The Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) funding opportunity that was just released is an existing chance to partner and expand services to infants and toddlers. We’ve heard from some of you that that the four-week turnaround for submitting a proposal is challenging. Developing a strategic budget is a priority for putting forward a competitive proposal, and there isn’t much time to pull it together.

Foundations for Families team members have been deeply engaged with EHS-CCP grantees from the first two rounds of the grant. We have spent this time developing and refining our Six Pillar Fiscal Approach to EHS-CCP to support fiscal excellence in programs like yours. Our unique and compelling approach can help your proposal stand out, and it will help to ensure fiscal success once your program is awarded funds.

If your program needs assistance with your partnership budgets, please reach out. We are available to review your partnership budgets, and we will spend an hour with you discussing lessons learned, pitfalls to avoid, and your proposed budget. Contact us soon, as the short timeline means we can only work with a few agencies leading up to the November 30 deadline.

Foundations for Families has also provided start-up and fiscal consulting during the start-up and implementation period – and we recommend you strongly consider specialized technical expertise for navigating the first few months where critical fiscal and partnering decisions need to be carefully made. Page 12 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) strongly encourages applicants to propose use of a start-up planner and/or fiscal consultant “to help ensure plans, policies, and procedures are in place to address all regulations.”

We’ve worked with many of you during your start-up periods during Round 1 and 2 and would be pleased to partner with you and others during the start-up and implementation of Round 3. Please be in touch to learn more.

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