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Head Start Collaboration Offices: National Priorities

The Office of Head Start has established national priorities that guide Head Start Collaboration Office's work plans. Find priority-specific information by selecting the boxes below.

National Priorities

Partner with state child care systems emphasizing the Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership Initiatives

The EHS-CC Partnerships require a strong relationship between the Head Start Collaboration Office and the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Administration Offices. These and other partnerships work with child care help support access to quality early care and education programs for all families with low incomes, as well as access to more comprehensive services.

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Work with state efforts to collect data regarding early childhood programs and child outcomes

State policymakers need to establish policies, practices, and structures that ensure appropriate access to data. They also must help stakeholders use data effectively to guide decision-making around early childhood education (ECE) systems. As a stakeholder in state ECE systems, Head Start can help support and provide valuable input and data for a well-coordinated ECE data system that can feed into a national data system.

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Support the expansion and access of high quality, workforce and career development opportunities for staff

Work with state professional development systems and institutions of higher education to promote expansion and high quality career development opportunities. This allows clear cut access for early childhood providers to meet degree and credentialing requirements.

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Collaboration with State Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS)

Work toward aligning the Head Start Program Performance Standards with state efforts to rate and improve the quality of programs through Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). Support Head Start program use of QRIS and partnering with child care and early childhood systems at the local level.This also provides a foundation to look at how Head Start, QRIS and state licensing align for a stronger ECE state system.

Work with state school systems to ensure continuity between Head Start and Kindergarten Entrance Assessment (KEA)

Foster seamless transitions and long-term success of Head Start children. Promote continuity of services between the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and state early learning standards. Include pre-k entry assessment and interoperable data systems.

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