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Early Head Start - Child Care Partnerships

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Overview of Initiative

As part of President Obama’s Early Education Plan, ACF will support states and communities in expanding high quality early learning to over 100,000 infants and toddlers through the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships. Through these partnerships, Early Head Start grantees will partner with center-based and family child care providers who agree to meet Early Head Start Program Performance Standards and provide comprehensive, full-day, full year high-quality services to infants and toddlers from low-income families.
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Building Relationships

Strategic relationships can improve service and more effectively use resources, but most importantly they form the basis for synergy—when two or more individuals are able to work together to achieve a result that is better than what either could have achieved individually. Creating, cultivating, nourishing, and sustaining strategic relationships is paramount to the success of partnerships.
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State and Local Issues

This Information Memorandum provides guidance to encourage Lead Agencies to adopt policies that promote continuity of child care services for the benefit of children and families.
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Early Head Start Overview

Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, and pregnant women and their families.
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Getting Started: Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership

This webinar provides an overview of Establishing Partnerships, Implementing Management Systems, Understanding Policies & Requirements, Facilitating Ongoing Communication, and Sustainability Planning. See below for webinar resources.

Additional Resources

Establishing Partnerships

Facilitating Ongoing Communication

  • Developing a Communication Plan
    This resource is intended to address issues to consider when developing a Communication plan.
  • Effective Communication Resources
    This resource is intended to provide an understanding of various conflict response styles and theories. It also includes an activity to help groups identify their collective conflict response styles.
  • Glossary for Partnership Terms
    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.

Leading and Managing Partnerships

  • A Fiscal Management Checklist for Partnerships
    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.
  • Shaping the Partnership: An Assessment Checklist
    The Assessment Checklist will assist partners in identifying skills, developing strategies, and strengthening the results of the partnerships. This checklist should be completed with all actively involved partners.
  • Engaging External Stakeholders: Strategic Planning Tools
    The Strategic Planning Tool for Engaging External Stakeholders has been designed to organize the process of identifying and engaging stakeholders.
  • Side-by-Side Comparison of Federal and State Requirements for Early Childhood Education Services
    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-a-glance resource to identify similarities and differences across regulations and funding sources, as well as a springboard for determining ways to overcome barriers to successful early education partnerships.
  • Five Steps to Community Assessment
    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 thorough and up-to-date community assessment and also will help programs identify new or underserved populations in the service area, assess their needs and identify available resources during the community assessment.
  • Community Assessment Checklist
    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.
  • Making Partnerships Work I
    In this video, Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, Director of the Office of Head Start (OHS) and Shannon Rudisill, Director of the Office of Child Care (OCC), introduce a joint initiative between OHS and OCC designed to support partnerships between Early Head Start and family child care.
  • Making Partnerships Work II
    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 reflect on a visit with a family child care provider who is implementing the Early Head Start family child care option.
  • Partnership Tips for State Administrators - Getting Started, and Promoting Local Partnerships between Child Care and Early Head Start
    These four tip sheets can help Early Head Start and child care administrators 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 combine resources to optimally serve low-income infants, toddlers, and families.

Developing Sustainability and Evaluation Plans

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Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Examples: What Would Work In Your Community?

This webinar will help you envision partnerships that lead to high quality, full day, full year programs that deliver comprehensive services to infants and toddlers in the unique context of your community.

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How State Policies Can Support Partnerships

This webinar will highlight areas of subsidy, including eligibility and continuity of care, that can support partnership efforts. See below for webinar resources.

Additional Resources

Current State Practices in Licensing and Child Care

  • State Definition of Licensed Family Child Care Homes in 2011
    This resource includes information about States’ definitions of licensed small and large/group family child care (FCC) homes as of 2011, including the number of children allowed in care, the maximum number of children that can be in the care of one adult provider, and whether the provider’s own children are counted, and the maximum number of infants and toddlers allowed with one adult provider.
  • Side-by-Side Comparison of Federal and State Requirements for Early Childhood Education Services
    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-a-glance resource to identify similarities and differences across regulations and funding sources, as well as a springboard for determining ways to overcome barriers to successful early education partnerships.

Continuity of Care

Other Head Start/Child Care Partnership Resources for States

  • Child Care and Head Start Partnerships Issue Brief
    Current collaboration efforts are driven increasingly by the need to provide coordinated services to children and families through responsive Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) policies, professional development, and quality improvement efforts that facilitate collaboration and allow programs to work together more effectively. While Head Start and CCDF programs can benefit greatly from partnering at the State and local levels, the expansion and sustainability of these efforts largely lies in resolving a myriad of policy and procedural issues at the Federal level.
  • Questions For State-level Leaders to Consider: Stimulating Quality and Heightening Standards for Infant and Toddler Services
    The Question for State-Level Leaders to Consider is a tool designed to help state leaders assess policies and practices that can serve to build a system that will advance the quality of infant and toddler early education services in their State.
  • System Integration Strategies
    This document provides action steps that an organization/group can follow when integrating systems to improve services for children and families. These actions are grouped by overall strategy and partnership stage.
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Comprehensive Services Part I: Curriculum and Assessment

This webinar will highlight requirements around evidence-based curriculum, ongoing assessment, individualizing, teacher/child interactions, participating in QRIS along with other aspects. See below for webinar resources.

Additional Resources

  • Program Standards Crosswalk
    This tool is designed to help States that are developing and aligning program standards for licensing, quality rating and improvement systems, and/or prekindergarten programs, to search and compare the content of several sets of national standards. NCCCQI is commencing this project on behalf of and in support of the Office of Child Care’s Pathways and Partnerships for Child Care Excellence work plan.
  • Comparison of State Licensing and QRIS Standards for Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Centers: Learning Environment, Developmental Domains, and Assessment
    This document has been developed to help inform States about current program quality standards found in learning environment, developmental domains addressed in learning activities, and observation/assessment methods to track children’s development for the care of infants and toddlers in center-based settings. Two types of state program quality standards were reviewed and analyzed for this brief: child care licensing regulations and QRIS standards. Also included are summaries of the Early Head Start Program Performance Standards in these content areas.
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Comprehensive Services Part II: Health, Mental Health, Nutrition & Disabilities

This webinar will highlight expectations around health, mental health, nutrition and required services to children with disabilities. The role of child care health consultants will also be highlighted. See below for webinar resources.

Additional Resources

  • Program Standards Crosswalk
    This tool is designed to help States that are developing and aligning program standards for licensing, quality rating and improvement systems, and/or prekindergarten programs, to search and compare the content of several sets of national standards. NCCCQI is commencing this project on behalf of and in support of the Office of Child Care’s Pathways and Partnerships for Child Care Excellence work plan.
  • Comparison of State Licensing and QRIS Standards for Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Centers: Health Services, Nutrition, and Disabilities
    This document has been developed to help inform States about current program quality standards about health services, nutrition, and caring for children with disabilities in center-based settings. Two types of state program quality standards were reviewed and analyzed for this brief: child care licensing regulations and QRIS standards. Also included are summaries of the Early Head Start Program Performance Standards in these content areas.
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Comprehensive Services Part III: Family/Community Engagement

This webinar will highlight Early Head Start family engagement performance standards and intersections with state child care family engagement practices. See below for webinar resources.

Additional Resources

  • Program Standards Crosswalk Interactive Tool
    This tool is designed to help States that are developing and aligning program standards for licensing, quality rating and improvement systems, and/or prekindergarten programs, to search and compare the content of several sets of national standards. NCCCQI is commencing this project on behalf of and in support of the Office of Child Care’s Pathways and Partnerships for Child Care Excellence work plan.
  • Comparison of State Licensing and QRIS Standards for Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Centers: Family Engagement
    This document has been developed to help inform States about current program quality standards about family involvement in the classroom/program, family communication and education, and family support and resources  for the care of infants and toddlers in center-based settings. Two types of state program quality standards were reviewed and analyzed for this brief: child care licensing regulations and QRIS standards. Also included are summaries of the Early Head Start Program Performance Standards in these content areas.
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Maximizing Resources in Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships/Role of Governance in Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

This webinar will describe how applicants can make sound fiscal decisions and maximize resources when there is more than one source of funding. In addition, the role of Governance will be explored. See below for webinar resources.

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EHS-CC Partnership Grant: Frequently Asked Questions

This webinar provides answers to common questions about the EHS-CC partnerships, including questions about eligibility, funding, and program requirements. The webinar also highlights resources available to applicants.

Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Quick Tools

How Do I Apply?

For information about how to apply for the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants, including how to register and prepare to apply, how to find the funding opportunity and apply on Grants.gov, and how to track your application, visit http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/grants/ehs-ccp/apply.html.

How Do I Find the Grant Opportunity?

To search for and view funding opportunity announcements (FOA) for the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants, go to http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/home.html. You can search for Head Start and Early Head Start funding announcements using CFDA Number 93.600

How Do I Ask a Question?

If you have questions about the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships opportunity, send an email to ehs.ccpartnerships@acf.hhs.gov.

How Do I Become a Grant Reviewer?

The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start (OHS) and Office of Child Care (OCC) are seeking expert reviewers for the 2014 Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership grant panels. For more information, including reviewer qualifications, schedule requirements, and how to apply, visit http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/grants/ehs-ccp/reviewer.html.