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Migrant and Seasonal Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies for
Early Childcare Services in Migrant Worker Communities

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Head Start (OHS)

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11/30/18 4:30 PM ET - Paper applications; 11:59 PM ET - Electronic applications


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, faith-based organizations, and government agencies to increase the availability of comprehensive, high-quality early child care services in migrant, seasonal, and low-income communities. The purpose of this program is to increase the quality of early childcare and education and promote school readiness.

ACF, within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will consider applications for Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, Non-Partnership Early Head Start (EHS) Expansion, or applications that include a combination of both:

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

New or existing Head Start, EHS, and EHS-CC Partnership grantees can apply to use funding to partner with local child care providers to provide comprehensive, high-quality services to eligible infants and toddlers through EHS-CC Partnerships. These EHS-CC Partnerships will enhance and support early learning settings to provide full-day, full-year, comprehensive services that meet the needs of low-income working families; enhance access to high-quality, full-time child care; support the development of infants and toddlers through strong relationship-based experiences; and prepare them for the transition into preschool. These EHS-CC Partnerships play an important role in the system by both expanding high-quality early learning services to infants and toddlers, and applying resources and lessons learned from EHS to build the capacity of the child care system.

Through EHS-CC Partnerships, new or existing grantees will partner with local child care centers and/or family child care programs and will leverage current investments through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) or other sources to improve the quality of infant-toddler child care. All infants and toddlers in an EHS-CC Partnership site will benefit from facilities and homes that meet licensing and EHS facility safety requirements. Other children in classrooms with EHS-CC Partnership enrolled children will benefit from low teacher-child ratios and class sizes, higher qualifications of their teachers including ongoing supervision and coaching, curriculum, and parent engagement activities. While only enrolled EHS-CC Partnership children will be eligible for direct family-specific benefits such as home visits, health tracking and promotion, and family partnership agreements through this funding, programs must operationalize services to ensure there is no segregation or stigmatization of EHS-CC Partnership children or families due to the additional requirements or services.

Non-Partnership Early Head Start Expansion

New or existing Head Start, EHS, and EHS-CC Partnership grantees can apply to establish or add new traditional EHS slots through Non-Partnership EHS Expansion. Non-Partnership EHS Expansion grantees will also provide early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services that will enhance the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of participating children; support parents' efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and help parents move toward self-sufficiency. Given the need for continuity of care for very young age children, the Office of Head Start (OHS) expects that applicants will propose a full-day, full-year model with sufficient hours to meet the child care needs of families, not less than 1,380 hours per year. Applicants should prioritize providing services to the most vulnerable families with the greatest need due to special challenges, such as extreme poverty, homelessness, involvement with the child welfare system, or substance misuse issues.

Combination Approach

New or existing grantees can apply to both expand the number of EHS slots and implement the EHS-CC Partnership model designed to bring EHS services to infants and toddlers in child care and family child care settings.

Program Background and Purpose

The EHS program is administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), an operating division (OPDIV) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACF intends to fund applications that demonstrate an organization's commitment and capacity to operate an EHS program that raises the quality of early care and education in the community and helps children start school ready to succeed. ACF is seeking applicants that are able to use the best evidence-based, early education practices in their programs to support high caliber classroom instruction, home visiting services, and effective family engagement and health promotion.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173704

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 8

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
Award Floor: $500,000

Term of Contract:

The anticipated project start date is March 15, 2019.

The successful applicant(s) under this FOA may receive grant awards with a project period of up to 5 years (60 months) that may include 4-5 budget periods. For example, grantees may receive a 54-month project period with an initial 18-month budget period and three subsequent 12-month budget periods.


  • 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)
  • 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
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are any public or private non-profit agencies, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies pursuant to Section 645A(d) of the Head Start Act, 42 U.S.C. § 9840A(d).

Eligibility is limited to public or private non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations that can provide EHS services to children and families.

Eligible entities include: (1) entities operating Head Start, (2) entities operating Indian Head Start or Migrant or Seasonal Head Start programs, and (3) other public entities, and nonprofit or for-profit private entities, including community-based and faith-based organizations, capable of providing child and family services that meet the standard for participation in programs under the Head Start Act.

Please note, “(1) entities operating Head Start programs” includes entities operating Head Start, Early Head Start, and/or EHS-CC Partnership 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.

Funding Restrictions

Costs of organized fund raising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred to raise capital or obtain contributions are unallowable. Fund raising costs for the purposes of meeting the Federal program objectives are allowable with prior written approval from the Federal awarding agency. (45 CFR §75.442)

Proposal costs are the costs of preparing bids, proposals, or applications on potential Federal and non-Federal awards or projects, including the development of data necessary to support the non-Federal entity's bids or proposals. Proposal costs of the current accounting period of both successful and unsuccessful bids and proposals normally should be treated as indirect (F&A) costs and allocated currently to all activities of the non-Federal entity. No proposal costs of past accounting periods will be allocable to the current period. (45 CFR §75.460)

No more than 15 percent of total costs may be used for program administration. An HHS official may grant a waiver of the 15 percent limitation on allowable development and administration costs for a Head Start or Early Head Start program approving a higher percentage for a specific period of time not to exceed 12 months (45 CFR § 1303.5).

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Applications: 11/30/2018

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET.

ACF, within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will consider applications for Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, Non-Partnership Early Head Start (EHS) Expansion, or applications that include a combination of both.

How to Register and Apply through
Read the following instructions about registering to apply for ACF funds. Applicants should read the registration instructions carefully and prepare the information requested before beginning the registration process. Reviewing and assembling the required information before beginning the registration process will alleviate last-minute searches for required information.

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: recommends submitting your application at least 24-48 hours prior to the close date to provide you with time to correct any potential technical issues that may disrupt the application submission.

Grantees must provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACF (federal) share and the non-federal share. The non-federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions.

Matching requirements (including in-kind contributions) of less than $200,000 (up to $199,999) are waived under grants made to the governments of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (other than those consolidated under other provisions of 48 U.S.C. 1469) pursuant to 48 U.S.C. 1469a(d). This waiver applies whether the matching required under the grant equals or exceeds $200,000.

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

Submit paper applications to one of the following addresses:

Submission By Mail:
Office of Head Start
OHS Operations Center
1401 Mercantile Lane
Suite 401
Largo, MD 20774

Hand Delivery:
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
Phone: (888) 242-0684

Office of Grants Management Contact

Jeff Newton
Administration for Children and Families
Phone: (303) 844-1149

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