Infórmate July 2014

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Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock.

 

 

Happy smiling mother placing baby in car seat and closing belt for safety.Heatstroke is the number one killer of children, outside of car crashes. That’s why ACF has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars.

As temperatures across the country continue to escalate above average highs, it is more important than ever to understand the health effects for children. Infants and young children are particularly sensitive to the effects of extreme heat and must rely on others to keep them safe. When left in a hot vehicle, a young child's body temperature may increase three to five times as quickly as an adult.

On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle Visit disclaimer page . These deaths are preventable, and everyone in the community - especially Head Start and child care providers - has a role to play in protecting our children.

Here are a few simple things you can do:

  • Make it part of your everyday routine to account for all children in your care. Set up backup systems to check and double check that no child is left in the vehicle. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle - even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running with the air conditioning on. Vehicles heat up quickly - if the outside temperature is in the low 80s, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in only 10 minutes, even with a window rolled down two inches.
  • Always make a habit of looking in the vehicle - front and back - before locking the door and walking away.
  • Get in touch with designated family members if a child who is regularly in your care does not arrive as expected.
  • Create reminders to ensure no child is accidentally left behind in the vehicle. Place an item that is needed at your final destination in the back of the vehicle next to the child or place a stuffed animal in the driver's view to indicate a child is in the car seat.
  • Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately if you see a child alone in a hot vehicle. If he or she is in distress due to heat, get them out as soon as possible and cool down the child rapidly.

Take Ray Ray’s voluntary pledge for providers and parents to make a commitment to working together to keep children safe.
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Look Beneath the Surface - Anti Trafficking InitiativeDemonstration Grants for Domestic Victims of Severe Forms of Human Trafficking

The Family and Youth Services Bureau will award three cooperative agreements for 24 months to implement demonstration projects that will build and sustain coordinated services in partnership with allied professionals in community-based organizations such as runaway and homeless youth, domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking victim services programs. FYSB is particularly interested in applicants with experience serving victims of human trafficking in communities with evidence of high rates of human trafficking.

The program will support the provisions of victim-centered services for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent resident victims of severe forms of trafficking regardless of age. To do so, programs will implement the following activities:

  • Develop, expand, and strengthen victim service programs
  • Facilitate communication and coordination between the providers of assistance to United States citizen and lawful permanent resident victims
  • Provide a means to identify such providers
  • Provide a means to make referrals to programs for which United States citizen and lawful permanent resident victims are already eligible, including programs administered by the Department of Justice and elsewhere within the Department of Health and Human Services

For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.


OUTREACH


UAC Art for Holiday CardResources for Parents and Attorneys of Unaccompanied Children - Recursos para padres de familia y abogados de los niños no acompañados

The Office of Refugee Resettlement operates a Parent Hotline 7 days per week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, for parents seeking to locate their children in ORR care. The Parent Hotline number is 1-800-203-7001.

La Oficina de Reasentamiento de Refugiados (ORR) opera una línea directa de Padres 7 días a la semana 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. ET, para los padres que tratan de localizar a sus hijos en el cuidado de la ORR. El número de línea directa de los padres es 1-800-203-7001.

Outside entities, attorneys, or other individuals seeking UAC case file information pertaining to a UAC or sponsor must make their request in writing to the ORR/DCS Division Director at Requests.DUCS@acf.hhs.gov. Requesting parties also must file an Authorization for Release of Records (ORR UAC/C-5), downloadable from here, according to the instructions on the form and include all supporting documentation as necessary. Requesting parties should not make a FOIA request for UAC case file information.

For more information about our program, visit the June edition of Infórmate and visit the program page.


NEWS

 

Hispanic pre-k students with backpacks on and smiling.Supporting Working Families with Access to High-Quality Early Care and Education

On June 23, the Supporting Working Families with Access to High-Quality Early Care and Education report came out, highlighting actions that the Obama Administration has taken to help working families access high-quality early care and education, as well as some results of these investments to date. These efforts include:

  • Child Care Development Fund
  • Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge
  • Head Start program improvements
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program

The report was released in conjunction with the White House Summit on Working Families Visit disclaimer page . The summit focused on key issues like workplace flexibility, equal pay, workplace discrimination, worker retention and promotion, and childcare/early childhood education.


SUCCESS STORIES

 

Young Girl at School with Teacher Reading BookSummer Learning Matters: A New Mexico Child Care Program Takes Children to New Places

An innovative summer program at Apple Tree Education in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, is turning summer into a time for curiosity and learning. Truth or Consequences is town of just under 6,500 people, with a median household income of under $22,000. More than 80 percent of its children qualify for free and reduced price lunch, an indicator that a significant number of children live in poverty and live with the stresses that often accompany poverty. Learn how Apple Tree successfully combines Child Care and Development Funds with 21st Century Community Learning Center funds from the Department of Education in order to enrich the child care environment for school-age children. Read about it here.
 


PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

 

Image of older Hispanic man.ACF Grantee Invites Men to End Domestic Violence with Te Invito Campaign


Te Invito Visit disclaimer page , a toolkit and campaign designed to engage Latino men to end violence against women, was created by the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza, a FVPSA resource center. The initiative is a shining example of FVPSA’s ongoing work to prioritize training on healthy masculinity to engage men and boys to lead violence-free lives and relationships, and to develop culturally relevant programming related to domestic violence. Learn more about the program.

 


GRANTS

 

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

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • For-profit Organizations
  • Government
  • Educational Organizations
  • 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 are available today: Funding Opportunities. To learn how to apply for a grant, view this guide to resources for community and faith-based organizations. 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:

Grants

  • Assets for Independence Demonstration Program: The Office of Community Services announces that competing applications will be accepted for grants to administer projects for the national Assets for Independence of Individual Development Accounts. The projects will provide IDAs and related services to individuals and families with low incomes. Deadline: Several, first being Monday, July 14, 2014.
  • Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Legal Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Center: The Office of Community Services will support one three-year cooperative agreement for the Community Services Block Grant Legal Training and Technical Assistance Center. The core functions of this cooperative agreement will be to support enhanced state, regional and national T/TA to strengthen and expand the capacity and ability of Community Action Agencies and other CSBG-eligible entities to deal with legal issues, especially those dealing with the financial management and governance of their agencies funded under CSBG. This cooperative agreement will support the implementation of ongoing T/TA to help CSBG-eligible entities address legal issues. Deadline: Thursday, July 17, 2014.
  • Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects: The Office of Community Services will award up to $9.5 million in Community Economic Development discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts. Additionally or as an alternative, applicants can point to indicators of need, such as poor access to a healthy food retail outlet, a high percentage of low-income residents, incidence of diet-related health conditions, or high concentrations of persons eligible for food assistance programs. Deadline: Monday, July 21, 2014.
  • Community Economic Development Projects: The Office of Community Services will award up to $17.9 million in Community Economic Development discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for low-income individuals. CED grants will be made as part of a broader strategy to address objectives such as decreasing dependency on federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in urban and rural areas. CED projects are expected to actively recruit low-income individuals to fill the positions created by CED-funded development activities, and to assist those individuals to successfully hold those jobs and ensure that the businesses and jobs created remain viable for at least one year after the end of the grant period. Deadline: Monday, July 21, 2014.
  • National Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to establish by cooperative agreement a National Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes. CBCT will work collaboratively with other Children’s Bureau supported initiatives to improve child welfare systems and to support Tribes and states in achieving sustainable, systemic change that results in greater safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth and families. CBCT will serve as the focal point for coordinated and culturally competent training and technical assistance to title IV-B and title IV-E programs in American Indian and Alaska Native Nations. Deadline: Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
  • Grants to Address Trafficking within the Child Welfare Population: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to solicit proposals for 60 month projects that will address trafficking within the child welfare population by implementing existing recommendations to prevent, identify, and serve victims of trafficking. This funding is designed to continue the development of child welfare systems’ response to trafficking through infrastructure building, and to create an evidence base of effective interventions and practices that promote better outcomes for children involved in the child welfare system. Funded projects will be required to use a multi-system approach and coordinate with local law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts systems, runaway and homeless youth programs, Children’s Justice Act grantees, child advocacy centers, and other necessary service providers. Deadline: Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
  • Performance Management System Development and Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting for the Community Services Block Grant Program: The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will support one three-year cooperative agreement for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Program - Performance Management System Development and Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting. This three-year funding opportunity will support a process to update Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) performance management systems which will be available to states to meet annual State reporting requirements of the CSBG as outlined in Section 678E(a). As specified in the CSBG Act, all States must participate in a performance management system and to report on performance and also account for expenditure of funds received through CSBG. Deadline: Friday, July 25, 2014.
  • Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams: The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) announces the availability of funds for a 17-month national Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams grant to provide technical assistance and implement projects to fully develop and expand research-based child welfare infant-toddler court teams. The QIC will provide technical assistance and conduct projects in collaboration with the courts; state, county, or tribal child welfare systems; and other community-based agencies to increase their capacity to incorporate evidence-based practices to strengthen parenting and promote healthy development for infants and toddlers involved with child welfare. This national center will assist jurisdictions to expand and build infrastructure capacity across the courts, child welfare agencies, and other behavioral health and early childhood systems to ensure that infants and toddlers and their caregivers have access to comprehensive, high-quality evidence-based parenting, child development, and behavioral health services. The QIC will also disseminate promising practices and policies to support the healthy growth and development of infants and toddlers in child welfare and their families. Deadline: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.
  • Performance Management System Development and Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting for the Community Services Block Grant Program: The Office of Community Services will support one three-year cooperative agreement for the Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program - Performance Management System Development and Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting. This three-year funding opportunity will support a process to update CSBG performance management systems which will be available to states to meet annual state reporting requirements of the CSBG as outlined in Section 678E(a). As specified in the CSBG Act, all states must participate in a performance management system and to report on performance and also account for expenditure of funds received through CSBG. Deadline: Friday, July 25, 2014.
  • Residential Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children: The Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children's Services (ORR/DCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the competing applications will be accepted for cooperative agreements to administer the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program. ORR/DCS provides temporary shelter care and other related services to UACs in ORR custody. Shelter care services begin once ORR accepts a UAC for placement and ends when the minor is released from ORR custody, turns 18 years of age, or the minor’s immigration case results in a final disposition of removal from the United States. Shelter care and other related services are provided by State-licensed residential shelter care programs in the least restrictive setting appropriate for the UAC’s age and special needs. The majority of UAC are expected to remain in ORR custody between 30-35 days, but some will have a longer or shorter length of stay. ORR is announcing this funding opportunity to seek residential care providers. Care providers must be licensed by an appropriate State agency to provide residential, group, or foster care services for dependent children, including a program operating group homes, foster homes, or facilities for special needs minors. Deadline: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.
  • Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services: In order to improve both the effectiveness and operations of child support programs, to expand the application of behavioral economics to child support contexts through the development of promising interventions, and to build a culture of regular, rapid-cycle evaluation and critical inquiry in the child support community, the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) will award Behavioral Interventions in Child Support Services grants (BICS).  BICS will be funded by Section 1115 funds awarded under cooperative agreements to state IV-D agencies to explore the potential relevance and application of behavioral economics principles to child support services. Deadline: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.
  • Competitive Abstinence Education Grant Program: The Administration for Families and Children (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families' (ACYF) Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will be accepting applications for the implementation of the Competitive Abstinence Education (CAE) program.The purpose of the CAE program is to provide funding for additional tools to address the rates of teen pregnancy among adolescent youth who are at greatest risk of sexually transmitted diseases/sexually transmitted infections (STD/STI) and most likely to bear children out of wedlock. Grantees under this program will be expected to develop a targeted and medically accurate approach to reducing teen pregnancies through abstinence education. Abstinence education programming is one intervention in a continuum of services that seeks to prevent teen pregnancy. Program plans will focus on the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by delaying initiation of sexual activity and engaging in healthy relationships. Deadline: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.
  • Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Technical Assistance Support Project: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of funds for a National Center for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, hereafter referred to as the “National Center.” Approximately $3 million is available to be competitively awarded through a cooperative agreement for the purpose of supporting all newly awarded Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships grantees. Future funding is dependent upon the availability of funds. The goal of the National Center is to provide training, resources, and materials to federal staff, Office of Head Start (OHS) Regional training and technical assistance (T/TA) providers, State Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators, and Office of Child Care’s (OCC) Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN), as well as to orientations and state cluster trainings that support and promote implementation of quality services and practices across EHS-CC partnership settings. Deadline: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.
  • Early Head Start Expansion and EHS-Child Care Partnership Grants: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of approximately $500 million to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services. ACF solicits applications from public entities, including states, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in section 645A of the Head Start Act. Deadline: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

EMPLOYMENT

 

Interested in Working with ACF?

ACF is working hard to increase diversity in its workforce and enhance the cultural competency of the agency, its employees and its contractors. One sure way to reach that goal is to hire more people from diverse backgrounds. Please visit www.usajobs.gov Visit disclaimer page and search for vacancies in the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services.

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FUTURE EMAILS

 

Thank you for taking the time to learn about ACF opportunities. For more information, or to sign up a new recipient for Infόrmate, contact Special Assistant Jesus Garcia in the ACF Office of Public Affairs at jesus.garcia@acf.hhs.gov. For past issues, click on this link: Infόrmate.