Early Child Partnerships
The HealthyCHILD (HC) program, part of Early Childhood Partnerships here at OCD has expanded its local and regional reach. Beginning last year, HC began a new partnership with the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center (COTRAIC) and expanded into 2 new settings - Child Cares and a Family Support Center. This year, HC continues to expand its partnerships and is now working with COTRAIC in additional counties in Southwestern PA and with select Pittsburgh Public School’s Kindergarten classrooms.
Tracy Larson has been leading and planning this expansion for many years. The purpose of HealthyCHILD is to provide on-site consultation, professional development and technical assistance to early childhood professionals and caregivers to promote young children’s social emotional competence and mental wellness.
The EHS team is implementing a new infant mental health practice-based coaching system based on the pioneering work of practitioners in Michigan. This is an opportunity for staff to grow their IMH skills in order to provide the highest quality home visits and service to families and babies.
Also, Chris Dunkerly and the EHS team are collaborating with Dr. Danny Shaw on a federal grant that will introduce the Family Check-Up intervention for families and children age 0 to 3. Family Check-Up promotes family engagement in positive behavior support, health limit setting, and relationship building.
OPRE Grant Announcement
The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has recently published two discretionary research funding announcements titled “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants” and “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Research Scholars”, which are summarized below. If you have questions regarding these grant announcements, please email HSGraduateResearchReviews@icfi.com or ChildcareScholars@icfi.com, respectively, or call 1-877-350-5913. Potential applicants should sign up for updates on grants.gov to receive notifications and updates regarding these Funding Opportunity Announcements.
Head Start and Child Care Graduate Student Research Grants
The purpose of the Early Care and Education Scholars grants are to support doctoral dissertation research addressing issues related to Head Start and child care. Both funding announcements aim to support work that will inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved/ understudied populations, utilizing the most rigorous research methodology, and promoting mentor-student relationships that support students’ independent lines of research.
What is the funding award limit and project period? Applicants may apply for project periods up to 24 months with two 12-month budget periods. Up to $25,000 may be awarded for each budget period.