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Child Care Policy Research Partnership Grants

Grants to USA State, Territory, and Tribal Agencies for
Collaborative Research Related to Child Care Policies

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)

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06/14/19 11:59 PM ET for electronic applications; 4:30 PM ET for paper applications.


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Grants to USA state, territory, or tribal agencies collaborating with researchers in IHEs and other research organizations to explore child care policies. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended to research the effectiveness of child care subsidy policies and quality improvement initiatives that support employment and self-sufficiency outcomes for parents; increase low-income families’ access to high-quality child care programs; and promote positive learning and school readiness outcomes for children. The work supported by this grant program should be collaborative from start to finish.

Projects are expected to inform the field at large. As such, grantees will be expected to participate in a network of CCPRP grantees that will meet annually and communicate regularly to share lessons learned, to identify opportunities for collaborative analyses, and to develop collective expertise and resources.

Examples of priority questions include, but are not limited to: effects of policy changes since the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, supports for family child care providers, consumer education, licensing and monitoring, and efforts to build the supply of high-quality care.

The specific goals and requirements of the CCPRP grant program are to:
1. Develop research partnerships that support collaboration among child care researchers and CCDF Lead Agencies which build the capacity of lead agencies to conduct rigorous policy-relevant research
2. Conduct research that addresses issues of interest to CCDF decision-makers at the local, state, and national levels
3. Produce policy-relevant findings and information throughout the duration of the grant
4. Encourage collaborative research projects across lead agencies that explore common research questions
5. Foster the exchange of current research, ideas, and information among research, policy, and practice communities
6. Disseminate findings to relevant stakeholders at local, state, and national levels.

For additional information about program goals, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185790

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

This announcement will fund up to ten cooperative agreements.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $400,000 Per Budget Period
- Award Floor: $100,000 Per Budget Period
- Average Projected Award Amount: $400,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

The length of the project period is 48-month with four 12-month budget periods. The anticipated project start date is September 1, 2019.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • 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 that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Child Care Policy Research Partnership grant program is intended to fund collaborative research projects between a Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agency and their research partner(s) (e.g., institutions of higher education, research organizations). Therefore, eligible applicants may be either the CCDF Lead Agency or research partner organizations. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted no later than June 14 2019, at 11:59 PM ET.

The deadline for receipt of mailed, paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this announcement. Please submit the letter of intent by May 13, 2019. The letter of intent is optional.

Applicants must register at prior to applying. All applicants must have a DUNS number. To obtain a DUNs number click:

Applicants must be registered with SAM:

Project teams must attend and should budget for required meetings and conferences. For a list of these meetings, see:

For all federal awards, any shared costs or matching funds and all contributions, including cash and third-party in-kind contributions, must be accepted as part of the recipient’s cost sharing or matching when such contributions meet all of the criteria listed in 45 CFR 75.306.

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

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If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact the ACF Applications Help Desk:

Agency contact:
Meryl Barofsky

OPRE Review Team: Child Care Policy Research Partnerships
c/o ICF
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: (877) 350-5913
Fax: (703) 934-3740

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