Administration for Children and Families -- National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety

Funding Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Office of Head Start (OHS) announces the availability of $7,582,500 to be competitively awarded for the purpose of operating the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety (NC HBHS). The NC HBHS will provide Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) that reflects current evidence, is research-informed, and promotes best practices.  The NC HBHS will strengthen professional development outcomes for staff and improve outcomes for children and families enrolled in Head Start and/or Early Head Start (HS/EHS) programs. The NC HBHS TTA efforts will lead to improved health, behavioral health, and safety of children and families.  Because of the complex work the NC HBHS will conduct, the recipient will be expected to bring together knowledgeable subrecipients within the fields of child nutrition and oral health; physical activity; health (including hearing and vision screening); behavioral health promotion and prevention, including the promotion of mental health, resilience and wellbeing; the prevention of mental illness and substance use disorders; safety practices; child and adult trauma; child incidents and maltreatment; emergency preparedness, response, and recovery; prenatal care; environmental health; safety; and staff wellness. 

The NC HBHS will join three other National Centers, and is part of a large comprehensive OHS TTA. Please use the funding opportunity numbers below to access more information on the other three National Centers: 

  • National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-HC-1826)

  • National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-HC-1827)

  • National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-HC-1828)

The system is designed to support HS and EHS programs as they provide high-quality services to pregnant women, children and families to support the school readiness of young children who live in poverty through the provision of health, education, and social services.

Deadline: June 22, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include the following: state governments; county governments; city or township governments; special district governments; independent school districts; public and state controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments (federally recognized); public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments); nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; private institutions of higher education; for-profit organizations other than small businesses; and small businesses.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 22, 2020