We’re in the home stretch – one week from the due date for Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) proposals! The final push can be hectic as you’re tying up loose ends, gathering letters of support, and getting all of the appropriate sign offs and approvals. Last month we posted tips to help ensure a smooth process leading up to the deadline.
If you’ve had a chance to take a break from the proposal whirlwind, hopefully you caught the release of Making Connections: The Partnership Newsletter, Summer 2016. Check out the articles in this month’s newsletter and you may find guidance that will help you firm up your project design. The featured articles and tips are timely and focus on ratios and group sizes, professional development in Family Child Care (FCC), and a cost estimation tool for layering services and funds. We’ve heard from some of you that are current EHS-CCP grantees working with center-based programs that you’re ready to jump in with FCC providers as part of your Round 2 strategy. The newsletter article, Supporting Professional Development in Family Child Care to Enhance Early Head Start Practice, provides six steps for supporting the professional development of FCC EHS-CC Partners. An individualized, collaborative, approach to supporting FCC providers seems essential. Did you know that Round 1 EHS-CCP grantees are working with 800 FCC providers? We’re curious to see how much that number increases with Round 2!
As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, there is also a lot to learn from resources available to existing EHS-CCP grantees. If planning an EHS-CCP proposal for the first time, check out Tools and Technical Assistance for current grantees, as there is a wealth of information about subsidy, professional development, workforce supports, and establishing partnerships, and much more.
Good luck to everyone drafting a proposal!
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 the first round of EHS-CCP and plan to offer the same expertise for any new opportunities. Please be in touch with Amy Augenblick, Executive Director, at 703-599-4329 or [email protected] to learn about how we can support you and your program.