Head Start Collaboration

For over 50 years, Head Start has functioned as a 2-generation antipoverty program providing opportunities to develop self confidence and basic skills for future success for over 20 million children and their families nationwide.

Head Start provides a comprehensive program of health, early childhood education, parent engagement, family and parenting education and services and services for children with disabilities, all of which are coordinated with community based service systems. Early Head Start programs also include services to income-eligible families with infants and toddlers, and pregnant women.

Ohio's Head Start Collaboration Office (HSCO) exists “to facilitate collaboration among Head Start agencies…and entities that carry out activities designed to benefit low-income children from birth to school entry, and their families1." The State Collaboration Office provides a structure and a process for the Office of Head Start to work and partner with state and local entities on issues and policies that affect young children and their families.

The Office of Head Start has established priorities to guide the work of the Head Start Collaboration Office. The six priorities include:

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  1. Partnering with State child care systems emphasizing the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Initiatives.
  2. Working with State efforts to collect data regarding early childhood programs and child outcomes.
  3. Supporting the expansion and access of high quality, workforce and career development opportunities for staff
  4. Collaborating with Step Up To Quality; Ohio’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System.
  5. Working with State school systems to ensure continuity between Head Start and Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA).
  6. Any additional State Priorities.

Head Start Collaboration means:
  • Communication – Convening stakeholder groups for information sharing, planning, and partnering and serving as a conduit of information between regional offices, the state and local early childhood systems.
  • Access – Facilitating Head Start agencies' access to and utilization of appropriate entities so Head Start children and families can secure needed services and critical partnerships are formalized.
  • Systems – Supporting policy, planning, partnerships, and implementation of cross agency state systems for early childhood, including the State Advisory Council, that include and serve the Head Start community.

1 Head Start Act Section 642(B)(a)(2)(A)


Last Modified: 3/20/2017 9:25:51 AM