Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Service issued a press release that announced the preliminary winners of the first round of DRS competition for Head Start and Early Head Start funds.

The press release did a fine job talking about the facts and figures but we were curious – who ARE these agencies? Maybe you are wondering, too?  We have spent the past day and, obviously, most of tonight looking at the websites of these presumptive winners.  In almost all cases, we’ve shared the links.  In some cases, the agency’s website was not especially easy or obvious to find.  We are sure that is on us so please, if you see your agency in bold rather than hyperlinked, send us a note and we will update our information.

As we continue to analyze who is who and what is what, we’ll share it with you.  At the same time, we are interested in learning what this process is like from your end…so, please consider sharing your thoughts.

Meanwhile, here are the websites of the preliminary winners:

ALABAMA

  1. Elmore/Autauga Community Action Committee
    Autauga, Chilton, Elmore and Shelby Counties, Alabama (HS, EHS)
  2. Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, Inc.
    Huntsville, Madison, and Limestone Counties, Alabama (HS)
  3. Childcare Resource Network, Inc.
    Huntsville, Madison, and Limestone Counties, Alabama (EHS)
  4. Mobile Community Action, Inc.
    Mobile and Washington Counties, Alabama (HS)
  5. Talladega Clay Randolph Child Care Corporation
    Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun, Cleberne, and Coosa Counties, Alabama (HS); Talladega, Calhoun, and Coosa Counties, Alabama (EHS)

ARKANSAS

  1. Community Action Program of Central Arkansas
    Arkansas, Lincoln, and Lonoke Counties, Arkansas (HS, EHS)
  2. Safe Haven Shelter for Women and Children, Inc.
    Communities within Pulaski and Garland Counties, Arkansas (EHS)
  3. Save the Children Federation
    Conway, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Perry, Polk, Pope, Scott, and Yell Counties, Arkansas (HS, EHS)

CALIFORNIA

  1. E. Center
    Butte, Sutter, and Yuba Counties, California (HS, EHS)
    California (MSHS)
  2. Baldwin Park Unified School District
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (HS)
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (EHS)
  3. Child Care Resource Center
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (HS)
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (EHS)
  4. Foundation for Early Childhood Education, Inc.
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (HS)
  5. Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (HS)
  6. Human Services Association
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (HS)
  7. Los Angeles County Office of Education
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (HS)
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (EHS)
  8. Montebello Unified School District
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (HS)
  9. Options – A Child Care and Human Services Agency
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (HS)
  10. Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (HS)
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (EHS)
  11. St. Anne’s Maternity Home
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (HS)
  12. Training and Research Foundation
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (HS)
  13. Volunteers of America of Los Angeles
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (HS)
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (EHS)
  14. Children’s Institute, Inc.
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (EHS)
  15. Foothill Family Service
    Communities within Los Angeles County, California (EHS)
  16. Contra Costa County
    Contra Costa County, California (HS, EHS)
  17. The Spanish Speaking Unity Council of Alameda County, Inc.
    Contra Costa County, California (HS, EHS)
  18. Institute for Human and Social Development, Inc.
    San Mateo County, California (HS, EHS)

COLORADO

  1. Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments
    Fremont County, Colorado (HS)
  2. Monte Vista Community Center, Inc.
    Rio Grande County, Colorado (HS)

CONNECTICUT

  1. New Haven Public Schools
    City of New Haven in New Haven County, Connecticut (HS, EHS)

FLORIDA

  1. Early Education and Care, Inc.
    City of Southport and Panama City, FL (HS); Cities of Apalachicola, Panama City, and Southport, Florida (EHS)
  2. Dunbar Center, Inc.
    Martin County, Florida (EHS)
  3. Okaloosa County Comprehensive Head Start Child Development, Inc.
    Okaloosa County, Florida (HS, EHS)

GEORGIA

  1. Baldwin County Board of Education
    Baldwin County, Georgia (HS)
  2. Tallatoona Community Action Partnership, Inc
    Bartow, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, and Polk Counties, Georgia (HS)

ILLINOIS

  1. Southern Seven Health Department
    Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, and Union Counties, Illinois (HS, EHS)
  2. B.C.M.W. Community Services, Inc.
    Bond, Clinton, Marion, Washington, and Franklin Counties, Illinois (HS)
  3. Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation
    Macon County, Illinois (HS)
  4. Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc.
    Peoria County, Illinois (HS, EHS)
  5. Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency, Inc.
    Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties, Illinois (HS)
  6. Ounce of Prevention Fund
    Waukegan Township within Lake County, Illinois (EHS)
  7. City of Rockford, Human Services Department
    Winnebago County, Illinois (HS, EHS)

INDIANA

  1. Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana
    Benton, Boone, Fountain, Montgomery, Parke, Vermillion, and Warren Counties, Indiana (HS, EHS)
  2. Community Action of Southern Indiana, Inc.
    Clark County, Indiana (HS, EHS)
  3. Bauer Family Resources, Inc.
    Tippecanoe County, Indiana (HS, EHS)
  4. Community Action of East Central Indiana, Inc.
    Wayne County, Indiana (HS, EHS)

IOWA

  1. New Opportunities, Inc
    Audubon, Calhoun, Carroll, Dallas, Greene, Guthrie, and Sac Counties, Iowa (HS); Carroll, Dallas, Greene, and Guthrie Counties, Iowa (EHS)
  2. South Central Iowa Community Action Program
    Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Monroe, and Wayne Counties, Iowa (HS); Clarke and Decatur Counties, Iowa (EHS)

KANSAS

  1. Clay County Child Care Center
    Clay, Cloud, Ottawa, Republic, and Washington Counties, Kansas (HS, EHS)
  2. Head Start of Shawnee Mission, Inc.
    Johnson County, Kansas (HS, EHS)

KENTUCKY

  1. Lincoln County Board of Education
    Lincoln County, Kentucky (HS, EHS)

LOUISIANA

  1. Lincoln Total Community Action, Inc.
    Lincoln and Union Parishes, Louisiana (HS)
  2. Rapides Parish School District
    Rapides Parish, Louisiana (HS, EHS)
  3. St. Mary Community Action Committee Association, Inc.
    St. Mary and Vermilion Parishes, Louisiana (HS)

MARYLAND

  1. Calvert County Public Schools
    Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties, Maryland (HS)
  2. Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc.
    Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties, Maryland (HS)
  3. St. Mary’s County Public Schools
    Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties, Maryland (HS)
  4. Family Services Agency, Inc.
    Montgomery County, Maryland (EHS)

MASSACHUSETTS

  1. Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire, and N. Quabbin
    Hampshire and Franklin Counties; Westfield, West Springfield, Agawam, Southwick, Tolland, Russell, Blandford, and Montgomery in Hampden County, Massachusetts (HS); Hampshire County; Greenfield, Turners Falls, and Orange in Franklin County, Massachusetts (EHS)
  2. Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc.
    Malden, Medford, Everett, Stoneham, Melrose, Reading, Wakefield, North Reading, and Winchester in Middlesex County, Massachusetts (HS)

MICHIGAN

  1. Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan
    Barry, Calhoun, and St. Joseph Counties, Michigan (HS, EHS)
  2. Genesee County Community Action Resource Department
    Genesee County, Michigan (HS)
  3. Genesee Intermediate School District
    Genesee County, Michigan (HS)
  4. Genesee County Community Action Resource Department
    Genesee County, Michigan (EHS)
  5. Kalamzoo Regional Educational Service Agency
    Kalamazoo County, Michigan (HS)
  6. Monroe County Intermediate School District
    Monroe County, Michigan(HS)

MINNESOTA

  1. Parents In Community Action, Inc.
    City of Minneapolis within Hennepin County, Minnesota (EHS)
  2. Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
    Marshall, Norman and Polk Counties, Minnesota (HS); Norman, Polk and Steele Counties, Minnesota (EHS)
  3. Wright County Community Action, Inc.
    Western part of Hennepin County and Wright County, Minnesota (HS)

MISSISSIPPI

  1. Institute of Community Services, Inc.
    Benton County, Mississippi (HS)
  2. Singing River Educational Association, Inc.
    George County, Mississippi (HS)

MISSOURI

  1. Mid-America Regional Council
    Jackson, Clay, and Platte Counties, Missouri (HS, EHS)

MONTANA

  1. Human Resource Development Council of District IX, Inc.
    Gallatin, Meagher and Park Counties, Montana (HS)

NEW JERSEY

  1. Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc. (trading as Gateway Community Action Partnership)
    Atlantic and Cape May Counties, New Jersey (HS, EHS); Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, and Salem Counties, NJ (HS); Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties; and the City of Sicklerville in Camden County, New Jersey (EHS)
  2. Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc.
    Cities of Patterson and Prospect Park in Passaic County, New Jersey (HS, EHS)

NEW YORK

  1. Albany County Opportunity, Inc.
    Albany County, New York (HS)
  2. Association to Benefit Children
    Bronx and New York Counties, New York (EHS); New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  3. The Children’s Aid Society
    Bronx and New York Counties, New York (EHS)
  4. B’Above Worldwide Institute, Inc.
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  5. Bank Street College of Education
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  6. Bedford Stuyvesant Early Childhood Development Center, Inc.
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  7. Cardinal McCloskey School and Home for Children
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  8. Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc.
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  9. Child Development Center of Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, Inc.
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  10. Chinese Community Concerns Corporation, Chinatown Head Start
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  11. Educational Alliance, Inc.
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  12. Hudson Guild, Inc.
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  13. Leake and Watts Services, Inc.
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  14. Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Inc.
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  15. New York City Administration for Children’s Services
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  16. Shira Association Inc.
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  17. Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  18. United Academy, Inc.
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  19. Visiting Nurse Service of New York Home Care
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  20. Y.M. & Y.W.H.A. of Williamsburg, Inc.
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  21. Yeled v’Yalda Early Childhood Center, Inc
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  22. Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov, Inc.
    New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, New York (HS)
  23. Community Action of Orleans and Genesee, Inc.
    Orleans and Genesee Counties, New York (HS, EHS)
  24. Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc.
    Steuben and Yates Counties, New York (HS, EHS)
  25. Kiryas Joel Municipal Local Development
    Village of Kiryas Joel in Monroe County, New York (HS, EHS)

NORTH DAKOTA

  1. Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency
    Cass, Ransom, Richland, and Sargent Counties, North Dakota (HS); Cass County, North Dakota (EHS)

OHIO

  1. Council on Rural Service Programs, Inc.
    Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Shelby, and Van Wert Counties, Ohio (HS); Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Preble, Shelby, and Van Wert Counties, Ohio (EHS); Preble County, Ohio (HS)
  2. Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland
    Cities of Cleveland and East Cleveland within Cuyahoga County, Ohio (EHS); Cuyahoga County, Ohio (HS)
  3. Center for Families and Children
    Cuyahoga County, Ohio (HS)
  4. Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc.
    Clark, Madison, and Montgomery Counties, Ohio (HS, EHS)
  5. Community Action Commission of Fayette County
    Fayette County, Ohio (HS, EHS)
  6. Child Development Council of Franklin County, Inc.
    Franklin County, Ohio (HS); Franklin County, Ohio (EHS)
  7. YMCA of Central Ohio
    Franklin County, Ohio (HS)
  8. Crossroads Lake County Adolescent Counseling Services
    Lake County, Ohio (EHS)

OKLAHOMA

  1. Crossroads Youth & Family Services, Inc.
    Cleveland, Commanche, and Pottawatomie Counties, Oklahoma (HS); Cleveland, Commanche, Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties, Oklahoma (EHS)
  2. Community Action Resource and Development, Inc.
    Mayes, Rogers, Nowata, Washington and Wagoner Counties; City of Broken Arrow in Tulsa County, Oklahoma (HS, EHS)

OREGON

  1. Clackamas County Children’s Commission
    Clackamas County, Oregon (HS, EHS)
  2. Head Start of Yamhill County
    Yamhill County, OR (HS, EHS)

PENNSYLVANIA

  1. School District of Pittsburgh
    Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (HS); City of Pittsburgh within Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (EHS)
  2. Berks County Intermediate Unit
    Berks County, Pennsylvania (HS)
  3. Child Advocates of Blair County, Inc.
    Blair County, Pennsylvania (HS)
  4. Jefferson-Clarion Head Start, Inc.
    Clarion and Jefferson Counties, Pennsylvania (HS, EHS)
  5. Community Action Program of Lancaster County, Inc.
    Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (HS)
  6. Community Progress Council, Inc.
    York County, Pennsylvania (HS)

PUERTO RICO

  1. Municipal Government of Mayaguez
    Mayaguez, Las Marias, Maricao, Hormigueros, and Anasco Municipalities, Puerto Rico (HS)
  2. Municipality of San German
    Mayaguez, Las Marias, Maricao, Hormigueros, and Anasco Municipalities, Puerto Rico (HS)

SOUTH CAROLINA

  1. Chesterfield-Marlboro Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.
    Chesterfield and Marlboro Counties, South Carolina (HS)

TENNESSEE

  1. South Central Human Resources Agency
    Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, and Wayne Counties, Tennessee (HS, EHS)
  2. Highland Rim Economic Corporation
    Dickson, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart Counties, Tennessee (HS)

TEXAS

  1. BCFS Education Services
    Atasoca, Karnes, and Wilson Counties, Texas (HS)
  2. Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas
    Blanco, Caldwell, and Hays Counties, Texas (HS, EHS)
  3. Avance-San Antonio, Inc.
    City of San Antonio (Including Bexar County), Texas (HS)
  4. City of San Antonio
    City of San Antonio (Including Bexar County), Texas (HS)
  5. Education Services Center, Region 20
    City of San Antonio (Including Bexar County), Texas (HS)
  6. Family Service Associates of San Antonio, Inc.
    City of San Antonio (Including Bexar County), Texas (HS)
  7. Parent Child, Inc.
    City of San Antonio (Including Bexar County), Texas (HS)
  8. South San Antonio Independent School District
    City of San Antonio (Including Bexar County), Texas (HS)
  9. Hitchcock Independent School District
    Galveston County, Texas (HS)
  10. Texas City Independent School District
    Galveston County, Texas (HS)
  11. Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
    Southwest Harris County, Texas (HS, EHS)

VIRGINIA

  1. Monticello Area Community Action Agency
    Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson Counties, including the City of Charlottesville, Virginia (HS)
  2. Northern Virginia Family Service
    Arlington County, Virginia (HS); Arlington, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, Virginia (EHS)
  3. Clinch Valley Community Action
    Bland, Smyth, Tazewell, and Wythe Counties, Virginia (HS)
  4. Mountain Community Action Program, Inc.
    Bland, Smyth, Tazewell, and Wythe Counties, Virginia (HS)
  5. The Improvement Association
    Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Surry, and Sussex Counties, Virginia (HS)
  6. Augusta County of School Board Office (sic)
    Cities of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Harrisonburg, and Augusta, Bath, Highland, and Rockingham Counties, Virginia (HS)
  7. Tri-County Virginia Opportunities, Inc. dba Apple Country Head Start
    City of Winchester; Frederick and Clarke Counties, Virginia (HS)
  8. Fauquier Community Action Committee, Inc.
    Fauquier County, Virginia (HS)
  9. Orange County Board of Education
    Orange County, Virginia (HS, EHS)
  10. Richmond Public Schools
    Powhatan County, and the Cities of Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia (HS); City of Richmond, Virginia (EHS)

VIRGIN ISLANDS

  1. VI Department of Human Services
    U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John) (HS)

WASHINGTON

  1. Children’s Home Society of Washington
    King County including the City of Seattle, Washington (HS)
  2. Puget Sound Educational Service District
    King County including the City of Seattle, Washington (HS)
  3. Neighborhood House
    King County including the City of Seattle, Washington (EHS)
  4. Opportunity Council
    Whatcom County, Washington (HS, EHS)

WEST VIRGINIA

  1. Kanawha County Schools
    Kanawha County, West Virginia (HS)
  2. Nicholas County Community Action Association, Inc.
    Nicholas County, West Virginia (HS)

WISCONSIN

  1. Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.
    Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, and Trempealeau Counties, Wisconsin (HS)
  2. Community Relations-Social Development Commission
    Milwaukee County, including the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (HS)
  3. Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc.
    Milwaukee County, including the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (HS)
  4. Milwaukee Public Schools
    Milwaukee County, including the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (HS)
  5. Next Door Foundation, Inc.
    Milwaukee County, including the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (HS)

MULTI-STATE GRANT AWARDS

  1. East Coast Migrant Head Start Project
    Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia (MSHS)
  2. NYS Federation of Growers and Processors Associates (sic)
    Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia (MSHS)
  3. Telamon Corporation
    Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia (MSHS)
  4. Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
    Minnesota and North Dakota (MSHS)

Quite a list!

Thank you.

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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 have extensive experience in grant writing generally, as it relates to recompetition, specifically. More broadly, we regularly partner with grantees to coordinate and write community assessments, as required by Federal Performance Standards.

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 an upcoming RFP to continue to serve your children and families on your own, but are unsure about grant writing, give us a call.

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