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Impact Project: An Intensive Consultation and Technical Assistance Opportunity for States, Commonwealths, and Territories-

Revised Submission Date of September 17, 2018 for Impact Project

Recently, the Office of Child Care (OCC) invited states, commonwealths, and territories and their partners to learn about and apply to participate in the second round of the Impact Project. The Impact Project assists states and territories as they develop and expand their capacity for planning, investing in, and implementing quality early childhood (EC) systems, policies, and practices. Projects, new or already underway, that are meaningful to them and that are based on their particular context, vision, and goals for the development of a strong EC system are all eligible for the Impact Project.

In working with states that have a strong interest in participating, we have learned that the due date of August 1, 2018 is not realistic for many, given the upcoming CCDF Plan submissions. Thus, we are extending the due date until Monday, September 17th, at 8:00 p.m. ET.  Review the Impact Project overview and application at https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/impact-project-2018.

We are happy to work with you on your application and to discuss any questions you have. To do so, contact us at OCCInfoServices@icf.com or hdichter@icf.com.

Overview

The Office of Child Care (OCC) is pleased to invite states, commonwealths, and territories and their partners to learn about and apply to participate in the second round of the Impact Project. The Impact Project assists states and territories as they develop and expand their capacity for planning, investing in, and implementing quality early childhood (EC) systems, policies, and practices. Participants will design projects, new or already underway, that are meaningful to them and that are based on their particular context, vision, and goals for the development of a strong EC system.

To support these state and territory projects, the Impact Project offers intensive consultation and assistance from the Child Care State Capacity Building Center. Consultants with extensive state-based experience will be available to each participating state and territory over a 24-month period.

Proposed projects must include child care systems and services that are fully or partially supported by Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program resources and that address the CCDF goal of providing more low-income families with quality services.

As a result of the Impact Project, state and territory leaders should be able to successfully strengthen EC systems to support effective, high-impact services that can improve outcomes for children and families.

To learn about the eight states and one territory participating in the first round of the Impact Project, review the application packet, which includes information about their experiences, see https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/impact-project-2018.