January 2014 Infórmate

Photo of Hispanic family, showing a mom, dad, son and daughter.The new National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families is a hub of research designed to improve the lives of Hispanic children and families across three priority areas—(1) poverty reduction and self-sufficiency, (2) healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and (3) early care and education.  The Center is both policy and program driven and is dedicated to providing timely research findings, tools, and scholar opportunities to advance the capacity of the policy, program, and research fields serving Hispanic children and families.

The Center is made up of a team of national experts in Hispanic issues, and was established by a cooperative agreement between ACF and Child Trends in partnership with Abt Associates and university partners (University of Maryland-College Park, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and New York University) in 2013.

The Center welcomes requests for more information about its work and/or partnership opportunities – please contact either one of the Co-Principal Investigators, Lina Guzman, Ph.D., at (lguzman@childtrends.org) or Michael López, Ph.D. (Michael_Lopez@Abtassoc.com). Please also stay tuned for more information on the Center’s activities, including a summer research fellows program that will be launched this year.


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Two New Potential Grant Opportunities Announced

The Family Strengthening Research Scholars Visit disclaimer page grant program is an opportunity created to support research on healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy issues affecting underserved/understudied populations, such as low-income families and minorities. Designed to inform policy decisions, program administration solutions, and future intervention research, this grant opportunity is also an effort to encourage the mentoring of exceptional doctoral students.

The Secondary Analyses of Strengthening Families Datasets Visit disclaimer page grant program is an opportunity to conduct data analysis using the Building Strong Families, Supporting Healthy Marriage, and Community Healthy Marriage Initiative Visit disclaimer page datasets. Research conducted under this grant should address topics on strengthening families and improving the lives of children and parents, as well as promoting economic stability. For those interested in this opportunity, a demonstrated familiarity with and understanding of the datasets is a plus. Those selected for this grant will also participate in a unified effort with fellow grantees to advance research focused on strengthening families.

Visit the HHS Grants Forecast page for additional information on these and other potential grant opportunities across our topic areas



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Hispanic toddler playing with blocks.National Research Conference on Early Childhood taking place in July – Register today

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, in conjunction with the Office of Head Start, are pleased to announce that Head Start’s 12th National Research Conference on Early Childhood (HSRC12) will be held July 7-9, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. This three-day event features plenary sessions, symposia, poster symposia, conversation hours, poster sessions and informal events.

The goals of the conference are to identify and disseminate research relevant to young children (birth to 8 years) and their families and to foster partnerships among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The conference focuses on research that considers low-income families with young children.

The 2014 theme of HSRC12 is collaboration, coordination, integration and alignment of systems supporting young children and their families. The 2014 conference will present the latest research that examines service integration, coordination and alignment, while continuing to showcase evidence-based best practices and new research surrounding child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, home visiting, and other early childhood programs. For more information about the conference, please visit our conference website www.hsrconference.net Visit disclaimer page for complete details.



Photo of young boy working at a sewing machine.Obama Administration releases plan to improve support for human trafficking survivors

The Department of Health and Human Services has joined efforts with other federal agencies and private organizations to help improve the support given to survivors of human trafficking as they rebuild their lives. HHS, along with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security and other federal agencies, released the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States in January. This plan describes the steps that federal agencies will take to ensure that all victims of human trafficking are identified and have access to the services they need to recover and rebuild their lives. This includes taking steps to create a victim services network that is comprehensive, trauma-informed, and responsive to the needs of all victims. Learn more about the initiative by clicking here.



A female farm worker in the field.Head Start Alum Traces Her Path from Migrant Fieldworker to Executive Director

If someone had asked a five-year-old Irma Morin what she wanted to be when she grew up, she never would have imagined that she’d one day rise to the role of executive director at the Community Council of Idaho Inc., Idaho’s largest nonprofit serving Latinos. As the daughter of migrant farm workers, Irma had a difficult journey from migrant worker to executive. However, from the beginning, she was determined to make her parents proud. “My parents seeing me walk down the aisle with a college graduation cap and diploma was the ultimate gift I could give for all that they had done for me,” said Morin, who attended the Community Council of Idaho, Inc.’s Head Start program. Read more about Morin’s story by clicking here.



Hispanic pre-k students with backpacks on and smiling.Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC), a competitive grant program jointly administered by the U.S. departments of Education and Health and Human Services, aims to improve the quality of early learning and development and close the achievement gap for children with high needs. RTT-ELC grants focus on improving early learning and development programs for young children by supporting each state's efforts to:

  • Increase the number of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are enrolled in high-quality early learning programs
  • Design and implement an integrated system of high-quality early learning programs and services
  • Ensure that any use of assessments conforms with the recommendations of the National Research Council's reports on early childhood

The White House awarded part of the $500 million grant fund to the first group of states on Dec. 16, 2011. To date, 20 states now have additional federal resources to support their reform agendas for early childhood education. Recipients include:

  • 2011: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington
  • 2012: Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin
  • 2013: Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont

 For information on the RTT-ELC program please review the following resources:

For more information about the six new grants please visit the Health and Human Resources website Visit disclaimer page .



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:

New Grant Postings:




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