Grants

OPRE makes grants to support research in areas such as child care, Head Start and Early Head Start, welfare and employment, strengthening families and healthy marriage, and family and interoperability and data sharing. We do not make grants to individuals or for direct services.

FY22 Grant Forecasts and Funding Opportunity Announcements

Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants Visit disclaimer page

Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants will support secondary analysis of data collected to rigorously evaluate a collection of career pathways programs. Career pathways programs provide post-secondary education and training organized as a series of manageable steps leading to successively higher credentials and employment opportunities in growing occupations. Programs also provide financial, academic, and non-academic support to help primarily low-income, non-traditional students enroll and persist in education. OPRE oversees a robust research portfolio evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of career pathways programs including the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) project and the rigorous evaluation of two rounds of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG). Data from the PACE project and OPRE’s evaluation of the first round of HPOG (HPOG 1.0) are available for secondary analysis through the Child and Family Data Archive Visit disclaimer page . Additional data from the longer-term follow-up of PACE and HPOG 1.0, as well as from OPRE’s evaluation of the second round of HPOG (HPOG 2.0) will be made available for secondary analysis on a rolling basis beginning in late 2021. These grants will support rigorous, policy-relevant secondary analysis of these data sets to add to the body of knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of the implementation and effectiveness of career pathways programs. The goals of the Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants are to: examine research questions relevant to career pathways programs’ goals and objectives; augment OPRE's multi-pronged evaluation of career pathways programs by focusing on particular questions relevant to career pathways; support research to inform and improve program design, implementation, and performance; and address issues of current relevance to decision makers at the local, state, and national levels in order to inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly those related to career pathways for TANF recipients and other low-income populations.

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Secondary Analyses of Child Care Data Grants Visit disclaimer page

These grants aim to support researchers conducting secondary analyses of data to address key questions of relevance to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). CCDF is the primary federal funding source for child care subsidies and aims to help eligible low-income working families access child care and to improve the quality of child care for all children. CCDF also aims to improve the quality of care and promote children’s healthy development and learning by supporting child care licensing, quality improvement systems to help programs meet higher standards, and training and education for child care workers. Analyzing existing data sets may provide researchers an efficient and cost-effective method for answering critical research questions of relevance to CCDF. Findings from these grants are intended to inform policy, program administration, and future research. Topics of particular interest to ACF may include, but are not limited to: recruiting and retaining a qualified early care and education workforce; reducing barriers to access and/or improvements in access to ECE, particularly for those most in need of services; consumer education, COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery, building the supply of high-quality care and education; improving teacher and caregiver competencies through professional development; supporting workforce well-being, and approaches to engage, support, and meet the needs of families. Data sets of particular interest to ACF may include, but are not limited to the 2019 National Survey of Early Care and Education and State or territory-level workforce registry, subsidy, Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), licensing, monitoring, child care resource and referral, or Preschool Development Grants B-5 data.

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Secondary Analyses of Head Start and Early Head Start Data Grants Visit disclaimer page

These grants aim to support researchers conducting secondary analyses of data to address key questions of relevance to Head Start programs and policies. Since the programs’ inception, Head Start and Early Head Start have engaged in a rigorous program of research providing valuable information for guiding program improvements in Head Start and Early Head Start, as well as for the larger field of early childhood programming and development. Head Start and Early Head Start programs have collaborated with researchers to make significant contributions in program innovation and evaluation, as well as the use of systematic data collection, analysis, and interpretation in program operations. Head Start has attracted an extensive network of highly accomplished partners in research firms, universities, and local programs, who strive to answer critical policy questions and improve the quality of the program with rigorous and relevant research. Analyzing existing data sets may provide researchers an efficient and cost-effective method for answering critical research questions of relevance to the goals and outcomes of Head Start and Early Head Start. Findings from these grants are intended to inform policy, program administration, and future research. Topics of particular interest to ACF may include, but are not limited to: recruiting and retaining a qualified workforce; identifying practices or experiences that drive child and family outcomes; promoting equity and/or improvements in access to services; COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery; improving teacher and caregiver competencies through professional development; supporting workforce well-being; and approaches to engage, support, and meet the health, mental health, self-sufficiency, and other needs of families. Data sets of particular interest to ACF may include, but are not limited to the Family and Child Experiences Survey, AIAN Family and Child Experiences Survey, Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Study, Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, National Survey of Early Care and Education, Head Start Program Information Report (PIR), or Preschool Development Grants B-5 data.

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Funding Opportunities

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