California Communities Receive $64.1 Million for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

On December 10, 2014, President Obama hosted the first ever White House Summit on Early Education, a convening of business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials and other stakeholders from across the country, kicking off a national campaign to build high-quality early childhood programs for children from birth to age 5. Prior to the summit, the departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced the recipients of $750 million in new grants for early learning programs.

Communities across California were awarded $64.1 million for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants. These grants will allow new or existing Early Head Start programs to partner with local child care centers and family child care providers serving low-income infants and toddlers.

With the support of stakeholders that included the California Department of Education, First Five California, the California Head Start Association, the California State Head Start Collaboration Office, and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Glen Price Group assisted California applicants in preparing highly competitive applications for EHS-CCP grant funding. Support was offered in the following key areas: 1) Technical assistance and support to statewide applicants in the form of webinars and online resources that helped participants develop a compelling core for their applications; 2) Proposal development support to individual organizations seeking EHS-CC Partnership funding; and 3) Support for the CDE-Early Education and Support Division in the develop of a state of California application.

GPG worked with the CDE Early Education and Support Division to determine that the focus of the California application would be to enhance and expand quality infant and toddler services in rural counties experiencing significant shortages of high-quality early learning and care opportunities: Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sutter, Trinity, and Yuba. Although California has some of the largest cities in the United States, it also has extensive and vast areas of small rural communities. These Northern Counties are sparsely populated, but home to cherished family farms, small rural towns, and areas of beautiful wilderness. They are also home to some of our nation’s highest rates of unemployment, teen births, child abuse and neglect, and substance abuse issues. Access to basic services can be limited, as families have to travel longer distances to access food, gas, clothing, and medical care. California is strongly committed to providing high-quality early education and support programs throughout the state. This funding will address areas where need is the greatest. For additional information, see the press release issued by the CDE.

GPG’s work in supporting California’s applications for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships not only expanded access throughout the state, but also confirmed the value of collaboration by statewide stakeholders in responding to major funding opportunities. The model of public-private funding that enabled this work has great promise for future synergy and success.