As part of President Obama’s Early Learning Initiative, new competitive grants are available for communities that expand the availability of high-quality child care providers and Early Head Start programs.
The new Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Program will expand high-quality early learning to over 100,000 infants and toddlers. Through the Administration for Children and Families, Early Head Start grantees will partner with center-based and family care providers in order to provide comprehensive, full-day, full-year, high-quality services to infants and toddlers from low-income families.
The National Human Services Assembly supports increasing access to consistent, high quality, and affordable early learning opportunities, including Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-K for all children. Research reveals that preschool years are critical for brain development and child development overall. The foundation laid in these early years will affect children and the quality of their contributions to society for the rest of their lives. Providing full-day, full-year services to infants and toddlers will help address the need for affordable child care and family-leave days for low-income workers.
The Administration for Children and Families has launched an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Webpage. The launch includes the following resources:
- Read an overview of the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Initiative (PowerPoint).
- Learn more about the President’s Early Learning Initiative.
- Learn how to apply for ACF grants.
- Explore resources to develop successful partnerships between EHS grantees and family child care providers.