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Nationwide Competition of Early Head Start

3/27/2002:   Early Head Start programs provide early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services on a year-round basis to low-income families. The purpose of the Early Head Start program is to enhance children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; to support parents' efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and to help parents move toward self-sufficiency.

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families announces approximately $72 million in financial assistance to be competitively awarded to local public and private non-profit and for-profit entities--including Early Head Start and Head Start grantees--to provide child and family development services for low-income families with children under age three and pregnant women. Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for these funds to become Early Head Start grantees. Applicants may apply for one or more of the following categories:
  • Current Early Head Start grantees, proposing to expand in their currently approved EHS service area ($20 million).
  • Applicants, including current Early Head Start grantees and, proposing to establish an Early Head Start program in areas currently unserved by Early Head Start ($42 million).
  • Applicants proposing to serve children in an Early Head Start program whose families are receiving support from the Child Welfare Services (CWS) system ($10 million).

A copy of the program announcement, necessary application forms, and appendices can be obtained by contacting the Early Head Start Nationwide Competition at the above address. The telephone number is 800/458-7699; or e-mail to: ehsn@pal-tech.com. Copies of the program announcement and necessary application forms can also be downloaded from the Head Start Web site at: www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb.

The closing date and time for receipt of applications is 4:30 p.m. EDT on May 13, 2002. Note: Applications should be submitted to: Early Head Start Nationwide Competition; 1901 N. Fort Myer Drive; Suite 301; Arlington, VA 22209.

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