Infórmate September 2014





Girl standing in front of chalk board; text: Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15

ACF Improving the Well-Being of Hispanic Families


Mark GreenbergFrom Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, our nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to commemorate the diverse Hispanic/Latino culture, traditions and history, and to highlight the great contributions made by Hispanics.

The Administration for Children and Families continues to strengthen its commitment to improving the well-being of Hispanic/Latino children, families and communities. The Census Bureau currently estimates that almost one quarter of children in the United States are Hispanic and 30 percent of poor households include Hispanic children and families. We continue to expand outreach to Hispanic/Latino stakeholders and providers, strengthen programs and research targeting underserved and underrepresented populations, and support a diverse workforce. 

Earlier this year, we formally established a Hispanic Initiative Work Group, charged with promoting an ACF-wide response to the human and social services needs of the Hispanic/Latino population, and incorporating lessons learned to inform ACF outreach, access, funding and hiring. We have launched a concerted and organized agency-wide effort to increase Hispanic/Latino grant reviewers, as well as Hispanic/Latino-focused priority areas in Program Funding Announcements (FOAs). We have also established a Language Access Work Group to ensure meaningful access to ACF services and programs to individuals with limited English proficiency (Spanish continues to be the most common language, besides English, spoken by our constituents).

During the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month, ACF will coordinate various activities to demonstrate and strengthen the agency’s commitment to the Hispanic population. On Sept. 11, we will kick off ACF’s activities with a presentation to all staff from Cleo Rodriguez, executive director of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association. On Oct. 22, we will host a meeting with experts and stakeholders to discuss access to ACF programs and services to individuals with limited English proficiency. We are also coordinating an all-staff learning event in coordination with the ACF-funded National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families for late October.  

Current ACF-sponsored research efforts, such as the Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency project and the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, are illuminating barriers to ACF services and to economic mobility that low-income Hispanic individuals and families in the United States commonly face. A brief about cultural competence and a recently published report about the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start CARES project, describe promising approaches to serving our increasingly diverse community. Hispanic children and families in need are diverse in national origin, heritage and history, racial identification, and language abilities, and ACF-sponsored research and efforts in other areas aim to make sure that our work reflects the diversity of experiences, needs, and assets of the children and families ACF serves.

In fiscal year 2014, the Office of Refugee Resettlement and its grantees have provided services to nearly 60,000 unaccompanied children, mainly from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—more than double the number of children served in FY 2013. ORR provides shelter, food, classroom instruction, vocational education, group therapy, individual counseling, religious services, medical services to these vulnerable children while working to place them with a parent, relative or other appropriate sponsor with whom they can live while awaiting immigration proceedings.

At ACF, we look forward to continue working with the Hispanic/Latino community to advance the President’s goals that a little girl or boy born into the bleakest poverty should know that they have the same chance to succeed as anybody else, and to promote mobility and opportunity for children, families and communities.

Mark Greenberg
Acting Assistant Secretary
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


For the latest ACF information and news, visit The Family Room Blog.

Hispanic students in class.Back to School: Keep Kids Safe from Bullies

When you, your child, or someone close to you is being bullied, there are many steps to take to help resolve the situation. Make sure you understand what bullying is and what it is not, the warning signs of bullying, and steps to take for preventing and responding to bullying, including how to talk to children about bullying, prevention in schools and communities, and how to support children involved.

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After reviewing that information, if you feel you have done everything you can to resolve the situation and nothing has worked, or someone is in immediate danger, there are ways to get help Visit disclaimer page .

Cuando usted, su hijo o alguien cercano está siendo acosado, se pueden tomar varias medidas para resolver la situación. Asegúrese de entender qué es acoso y qué no es acoso, los indicios de acoso y las medidas que se pueden tomar para prevenir y responder ante el acoso, por ejemplo, cómo tratar el tema del acoso con los niños, cómo prevenirlo en las escuelas y comunidades y cómo apoyar a los niños involucrados.

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Luego de consultar esta información, si siente que ya ha hecho todo lo posible por resolver el problema y nada ha funcionado, o alguien se encuentra en peligro inminente, siempre hay formas de obtener ayuda.


Hispanic toddler smiling.ACF Expands Access to Comprehensive Services to Low-income, Migrant and Seasonal Infants and Toddlers and Their Families

ACF recently announced the availability of $22 million in funds to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income, migrant and seasonal infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care 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. For more information, interested applicants should read the Funding Opportunity Announcement or visit Deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.



Child in a car seat.

Look Before You Lock - Tip Sheet available in Spanish

Back-to-school season is here and it feels like summer is drawing to a close. However, as long as temperatures stay warm—even 60 degrees—children will still be at risk of heatstroke in cars. Do not forget to look before you lock as we move toward fall to keep the children in your life safe. For resources and tools related to the “Look Before You Lock” campaign, you can visit ACF’s Early Childhood Development site. Our tip sheet is now available in both English and Spanish. You can also visit the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) page Visit disclaimer page on heatstroke to learn more, or you can go to the DOT resource page Visit disclaimer page for materials.


ACF Launches Toolkit to Improve Responsible Data Sharing at State and Local Level

In August, ACF published its “ACF Confidentiality Toolkit.” It’s a document that the agency has been working on for several years. The toolkit's goal is to help state and local efforts to understand how and when it is appropriate to share information about a family or individual, in order to provide more effective services, in ways consistent with confidentiality laws and requirements.

This is the latest product of the ACF Interoperability Initiative designed to support improved integration across human service programs and the systems that support them. The agency hopes the ACF Confidentiality Toolkit will help state and local efforts by:

  • Providing examples of how confidentiality requirements can be addressed and met in a manner fully consistent with governing laws and underlying policies
  • Including sample Memoranda of Understandings and data sharing agreements
  • Providing helpful guidance to states and localities

For more information about the ACF Confidentiality Toolkit, read a special message from ACF Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Greenberg.


ACF’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Linda K. Smith and Regional Administrator for ACF Region II Joyce Thomas attended a groundbreakGroundbreaking at Long Beach Head Start

On Aug. 8, New York’s Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Long Beach Head Start Facility. The original Head Start center was heavily damaged by Super Storm Sandy in October 2012. The new Head Start facility is projected to cost $6.5 million and will be funded by the ACF Office of Head Start thanks to funds allocated from the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund appropriated by Congress. The new environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient building will feature four bright classrooms with centralized bathrooms for 60 children on the second and third floors. The building will also house administrative and staff offices, parent meeting areas, a commercial kitchen on the fourth floor, and a state-of-the-art rooftop playground. Read more about the new facility.



Photo of students enrolled in the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program.HPOG Three-Year Study: Many Experienced Positive Training, Job Outcomes

In its first three years of operation, the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program has served 24,558 participants across 23 states, 32 grantees, and five tribal organizations by funding training in high-demand healthcare professions for low-income people. According to a new study, many program participants experienced positive training and employment outcomes. Read more about the successes: A Look at Three Years of Health Profession Training Programs.

For inspirational HPOG Success Stories, visit these links:
Rolando Calderón
Van Dinh Kuno
Quinton Sanders
Luz Torres


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:


Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program: The "State Abstinence Program" was restored through Fiscal Year 2014 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act, hereafter), Pub.L. 111-148. To qualify for funding in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, states must submit an application. The Family and Youth Services Bureau will accept applications from states and territories for the development and implementation of State Abstinence Programs. The purpose of this program is to support decisions to abstain from sexual activity by providing abstinence programming as defined by Section 510(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 710(b)) with a focus on those groups that are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock, such as youth in or aging out of foster care. Deadline to apply is Sept. 22, 2014.

Assets for Independence Demonstration Program: The Office of Community Services is accepting applications to administer projects for the national Assets for Independence (AFI) of Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). The projects will provide IDAs and related services to individuals and families with low incomes. A primary feature of each AFI project is that participants save earned income in an IDA to purchase a home, capitalize or expand a business for self-employment, or attend postsecondary education or training. Projects also ensure that participants have access to financial education training and coaching, including family budgeting, debt and credit counseling, using mainstream financial products, and accessing refundable tax credits. As a condition of their federal AFI grant, grantees must provide non-federal funds to support their AFI project in an amount at least equal to the Federal AFI grant amount. This is a standing announcement. For the next two Fiscal Years (2015 and 2016), there will be multiple application due dates during each year. Deadlines to apply are as follows: FY 2015: Oct. 27, 2014 and April 20, 2015 and FY 2016: Oct. 19, 2015 and April 18, 2016.


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 and search for vacancies in the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services.

ACF Job Openings (partial list, for complete list visit

  • Field Program Specialist Visit disclaimer page ; Office of Refugee Resettlement; GS-12; Salary: $69,497 to $101,866; Locations: Phoenix, AZ, Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL, Newark, NJ, New York, NY, Corpus Christi, TX, and San Antonio, TX; Deadline: Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.
  • Program Specialist Visit disclaimer page ; Office of Head Start; GS-12; Salary: $75,621 to $98,305; Location: Washington, D.C.; Deadline: Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.
  • Deputy Director Visit disclaimer page ; Office of Child Care; GS-15; Salary: $124,995 to $157,100; Location: Washington, D.C.; Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.
  • Field Program Specialist Visit disclaimer page ; Office of Refugee Resettlement; GS-12; Salary: $69,497 to $106,955; Locations: Tucson, AZ, San Diego, CA, San Francisco, CA, Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Dallas, TX, and Harlingen, TX; Deadline: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

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