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Grants to Washington, DC public and private nonprofit organizations, including CBOs and faith-based organizations, and for-profit organizations for programs that help to prepare children from birth through age five for school. Funding is intended for programs that give disadvantaged children a strong early education so that they arrive in kindergarten on par with their peers. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. The Head Start program is designed to provide high-quality, comprehensive early education programming to low-income children and families so that children can succeed at school.
The Office of Head Start (OHS) is offering applicants the opportunity to apply for funding to serve pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and children from birth to compulsory school age in one application. The goal of this FOA is to ensure an equitable distribution of resources to meet the demonstrated community needs of children from birth to compulsory school age, ensuring continuity of services and taking into account the availability of high-quality and comprehensive early childhood education opportunities (which may include public preKindergarten programs for 4-year-olds). Applicants may explore combining Head Start and Early Head Start funds with resources from other early childhood programs or funding streams, including state, local, and private sector funding for child care, pre-Kindergarten, and special education services.
Head Start and Early Head Start are designed to increase the number of low-income children receiving high-quality, comprehensive early education services that help facilitate healthy development, including physical and social/emotional development, and prepare them for school success. Given the need for continuity of care to support the rapid development in the earliest years, the OHS expects that grantees will serve pregnant women, infants, and toddlers for at least 1,380 annual hours, unless approved for a locally designed option. OHS expects that grantees will implement a full-year model that will require per-child costs that, in most circumstances, will be higher than the costs needed to provide part-year services. Applicants are encouraged to use this opportunity to design a model of services and program options that best meet the needs of children and families over time, including helping to meet the child care needs of parents.
Head Start serves children when they are at least 3 years old by the date used to determine eligibility for public school in the community where the Head Start program is located. Early Head Start programs enroll pregnant women and infants and toddlers from birth to age 3. Families must either have incomes below the poverty line or be eligible for public assistance in order to be income eligible for Head Start or Early Head Start programs. In addition, homeless children and children in foster care are categorically eligible for services. Children are selected for enrollment based on age and income eligibility and relative level of need with regard to other criteria that are identified within each community. For additional information about eligible participants, see: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-CH-R03-1705_0.pdf#page=7
Applicants may elect to propose program models that promote socioeconomic diversity within classrooms. Federal Head Start funds must be used to serve eligible children as described in this section. Additional children who are not income-eligible for Head Start or Early Head Start can be served so long as their participation is supported through other funding sources, including child care subsidies, public school pre-K allocations, parent-paid tuition, or other sources. Such program designs may be beneficial in promoting socioeconomic diversity within classrooms.
For information about funding criteria, see: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-CH-R03-1705_0.pdf#page=47
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Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods. Anticipated project start date is July 1, 2020.
Please note that applicants responding to this FOA will be expected to begin providing Head Start and/or Early Head Start services quickly after award, with a minimal startup period, to support limited to no disruption in services to the currently enrolled children and families in this service area.
For submissions by mail or hand delivered (for those who are exempt from electronic submission):
Office of Head Start
OHS Operations Center
1401 Mercantile Lane
Largo, MD 20774
Program Office Contact:
Shawna Pinckney, Administration for Children and Families
Office of Head Start
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (888) 242-0684
If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
ACF Applications Help Desk