The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) issued Program Instruction (PI) ACF-PI-HS-18-01 this morning which shared the Secretary’s determination which waives the HSPPS mandate that programs must provide 1,020 annual hours of planned class operations over at leave eight months per year for at least 50% of its center-based funded enrollment by August 19, 2019.
The Secretary determined that there was insufficient funding to mitigate a substantial reduction in funded enrollment. The idea is that OHS prefers to serve more children and families for less time than to serve fewer children and families for more time (1,020 hours).
The PI notes that the requirement to provide 1,020 hours to 100% of funded enrollment by August 1, 2021, is under review and a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) is expected later this year on that matter.
Thank you all for your calls, emails, and texts to double check the status of DRS6. Like you, we spent Wednesday and Thursday pushing the refresh button on grants.gov. You are right – nothing yet.
With the government funding in limbo, we do not expect the DRS6 FOAs to drop today. We plan to keep an eye on it and will let you know if and when something changes.
Remember, if your program is rethinking program design to maximize limited funding or if your program’s service area is listed as part of DRS, please feel free to be in touch to explore how Foundations for Families can be of assistance. Our team of experts provides program and fiscal consulting, and comprehensive grant writing and grant coaching services, tailored to your program’s needs.