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ACF announces $300 million in new funding opportunities for early childhood education

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    ACF announces $300 million in new funding opportunities for early childhood education

    On September 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced $300 million in new funding and accompanying guidance to support state and local government investments in the early childhood workforce. Counties welcome these new resources, which may strengthen our ongoing efforts to help this critical sector recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    According to ACF, 35 states and territories can now apply for $266 million in renewal and planning grants under the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) program, which supports improvements to federal, state and local early care and learning investments. Recipients are encouraged to invest these funds in the early childhood workforce through compensation initiatives, developing pathways to licensure, credentialing and degrees. Counties providing home visiting services, operating Head Start programs and/or supporting mixed delivery child care systems may benefit from these new investments.

    Additionally, ACF has announced $30 million for a new National Early Childhood Workforce Center to support research and technical assistance for recruitment and retention of an effective and diverse pipeline of early educators across multiple settings. County governments are eligible to apply for these new funds individually or as part of a consortium.

    Along with these new funding opportunities, ACF released new program guidance for PDG B-5 programs, the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), and the Head Start program encouraging grantees to make strategic investments to increase staff recruitment and retention.

    Counties, which administer CCDF in 8 states and serve as Head Start grantees across the nation, welcome federal action to support and sustain an increased living wage for child care workers while also ensuring all families have access to affordable, high-quality early care and education for children under age five.

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    • NACo Legislative Toolkit: Federal Policy Levers for Stabilizing the Child Care Industry
    • NACo Policy Brief: Support the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)
    • NACo Blog: Senators introduce revised child care and early learning proposal
    • NACo Blog: Biden administration relaunches simplified online portal for low-income families to claim their expanded Child Tax Credit
    • NACo Blog: HHS announces SNAP enrolled families now eligible for Head Start
    • NACo Blog: NACo and APHSA introduce new Child Tax Credit outreach toolkit
    • NACo Blog: Congress holds hearing to examine the impact of COVID-19 on child care industry
    On September 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced $300 million in new funding and accompanying guidance to support state and local government investments in the early childhood workforce.
    2022-09-19
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    2022-09-19
States, tribes and territories can use $300 billion in new federal resources to implement strategies to improve compensation, benefits and working conditions for early childhood educators New resources and guidance from ACF will support states and counties in our efforts to strengthen the early childhood workforce

On September 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced $300 million in new funding and accompanying guidance to support state and local government investments in the early childhood workforce. Counties welcome these new resources, which may strengthen our ongoing efforts to help this critical sector recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to ACF, 35 states and territories can now apply for $266 million in renewal and planning grants under the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) program, which supports improvements to federal, state and local early care and learning investments. Recipients are encouraged to invest these funds in the early childhood workforce through compensation initiatives, developing pathways to licensure, credentialing and degrees. Counties providing home visiting services, operating Head Start programs and/or supporting mixed delivery child care systems may benefit from these new investments.

Additionally, ACF has announced $30 million for a new National Early Childhood Workforce Center to support research and technical assistance for recruitment and retention of an effective and diverse pipeline of early educators across multiple settings. County governments are eligible to apply for these new funds individually or as part of a consortium.

Along with these new funding opportunities, ACF released new program guidance for PDG B-5 programs, the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), and the Head Start program encouraging grantees to make strategic investments to increase staff recruitment and retention.

Counties, which administer CCDF in 8 states and serve as Head Start grantees across the nation, welcome federal action to support and sustain an increased living wage for child care workers while also ensuring all families have access to affordable, high-quality early care and education for children under age five.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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    All matters pertaining to children’s issues, foster care,  public assistance and income support, services to senior citizens and individuals with disabilities, immigration policy, social services, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. Policy Platform & Resolutions 2022-2023 2022 NACo Legislative Priorities
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