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Secondary Analyses of Data on Early Care and Education

Grants to USA Agencies, Businesses, IHEs, and Nonprofits for
Research Related to Early Childhood Education and Care

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE)

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04/13/20 11:59 PM ET for online submissions; 4:30 PM ET for paper applications (with Exemption from Required Electronic Application).


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Grants to USA and territories agencies, businesses, IHEs, and nonprofit organizations to conduct research related to early childhood education and care. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. Researchers associated with applicant organizations will conduct secondary analyses to address key early care and education questions of relevance to the goals and outcomes of programs administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) and disseminate findings from those analyses.

The specific goals of the Secondary Analyses of Data on Early Care and Education grants are to:

  • Address topics of current relevance to the goals and outcomes of CCDF and HS/EHS;
  • Encourage active communication, networking, and collaboration among prominent early care and education researchers and policymakers; and
  • Increase the capacity of early care and education researchers to analyze existing data sets and disseminate their findings to multiple audiences.

Topics of particular interest to ACF include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruiting and retaining a qualified early care and education workforce;
  • Costs associated with high-quality service delivery and blending/braiding of funding sources;
  • Quality measurement, improvement, and investments;
  • Reducing barriers to access, particularly for those most in need of services;
  • Building the supply of high-quality care and education;
  • Improving teacher and caregiver practice through professional development;
  • Supporting the unique strengths and needs of diverse and traditionally understudied populations of children, families, and early care and education teachers/providers;
  • Approaches to support parents’ early care and education choices as well as reach, recruit, enroll, and sustain families most in need of services;
  • Variation in and implementation of policies and practices across states, territories, localities, and early care and education programs, and their links to child, family, and provider outcomes;
  • Coordination and collaboration across early childhood and other social service programs and between early childhood programs and K-12 education; and
  • Effective approaches to engage, support, and meet the needs of families.

For data sets that are well suited for secondary analyses on the above topics, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 156023

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $105,000 Per Project Period
- Award Floor: $80,000 Per Project Period
- Average Projected Award Amount: $100,000 Per Project Period

Term of Contract:

Project period is 18 months starting on September 30, 2020, and ending March 30, 2021. Continuation awards will not be offered.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • 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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is open to organizations/entities that apply on behalf of researchers who hold doctorate or equivalent degrees in their respective fields, conduct research as a primary professional responsibility, and have been first or second author on publications in peer-reviewed research journals.

Applicant organizations/entities may submit more than one application, on behalf of more than one researcher.

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

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.

Pre-Application Information:

- Post Date: 01/30/2020
- Letter of Intent Due Date: 03/02/2020
- Application Due Date: 14/13/2020

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this announcement. Letter of intent information will be used to determine the number of expert reviewers needed to evaluate applications. The letter of intent is optional. Failure to submit a letter of intent will not impact eligibility to submit an application and will not disqualify an application from competitive review.

- The Project Director or Principal Investigator must attend and present a poster at the 2021 and 2022 Annual Meetings of the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium (CCEEPRC). CCEEPRC is typically held in the early spring of each year in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and lasts approximately 2 days.
- The Project Director or Principal Investigator must also attend a meeting of all current Secondary Analyses of Data on Early Care and Education grantees. This meeting will be held in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and will last approximately 1.5 days.
- The proposed budget should reflect travel funds to attend the two annual meetings of CCEEPRC and the grantee meeting.

The registration process 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. Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:

Unique Entity Identifier (DUNS) and Systems for Award Management (SAM) registration: Required of all applicants.
- To obtain a DUNS number, go to http​://fedgo​v​.dnb​.com​/ webfo​rm​. Obtaining a DUNS Number may take 1 to 2 days.
- SAM registration is available at http​://www​.sam​.gov​. Plan ahead. Allow at least 10 business days after you submit your registration for it to become active in SAM and at least an additional 24 hours before that registration information is available in other government systems, i.e.

- For detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to:
- For detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:
- For detailed instructions about creating a profile on, refer to:
- For detailed instructions about creating a profile on refer to:

For further information about OPRE, see For information about the Office of Child Care (OCC) and the CCDF, see For information about the Office of Head Start (OHS) and HS/EHS, see

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at Paper applications received from applicants that have not been approved for an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement. Applicants that do not have an Internet connection or sufficient computing capacity to upload large documents to the Internet may contact ACF for an exemption that will allow the applicant to submit applications in paper format. Information and the requirements for requesting an exemption from required electronic application submission are found in "ACF Policy for Requesting an Exemption from Electronic Application Submission" at

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of intent should be submitted via e-mail to or mailed to the following address:
OPRE Review Team: Secondary Analyses of Data on Early Care and Education
c/o ICF International
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031

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