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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, or For-Profit for
a Research Center on Childcare and Early Education

Center to Support Research and Evaluation Capacity of Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies

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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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07/26/22 11:59 PM ET - Receipt of electronic submissions; 4:30 PM ET - Receipt of paper applications.


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Cooperative agreement to a USA or territories nonprofit organization, government agency, tribe, IHE, or for-profit to establish a center to conduct research and assessments related to childcare and early education policies. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The center will build research and evaluation capacity in the field and increase knowledge on child care subsidy policy topics through synthesis and analysis of research and data.

Center to Support Research and Evaluation Capacity of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies


Since fiscal year (FY) 2000, the CCDF program has provided funding for research intended to help child care decision-makers in crafting policies and initiatives that support positive outcomes for families and children; to increase the capacity for child care research at the national, state, and local levels; and to promote linkages among research, policy, and practice. 

This 5-year cooperative agreement will fund a Center to build research and evaluation capacity of CCDF Lead Agencies. This Center will ideally bring together a team that has experience supporting CCDF Lead Agencies research and evaluation capacity building as well as expert level knowledge of the CCDF program and policies, the child care and early education research literature including the effects of early care and education on children’s school readiness and parental employment, an understanding of the needs of low-income families, as well as the policies and practices that support equitable access to child care. 

The Center will pursue three key goals, each of which should be a priority for the Center:

  1. Building Research and Evaluation Capacity among ACF-Sponsored Research Partnerships: Strengthen capacity among child care policy research partnerships and other OPRE-sponsored research projects to conduct rigorous research and evaluations of child care and early education policies by supporting communication, shared learning and coordination across sponsored research projects.
  2. Communicating Research: Share knowledge gained from sponsored research projects and translate insights and best practices in data, research, and evaluation through a variety of products and resources for the field.
  3. Advancing Research: Generate knowledge for the field by synthesizing evidence and analyzing data and information.

For further details about each of the above goals/priorities, please see

The Center will be expected to organize learning communities for at least four different ACF-sponsored research partnerships grant programs. The Center will facilitate information sharing, learning, and collaboration across ACF-sponsored research partnerships funded by OPRE. The Center will help to ensure that the research conducted by the sponsored research projects informs CCDF Lead Agencies and the child care and early education policy research field more broadly, and will increase knowledge on child care subsidy policy topics through synthesis and analysis of research and data. 

To support these activities, the Center will serve as the data coordinating center for the sponsored grant programs that have common measures. The data coordinating center will securely obtain, house, and, when possible, analyze common data from sponsored research projects,

For Center requirements, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203658

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Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $1,500,000 per budget period
- Award Floor: $1,000,000 per budget period
- Average Projected Award Amount: $1,500,000 per budget period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2022

Length of Project Periods: 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)
  • 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:

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

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible.

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Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: 07/26/2022. Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm ET on this date.

Due Date for Letter of Intent: 06/27/2022

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this funding opportunity. However, the letter of intent is optional.

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at 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. The deadline for receipt of paper applications, whether by mail or hand delivery, is 4:30 pm ET on the due date; paper applications received after 4:30 pm ET on the due date will be disqualified. (Hand-delivered applications must be delivered between the hours of 8:00 am ET and 4:30 pm ET Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays).)

Applicants must register to apply through Organizations must have an active System for Award (SAM) registration which provides a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), and account to apply for grants. Creating a account can be completed online in minutes, but SAM registration may take several weeks.

The grant recipient will be funded through a cooperative agreement.

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

The letter of intent should be submitted via email to

Please submit the application online via

For those receiving approved exemption from electronic submission, mailed and hand-delivered applications should be submitted to:
OPRE Review Team
Center to Support Research and Evaluation
c/o ICF
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031-6050

Program Office Contact:
Alysia Blandon
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
Division of Child and Family Development
330 C St SW
Washington DC 20416

Office of Grants Management Contact:
Bridget Shea Westfall
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
ICF International
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax VA 22031-6050

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