The Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families awarded Quality Improvement funds to Head Start Grantees in 2020. The intent of the funds is to enhance program efforts and activities that help better incorporate a trauma-informed approach that will support children, families, and staff impacted by adverse experiences. Grantees have the flexibility to use the Quality Improvement funds to meet the grantees’ most pressing local needs, consistent with the Head Start Act. In coordination with its partners, MARC Head Start’s funding is being targeted to assist our network partners in their implementation of trauma-informed care and social and emotional curriculum. This will be done through direct classroom support for our Tier 1 and 2 direct service providers including an additional contracted behavior interventionist, disability support contractor, and mental health contractor. Additional curriculum training and material supports will also be provided. For our Tier 3 direct service providers, funds will be used for additional mental health, educational coaching and classroom assistant supports.
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