To promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children, including children on federally recognized reservations and children of migratory farm workers, 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
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use; PROJECT GRANTS
Fiscal Year 2014: Fiscal Year 2014: We found 927,275 early childhood slots in FY 2014 that provided comprehensive services to children and families. Fiscal Year 2015: We estimate that the Head Start program will fund 911,750 early childhood slots in FY 2015 that will provide comprehensive services to children and families. Fiscal Year 2016: We estimate that the Head Start program will fund 927,275 early childhood slots in FY 2016 that will provide comprehensive services to children and families, the same number of slots as FY 2014. Fiscal Year 2015: We estimate that the Head Start program will fund 911,750 early childhood slots in FY 2015 that will provide comprehensive services to children and families. Fiscal Year 2016: We estimate that the Head Start program will fund 927,275 early childhood slots in FY 2016 that will provide comprehensive services to children and families, the same level as served in FY 2014.
Head Start Act, as amended by the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007
, Public Law 110-134, 42 U.S.C 9801.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Any government, federally-recognized Indian tribe, or public or private nonprofit or for profit agency which meets the requirements may apply for a grant. However, applications will be considered only when submitted in response to a specific announcement, published via the Internet at the following website address: http://www.grants.gov, which solicits proposals to expand Head Start/Early Head Start programs or establish new ones. Grantee agencies may subcontract with other child-serving agencies to provide services to Head Start children.
Head Start/Early Head Start programs are for children from birth up to the age when the child enters the school system; however, Head Start programs only serve pre-school age children while Early Head Start programs serve children from birth through age three. The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership programs will expand access to high quality early learning and development opportunities for infants and toddlers from birth through age four. No less than 10 percent of each Head Start program's enrollment shall be for children with disabilities.
Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Part 75 as applicable of the Code of Federal Regulations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. The Office of Head Start will provide each applicant agency with a completed check list form showing exactly which items must be completed by each applicant and delegate agency.
All funds are awarded directly to the grantees. Funds for local Head Start/Early Head Start programs, including a portion of training and technical assistance funds, are awarded by the Office of Head Start's Regional Offices. Funds for the following are awarded by the Central Office of Head Start: American Indian and Alaskan Native programs; Migrant programs; research, demonstration and evaluation efforts and some training and technical assistance efforts.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. This, depending on the nature of the proposal, can vary considerably from 90 days to as much as several months.
Grantees who are denied refunding may appeal adverse decisions to the HHS Departmental Appeals Board. There is no appeal for new grants denials.
From 90 to 120 days. OHS Headquarters or Regional Offices will inform grantees of the application procedures for renewal.
How are proposals selected?
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 may 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual information on the types of children served and the services provided. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. Semi-annual spending reports. At least once every three years every agency is monitored. New grantees are monitored after their first year in operation.
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.
Grantee must maintain an accounting system adequate to meet the purposes of the grant. Requirements for records are found in 45 CFR Part 75 as applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are available for a 12-month budget period. Funds are released by monthly allowance on an Electronic Transfer System or by monthly check. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Region I (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT):
Marina Winkler, Acting 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):
Carolyn Baker-Goode, Acting 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):
Julianne Crevetin, Acting, 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
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 14 $215,821,704; FY 15 est $215,272,924; and FY 16 est $225,993,569 - These funds represent training and technical assistance grants that are issued with the grant award amount. (Project Grants) FY 14 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 15 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable. (Project Grants) FY 14 $7,934,327,835; FY 15 est $7,937,833,480; and FY 16 est $9,303,412,947
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 on request at no charge.
Examples of Funded Projects