HHS Region 6:
A child’s first three years offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a healthy brain and lay a strong foundation for lifelong mental and physical health. The quality of the relationship and the number of responsive interactions between a child and at least one caring adult are the greatest influencing factors during this critical developmental stage.
Through its grantmaking, EHF supports community-based clinics and community-based organizations that embrace the importance of early childhood brain development and prioritize primary prevention work with vulnerable families beginning before or at the birth of their children. When they consider programmatic approaches to build these key elements of the caregiver/child relationship, they are interested in those that:
- Lead with brain building science and share that knowledge with caregivers
- Are attentive to the importance of maternal health and timely prenatal care, especially as it relates to building a foundation for optimal infant brain development
- Offer and/or support opportunities for caregivers to practice new brain-building skills with the child or children in their care
- Are consistently informed by and influenced by clients of the programs;
- Honor caregivers’ best knowledge of their child
- Leverage the provider/community-based organization’s trusting relationship with the caregiver
- Have evidence of or attempt to measure change in caregiver/child relationship and/or interaction
Eligible candidates must provide services within the boundaries of the fifty-seven counties of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicants need not be affiliated with the Episcopal Church or any other faith community in order to be considered for funding. Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than July 10, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by September 11, 2019.