National Center on Early Head Start Child Care Partners

Growing the Supply of Early Learning Opportunities for More Infants and Toddlers

To expand high-quality early learning opportunities in the years before preschool, Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP) support communities to increase the number of Early Head Start and child care providers that can meet the highest standards of quality for infants and toddlers.

What is an EHS-CC Partnership?

EHS-CCP bring together the strengths of child care and Early Head Start programs through layering of funding to provide comprehensive services and high quality early learning environments for low-income working families with infants and toddlers. The long-term outcomes for the program are:

  • Sustained, mutually respectful, and collaborative Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships
  • A more highly educated and fully qualified workforce to provide high-quality infant-toddler care and education
  • Increased community supply of high-quality early learning environments and infant-toddler care and education
  • Well-aligned early childhood policies, regulations, resources, and quality improvement support at national, state, and local levels
  • Improved family and child well-being and progress toward school readiness

ZERO TO THREE (ZTT) manages the National Center on Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships (NCEHS-CCP), which is jointly administered by ACF’s Office of Head Start (OHS) and Office of Child Care (OCC). ZTT collaborates with three organizations to execute the Center: Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), Family Health International 360 (FHI360), and Mathematica Policy Research (Mathematica).

The National Center provides:

  • Resource and materials catalog developed through a scan of existing resources
  • Interactive new tools to support implementation
  • Trained and supported Implementation Planners and Fiscal Consultants in a database accessible to grantees
  • Phased training and technical assistance approach for OHS and OCC and their T/TA systems, including the National Centers, the Child Care and Development Fund Administrators and the Head Start State and National Collaboration Offices
  • Partnership information response services for these same groups and Partnership teams to obtain TA and resources.

The anticipated outcomes include:

  • Increased knowledge among T/TA providers of best practices and how to incorporate them into their work with EHS-CC Partnership teams
  • Improved staff competency to develop strong partnerships, provide effective Quality Improvement support, and deliver developmentally appropriate infant-toddler care
  • Higher quality, more responsive services for infants, toddlers, and families in EHS-CC Partnerships
  • Enhanced OHS/OCC T/TA collaboration and service integration.