DRS Round 5 Grants Forecasted

On November 23, 2016 forecasts were posted on www.grants.gov for Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) grants that are up for competition as part of Round 5 of the Designation Renewal System (DRS). The Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) are expected to post on December 12, 2016 and proposals have an estimated due date of February 10, 2017.

The Office of Head Start (OHS) will be seeking applicants to provide HS/EHS services in the following areas.

  • Clay, Randolph, and Talladega Counties, Alabama
  • South Los Angeles and Compton, in Los Angeles County, California
  • Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Grantee – Adams, Mesa, Montrose, Larimer, Delta, and Weld Counties, Colorado
  • City of Norwalk, Connecticut
  • DuPage County, Illinois
  • Butler County, Kansas
  • Harvey County, Kansas
  • Landry Parish, Louisiana
  • Frederick County, Maryland
  • City of Detroit (zip codes 48219 and 48235), Michigan
  • Attala, Caroll, Choctaw, Holmes, and Webster Counties, Mississippi
  • Adair, Cherokee, McIntosh, and Sequoyah Counties, Oklahoma
  • Philadelphia (Lower North Philadelphia), Pennsylvania
  • Calhoun, DeWitt, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, and Victoria Counties, Texas
  • Edwards, Kinney, Real, Uvalde, and Zavala Counties, Texas
  • Midland County, Texas
  • Cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth, Virginia

The list of grants forecasted is slightly different than the areas served by the Round 5 list of grantees required to compete for continued funding. In addition to those listed on the Round 5 list, there are also grants forecasted for areas in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Foundations for Families has successfully worked with agencies in every round of recompetition. If you need assistance with grant writing, design, or any other aspect of planning your proposal please be in touch.

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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 or augenblick@foundationsforfamilies.com to learn about how we can help.

HR Management in November OHS HSPPS Talk Webinar

On November 16, the Office of Head Start (OHS) held its monthly Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) Talk webinar. Human Resources Management was the primary topic and OHS reviewed the key standards that fall into this section of the new HSPPS. Throughout the webinar OHS referred to the Staff  table available on ECLKC. If you haven’t seen this resource, we recommend taking a look. For each position it lays out education requirements, experience requirements, competency requirements, and the timeframe when applicable.

Below are a few interesting pieces of information learned on this week’s webinar. (As a reminder, all of the OHS HSPPS Talk webinars are available on ECKLC. Lots of information is shared!)

Standards of conduct as well as penalties for violation of those standards are important. Be clear about standards of conduct that apply to staff, consultants, contractors and volunteers. OHS reminded listeners that penalties for violation of standards of conduct must be defined. OHS stressed the importance of helping individuals understand (via training, orientation, etc.) the standards as well as the consequences for not following them.

When staff serve in multiple roles, they must have the degree necessary to perform all of their job responsibilities. OHS indicated they’ve received questions from grantees that have staff members who serve in multiple capacities in their program. It is important that educational requirements are reviewed to ensure staff are meeting all relevant requirements. OHS also recommended paying careful attention to the wording in the HSPPS. For example, pay attention to the use of “must” versus “preferably” in the new HSPPS when degree requirements are described.

Specific standards address volunteers in the program. OHS spoke briefly in the webinar to standards related to volunteers, reminding grantees that volunteers should receive orientation, and that they are not to be left alone with children. The new HSPPS do not require background checks for volunteers, which is the reason why volunteers may not be left alone with children. It is important to remember, however, that state licensing regulations or other requirements may indicate that volunteers are required to have a background check.

The next OHS HSPPS Talk webinar will take place on December 14. We look forward to sharing information learned!

Thank you.

Contact Us

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 or augenblick@foundationsforfamilies.com to learn about how we can help.

New Guidance on Supporting Families Experiencing Homelessness

Earlier this week the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Education released a Policy Statement on Meeting the Needs of Families with Young Children Experiencing or At Risk of Homelessness. The release of the policy statement was accompanied by an informative infographic about homelessness in early childhood, pointing out that individuals are most likely to experience homelessness as young children. This is incredibly relevant to the many Early Head Start (EHS) and Head Start (EHS) grantees serving homeless families or those at risk of experiencing homelessness. HS and EHS are central to recommendations in the report.

The new policy statement stresses the importance of strong relationships among providers and agencies supporting families experiencing homelessness. It also acknowledges the varying and individualized needs of families, for example, pointing particular attention to research that shows many families are headed by young parents.

There are three recommendations highlighted in the policy statement:

  • Recommendation #1 – Support a Two-Generation Approach by Developing and Strengthening Partnerships across Early Childhood and Housing Programs and System
  • Recommendation #2 – Enhance early childhood program and system integration with the Continuum of Care (CoC)’s coordinated entry process
  • Recommendation #3 – Improve, leverage, and integrate early childhood homeless data

One of the most helpful aspects of this policy statement is that it provides specific examples of strategies that stakeholders might consider. For each recommendation, the policy statement has an “early childhood providers can do this by” section that lists ways early childhood providers can partner – locally and at the state level – or actions they can take to support the needs of families. For example, as part of Recommendation 1, one of the suggestions for how early childhood providers can help bridge partnerships and share information is to “educate housing and shelter providers about early childhood development, including the unique needs and vulnerabilities of young children and their parents.” There are many suggestions in the document, and “Spotlight” examples giving you real life snapshots of the work in action.

The new policy statement is a recommended read, and you might think about how you share this document with your Board, Policy Council, and even your local and state partners to help continue the dialogue about coordinated supports for children and families experiencing homelessness in your communities.

Thank you.

Contact Us

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 or augenblick@foundationsforfamilies.com to learn about how we can help.