New Project on Family Child Care and Early Head Start Partnerships

Oct 22, 2010

By Elizabeth Hoffmann

A new demonstration project seeks to enhance collaboration between child care and Early Head Start through family child care (FCC) partnerships. The Office of Head Start added family child care as a program option for delivering Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) services in 2009. Many families, including those with infants and toddlers, may prefer to use FCC because of its home-based setting and mixed-age groups. Partnering with FCC settings already serving infants and toddlers can be a promising strategy to increase services for children.

"Early Head Start for Family Child Care" is a project of ZERO TO THREE, managed in close collaboration with the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care. Twenty-four EHS grantees will be selected to participate in the demonstration. Project funds will support a Child Care Partnership Coordinator for each grantee, who will assist EHS and the community to work together in bringing the comprehensive services required in EHS to vulnerable children in family child care settings. The goal is to synthesize lessons learned from individual grantees in order to inform planning for partnerships at the local, state, and national levels.

Eligible applicants are EHS grantees who received funding through ARRA. Grantees may be currently implementing the FCC program option, beginning to implement the FCC program option, or considering adding the FCC program option to meet the needs of families. The project seeks to include grantees from across the country, including Migrant and Seasonal Head Start grantees. Applications will be available on October 22 and are due on November 19. Selections will be announced in December.

Interested applicants can learn more information by registering for a webinar on November 3rd at 3pm Eastern Time.

 

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