ARRA - Head Start
This funding will provide economic stimulus to the nation while furthering the ACF mission to promote the school readiness of low-income children. The objective of the Head Start program is to enhance the cognitive, social and emotional development of low-income children through the provision of comprehensive health, educational, nutritional, social and other services and to involve parents in their children’s learning and to help parents make progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Head Start also emphasizes the significant involvement of parents in the administration of their local Head Start programs.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5; Head Start Act, as amended by the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Public Law 110-134.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Program is no longer accepting grant applications.
Program is no longer accepting grant applications.
Program is no longer accepting grant applications. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
This program is no longer accepting applications. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This program is no longer accepting applications.
This program is no longer accepting applications.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
How are proposals selected?
The degree to which the proposed project will meet the Head Start Program Performance Standards located on the ACF website: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/Program%20Design%20and%20Management/Head%20Start%20Requirements/Head%20Start%20Requirements and other program objectives as specified in the program announcement.
How may assistance be used?
At least 90 percent of the enrollees in a program must be income eligible, i.e., from families whose income is below the poverty line, from families receiving public assistance, from homeless families or children in foster care. Programs can serve an additional 35 percent of participants with incomes up to 130 percent of poverty if they can demonstrate that they already are meeting the needs of children below the poverty line in the area served. American Indian and Alaska Native programs may enroll additional over-income children if they enroll all children in their service area that are income eligible and predominantly serve children meeting the low-income criteria. Training and technical assistance grants are available to Head Start programs. The State Advisory Council funds will be awarded as one-time startup grants of not less than $500,000 to those states that submit an acceptable application, consistent with the requirements of Section 642B of the Head Start Act. See above.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Semiannual financial and annual program reports are required for State Advisory Councils until the end of the project period. Funded grantees must submit quarterly reports required by Section 1512 of the Recovery Act which only applies to State Advisory Councils. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. Expenditure data is included as part of the quarterly reporting requirements of Section 1512 of the Recovery Act. No performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 75 Subpart F.
Recipient must maintain information on children and families served, including income data to determine eligibility and data on services provided. Data should be kept for three years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. Head Start grantees are required to provide 20 percent of the total cost of the program, although this may be waived wholly or in part if certain conditions pertain. Matching share may be in cash or in-kind fairly evaluated. The Federal share of the cost of State Advisory Councils activities conducted under section 642B of the Head Start Act shall be 30 percent and the state must provide the non-Federal share of 70 percent.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds awarded under the authority of ARRA are available for obligation through September 30, 2010. Funds are released by monthly allowance on an Electronic Transfer System or by monthly check. Semiannual financial and annual program reports are required. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: State Advisory Council grants will be awarded to the Governor’s office and awarded centrally by the Office of Head Start.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Region I (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT):
Louise Eldridge, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, Boston Regional Office, JFK Building, Rm. 2000, 15 New Sudbury Street, Boston, MA 02203. Telephone: (617) 565-1150.
Region II (NJ, NY, PI, VI):
Iran Rodriquez, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, New York Regional Office, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 4114, New York, NY 10278. Telephone: (212) 264-2890, ext. 173.
Region III (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV):
Linda Savage, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, Philadelphia Regional Office, 150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 864, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-3499. Telephone: (215) 861-4048.
Region IV (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN):
Jeff Fredericks, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, Atlanta Regional Office, Atlanta Federal Center, 61- Forsyth Street, SW, Suite 4M60, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8909. Telephone: (404) 562-2841.
Region V (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI):
Kay Willmoth, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, Chicago Regional Office, 233 N. Michigan Ave. - Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 353-7562.
Region VI (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX):
Kimberly Chalk, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, Dallas Regional Office, 1301 Young Street, Room 914, Dallas, TX 75202. Telephone: (214) 767-8844.
Region VII (IA, KS, MO, NE):
Clarence Small, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, Kansas City Regional Office, 601 East 12th Street, Rm. 276, Kansas City, MO 64106. Telephone: (816) 426-2275.
Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
Deb Hedin, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, Denver Regional Office, 1961 Stout Street, Suite 924, Denver, CO 80294. Telephone: (303) 844-1106.
Region IX (AZ, CA, HI, NV):
Jan Len, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, San Francisco Regional Office, 90 – 7th Street, Ninth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. Telephone: (415) 437-8447.
Region X (AK, ID, OR, WA):
Nancy Hutchins, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, Seattle Regional Office, 2201 Sixth Avenue, room 610 - M/S RX-70, Seattle, WA 98121. Telephone: (206) 615-3661.
Colleen Rathgeb, 1250 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (202) 205-7378.
(Project Grants) FY 14 Not Available; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available - This money was all obligated by the end of FY 2010.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Chapter XIII of Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations, including 45 CFR 1301 – 1311. These are available electronically at the following ACF website: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/Program%20Design%20and%20Management/Head%20Start%20Requirements/Head%20Start%20Requirements
Examples of Funded Projects