American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) Head Start and/or Early Head Start Expansion

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) announces funding for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive early learning services for newly-enrolled, income-eligible American Indian/Alaska Native pregnant women, and children from birth to compulsory


school age.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will solicit applications only from agencies with an existing Head Start, Early Head Start, or Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership grant award.

OHS expects that expansion of an existing Head Start or Early Head Start program can include any of the following:
adding slots within existing center-based classrooms or family child care programs; adding new classrooms to an existing center; adding or establishing entirely new centers or family child care homes; and/or adding new slots to a home-based program option.

OHS is also interested in new and innovative approaches to connect families to an array of support services, in an effort to establish Head Start as a Community Services Hub in the local community and create a more collaborative, family-centered approach to services.

OHS is primarily interested in proposals for Community Services Hub models that will promote family self-sufficiency and overall well-being, and ultimately improve parent and child outcomes.

Interested applicants may email the OHS Operations Center at for additional information.
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services

Office: Administration for Children and Families - OHS

Estimated Funding: $14,450,824

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Additional Information of Eligibility:
Eligible applicants are any public entities, including states; Native American Tribal organizations; Native American Tribal Governments (federally recognized); non-profit or for profit private entities, including community-based and faith-based organizations, pursuant to section 645A(d) of the Head Start Act, 42 U.S.C.

§ 9840a(d).

Eligible applicants are also subject to section 641(e) of the Head Start Act, 42 U.S.C.

§ 9836, Prohibition Against Non-Indian Head Start Agency Receiving a Grant for an Indian Head Start program.

It is important to note that the eligibility requirements are different for Head Start and Early Head Start.

More information will be available in the funding opportunity announcement.

ENTITIES APPLYING FOR HEAD START ONLY - OR - BOTH HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START: Eligible applicants are limited to local public or private non-profit agencies, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or local for-profit agencies, pursuant to Section 641(a)(1) of the Head Start Act, 42 U.S.C.

§ 9836(a)(1) in the service area, that can provide Head Start services to children and families residing in the service area.

Applicants must demonstrate they meet the statutory requirement for designation as a Head Start and/or Early Head Start agency as defined in the Head Start Act.

ENTITIES APPLYING FOR EARLY HEAD START ONLY: Eligible applicants are any public or private non-profit agency, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies pursuant to Section 645A(d) of the Head Start Act, 42 U.S.C.

§ 9840A(d).

Eligibility is limited to public or private non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations in the service area that can provide Early Head Start services to children and families residing in the service area.

Entities operating Head Start programs are eligible to operate Early Head Start programs.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

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