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Foundations for Families started this blog in 2011 to provide support for those agencies on the Designation Renewal Systems (DRS) list, and to give you up to date information and analysis about DRS.
DRS Updates provides timely information and context for those agencies in DRS, at risk of being in DRS, or those wishing to compete for the service areas.
This is the second of four 2020 quarterly status updates about DRS. Learn about the timing of upcoming grant competitions and resources to prepare. COVID-19 continues to impact program operation. Many lessons are being learned about the impact of COVID-19 on communities and Head Start/Early Head Start services. The impacts of COVID-19 extend across sectors and touch many areas of families’ lives. Data that show these growing and changing needs will be important information for your DRS...
With the ninth round of DRS grant competitions expected this fall, many programs are beginning to think about how they will complete their grant proposal. Some programs have a team or staff member who develops proposals; other programs might contract with a grant writer. What if your program falls somewhere in between – without an internal grant writer, and unable to procure services of a consultant grant writer? You might consider ways to build your program’s organizational capacity to...
Each year, the release of the National Overview of Grantee CLASS Scores provides national statistics by CLASS domain and dimension of the grantees that received CLASS reviews during the past program year. The National Overview for 2019 was recently made available. As it relates to DRS, the National Overview of Grantee CLASS Scores provides valuable information to grantees that received a CLASS review. In the report, the lowest 10% of the national distribution of grantee-level domain scores is...
This is the time of year that programs who competed for DRS grants in the fall typically begin to receive notification of an award or are contacted by the Office of Head Start (OHS) to begin negotiations. The eighth round of DRS was one of the largest rounds of DRS to date and soon many of the awardees will enter the start up period.
At the end of each quarter in 2020 we will post quarterly updates about the status of the many moving pieces of DRS. This is the first of four quarterly status updates for the year. We’ll address topics such as upcoming grant competitions, monitoring, program improvement and more. Head Start/Early Head Start transforms program operations during COVID-19 closures. The pandemic that our country faces has led to many Head Start/Early Head Start programs having to establish alternative service...
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We also developed internal capacity through the modeling and coaching provided by Foundations for Families. We have an excellent DRS application. Foundations for Families removed the anxiety from the process, using a strengths-based approach. This helped us focus on the positive components of our program.
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This is the second of four 2020 quarterly status updates about the Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) initiative. Learn about the timing of the upcoming grant competition and resources to prepare.
There is no doubt that COVID-19 and the resulting economic shutdown has affected communities nationwide. The impacts on children and families are far reaching, and extend deep into health, employment, education, and social services.
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