Infόrmate April 2013

Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon participates in a science lesson with 4-year-old students at Tynan.On April 24, Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon visited a Head Start program in San Antonio, Texas. He congratulated the city's residents and Mayor Julian Castro for voting to fund the expansion of early education throughout the city. Sheldon talked to community advocates, the Express News Visit disclaimer page and Telemundo about President Obama’s early learning initiative that will commit more funding for early childhood development. Read about Sheldon's experience at Tynan Early Childhood Education Center: An Old School Gets a New Purpose.

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More than 40 leaders sitting in the White House's Indian Treaty Room to meet with HHS and ACF officials.ACF Hosts National Hispanic Roundtable at White House

Nearly 50 leaders representing constituencies including early childhood professionals, civil rights advocates, religious leaders, nonprofit managers and influential promotoras participated in ACF’s National Hispanic Roundtable held in the White House on April 23. Leaders welcomed the opportunity to meet face-to-face with ACF’s senior leadership and program managers to discuss better ways to make our human services programs more accessible to eligible Hispanic families and children. Read more about the event: Working across Hispanic Communities to Lift More Families into Middle Class.


Belle Harbor, N.Y., March 22, 2013 -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to work with local communities to remove debris froHHS delivers more than $474 million in grants for Hurricane Sandy recovery, plus an additional $95 million for Head Start centers to rebuild

On March 28, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) George Sheldon announced the release of $474.5 million to help the states of Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island in their recovery from Hurricane Sandy. All funds will be awarded no later than Sept. 30, 2013, and states will be able to use funds through Sept. 30, 2015. Learn how the Social Services Block Grant will help rebuild the mid-Atlantic region.

On April 15, Head Start providers impacted by Hurricane Sandy can now apply for a total of $95 million in recovery aid to help renovate, repair and rebuild damaged Head Start centers.




Photo of Maria Cristina.A Colombian Refugee Who Never Gave Up

Forced to flee due to violence and persecution in her country, Maria Cristina arrived in Atlanta in January 2009 as an asylee from Colombia. Read how the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Microenterprise Development Program helped her start a new life in the United States.


Photo of young boy working at a sewing machine.ACF’s Human Trafficking Work Spotlighted at White House

ACF staff has been busy these past couple of months drafting the Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States.  Representing HHS, ACF partnered with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to come up with a comprehensive document which went live on April 9, at the White House Forum on Combating Human Trafficking. To learn more about this effort:


ACF programs have a variety of funding opportunities available to support social service programming at the state, local and tribal levels. Our grantees include:

  • Non-profit Organizations
  • For-profit Organizations
  • Government
  • Educational
  • Public Housing Groups

ACF funds an array of activities that support the economic and social well-being of people throughout the country. Find out which ACF grants Visit disclaimer page are available today: Funding Opportunities. To learn how to apply for a grant, view this guide to resources for community and faith-based organizations Visit disclaimer page . To learn how to become a grant reviewer, view the ACF Grant Review Guide.

To learn more about grant and funding opportunities within the individual ACF programs, visit these links:

New Grant: Health Navigators

We have an important announcement from our sister agency, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): there is availability of new funding to support Navigators in federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces.

Navigators are individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about:

  • Health Insurance
  • New Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Qualified Health Plans
  • Public Programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

“Navigators will be an important resource for the millions of Americans who are eligible to enroll in new coverage opportunities through the Marketplace starting in October of 2013,” said CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. 

The funding opportunity announcement is open to eligible self-employed individuals and private and public entities applying to serve as Navigators in states with a federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplace. The new funding opportunity provides up to $54 million in total funding and applications are due by June 7, 2013.

New Grant: Refugee Home-Based Child Care Microenterprise Development Projects

On March 22, the Office of Refugee Resettlement published a funding opportunity announcement for Refugee Home-Based Child Care Microenterprise Development Projects (application deadline is May 21, 2013). These projects are aimed at assisting primarily refugee women in becoming economically self sufficient by providing home-based child care services. Grant recipients will teach refugee women about:

  • Local, state, and federal child care laws, regulations and licensing requirements
  • Cultural norms concerning child care and child care development

Grantees will also help women with

  • English language acquisition
  • Advanced educational attainment (GED)
  • Improving economic opportunities through application of acquired job skills

Through this grant, mentors will help primarily refugee women establish agreements or contracts with state or county child care offices so they may qualify for State/county childcare reimbursement as childcare service providers.  Download the full FOA and application kit.


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