Long time, no news.  But lots of speculation…right?

Thanks to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Leslie Maxwell at edweek.org, we are reasonably sure that the first 132 Head Start and/or Early Head Start grantees required to recompete for their Head Start grants we won’t hear anything until well into 2013.

You’ll recall that these 132 agencies were informed about a year ago that they would need to reapply, in a competitive sense, for the Head Start or Early Head Start programs they were (are) already operating at the time.  Along with these agencies, other agency/organizations were invited to apply for the grants, as well.

We don’t have to tell you that it was a long summer of updating Community Assessments, confirming community partnerships, negotiating space agreements, collaborating with Policy Councils and responding to the RFAs.

Now it seems that programs – both current grantees and hopefully grantees – will have to wait a bit longer to learn where the chips will fall.

And if your program wasn’t one of the original 132…we really don’t know when the next batch of notices will be issued but we will let you know as soon as we do.

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If your agency has activated a ‘trigger’ and is facing recompetition – you might want or need guidance. In most cases, we can help you get through this critical period and, if we can’t, we’ll certainly help you find the support you need.

We are especially happy to help you think about and write your proposal or to update your Community Assessment.

If you think you have a legal issue OR want to prevent one through regulatory compliance and risk assessment, please do yourself a big favor and call Ted Waters at ewaters@ftlf.com or Zoë Beckerman at zbeckerman@ftlf.com, both with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP.

If you are a delegate agency thinking about responding to the upcoming RFP to continue to serve your children and families on your own, but are unsure about grant writing, give us a call.

If you are a community based, solid organization with your heart and management practices in the right place and think could do just as well or better on behalf of young children and their families, we can help you think that through and move forward if you’d like. Call us: 703-299-6570 or 703-299-6570 or email augenblick@foundationsforfamilies.com.

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