What We Do

The Philadelphia Region 3 office manages more than $4 billion in grant programs covering its five-state area of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

The more than 65 employees in Region 3 are committed to superior public service and work closely with state and local governments, for-profit and non-profit organizations, and faith- and community-based organizations.

Our funding supports state and local programs such as Head Start, family assistance (welfare), child welfare, child care and child support. These programs promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities. We also support programs that address the needs, strengths and abilities of individuals with developmental disabilities, refugees and underserved populations, as well as healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood initiatives.

ACF Regional Programs

Grants Management Regional Unit

The Grants Management Regional Unit is headed by the regional grants management officer and supports the Chief Grants Officer/Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration.

The unit’s responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that business and financial responsibilities of grants administration are carried out
  • Managing ACF’s discretionary, formula, entitlement and block grants in the region
  • Directing all grants and cooperative agreements
  • Ensuring compliance with applicable statutes, regulations and policies
  • Performing audit resolutions
  • Providing leadership and technical guidance to ACF programs on grant operations and grants management issues

Children’s Bureau Regional Program Unit

The Children’s Bureau (CB) Regional Program Unit is headed by the regional program manager who reports to the associate commissioner of the Children’s Bureau.

The unit is responsible for providing program and technical administration of CB formula, entitlement, block and discretionary programs. These programs include:

  • Child welfare, including child abuse and neglect
  • Child protective services
  • Family preservation and support
  • Adoption
  • Foster care
  • Independent living

Contact: Regional Program Manager, Lisa Pearson
E-mail: lisa.pearson@acf.hhs.gov

OCSE Regional Program Unit

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Regional Program Unit is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Deputy Director/Commissioner, OCSE.

The unit is responsible for providing program and technical administration of OCSE entitlement and discretionary programs and for collaborating with ACF Central Office, states, tribes and other grantees on all significant program and policy matters.

Contact: Regional Program Manager, Juanita DeVine
E-mail: juanita.devine@acf.hhs.gov

TANF Bureau Regional Program Unit

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Regional Program Unit is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Associate Director, TANF, within the Office of Family Assistance.

The unit is responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of the TANF block grant and for collaborating with ACF Central Office, states and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Contact: Regional Program Manager, Eileen Friedman
E-mail: eileen.friedman@acf.hhs.gov

Child Care Bureau Regional Program Unit

The Office of Child Care (OCC) Regional Program Unit is headed by a regional program manager who reports to the director of the Office of Child Care.

The unit is responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of Child Care Development (CCDF) block grant and discretionary programs and for collaborating with ACF Central Office, states and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Contact: Regional Program Manager, Beverly Wellons
E-mail: beverly.wellons@acf.hhs.gov

Head Start Regional Program Unit

The Head Start Regional Program Unit is headed by the regional program manager who reports to the Program Operations Division in the Office of Head Start (OHS).

The unit is responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of OHS discretionary programs and for collaborating with OHS State Collaboration Projects on all significant policy matters. The Regional Program Unit oversees the day-to-day management of Head Start grantees and the provision of technical assistance.

Contact: Regional Program Manager, Brenda Hewitt
E-mail: brenda.hewitt@acf.hhs.gov
States: Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia

Last Reviewed: October 18, 2019

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