National Center on Early Head Start—Child Care Partnerships

The National Center on Early Head Start - Child Care Partnerships (the Partnership Center) is jointly funded by the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care. Its purpose is to support the effective implementation of the new Early Head Start–Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships.

The Partnership Center helps grantees deliver high-quality, comprehensive services to infants and toddlers from low-income families. It provides training and technical assistance and other resources to Federal staff, Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care training and technical assistance providers, Head Start state and national collaboration offices, and Child Care and Development Fund administrators. The Partnership Center's goal is to ensure that all are equipped to meet the needs of new EHS-CC Partnerships grantees.

Explore the Partnership Center webpage and the Local Early Childhood Partnerships topic page to find more resources and information.

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FCC programs and their partners

Search resources have been collected to support FCC programs and their partners.

effective relationships

Developing and sustaining effective relationships to ensure successful partnership.

policies and regulations

Navigating child care and Early Head Start policies and regulations, and understanding the implications to ensure successful partnerships.

fiscal challenges

Meeting fiscal challenges, and managing, training, and supporting early care and education staff across programs and systems to ensure successful partnerships


Read findings, analyses, assessments, and reports about the benefits of successful collaborations between Head Start and Early Head Start programs and child care providers.


Each quarterly issue of Making Connections: The Partnership Newsletter focuses on a key aspect of successful Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCPs)

Additional Resources


Explore an archive of resources and news related to the Early Head Start Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership initiative.

Partnership Initiative

ACF Federal Web site with resources related to the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Initiative.

TA Resources

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Recording and resources

The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Webinar Series contains information about the grants, comprehensive services, and how to maximize resources.

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This checklist identifies key issues to be addressed regarding the fiscal aspects of projects in early care and education that involve multiple partners and funding sources.

In this video, the directors of the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care discuss a joint letter that offers innovative approaches for making partnerships between Early Head Start and family child care work for Early Head Start grantees and other communities. The directors also...

This document identifies six elements for building capacity for evaluation and accountability. Questions to prompt discussion and reflection among the planning/stakeholder groups are followed by suggested strategies to address each element.

Helpful in determining when and how to conduct a needs assessment. Program directors and services area managers can use this checklist when identifying local needs and resources.


This Workbook describes the process of conducting a community assessment as a series of five steps: Plan and Organize, Design Data Collection, Gather Data, Review and Analyze, and Make Decisions. The Workbook presents information that will help Head Start and Early Head Start programs conduct a...

This paper describes the steps for start-up planning—the activities grantees engage in, as they prepare to implement their funded grant. Grantee staff who design and manage EHS programs may find this resource useful in their work.


These four tip sheets can help  Early Head Start administrators and family child care providers partner together to improve the quality of care for children and help families move toward their work and education goals. They also provide insight into how these two programs can creatively...

This document shows key elements of Early Head Start (EHS) and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) legislation and regulations. It can serve as a tool for States and local organizations to enter state-specific early education program requirements. Once complete, the grid can be used as an at-...

This document provides definitions of key acronyms and terms frequently used in partnership work. These definitions offer a starting point for discussion and can be added to as the partnership takes shape to ensure that all participants have a common understanding.