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Early Head Start - Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership Opportunity in New York State

As of 2019, New York State has 127 Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership (EHS-CC Partnership) sites. We are hopeful that there will be additional opportunities to apply for more EHS-CCP Partnership grants in the future. This continues to be a great opportunity for New York to raise the quality of infant and toddler care for the children who are most at risk.

Starting in 2014, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced the availability of approximately $500 million to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income families with infants and toddlers through these partnerships or through the expansion of Early Head Start services. Under EHS-CC Partnerships, new or existing Early Head Start grantees have partnered with regulated, center-based or family child care or group family child care providers who agree to meet the Head Start Program Performance Standards. The resulting partnerships have allowed programs to leverage their funds to provide more high-quality early learning in their community. By braiding the federal Early Head Start and the state child care subsidy dollars, the children in the EHS-CC Partnership all receive the best of both worlds, and the staff and providers are able to receive professional development, materials, supplies, curricula, developmental screenings for the children in their care and more.

In February 2016, ACF announced an increase of $135 million to support additional EHS-CC Partnership programs. This $135 million grant increase will allow new or existing Early Head Start programs to partner with local child care centers and family child care providers serving infants and toddlers from low-income families. The increase will be available within each state based on the number of young children in poverty.

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