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Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants -- Winnebago County, Illinois

Contract for Services to a Winnebago County, Illinois Nonprofit,
For-Profit, or Agency for Expansion of Early Childcare Services

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

Deadline Date:

04/23/19 4:30 PM ET - Paper applications; 11:59 PM ET - Electronic applications


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Contract for services to a Winnebago County, Illinois nonprofit, agency, faith-based organization, or business for the expansion of existing programs to prepare children from birth to age five for school. Required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. Funding is intended for the expansion of programs to give disadvantaged children a strong early education so that they arrive in kindergarten on par with their peers.

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183330

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Anticipated Project Start Date: July 2, 2019

Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 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 nonprofit 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 nonprofit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations that can provide EHS services to children and families residing in Winnebago County, Illinois.

Eligible entities include: (1) entities operating Head Start, (2) entities operating Indian Head Start or MSHS 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, EHS, 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.

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Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: April 23, 2019 by 11:59 PM ET (online submission)

Applicants may request an exemption from required electronic application submission. If such exemption is granted, the deadline for receipt of paper applications is April 23, 2019 by 4:30 PM ET.

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.

All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizational DUNS" on the SF-424 form.

In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through

Plan ahead. Please 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.,

Grantees must provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project.

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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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USA: Illinois: Winnebago County