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Kansas Early Head Start - Home Visitation Grant

Grants to Kansas Early Childhood Care Providers
for Home Visits to Needy Families

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), Economic and Employment Services (EES)

LOI Date:

02/25/21

Deadline Date:

03/15/21 2:00 PM CST

Description:

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Grants to Kansas qualified nonprofit early childhood programs to provide home visits to needy families in the community. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to increase parents' capacity to meet their children's needs, to provide a better outcome for all children.

The purpose of this program is to provide Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), to all federally recognized Early Head Start programs in Kansas to implement home visitation services to eligible needy families. The goal of this program is to enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. In addition, EHS works to enable parents to be better caregivers of and teachers to children in their care. EHS also works with parents to set and meet their own goals, including a goal of economic independence.  

This grant will be awarded to all federally recognized Early Head Start programs in Kansas that have the ability to make a community/regional/state-wide impact. Programs should contain design elements that may include the following: 

  • KEHS grantees are required to follow the Federal Head Start Program Performance Standards and to demonstrate a collaborative approach in their service delivery including partnerships with Parents as Teachers, Healthy Families, Part B and Part C providers, Training and Technical Assistance, local school districts and other community services and agencies. 
  • Early, individualized child development and parent education services must be provided to infants, toddlers and their families according to a plan jointly developed by the parents and staff.
  • These services are to be provided through home visits with home-based providers.  
  • KEHS grantees are required to ensure their program is supportive and nurturing of families and responds to their needs. 
  • Care given must meet the needs of the individual child and be sensitive to the cultural, linguistic and familial needs.  In addition, care must promote health, safety, continuity of care and must include comprehensive child development and family support. 
  • Further, grantees will work with families who are unemployed to seek employment, return to school, or to enter a TANF approved training program. 
  • These areas can be included in the 30 hours a week when a child is enrolled with KEHS.

Priority will be given to grantees willing to provide service in their service area that have been listed as high need counties within their service area. Fifty-two (52) high priority counties have been identified based on high poverty, unemployment and out of home placement data. The data collected for the high priority counties includes high poverty, high unemployment, high out of home placement (OOHP). Applying equal weight to the data points, DCF identified the top half of counties with the highest at-risk index scores.

If funding limitations occur, priority will be given to applicants that serve these high need priority counties. The high priority counties are: Allen, Atchison, Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clark, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Elk, Franklin, Graham, Greenwood, Harper, Jackson, Kingman, Labette, Lincoln, Linn, Lyon, Montgomery, Morton, Neosho, Osage, Pawnee, Phillips, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Rush, Russell, Saline,  Sedgwick, Seward, Shawnee, Sherman, Stafford, Sumner, Wilson, Woodson, and Wyandotte.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194611

Term of Contract:

Grant Year: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

There will be an option of two (2) one-year renewals.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

DCF invites applications from all Federally recognized Early Head Start Programs in Kansas to apply.

Grant applicant agencies must have and provide verification of their 501(c)3 status at the time of application.

Ineligible items:
- Items ineligible for grant award reimbursement include: alcohol, for consumption purposes; land; construction or reconstruction of driving ranges, towers and skid pads; construction, rehabilitation or remodeling of State, local or private buildings or structures; and office furnishings and fixtures. Grant funds shall never be used to purchase property or build facilities.
- Grantees are responsible for paying for grant-funded goods and services in a timely manner. Grant funds may not be used to pay late fees, finance charges, interest, or any costs associated with late or overdue bills. All such costs are the sole responsibility of the Grantee.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Release of Request for Proposal: January 28, 2021
- Written Questions from Potential Grant Applicant Agencies: due by 2 p.m. CST February 11, 2021
- Answers to Written Questions from Potential Grant Applicant Agencies posted online and e-mailed by DCF: February 18, 2021
- Letters of Intent: due by 2 p.m. CST February 25, 2021
- Grant Applications: due no later than 2 p.m. CST March 15, 2021
- DCF Notifies Applicant Agencies of Status: May 3, 2021
- Grant Year: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

In order to apply, applicant agencies are required to submit an electronic Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI must be e-mailed to the DCF Grant Manager no later than 2 p.m. CST on February 25, 2021.

Grant applicant agencies must have and provide verification of their DUNS Number at the time of application.

Please note that DCF grant awards are reimbursement-based.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send letter of intent and questions to dcf.grants@ks.gov.

Applications should be addressed to:
DCF Grant Manager
Office of Grants and Contracts
Kansas Department for Children and Families
DCF Administration Building
555 S. Kansas Ave., 5th Floor
Topeka, KS 66603

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