DRS4 Forecast DELAYED…Until October 13, 2015

Very subtle OHS…very subtle.  Although the ACF forecast still shows that the most recent updates to the DRS4 forecasts were in April, they’ve been delayed until October 15, 2015 with a deadline of December 14, 2015.

1.) To review the steps…go to:


2) Type 93.600 in the search bar.

3) Update the number of records to show to 100.

4) Click the Last Updated column header twice.

5) *Note – the last official update is not today!

6) Scroll down to 4/20/2015 until you see your service area of interest.

7) Click on the service area and IGNORE the yellow bar that says Last Updated 4/20/2015.

8) Scroll down to the Estimated Milestone Dates and notice:

Estimated Post Date: 10/13/15

Estimated Application Due Date: 12/14/2015

So, while you’ve got some time – you can and should still be planning and confirming your program design!

Thank you.


If you are in Round 4 DRS and need help with your grant application, or if you are a delegate or otherwise qualified agency considering your options, please be in touch with Foundations of Families.

We have successfully worked with agencies in every round of recompetition to write winning grants, design competitive programs, confirm prudent budgets, and plan for a manageable start-up period. Contact Amy Augenblick, Executive Director at (703) 599-4329 703-599-4329 or abaugenblick@gmail.com to learn about how we can help.

DRS3 Award Winners (and others) Listed

As we await the formal announcement of DRS Round 4 (forecasted for July 15), we are pleased that the DRS Round 3 list is now available on ECLKC. Congratulations to the winners! Some of the outstanding Round 2 service areas winners and other competition winners were also officially listed (scroll all the way down).

You’ll recall that 103 grantees were on the DRS Round 3 list when it was officially released on February 5, 2014.

In most cases, one grantee was awarded per service area. However, in some cases the service areas were awarded to more than one grantee. Service areas with multiple winners include:


Imperial County (2 grantees) San Joaquin County (2 grantees)


Middlesex County and Towns within Hartford County (2 grantees)


Evanston, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka within Cook County (2 grantees)


City of St. Louis and St. Louis, Warren, Lincoln, St. Charles, and Montgomery Counties, Missouri (3 grantees)


Bosque, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Limestone, Llano, Mason, Milam, Mills, San Saba, and Portions of Bell and Coryell Counties (2 grantees)

Wharton, Fort Bend, and Matagorda Counties (2 grantees)


Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Washington Counties and the Cities of Bristol and Saltville (2 grantees)

Best wishes to all of the new or existing grantees as you begin or continue your work. Be sure to look for information on the HSKI review which should happen toward the end of your first year of service.

Thank you


To learn more about how Foundations for Families can help enhance and strengthen your program get in touch with Amy Augenblick, Executive Director, at (703) 599-4329 or Augenblick@foundationsforfamilies.com

Proposed changes to Performance Standards – comments due by 8/18/15

Today, HHS released the proposed new performance standards. Like you, we are reading them now. Secretary Burwell suggests that the new standards will raise program quality and significantly reduce the regulatory burden on programs.

Of particular note, the new expectation is that ALL programs operate for a full school day and a full year. Read the complete press release, here and the proposed new performance standards, here.

Please note, the public may comment on the proposed standards until August 18, 2015.

Thank you.

Contact Us 

Foundations for Families offers training, technical assistance and consulting services to grantees, state and regional organizations and associations, and the child care industry. Please be in touch with Amy Augenblick at 703-599-4329 or Augenblick@foundationsforfamilies.com and learn about how we can support you and your program.