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Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Announces

Availability of Approximately $135 million 

 Applications are due August 24, 2016

As of June 23, 2016

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of approximately $135 million to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start – Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships or through the expansion of Early Head Start services. ACF solicits applications from public entities, including states, or private nonprofit 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.

Interested applicants may e-mail EHS.CCPartnerships@acf.hhs.gov for additional information.

For more information about Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships, visit http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehs-ccp.

To stay up to date on Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships, please subscribe (or update your subscription) on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) to include Partnerships between Early Childhood Programs.  

Dear NEW  YORK Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Applicants:

The Early Childhood Advisory Council would like to offer its support in your Early Head Start Child Care Partnership application in two ways that we feel will help you submit a high quality application.

First, we suggest that you add the following paragraph to your application to illustrate how you propose to link your program to the state’s system of services for infants and toddlers.

"The success of (insert name of your program) will be supported by the comprehensive, high-quality system of services that has been developed for infants and toddlers (children birth through three) in New York State.  The work to create this system is led by the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) which was established in 2009 to develop a comprehensive system of supports and services for children prenatally to age eight.  Recognizing the important opportunity to increase the number of low-income infants and toddlers served in high-quality programs, the ECAC has pledged to support the successful implementation of all funded Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships in New York State.  In so doing, the ECAC will work to support the success of the funded partnerships by linking them to other components of New York’s system of infant and toddler services, while ensuring that these partnerships become integral components of New York’s birth to age eight continuum of care.  These components include the state’s quality rating and improvement system, Core Body of Knowledge, Early Learning Guidelines, early childhood educator professional development programming, parenting educator training, and other elements of the services system."

We encourage all applicants in New York to include this insert in their application.  It can be inserted into either the Community Needs or Program Design sections.  By doing so you will help to illustrate how your proposal will link to the state’s system of services and how you plan to use this grant opportunity to enhance the quality of infant and toddler care in the state.  This is important because in addition to increasing access to high quality early childhood education programs for low-income children, the federal Office of Head Start is looking to build upon strong state systems for Infant and toddler care.  We have attached a description of New York’s Infant and Toddler Services System for your information.

Second, the Co-chairs of the Early Childhood Advisory Council, Patty Persell and Sherry Cleary, would be happy to provide you with a strong letter of support.  Again, we think this is important for showing how you are part of statewide strategy for increasing access to high-quality services for infants and toddlers from low-income families.  If you would like a letter of support please send an email to patricia.persell@ccf.ny.gov with the following information.  Please allow 4 days lead time.  The last day to request a letter of support: August 15th.

  1. Agency Name, Executive Director, address, phone, email, (your name and contact info if different).

  2. A brief summary/abstract, including the number of children, number of centers, number of family child care, and geographic areas to be served so that we are able to refer to your specific project in the letter.

If there are other ways we can be supportive, please let us know.  

Resources for Infant and Toddler Care

Family Resource CentersFamily Resource Centers (FRC) are funded through the Children and Family Trust Fund and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, welcome families with children of any age with an emphasis on high need families with children ages 0-5. Services and programs are based on local needs, building on existing planning processes with community and interdisciplinary participation. Parenting education and support, connections to community resources and play spaces for children are some of the services FRCs offer. FRCs are available to host parent-child play sessions or meeting events in partnership with the early care and learning providers and to be a parenting support resources for these providers. In some communities the FRC schedules times for parents to meet with representatives of the human services available to families in the community. 

Early Head Start Child Care Partnership (EHSCCP) The Role of Local Social Services Districts #5 (July 8, 2014)

  1. Early Head Start Child Care Partnership New York webinar #5 slides


 Early Head Start Child Care Partnership (EHSCCP) New York Webinar #4: Opportunity New York Vision of Infant and Toddler Care 

(June 26, 2014) 

  1. Early Head Start Child Care Partnership New York Webinar Slides #4
  2. Description of New York's infant toddler system                
  3. Application Insert description for New York’s infant and toddler system 

 NYS Resources for Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Applicants

The Applicant must describe its plan to use curricula and teaching practices that promote progress toward infant and toddler school readiness goals and are:

    • Based on scientifically valid research,
    • Developmentally appropriate for infants and toddlers, and
    • Aligned to infant and toddler State Early Learning Guidelines. 

The New York State Early Learning Guidelines can be found here:

The  New York State Early Learning Alignment Crosswalk of the Early Learning Guidelines and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework can be found here:    

 Early Head Start Child Care Partnership 

New York Webinar #3:  Handouts (June 2, 2014)

      1. Early Head Start Child Care Partnership New York webinar #3 slides
      2. Early Childhood Guide to Blending & Braiding in New York 

Early Head Start Child Care Partnership

New York Webinar #2:  Handouts (May 14, 2014)

      1. Early Head Start Child Care Partnership New York webinar #2 slides

 Early Head Start Child Care Partnership

New York Webinar #1:  Handouts (May 2, 2014)

  1. Early Head Start Child Care Partnership New York webinar #1 slides:  Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IVPart V
  2. Early Head Start Child Care Partnership New York webinar #1 – RESOURCES
  3. Early Head Start Child Care Partnership New York webinar #1 – Data Handout
  4. Putting It All Together: High Need Communities, New York State School Districts and QualityStarsNY
  5. New York’s Snapshot Early Childhood Fact Sheet
  6. Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families:  Profile – New York State Profile
  7. KWIC Child Well-being Report – New York State
  8. Early Childhood Profile – New York State
  9. Example of an ACS/Census Demographic Profile for Zip Code
  10. 2012 Child Care Facts & Figures


Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Opportunity in New York State (2014)

$500 million will be available through competitive funding opportunities in all states, territories, tribes and migrant and seasonal communities for new Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships.  The grants will be administered by the ACF Regional Office to new or existing Early Head Start grantees (there are currently 61 Early Head Start grantees in the state serving 6,254 infants, toddlers and 584 pregnant women) who will have the opportunity to partner with local child care agencies and family childcare homes (who already receive CCDF funds to offer child care) to offer 0-3 care at a higher quality, and meet all of the Early Head Start regulations and performance standards. 

This funding increase will provide “high quality Early Head Start services to approximately 40,000 additional children, more than a one-third increase in national program enrollment. This leverages investments through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and will further improve the quality of early childhood care and education options for infants and toddlers.”  The bill also provides $10 million for Federal administration and evaluation of these Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships.

These grants will allow existing Early Head Start programs, states, tribes or local governments, to partner with local child care centers and family child care providers serving low-income infants and toddlers.  In the report language, Congress described two priorities for the competition: 1) to give priority to agencies that partner with local child care providers, including center and home-based care (family child care); 2) to prioritize applications that provide a unified birth-to-school entry continuum. 

Funding awards must be made by March 31, 2015.  FOA expected to be due in spring 2014, paneled over the summer, and awards made by March 31, 2015.

This is a wonderful opportunity for New York to raise the quality of infant and toddler care for the children who are most at risk.  The ECAC is establishing a taskforce to help determine how best to maximize this opportunity in New York State.  

   Important Informaton for Applicants (2014) 

Early Head Start - Child Care Partnerships and Early Head Start Expansion for American Indian and Alaska Native and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Programs - FOAs Now Open!:  The FOAs support the creation of Early Head Start – Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships and Early Head Start expansion efforts. These new competitive grant opportunities will expand access to high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families.

Funding will be available within each State based on the number of young children in poverty. No less than $14,316,000 will be available for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Head Start programs, and $21,474,000 will be available for Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs. Only high-quality applications will be funded. Priority will be given to applicants proposing EHS-CC Partnerships.

Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Questions and Answers:  The third installment of questions and answers about the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership FOA. 

FOA Checklist for Applicants:  This is a ‘checklist’ of criteria’s the grant reviewers will use to award points.  This checklist does not replace the FOA.  It is an in-house document aimed to help with timely planning for each section of the application.   It is expected that all applicants will read the full FOA before submitting an application.  

BUILD Webinars: Initiative has had a number of webinars in the past weeks about the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP) federal funding opportunity and they have received a lot of questions.   If it is the official answers to these questions you are looking for, please go to the ECLKC website. But, in any case, they want to be responsive to you.  So BUILD has asked Yvette Sanchez Fuentes for her answers to your questions.  For those of you who submitted questions in the chat box on the webinar entitled Understanding the Review and Scoring Criteria of the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Application, featuring Jeff Capizzano, you’ll find answers here.

2012 - Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) 2013 Enrollment Statistics Multi Year Report - State Level (6/28/14):  The PIR for Early Head Start programs in New York over the last few years can help develop plans and budgets for your EHS-CC Partnership application.  


2015 New York Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Awardees

Community Action of Orleans and Genesee, Inc.

$ 900,000

Project Social Care Head Start, Inc.

$ 5,800,000

United Academy, Inc.

$ 2,200,000

Yeshivath Kehilath Yakov, Inc.

$ 1,100,000

Community Action Organization of Erie County Inc.

$ 1,500,000

Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. (WestCOP)

$ 2,400,000

Fort George Community Enrichment Center, Inc.

$ 1,100,000

Grand Street Settlement, Inc.

$ 2,200,000

University Settlement Society of New York, Inc.

$ 900,000

Schenectady Community Action Program

$ 1,200,000

The Salvation Army

$ 1,500,000