Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

Despite the challenges inherent in forging successful partnerships, particularly across programs supported by different funding sources, the early childhood community has traditionally valued the benefits of program partnership and pursued collaboration and coordination in a variety of configurations.  In 2014 the Office of Head Start will support states and communities in expanding high quality early learning to over 100,000 infants and toddlers through the newly funded Early Head StartChild Care Partnerships initiative. Through these partnerships, Early Head Start grantees will partner with center-based and family child care providers who agree to meet Early Head Start Program Performance Standards and provide comprehensive, full-day, full year high-quality services to infants and toddlers from low-income families. This new initiative provides ECEC members the opportunity to strengthen mixed delivery systems at the state and local level by partnering with Early Head Start and other service providers  as non-profit and tax-paying community programs.

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Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Toolkit

We are pleased to introduce the toolkit resource we’ve designed to support ECEC members in planning for potential participation in the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships initiative, Community Child Care and Early Head Start Collaboration… Making a Match That  WorksWe  incorporated many of the resources already available through the HHS toolkit, and worked to tailor this to community providers who may be looking for a quick reference guide.

This toolkit will provide ECEC members with:

  • An understanding of the benefits of partnering with another organization or organizations to seek funding as an Early Head StartCommunity Child Care Partnership;
  • Deeper knowledge about how Early Head Start programs are funded and operate;
  • Effective strategies for establishing and maintaining partnerships with Early Head Start;
  • Examples of successful partnerships between Community Child Care centers and Early Head Start programs; and
  • Information on the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships funding opportunity.

For additional links to helpful tools to support the Partnerships, please visit our Resources page.