HHS’ Head Start Office is preparing to release 90 Head Start and Early Head Start competitions to support early learning programs across the country. The new competitions are to replace underperforming Head Start providers that were be forced re-compete for funding that they had previously received on a non-competitive basis.
ACF plans to release the solicitations in July with September deadlines.
The re-competition for funding, through the $8 billion Head Start (CFDA Number: 93.600) program:, is part of a larger effort to improve the quality of Head Start and Early Head Start programs, which enroll about 1 million children nationally, mandated by the 2007 Head Start Reauthorization Act.
The providers were singled out for re-competition because they had their licenses revoked, had fiscal or management issues preventing them from properly managing federal funds, or had deficiencies discovered in their on-site federal monitoring review.
Also, grantees who scored in the lowest 10% of all Head Start centers who received a classroom quality evaluation in their on-site federal monitoring review were scheduled for re-competition. The amount of Head Start funding and of children served is expected to stay the same, it just might not be the same organizations providing care.
The 2015 re-competition designees included Head Start programs in South Carolina, Newark, NJ, Hidalgo County, Texas, Fairfax, VA, Hawaii, Iowa, Arkansas and Idaho.
Contact: Shawna Pinckney, Shawna.Pinckney@ACF.hhs.gov or 888/242-0684.