Head Start, and 26 years of Early Head Start. On Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson took up the cause of building a "Great Society" by signing into law the Economic…

ACF recognizes Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons in memorial ceremony

May 13, 2021 | JooYeun Chang, ACF Acting Assistant Secretary and Michelle Sauve, Acting Commissioner, ANA
ACF and Presidential Task Force members commemorate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day.

LIHEAP American Rescue Plan Funding: Racial and Economic Justice is Also Equity in Energy

May 4, 2021 | Dr. Lanikque Howard, Director |Office of Community Services
Today’s LIHEAP funding release will provide relief to millions of households and help to address the energy disparities that disproportionately impact low-income household…