The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is seeking proposals from qualified organizations to develop and implement an African American Family Leadership and Engagement Program with an aim at elevating authentic family and parent leadership within the MN-ICECI and across the early childhood system in the state.
The Minnesota Department of Health is expanding its efforts to authentically engage with families in the Minnesota Integrated Care for Early Childhood Initiative (MN-ICECI).
The aim of the MN-ICECI is to ensure earlier identification of social, emotional, and developmental needs in young African American children so they can ultimately be linked with needed resources and supports as early as possible. To impact early identification and connection to services, the early childhood system needs to change – families should be at the center of these changes.
The overall goal of this grant is to build the power of African American families who are pregnant or parenting young children so they can serve as equal partners in advocating for their children and the community.
The program will focus on:
- Facilitating leadership development opportunities for African American families.
- Developing and implementing approaches for incorporating family voice into the MN-ICECI and other early childhood initiatives in the state.
A total of $263,000 in Federal funds is available to fund one awarded application for the grant period of April 1, 2022, through July 31, 2026. The grant funding will be prorated based on the following schedule:
- April 1, 2022 – July 31, 2022: $46,200
- August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023: $54,200
- August 1, 2023 – July 31, 2024: $54,200
- August 1, 2024 – July 31, 2025: $54,200
- August 1, 2025 – July 31, 2026: $54,200
- Community-based not-for-profit or for-profit organizations who serve African American families.
- Preference is given to organizations who are owned or led by African American persons.
For more information, visit MDH.
For more information, visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/childrenyouth/earlychild/afamfamleg.html