The Head Start programs, administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families.
The Office of Head Start (OHS) in the ACF solicits applications from existing federally funded Head Start agencies to compete for funds geared to training and technical assistance. These funds are available to provide services to unserved children and families residing in federally defined service areas.
This expansion through ARRA funding will increase the number of pre-schoolers served in Head Start through ARRA grants of $1 billion. Expansion of Early Head Start will receive ARRA grants totaling $1.1 billion. Each grantee currently has a defined service area and may apply to serve additional low-income children in the area. In addition, grantees may propose to serve areas that are currently unserved, as long as they can demonstrate that they meet the statutory requirement to be a Head Start provider in that community.
Applicants proposing to both expand their current service area and establish a new program in an unserved area must submit separate applications.
The deadline to apply for funds under the expansion of Head Start program is June 23, 2009. Funds will be awarded in Summer 2009. Early Head Start grantees will be awarded funds by September 2009.
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