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May 2006Vol. 7, No. 4Reorganization at the Administration for Children and Families

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has announced a reorganization to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of several of its programs. There are three main components to the reorganization:

  • The Head Start Bureau will move out of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) to become one of the 10 offices that report directly to the Assistant Secretary for ACF. As ACF’s largest discretionary grant program, the Head Start Bureau will benefit from direct access to the Office of the Assistant Secretary and enhanced coordination at the Federal, State, and local levels.

  • The Child Care Bureau, currently part of ACYF, will become part of the Office of Family Assistance. This change reflects the close coordination necessary between childcare programs and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The Office of Family Assistance will focus on ensuring that low-income families have the childcare resources they need to become and remain self-sufficient.

  • ACF Regional Office staff will be realigned, so that staff members in specific program areas will report directly to Program Offices, rather than through the Office of Regional Operations. Reducing the administrative layers between Central Office program administrators and Regional Office program staff should improve both communication and accountability.

ACF is responsible for Federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. It is headed by Assistant Secretary Wade Horn, Ph.D., who oversees the $47 billion budget and more than 60 programs that serve vulnerable children, youth, and families.

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