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Child Care and Early Learning Programs

Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships


Early Head Start–Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP) helps expand access to high-quality child care and comprehensive support for infants and toddlers from low-income families. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awards competitive grants to Early Head Start grantees that partner with local child care providers — both center-based and in-home providers — that serve children from low-income families receiving child care subsidies and agree to meet Head Start Program Performance Standards.

Early Head Start grantees help local child care providers to meet these standards and provide critical services, such as developmental screenings, and formula and diapers, to meet children’s health, nutrition, and other development needs.

Current Funding Level: EHS-CCP is funded at $1.005 billion for FY 2023



Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships: An Overview

March 1, 2023

Early Head Start–Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP) build on the existing strengths of Early Head Start and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) subsidies, which allow low-income families to access high-quality child care. 


Learning from Experts: How EHS-CCPs Are Benefitting Children and Families in Grantee States

July 27, 2023

Last week, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), in partnership with the Children’s Equity Project and Start Early, wrapped up their 3 part webinar series on Early Head Start- Child Care …


Reports Highlight the Critical Role of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

November 29, 2022

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), in partnership with the Children’s Equity Project and Start Early, recently released a set of briefs highlighting the promising work of Early Head Start-Child Care …


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FFYF Co-Hosts Congressional Briefing Highlighting Importance of Federal ECE Funding

April 22, 2022

On Thursday, First Five Years Fund (FFYF), together with the National Head Start Association (NHSA), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and Child Care Aware of …


FY2022 Appropriations Omnibus Includes Increases for Existing Early Learning & Care Programs

March 9, 2022

Congressional leaders have unveiled a bipartisan FY2022 omnibus government spending package, which includes an increase in critical funding for the core federal early learning and care programs. Each year, millions …

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