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Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- Washington, District of Columbia


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
CFDA Number: 93.600
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-CH-R03-1705
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington, DC

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/12/19 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
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:

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:


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Head Start
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Entities applying for Head Start only - or - both Head Start and Early Head Start:

Eligible applicants are limited to local public or private nonprofit agencies, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or for-profit organizations that wish to compete for funds that are available to provide Head Start and/or Early Head Start services to children and families residing in Washington, District of Columbia. Applicants must demonstrate they meet the statutory requirement for designation as a Head Start and/or Early Head Start agency as defined in the Head Start Act.

For designation as a Head Start agency, ACF will consider all "qualified applicants in such community" as required by Section 641(d) where the applicant demonstrates it has an organizational base within the community to be served. This could be established by virtue of the applicant being a provider of services in the community or having a clear relationship to the community as evidenced, for example, by board representation from the community or by evidence of the support of community leaders, including, but not limited to mayors; city council members; school principals; presidents of local chambers of commerce; county government officials; social service provider organizations; community organizations representing low-income, minority, or other relevant sectors of the community; and child care providers and organizations.

Entities applying for Early Head Start only:

Eligible applicants are any public or private nonprofit agencies, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies. Eligibility is limited to public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations in the service area that can provide Early Head Start services to children and families residing in Washington, District of Columbia.

Entities operating Head Start programs are eligible to operate Early Head Start programs.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

For information about funding restrictions, see:

Pre-Proposal Conference
OHS will conduct two pre-application webinars in September. The goal of the webinars is to provide potential applicants with an overview of the Head Start program, and the OHS competitive grants process.

Interested organizations have two opportunities to attend. To register, please select the event you would like to join:
Tuesday September 24th at 2 pm EDT
Register here:

Wednesday September 25th at 9 am EDT
Register here:

Joining and participating in these webinars is voluntary. Only the information provided in this FOA will be presented. Participants will remain anonymous. Opting not to participate in the webinars will not affect eligibility, application scoring or the selection process. Applicants unable to attend can access the FAQ document on the Program Office website after the webinars have concluded.

Additional information:

Pre-Application Information
Application Due Date: November 12, 2019. Electronic applications will be accepted via ACF will not accept applications submitted via email or via facsimile. Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.

The registration process at can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Any applicant responding to this FOA will submit one application, whether the applicant is proposing to provide: 1) Head Start services only, 2) Early Head Start services only, or 3) both Head Start and Early Head Start services. Applicants proposing to serve pregnant women are expected to serve the newborn through the Early Head Start program.

All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). In addition, organizations applying online through must register with SAM in order to apply online.
- DUNS number:
- SAM:

Grantees must, unless a waiver is granted, contribute 20 percent of the total cost of the program from non-federal funds. A waiver may be granted for any of the grounds listed in Section 640(b) of the Head Start Act.

Additional information:


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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
The total dollar amount includes base funding of $14,364,252, and training and technical assistance funding of $214,980.

Award Ceiling: $$14,579,232 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $500,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract
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.

Contact Information
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
Suite 401
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

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