CCR Receives Five Year, $9.5 Million Federal Early Head Start- Child Care Partnership Grant
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Natalie Lente, Chief External Affairs Officer
Child Care Resources
Joanne Fong, Communications Manager
Child Care Resources
March 22, 2021
Child Care Resources Receives Five Year, $9.5 Million Federal Early Head Start- Child Care Partnership Grant
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – Child Care Resources (CCR) is excited to announce they have been awarded a five year, $1.9 million (annual) Early Head Start Child Care Partnership grant from The Administration for Children and Families.
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) awarded new Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership and Early Head Start Expansion funds to 62 agencies in 32 states and Puerto Rico. The grants will provide EHS services encompassing early learning and development, health, and family well-being to 5,100 infants and toddlers and their families. This is the first time in over ten years that this grant has been awarded in Western Washington and it is the first federal grant for CCR to hold directly.
“While the pandemic has driven new attention to the importance of child care for every family, Child Care Resources has been on the front line of our region’s child care crisis for decades. We are so excited to put these new resources to work for children of color and families and children experiencing housing instability in South King and Pierce Counties. Thanks to this grant, we’ll be helping connect 72 infants and toddlers with high-quality child care and in turn, a better start for the rest of their lives,” said Phoebe Sade Anderson, CEO of Child Care Resources.
Key pieces to this funding:
An annual $1.9M grant over the next five years
Service to 72 infant and toddlers through Early Head Start programs
Services provided in South King and Pierce Counties
Collaborations with Family Child Cares
7 NEW full time positions
Early Head Start (EHS) programs promote the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers through safe and developmentally-enriching caregiving. They support families, including mothers, fathers, and other adults, in their role as primary caregivers and teachers of their children. Programs also assist families in meeting their own personal goals and achieving self-sufficiency across a wide variety of domains, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security.
EHS programs recruit families with the greatest need. Eligibility is generally based on family income being at or below the poverty level. Children in foster care, children experiencing homelessness, and children from families receiving public assistance such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are eligible regardless of income.
EHS-CC Partnerships are collaborations with local child care providers to enhance services for low-income working families. This is accomplished through comprehensive services, access to full-day/full-year care, and preparing children for the transition into preschool.
About Child Care Resources
Since 1990, Child Care Resources has been working with families, caregivers, early learning professionals, and community partners to ensure that every child has a great start in school and in life. We are a trusted resource for families seeking child care across Washington State, helping more than 18,000 families each year explore their early learning options and make informed decisions. Through coaching and professional development, we help more than 2,300 child care professionals annually in King and Pierce Counties develop and improve the quality of their care for all children.