Early Head Start - Child Care Partnerships

More than 100,000 infants and toddlers can get high quality child care and education through Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. Here's how your organization can participate.

New! Funding Opportunity Announcements have been posted for the following opportunities:

American Indian/Alaska Native Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships

Early Head Start Expansion and Migrant and Seasonal Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships

The FOAs support the creation of Early Head Start – Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships and Early Head Start expansion efforts. These new competitive grant opportunities will expand access to high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families.

Funding will be available within each State based on the number of young children in poverty. No less than $14,316,000 will be available for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Head Start programs, and $21,474,000 will be available for Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs. Only high-quality applications will be funded. Priority will be given to applicants proposing EHS-CC Partnerships.

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For years Child Care Aware® of America has shared one message: affordable, high quality child care matters. It matters for children and it matters for families.

This year, the White House took notice, with President Obama making expanded opportunities for high quality child care and early learning not just a part of his policy agenda, but a central focus of that agenda so that "none of our children start the race of life already behind."

About Early Head Start – Child Care

Early Head Start – Child Care (EHS-CC) partnerships were created by the FY2014 Federal budget bill, which provided $500 million to the new program.  This new funding for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships is an exciting opportunity for communities to plan how they can expand access to high-quality early care and education for low-income children and families. 

Child Care Aware® of America is working closely with our colleagues and partners to ensure you have the latest information on this exciting program. Bookmark this page to get the latest on resources, information and application information for Early Head Start – Child Care partnerships.

Highlights of the bill's investment in children and families include:

  • $2.36 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, which is an increase of $154 million over the FY2013 levels.
  • $8.6 billion for Head Start, which is an increase of $1.025 billion over the FY2013 level.
  • $250 million for Race to the Top- Preschool Development Grants to help states develop, enhance, or expand quality preschool programs for children 4 years old or older from low-income families.
  • $500 million from the above $8.6 million will be put towards expanding access to Early Head Start, including the development of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants to help improve the quality in child care programs.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships from ACF.