During the second of two OHS updates at the NHSA Winter Leadership Institute, Yvette Sanchez Fuentes told us to be on the lookout for that the release of the birth-to-five funding announcements.  By the time we got back to the office, the notice had arrived in our inbox:

Office of Head Start Releases Birth-to-Five Funding Announcements

The Office of Head Start (OHS) is offering applicants the opportunity to apply for funding to serve children from birth to age 5 and pregnant women, in the following service areas:

  • Washington, DC
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Detroit, MI
  • Sunflower County, MS
  • Jersey City, NJ

Through this funding opportunity announcement, interested applicants have an opportunity to consider proposing a comprehensive, seamless birth-to-five Head Start and Early Head Start program, including services for expectant families. Applicants are strongly encouraged to bring new and innovative ideas that are evidence-based or evidence-informed to maximize the extent to which Early Head Start and Head Start, in collaboration with other partners and early childhood education providers, can prepare children and their families for school.

Any applicant responding to this funding opportunity announcement will submit one application, whether the applicant is proposing to provide 1) Head Start services only, 2) Early Head Start services only, or 3) both Head Start and Early Head Start services.

Funding opportunity announcements are available on www.Grants.gov, under CFDA 93.600. Interested applicants may contact the OHS Operations Center at 866-796-1591 or at [email protected] for additional information.

Visit the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) for more information: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/dr.

If you go to grants.gov and search CFDA 93.600 and today’s date, February 1, 2013, you’ll find theses links:

Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee – Jersey City within Hudson County, New Jersey

Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee – Washington, District of Columbia

Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee – City of Baltimore, Maryland

Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee – Sunflower County, Mississippi

Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee – City of Detroit within Wayne County, Michigan


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