Infόrmate May 2013

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010.

President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010.

Greetings from ACF:

The full implementation of the Affordable Care Act Visit disclaimer page is coming soon. Are you ready?

Starting Oct. 1, individuals and small businesses can buy affordable and qualified health benefit plans in this new transparent and competitive insurance marketplace that will take effect in 2014.

To help you navigate the health care market, the HHS Partnership Center Visit disclaimer page will host a series of webinars for faith and community leaders. All webinars are open to the public and include a question and answer session.

  • The Health Care Law 101 (in Spanish) Tuesday, May 21 at 3 p.m. (EST). A presentation on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and how to access care in your community in Spanish. Information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to help enroll others in health insurance, and how to receive updates on implementation of the law will be shared. Register here: Visit disclaimer page
  • The Health Care Law 101 Thursday, May 23 at 2 p.m. (EST). A presentation on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and how to access care in your community. Information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to help enroll others in health insurance, and how to receive updates on implementation of the law will be shared: Visit disclaimer page

Learn how the Administration for Children and Families is already implementing programs provided by the Affordable Care Act: Addressing Poverty Today Among Those Facing Social and Economic Challenges for a Healthier Tomorrow.

The HHS Partnership Center will also host a series of webinars on Women's Health:

  • Make the Call, Don’t Miss A Beat! Thursday, May 16 at Noon (EST). This webinar seeks to educate and empower women age  50+  to call 9-1-1 immediately when they experience any of the seven symptoms of a heart attack, and to do the same for their mothers, sisters and friends. This new campaign builds on the Office of Women's Health's successful “Make the Call, Don’t Miss a Beat!” campaign, that began in 2011. Register here: Visit disclaimer page
  • Haga La Llamada ¡No Pierda Tiempo! jueves 16 de mayo a las 1 PM (Tiempo del Este) Usted está invitado/a a participar a un Webinar en español sobre la campaña de concientización sobre ataques al corazón dirigida a mujeres latinas de 50 años en adelante. La campaña, "Haga la Llamada. ¡No Pierda Tiempo!" tiene como objetivo educar y motivar a las mujeres de habla hispana a llamar al 9-1-1 inmediatamente cuando se presente alguno de los siete síntomas de un ataque al corazón y a hacer lo mismo por sus madres, hermanas y amigas. Es una campaña lanzada por La Oficina de la Salud de la Mujer del Departamento de Salud  y Servicios Humanos. Regístrese aquí: Visit disclaimer page

For weekly updates on ACF programs, visit our blog the ACF Family Room.


Image removed.Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference Coming Soon
On May 29-31, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation will host the 16th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference Visit disclaimer page (WREC), at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The WREC is a leading forum for:

  • Family self-sufficiency and poverty researchers
  • State and local administrators
  • Practitioners and program operators
  • Federal officials and policymakers

Attendees will be able to network with peers and discuss cutting-edge research on family self-sufficiency and social welfare programs and policies. This year’s WREC features a dynamic agenda Visit disclaimer page highlighting research in several areas, including:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Education, training and success in the labor market
  • Child and youth well-being
  • Fatherhood, relationships and strengthening families
  • Building and using evidence on social programs
  • Approaches to alleviate poverty and strengthen the safety net

The WREC is free and open to the public. For those unable to attend in person, select sessions will be live-streamed via the Internet. Registration Visit disclaimer page will be open through Friday, May 10.




Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon meets with San Antonio, Texas, Head Start students. Photo by Erik GomezReport on Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start Delivered to Congress
Read the latest findings from a report issued to Congress on dual language learners in the Head Start and Early Head Start program. According to the report, more than a quarter of children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start are from homes where their parents speak to them primarily in a language other than English – usually Spanish. Click here for more information: Report on Dual Language Learners.



Teenage Latina girls in a school yard.Teen Birth Rate Falls to Historic Low
The U.S. teen birth rate fell to a historic low in 2011, 31.3 births per 1,000 women, according to a report Visit disclaimer page released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in February's journal of American Academy of Pediatrics. The report's data also shows adolescent births are down 25 percent since 2007 and 49 percent since 1991. Learn how Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program funded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau supports comprehensive sex education, adulthood preparation programs and abstinence education. Read about FYSB’s Grrrls Project in Pima, Arizona. 


Photo of a teenage girl runaway leaning against a wall by a street.Street Outreach Program Funding Now Available
ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau is now accepting grant applications for the Street Outreach Program. The Street Outreach Program funds organizations that provide street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution or sexual exploitation. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist them in making healthy choices and ultimately helping them leave the streets. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 28. Click here for the funding announcement.


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 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:

1. New Grant: Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program (Deadline July 2, 2013)

The Office of Refugee Resettlement invites you to submit competitive grant applications for projects under the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program. Grant applications should propose strategies that incorporate agriculture and food systems to improve the lives of refugee families. These strategies should result in sustainable and/or supplemental income, improved access to healthy foods and better nutrition, and enhanced integration into communities by refugee families. Application is due Tuesday, July 2. Here is some additional information for eligible applicants:

  • Public or private non-profit agencies are eligible for awards under this announcement
  • Grants under this announcement will be issued for three years on a one-time basis
  • Eligible applicants are limited to organizations that have not previously received ORR RAPP grants in 2007 and/or 2010.  Eligibility is limited due to ORR’s interest in supporting agricultural and food systems for refugees in new project areas to further the benefits of RAPP within the constraints of a limited budget
  • To access the funding opportunity announcement, visit: Visit disclaimer page , and search for CFDA # 93.576 Visit disclaimer page . You can also download the full funding announcement.

2. New Grant: Health Navigators (Deadline June 7, 2013)

We have an important announcement from our sister agency, the 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:

  • 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 Friday, June 7.

3. New Grant: Refugee Home-Based Child Care Microenterprise Development Projects (Deadline May 21, 2013)

The Office of Refugee Resettlement published a funding opportunity announcement for Refugee Home-Based Child Care Microenterprise Development Projects (application deadline is Tuesday, May 21). 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 child care service providers.  Download the full FOA and application kit.


Interested in working with ACF?
ACF is working hard to 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. We are committed to increasing diversity in the ACF workforce. Please visit Visit disclaimer page and search for vacancies in the Administration for Children and Families within the Health and Human Services Department.

General Public:
Program Specialist, GS GS-0101-09/11, Washington, D.C., Deadline Monday, May 13, 2013 Visit disclaimer page

Already a Federal Worker? See current vacancies for status candidates:
Program Specialist, GS GS-0101-09/11, Washington, D.C., Deadline Monday, May 13, 2013 Visit disclaimer page


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