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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.

Funding for EHS-CCP was not specified in FY2024, but it falls under Head Start and Early Head Start, which are funded at $12.27 billion (one appropriation for both programs) for FY2024. This is an increase of $275 million over FY2023.



Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships: An Overview

April 23, 2024

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. 


2024: ABCS of Federal Early Learning and Child Care Funding Streams

March 5, 2024

Every year, millions of children who range in age from birth through five benefit from an array of federal early learning and care programs. While there are different early learning …


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 …



FFYF Submits Comments on 2023 Head Start NPRM

January 23, 2024

Last week, the First Five Years Fund (FFYF) submitted comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Supporting the Head Start Workforce and Consistent Quality Programming, published by …

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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 …

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