Integrating Systems

All children and families need safe places to live, including adequate shelter, violence-free neighborhoods, nutritious food, clothing, access to health care and opportunities for education and positive community engagement. And parents need opportunities for meaningful employment. Services and supports must be coordinated so that families with the greatest challenges do not have to leap through multiple hurdles to get the help they need to care for their children.  Families should be able to get a range of supports whether they turn to their pediatrician, child care provider, school, community center or social services office.  There should be no "wrong door." Public agencies and community-based providers need to collaborate to provide a seamless web of support.  CLASP works to identify and highlight promising approaches to integrating the multiple systems that touch the lives of vulnerable children and families and to identify, develop and advocate for policies that facilitate such integration.

Jun 3, 2011  |  PERMALINK »

New Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Resources from HHS

On June 1, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for $224 million in  Fiscal Year 2011 (FY 2011) as part of the  Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). The FOA seeks to accomplish two goals, as outlined in the document:  "(1) To award funds to states and jurisdictions that demonstrate interest and capacity to expand and/or enhance high-quality, evidence-based home visiting programs serving vulnerable families, which are embedded in comprehensive, high-quality early childhood systems and (2) support states and jurisdictions that may be taking initial steps toward building high-quality, evidence-based home visiting programs that are part of a comprehensive early childhood system."

The FOA explains that $125 million of the $224 million FY 2011 MIECHV allotment will be awarded through formula grants to states with no state receiving less than 120 percent of their FY 2010 allotment (estimated FY 2011 formula grants to states can be found in appendix B of the FOA). Additional information about the formula grants will be released in a companion FOA at a later date.

The other $99 million dollars will be distributed as competitive grants. The FOA provides two possible funding opportunities under the competitive funds: expansion grants and development grants. Expansion grants recognize states and jurisdictions that have already made significant progress toward implementing a high-quality home visiting program as part of a comprehensive, high-quality early childhood system. States can apply for expansion grants to expand the scale or scope of their current home visiting programs and/or enhance or improve existing programs. $66 million of the competitive funding will be awarded in FY 2011 to 7-10, four-year grantees. States can compete to receive between $6.6 million and $9.43 million annually. 

Development grants are for states and jurisdictions that currently have modest home visiting programs and want to build on existing efforts. $33 million of the competitive funding will be awarded in FY 2011 for 10-12 two-year grants. The total development grant award will range between $2.75 million and $3.3 million per year.

States must follow the application guidelines outlined in the FOA. Applications are due July 1. A more detailed CLASP analysis of the recently released FOA is forthcoming.

In addition to the FOA, HHS has released the much anticipated Evidence-Based Models Crosswalk to Benchmarks. According to HHS, "the crosswalk is a resource designed to provide information on the measurement tools evidence-based models utilize and their alignment with the MIECHV program's constructs under each benchmark area." This document is the result of requests from grantees to help them better determine which measurement tools are most appropriate for the communities they will serve with MIECHV dollars. Grantees can utilize the crosswalk as they complete their updated state plans which are due on June 8.


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