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
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Fiscal Year 2016
We estimate that the Head Start program will fund 912,156 early childhood slots in FY 2016 that will provide comprehensive services to children and families, the same level as served in FY 2015. The Head Start program funded 915,603 early childhood slots in FY 2016.Fiscal Year 2017
In FY 2017, the Head Start program provided comprehensive services to children and families enrolled in 899,374 early childhood slots.Fiscal Year 2019
We estimate that the Head Start program will fund 892,565 early childhood slots in FY 2019 that will provide comprehensive services to children and families.Fiscal Year 2020
We estimate that the Head Start program will fund 872,071 early childhood slots in FY 2019 that will provide comprehensive services to children and families.
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 listed in a solicitation 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.
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 as well as pregnant women. The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership programs are expanding 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 45 CFR Part 75 as applicable of the Code of Federal Regulations.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. 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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Office of Head Start publishes Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA). Applicants may submit an application following the requirements stated in the FOA and submit on https://www.grants.gov.
Awards are made to grantees through a competitive process. Applications are scored and ranked by an objective non-federal review panel and the final rankings along with other factors are taken into consideration as OHS makes final funding decisions. Awards are made for a period of five years, during which the grantee is measured by a criteria that could make it eligible for a new five year project. If the criteria is not met, the service area and funding becomes available through competition. Once a decision is made, awards are issued by 10 Regional Offices that are geographically responsible for grants in certain states or territories. Awards to American Indian and Alaska Native, and Migrant and Seasonal programs are issued by the Central Office of Head Start.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, 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.
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?
Every agency is monitored on different aspects of their program throughout their five-year grant. New grantees are monitored after their first year in operation.
The Office of Head Start provides the annual Head Start audit supplement, which includes Head Start-specific guidance and procedures. Lastly, there are also audit-type requirements associated with Head Start fiscal monitoring events.
Grantees must maintain an accounting system adequate to meet the purposes of the grant. Requirements for records are found in 45 CFR Part 75.361-5 as applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is mandatory. 20%. Grantees are required to meet a 20% non-federal share match requirement under section 640(b) of the Head Start Act. However, programs can request to waive the non-federal share match, if necessary.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. Recipients are issued a Notice of Award (NoA), indicating the terms and conditions of the grant, funding amount, and award period.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Region I (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT): Marina Winkler, 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, 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): Brenda Hewitt, 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): Dr. Calvin Moore, 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) 562-3591. Region V (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI): Heather Wanderski, 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): Kenneth Gilbert, 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) Fran Majestic, Acting Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, Denver Regional Office, 1961 Stout Street, Suite 924, Denver, CO 80294. Telephone: (202) 205-8390. 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): Tadeo Saenz-Thompson, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, Seattle Regional Office, 701 5th Avenue, Suite 1510 MS-76, Seattle, WA 98104. Telephone: (206) 615-2615.
330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201
Washington, DC 20024 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$9,331,622,051.00; FY 19 est $10,175,302,328.00; FY 20 est $9,819,780,227.00; FY 17$9,357,741,817.00; FY 16$8,934,669,231.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range of assistance is $218,108 - $146,802,433; the average is $4,403,325
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Chapter XIII of Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations, including 45 CFR 1301 - 1305. These are available on request at no charge.
Examples of Funded Projects