Congratulations to those of you who successfully submitted an EHS Expansion or Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) proposal! It is a big accomplishment to bring together stakeholders, develop new relationships with partners, and work collaboratively within organizations to build a comprehensive project design.
As you await notification of award there are a few things you may want to consider doing to keep the ball rolling until you learn of your successful proposal.
- If you applied for partnership, stay in touch with your proposed child care partners. Keep them in the loop on the timeline and steps involved in the process. Provide clear information about what will happen after award in terms of funding negotiations and start-up plans. Send them periodic updates about EHS to continue to familiarize them with the program.
- Think about start-up supports you budgeted for (or maybe didn’t budget for, but could still need). Reconvene your planning team in a few weeks to debrief on your proposal and think about what you will need to put in place to hit the ground running when you learn of your award. Will your staff need technical assistance and coaching? What skills can enhance the expertise of your team?
- Since the release of revised Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) may be right around the corner, this will a good opportunity to familiarize yourself with changes and think about how any differences will change the way you support child care partners’ achievement of the standards. If you have child care partners from a Round 1 grant, you’ll likely be developing a plan for them to meet the new standards. Keep Round 2 child care partners in mind when you navigate supporting Round 1 partners’ achievement of the revised HSPPS. Document tools needed and lessons learned so that you can extend successful practices to your Round 2 partners.
When we learn of concrete timelines for notice of award we’ll post information here. Congratulations again to those of you who submitted applications!
Foundations for Families offers EHS-CCP grantees targeted technical assistance and strength-based coaching of key start-up staff. We have helped multiple organizations design, plan for, and draft successful proposals for EHS-CCP. Please be in touch with Amy Augenblick, Executive Director, at 703-599-4329 or Augenblick@foundationsforfamilies.com to learn about how we can support you and your program.