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Head Start/Early Head Start

Office: Office of Child and Family Services
Program: Head Start/Early Headstart
Budget Estimate: $4,581,940
Federal Agency(s) Administration for Children and Families / Health & Human Services
  • Maine will receive approximately $2,813,000 for Head Start.
  • These dollars will go directly to the Head Start providers in Maine.
  • Based on current “best guesses” from the federal HS Bureau, the first wave of funding will go to current grantees by established formula. These funds will be used primarily to address current funding instability and assure grantees can meet mandated salary and enrollment numbers.
  • Early Head Start funds will be distributed through a federal competitive grant process to underserved areas across the county. Within 20 days of enactment, a synopsis of competitive grant must be on, flagged as a recovery grant. synopsis shall link to the full announcement on the agency website within thirty (30) days of enactment. In the interim, the synopsis should link to an agency instruction on when the full announcement is expected to become available.
  • The Maine Children’s Growth Council, which has been designated the State Advisory Council on Early Education and Care, will have an opportunity to apply for $500,000 competitive grant funded by dollars held back from the recovery appropriation to support their work. The MCGC could apply for this funding, which is competitive and requires a 70% match.