Head Start Quality Grants

Trust for Learning (the Trust) grant applications for a new program to support current Head Start providers that wish to adopt ideal learning-aligned approaches is closed.  Join our listserv to hear about future funding opportunities.


This initiative will leverage federal dollars by providing planning grants to Head Start-funded entities to improve quality through implementation of a highly-personalized, child-centered learning approach. Head Start Quality Grants will support early education providers with resources, tools, and technical assistance to transition to an ideal learning approach. These funds will enable grantees to be intentional in their planning efforts, focusing on aspects such as:

To help providers think through these and other aspects of their program model, the Trust has created a Planning Framework. While each project will be unique based on its scope, partners involved, and local context, this framework can help guide planning efforts.

Before beginning an application, we recommend that providers review the full RFP, familiarize themselves with the principles of ideal learning environments, and consult the technical assistance resource list. The Ideal Learning Head Start Network also maintains a resource bank which may be helpful to review.


Applications are welcome from all providers. However, priority will be given to projects that:


To be eligible, applicants must be a current Head Start provider (either directly as a federal grantee or indirectly as a delegate agency or partner) and have a designated tax-exempt status.


Applications must be submitted using this link, and are due by September 12th, 2021.  Please note that the online submission form does not allow you to save a partial application, so please be prepared to answer all questions before starting, which are included in full in the RFP document. For other questions related to your application, please email [email protected]. Trust for Learning will post responses to FAQs by August 15th.

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Thank you for your interest in expanding ideal learning environments for young children – we’re looking forward to your application!

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