Priority AreasHead Start State Collaboration Offices focus on 4 main priority areas, which are:
- School Transitions: to foster seamless transitions and long-term success of Head Start/Early Head Start children by promoting continuity of services between the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and State early learning standards including pre-k entry assessment and interoperable data systems.
- Professional Development: to collaborate with institutions of higher education to promote professional development through education and credentialing programs for early childhood providers.
- Child Care and Early Childhood Systems: to coordinate activities with the State agency responsible for the State Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program and resource and referral, to make full-working-day and full calendar year services available to children. Include Head Start Program Performance Standards in State efforts to rate the quality of programs (Quality Rating and Improvement System, or QRIS) and support Head Start/Early Head Start programs in participating in QRIS and partnering with child care and early childhood systems at the local level.
- Regional Office Priorities: to support other regional office priorities, such as family and community partnerships; health, mental health, and oral health; disabilities; and support to military families. Other special OHS and ACF initiative requests for HSSCO support should be routed through the OHS Regional Offices.
For a complete description of each priority area, and how the work of the THSSCO can inform planning activities in these areas, click here.