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Early Childhood Place Based Initiative

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, For-Profits, and
Agencies to Improve Health Outcomes for Young Children

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District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH), Community Health Administration (CHA)

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07/17/17 6:00 PM


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit, faith-based, public, and private organizations for the implementation of place-based programming to promote positive health outcomes for children ages 0-5, as well as their families. Programs must target communities with poor education and health outcomes. The purpose of this program is to demonstrate improved outcomes in population-based children’s developmental health and family well-being indicators.

The Department of Health, is soliciting applications from qualified applicants to provide a comprehensive, coordinated place-based initiative to improve educational, developmental and health outcomes for children in the District of Columbia with a special emphasis on families with children ages 0-5. The purpose of this program is to demonstrate improved outcomes in population-based children’s developmental health and family well-being indicators.

Place Based Initiatives:

Place-based initiatives are programs designed and delivered with the intention of targeting a specific geographical location and particular population in order to respond to complex social needs. These initiatives focus on a community’s collective challenges and address these concerns using interconnected solutions and concentrated resources that result from collaboration between multiple organizations and systems. According to Impact in Place: A Progress Report on the Department of Education’s Place-Based Strategy, place-based initiatives are appropriate and most effective when a program is designed to address a concentrated problem, when the community is an efficient platform for service delivery, and when the effects of a program have the potential to influence non participants in the community. In addition, according to Impact in Place, key elements of place-based initiatives include:

-Engaging the community through asset mapping and a needs assessment.
-Focusing on clear results and developing shared data tools.
-Integrating Cradle to Career programming.
-Building core capacities within organizations and communities.
-Breaking down silos.
-Capturing and sharing learning.

Place-Based Initiatives in a Public Health Framework:

The Public Health community has long understood that there is a link between an individual’s health and social determinants of health, including the social, environmental and economic conditions within which an individual resides and interacts. Social determinants of health are identified as food supply, housing, economic and social relationships, transportation, education and health-care. The higher the quality of these resources and supports, and the more open the access for all community members, the more community outcomes will be tipped toward positive outcomes. Thus, improving conditions at the individual and community level involve improving societal conditions, including social and economic conditions (freedom from racism and discrimination, job opportunities and food security), the physical environment (housing, safety, access to health care), the psycho-social conditions (social network and civic engagement), and psychological conditions (positive self-concept, resourcefulness and hopefulness).

Research illustrates that families thrive when they live in strong and supportive communities. Communities facing challenges of high poverty, unemployment, failing schools, and housing instability have been influenced by unequal access to opportunity and decades of disinvestment in their neighborhoods. An equitable approach to ensuring that all neighborhoods become places that enable children and families to succeed and thrive requires deliberate efforts to build, sustain and operationalize community capacity. This capacity requires a combination of knowledge, skills, partnership, engagement and resources that enable residents, leaders, public and private sectors and local organizations to transform neighborhoods into places of opportunity. According to the Center for the Study of Social Policy16, the following types of capacity are vital for effective and sustainable neighborhood transformation:

-Managing a broadly supported community process designed to improve results for children and families in a particular neighborhood;
-Working with neighborhood residents as leaders, “owners” and implementers of neighborhood transformation efforts;
-Creating strategic and accountable partnerships that engage multiple sectors and share accountability for results;
-Collecting, analyzing and using data for learning and accountability;
-Designing and implementing strategies based on the best available evidence of what works;
-Developing financing approaches that better align and target resources;
-Addressing policy and regulatory issues;
-Using sophisticated communications strategies to build public and political will; and
-Deepening organizational and leadership capacity.

Protective Factors Framework:

There are communities within Wards in the District that are disproportionately affected by risk factors. Risk factors refer to the stressful conditions, events, or circumstances (e.g., maternal depression, substance abuse, family violence, persistent poverty) that increase a family’s chances for poor outcomes. Protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that mitigate risk and promote healthy development and well-being. Protective factors help parents to find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. Research studies support that when these protective factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes. Furthermore, these protective factors are also promotive factors that build family strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development.

Strengthening Families is a framework developed by Center for the Study of Social Policy over the last decade to prevent child abuse and neglect. This approach helps child welfare systems, early education and other programs work with parents to build five protective factors:

-Parental Resilience
-Social Connections
-Concrete Support in Times of Need
-Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
-Social and Emotional Competence of Children

Target Population:

Children ages 0 through 5 and their families residing in at-risk communities, as defined by the 2011 MIECHV Needs Assessment and State Plan (Wards 5, 7 and 8). This may include families in the prenatal period.

Location of Services:

Services must be delivered within one community with well-defined geographic borders. This may include a public housing development, neighborhood or other clearly defined community.

Scope of Services:

Applicants shall design and implement a community-driven, place-based initiative with the goal of promoting healthy development of young children living in at-risk communities. Grantee activities shall consist of the following:

-Conduct bi-annual assessment of health and social needs of the target population within the intervention community.

-Select one place-based community by naming the community, neighborhood clusters, or census tracts that will be served.

-Identify and implement strategies to address identified health and social determinant of health needs for families. Strategies should be family-centered, based on evidence-based, evidence-informed or promising practices, and focus on family empowerment and community engagement.

-Develop two-generation approaches that integrate early care, education, mental health and health care sectors.

-Develop and/or adopt core sets of indicators to measure program processes and outcomes and progress toward program goals. Outcome indicators should measure the program’s impact related to children’s developmental health and family well-being.

-Identify at least one DC Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicator that may be logically linked to defined program outcomes.

-Develop data collection and analysis processes for learning and accountability.

-Create strategic partnerships that engage multiple sectors and community stakeholders to accomplish program goals.

-Develop and implement planning for sustainability of initiative beyond funding period.

-Administer the Protective Factors Survey to families quarterly.

-Screen children utilizing the ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE-2 and make appropriate referrals to Early Intervention services when necessary.

-Provide an evaluation plan designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the initiative in addressing the social and health needs of the population within 90 days from the award date. Evaluation plans should follow an established scientific framework, such as the Centers for Disease Control’s Framework for Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs or the Reach Effectiveness Adoption Implementation Maintenance (RE-AIM) framework. Evaluation plans should be linked to the program logic models and specify process and outcome measures. Relative improvements in selected child and family health and social outcomes by the final budget period should be clearly defined and should drive the determination of inputs, activities and process measures.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181787

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Number of Grants:

Funds are available for three awards.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be made for a 14-month period beginning August 1, 2017 and ending September 30, 2018.

Grant awards are made annually with up to four option years contingent on demonstrated progress by the recipient on achieving performance objectives and the continued availability of funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must be located and licensed to conduct business within the District of Columbia; and, have experience serving at-risk communities.

The following are eligible organizations/entities who can apply for grant funds under this RFA:
-Nonprofit organizations
-Private organizations
-Public organizations
-Faith-based organizations

Considered for funding shall be organizations meeting the above eligibility criteria and having documentation of providing services (health and social services) for the early childhood population and/or their families in the District of Columbia.

Partnerships between organizations are welcomed. Applicants must provide letters of commitment, co-applications, or letters of support for existing partnerships if performance will depend on another organization.

Individual persons are not eligible to apply or receive funding under any DOH RFA.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Pre-Application Conference will be held at the CHA offices located at 899 North Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 third floor (Room 306) on Wednesday, June 21st from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Please contact Belinda Logan (see contact details below) for additional information.

**CHA is located in a secured building. Government issued identification must be presented for entrance.**

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submission of applications is Monday July 17th by 06:00 PM via the DOH Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS).

Applicants must be registered in the federal Systems for Award Management (SAM) and the DOH Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS). Applicants are advised to complete the EGMS registration two weeks prior to the application deadline.

Review the EGMS External User Recorded Webinar for information on the submission
process and navigation of EGMS:

Key Dates
-Notice of Funding Announcement Date: Friday, June 2, 2017
-Request for Application Release Date: Friday, June 16, 2017
-Pre Application Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
-Application Submission Deadline: Monday, July 17, 2017
-Anticipated Award Start Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Contact Information:

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

Apply online through EGMS:

Belinda Logan
(202) 442-9357

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # CHA_ ECHPB_06.16.17

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC: Wards 5, 7 and 8