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ICF was awarded Grant No. 90YE250 to establish and operate the Research Connections website. ICF's purpose is to build a more prosperous and resilient world for all. We do this by using our ingenuity, creativity, and diverse perspectives to solve our clients' toughest challenges.

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
Research Connections is supported by the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE). OPRE studies ACF programs and the populations they serve through rigorous research and evaluation projects. These include evaluations of existing programs, evaluations of innovative approaches to helping low-income children and families, research syntheses, and descriptive and exploratory studies.

Office of Child Care
The Office of Child Care (OCC) supports low-income working families by providing access to affordable, high-quality early care and afterschool programs. OCC administers the Child Care and Development Fund and works with state, territory and tribal governments to provide support for children and their families, who are juggling work schedules and struggling to find child care programs will fit their needs and that will prepare children to succeed in school.

Office of Head Start
The Office of Head Start administers grant funding and oversight to the 1,600 public and private nonprofit and for-profit agencies that provide Head Start services in local communities. Head Start and Early Head Start grantees provide services to more than a million children every year, in every U.S. state and territory, in farm worker camps, and in more than 155 tribal communities.


Research Connections is supported by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award (Grant No. 90YE250) totaling $3,953,308 for 5 years, with 100 percent funded by ACF/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACF/HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit the ACF website at Administrative and National Policy Requirements.

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