This funding will provide economic stimulus to the nation while furthering the ACF mission to promote the development of infant and toddler age children.

The objective of the Early Head Start program is to enhance the cognitive, social and emotional development of low-income children, including
children on federally recognized reservations and children of migratory farm workers, through the provision of comprehensive health, educational, nutritional, social and other services and to involve parents in their children s learning and to help parents make progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals.

Early Head Start also emphasizes the significant involvement of parents in the administration of their local Early Head Start programs.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2009: (1) Full-Year and Full-Day Head Start Programs; (2) Full-Year and Part-Day Head Start Programs; and (3) Part-Year and Part-Day Head Start Programs.

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Makah Indian Tribe Of The Makah Indian Reservation $ 910,153   2009-12-012012-09-29
Gila River Indian Community $ 2,701,562   2009-12-012012-09-29
Council For The Spanish Speaking, Inc. $ 1,450,074   2009-12-012012-09-29
Child Development Council Of Franklin County, Inc. $ 2,230,342   2009-12-012012-09-29
Knox County Head Start, Inc. $ 1,891,015   2009-12-012012-09-29
Rock - Walworth Comprehensive Family Services, Inc. $ 1,771,546   2009-12-012012-09-29
Portage Private Industry Council $ 1,961,948   2009-12-012012-09-29
Family Resource Agency, Inc. $ 1,587,974   2009-12-012012-09-29
Head Start Of Greater Dallas Inc $ 215,598   2010-09-292012-08-31
University Of Delaware $ 224,577   2010-09-292012-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: Since 1965, Head Start has served more than 25 million children from low income families in 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Outer Pacific. The program has provided education, health, nutrition and social services to the target population. In fiscal year 2008, there were 1,604 grantees funded to provide Head Start grantees. We estimate in FY 2009 (and FY 2010) there will be 1,800 grantees.

Uses and Use Restrictions

At least 90 percent of the enrollees in a program must be income eligible, i.e., from families whose income is below the poverty line, from families receiving public assistance, from homeless families or children in foster care.

Up to 10 percent of the funding is for training and technical assistance grants and up to 3 percent is for monitoring the program.

See above.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Profit organization: Higher Education (includes Research).

Private nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Higher Education (includes Research)

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individual/Family; Minority group; Black; American Indian; Spanish Origin; Asian; Other Non-White; Migrant; U.S. Citizen; Refugee/Alien; Preschool; Infant (0-5); Low Income


Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Part 74 and 92 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applications will be considered only when submitted in response to a specific announcement, published online at or on the ACF website:, which solicits proposals to establish new Early Head Start Programs or increase enrollment in current programs.

The standard application forms as furnished by DHHS must be used for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) in his or her State for more information on the process.

(NOTE: State/territory participation in the intergovernmental review process does not signify applicant eligibility for financial assistance under a program.

A potential applicant must meet the eligibility requirements of the program for which it is applying prior to submitting an application to its SPOC.).

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Prepare and submit applications according to the instructions provided in the applicable ARRA Funding Opportunity Announcement which can be found online at or on the ACF website: The Office of Head Start will provide each applicant agency with a completed check list form showing exactly which items must be completed by each applicant and delegate agency.

Award Procedures

All funds are awarded directly to existing and/or new grantees. Funds for local Early Head Start programs, including a portion of training and technical assistance funds, are awarded by the Office of Head Start"s Regional Offices. Funds for the following are awarded by the Central Office of Head Start: Amer