Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting

 

The Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Tribal MIECHV) is administered by The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Office of Child Care (OCC), in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Assistance is available to eligible Tribes (or consortia of Tribes), Tribal Organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations, to strengthen and improve maternal and child health programs, improve service coordination for at-risk communities, and identify and provide comprehensive evidence-based home visiting services to families who reside in at-risk communities. The goals of the Tribal MIECHV program are to: support the development of happy, healthy, and successful American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children and families through a coordinated home visiting strategy that addresses critical maternal and child health, development, early learning, family support, and child abuse and neglect prevention needs; implement high-quality, culturally-relevant, evidence-based home visiting programs in AIAN communities; expand the evidence base around home visiting interventions with Native populations; and support and strengthen cooperation and coordination and promote linkages among various early childhood programs, resulting in coordinated, comprehensive early childhood systems. The ACF, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), is administering the TRCEC, which will provide leadership and support to promote excellence in community-based participatory research and evaluation of ACF early childhood initiatives that serve Tribal communities. Settings to be considered include home visiting programs, early care and education center-based programs, home-based and family child care providers, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The TRCEC is expected to: (1) conduct research to identify needs and/or develop effective practices and integrated systems for ACF early childhood initiatives in tribal communities; (2) identify, validate, and/or develop measures of culturally meaningful inputs, implementation processes, and proximal and distal outcomes of those programs; (3) establish peer-learning communities for tribal research on areas of shared priority; (4) provide training and professional development to facilitate interest and competencies in research relevant to early childhood initiatives in tribal communities; and (5) provide forums to increase cultural competence and sensitivity to tribal voices in research and evaluation. It is expected that the TRCEC will coordinate with any other entities receiving Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), Office of Head Start (OHS), and Office of Child Care (OCC) funding for related research and evaluation activities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.872
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 It is estimated that 20 grants will be awarded in FY 2016 under a new competition for $8,870,000 It is estimated the 1 award will be made for the TRCEC under a new competition of which an estimated $250,000 will come from Tibal MIECHV. 19 grants were awarded in FY2016 under the new competition for a total of $8,366,000 and $250,000 of Tribal MIECHV funds were awarded for the TRCEC.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY2017,19 grants were awarded for $8,870,000. One award was made for the TRCEC in FY2017 for $250,000 and came from Tribal MIECHV.
Fiscal Year 2018 $12,000,000 was awarded in FY2018.
Fiscal Year 2019 It is estimated that $12,000,000 will be awarded in FY2019.
Fiscal Year 2020 It is estimated that $12,000,000 will be awarded in FY2020.
Authorization
Section 511(h)(2)(A) of Title V of the Social Security Act, as added by Section 2951 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) (Pub. L. No. 111-148), as amended by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115-123). The authorities for the Tribal Research Center for Early Childhood (TRCEC) are: (1) Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) as Section 511(h)(2)(A) of Title V of the Social Security Act, as added by Section 2951 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) (Pub. L. No. 111-148), as amended by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115-123); (2) section 648 of the Head Start Act, as amended by the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. §9843), and section 649 (42 U.S.C. §9844); and (3) Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Implementation Research and Evaluation Planning Grant program as authorized by section 658O(a)(5) of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, as amended by Pub. L. No. 113-186, codified at 42 U.S.C. § 9858m(a)(5).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Specifically: Only Tribes (or a consortium of Indian Tribes), Tribal Organizations, or Urban Indian Organizations, as defined by Section 4 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, are eligible applicants for the Tribal MIECHV Grant Program. Only Tribes (or a consortium of Indian Tribes), Tribal Organizations, or Urban Indian Organizations, as defined by Section 4 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, are eligible applicants for the Tribal MIECHV Grant Program. For the TRCEC, eligibility is open to public and private entities that include state, city, and local governments; public, private, and state-controlled institutions of higher education; private, non-profit organizations with, and without, 501(c)(3) IRS tax status; Native American tribal governments (federally recognized) and Native American tribal organizations; and for-profit organizations that are not sole proprietorships.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible families in at-risk AIAN communities include pregnant women, expectant fathers, parents, and primary caregivers of children aged birth through kindergarten entry, including grandparents or other relatives of the child, foster parents who are serving as the child's primary caregiver, and non-custodial parents who have an ongoing relationship with, and at times provide physical care for, the child. Specifically: o Eligible families residing in at-risk American Indian/Alaskan Native communities in need of such services, as identified in a needs assessment; o Low-income eligible families; o Eligible families who are pregnant women under age 21; o Eligible families with a history of child abuse or neglect or have had interactions with child welfare services; o Eligible families with a history of substance abuse or need substance abuse treatment; o Eligible families that have users of tobacco products in the home; o Eligible families that are or have children with low student achievement; o Eligible families with children with developmental delays or disabilities; and o Eligible families who, or that include individuals serving or formerly serving in the Armed Forces, including those with members who have had multiple deployments outside the US. Eligible family: o A woman who is pregnant, and the father of the child if available, or o A parent or primary caregiver of the child, including grandparents or other relatives and foster parents serving as the child's primary caregiver from birth until kindergarten entry, including a noncustodial parent with an ongoing relationship with, and at times provides physical care for the child.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicants should review the individual ACF funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications of education and/or training which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Each application will be screened to determine whether it was received by the closing date and time and whether the requested amount exceeds the award ceiling. Applications that are designated as late or those with requests that exceed the award ceiling will be returned to the applicant with a notation that they were deemed non-responsive and will not be reviewed. Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by objective review panels using the criteria described in the funding opportunity announcement. Each panel is made up of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels are composed of three reviewers and one chairperson. Results of the competitive objective review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, objective review scores and rankings are not binding. They are one element in the decision-making process. Applications recommended for approval that were not funded under the competition because of the lack of available funds, may be held over by ACF and re-considered in a subsequent review cycle if a future competition under the program area is planned. These applications will be held over for a period of up to one year and will be re-competed for funding with all other competing applications in the next available review cycle. For those applications that have been deemed as approved but unfunded, notice will be given of such determination. Announcement of awards and the disposition of applications will be provided to applicants at a later date.
Award Procedure
Results of the competitive objective review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, objective review scores and rankings are not binding and are one element of the decision-making process. ACF may elect to not fund applicants with management or financial problems that would indicate an inability to successfully complete the proposed project. Applications may be funded in whole or in part. Successful applicants may be funded at an amount lower than that requested. ACF reserves the right to consider a preference to fund organizations serving emerging, unserved, or under-served populations, including those located in pockets of poverty, and to consider the geographic distribution of Federal funds in its funding decisions. ACF may refuse funding for projects with what it regards as unreasonably high start-up costs for facilities or equipment, or for projects with unreasonably high operating costs. In addition, federal staff will conduct an administrative review of the applications and the results of the competitive review and will make recommendations for funding to the Director, Office of Child Care (OCC). No grant award will be made under this announcement on the basis of an incomplete application. The project period for the TRCEC will be 4 years. The initial award will be for the first 12-month budget period. Budget requests for a second through fourth year of funding within the project period should be identified in the current application (on SF-424A), and such requests will be considered in subsequent years on a noncompetitive basis. Noncompetitive continuation awards are subject to the applicant's eligibility status, the availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the grantee, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Federal Government. The Federal share of project costs shall not exceed $650,000 for any of the 12-month budget periods, inclusive of indirect costs. The successful grantee will be required to track the federal funds, and their associated activities, separately so that they can accounted for, on an ongoing basis, and attributed to either the Tribal MIECHV, Head Start, and Child Care portions of the project. Consistent with statutory authority: Tribal MIECHV funds ($250,000) will be devoted to (a) activities to promote excellence in research and evaluation of MIECHV programs in tribal communities and (b) measurement development activities that will expand the evidence base around home visiting programs for AIAN populations. Head Start funds ($250,000) will be devoted to research and evaluation activities to (a) foster continuous improvement in the quality of the Head Start programs and in their effectiveness in enabling participating AIAN children and their families to succeed in school and otherwise, and (b) develop, test, and disseminate new ideas based on existing scientifically valid research for addressing the needs of AIAN children and their families and communities. Child Care funds ($150,000) will be devoted to research and evaluation activities to (a) advance the provision of resources to low-income families to find quality child care for their children, and (b) enhance the quality and supply of child care for all families including those who receive no direct assistance under the CCDF.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Appeals
Subject to the limitations of the Appendix A to 45 CFR Part 16, appeals may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Applications will be evaluated based upon the criteria published in each funding opportunity announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Uses: Assistance for the Tribal MIECHV Program will be used to: conduct a needs assessment that considers community characteristics and the quality and capacity of existing home visiting programs and other supportive services; is coordinated with other relevant needs assessments; and involves community stakeholders as appropriate; collaborative planning efforts to address identified needs by developing capacity and infrastructure; providing high-quality, evidence-based home visiting services to pregnant women and families with young children aged birth to kindergarten entry; establishing, measuring, and reporting on progress toward meeting performance measures in six legislatively-mandated benchmark areas; and conducting or participating in rigorous evaluation activities. Consistent with statutory authority, Home Visiting funds for the TRCEC will be used to: (a) Identify and consult with researchers and tribal community leaders, and consult with federal/national partners (including ACF and HRSA) who have been involved in conducting research and evaluation on home visiting in tribal communities; (b) Establish a national network of partnerships that provide a peer learning environment among tribes, researchers, and practitioners (e.g., program directors, teachers, home visiting staff) on issues related to the research and evaluation of MIECHV programs in tribal communities. This includes initiation, facilitation, and sustainment of activities that link partnerships and promote peer learning; (c) Identify, validate, and/or develop measures of culturally meaningful proximal and distal outcomes of Tribal MIECHV (e.g., measures related to native language development; measures of child well-being; parent/provider interaction and family relationships; measures of implementation in tribal contexts; measures of collaboration and systems building in tribal contexts; measures of parenting stress and trauma; measures of organizational/systems functioning in tribal contexts); (d) Provide training or career development opportunities for early career scientists with interdisciplinary expertise relevant to Tribal MIECHV, as well as for Tribal MIECHV staff who want to increase their understanding of and experience with research; and (e) Provide forums to increase cultural competence and sensitivity to tribal voices in research and evaluation of Tribal MIECHV.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Grantees under the Tribal MIECHV program must collect, analyze, use, and report data on program implementation and improvements for eligible families participating in the program in the legislatively-mandated benchmark areas of: I) improved maternal, newborn, and child health; II) prevention of child injuries, child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment, and reduction of emergency room visits; III) improvements in school readiness and child academic achievement; IV) reductions in crime or domestic violence; V) improvements in family economic self-sufficiency; and VI) improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports. Grantees will also collect and report on demographic and service utilization and service capacity, place-based services, family engagement, and staffing data.
Auditing
45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies.
Records
Awards issued under this program are subject to the uniform administrative requirements of 45 CFR Part 75 .361-365.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Tribal MIECHV grants (cooperative agreements) are generally awarded for a 5-year project period. In the first year of the project, grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Pending successful completion of Year 1 activities, submission of a plan that meets requirements, and approval of this plan, applications will be considered on a noncompetitive continuation basis for Years 2-5 subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the grantee, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Federal Government. Grants will be awarded for 12-month budget periods with a 5-year project period. The project period for the TRCEC will be 4 years. Funds awarded to grantees under this program will be made available for expenditure through the end of the second succeeding fiscal year after award. Tribal MIECHV grants (cooperative agreements) are generally awarded for a 5-year project period.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Anne Bergan Mary E. Switzer Building 330 C Street, SW, Suite 3014F Washington, DC 20201 Email: anne.bergan@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202-260-8515
Headquarters Office
Anne Bergan
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW, Suite 3014F


Washington , DC 20201 US
anne.bergan@acf.hhs.gov
Phone: 202608515
Website Address
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/home-visiting/tribal-home-visiting
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-0321-0-1-506
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$12,000,000.00; FY 19 est $12,000,000.00; FY 20 est $12,000,000.00; FY 17$8,870,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range of funding is $250,000-$895,000 per budget period for Tribal MIECHV grants. For the TRCEC, the range of funding is up to $600,000 per budget period and the average is $250,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.