HHS’ Administration for Children and Families opens competitions for 122 funding opportunities totaling nearly $600 million to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services to children and families in communities across the country.
The deadlines for the applications are Nov. 24 and they are mostly focused on rural and underserved communities. This is part of the larger re-competition process that ACF instituted to make sure children receive the highest quality services from the most capable organizations. Failing to meet new ACF/Office of Head Start benchmarks means that current Head Start providers must re-compete from money they were previously assured.
They new competitions also support President Obama’s early learning initiative.
Most of the posted announcements offer the opportunity for a “birth-to-five” approach. Applicants are encouraged to develop innovative approaches to providing services for children from birth to kindergarten in a single application. Applicants must consider the needs of the poorest and underserved children and families in their community, including homeless children and families.
Organizations interested in providing Head Start and Early Head Start services in these specific communities may submit a proposal to the appropriate funding opportunity announcement.
“Many communities have experienced significant demographic shifts over the past decade,” says Ann Linehan, acting director for the Office of Head Start. “This competition provides exciting opportunities for agencies within these communities to work together and meet the needs of the most economically disadvantaged children from birth to kindergarten age.”