The Office of Head Start has established regional priorities that guide Head Start Collaboration Office's work plans. Find priority-specific information by selecting the boxes below.
Services to Children Experiencing Homelessness
Head Start Collaboration Offices support access to services for children and families experiencing homelessness through coordination with state and local education agencies implementing McKinney-Vento requirements.
- Aligning Early Childhood Programs to Serve Children Experiencing Homelessness [PDF, 392KB]
- Early Childhood and Family Homelessness Resource List [PDF, 272KB]
Services to Children with Disabilities
Increase opportunities for children with disabilities.
- Relationship of Quality Practices to Child and Family Outcomes Measurement Results [PDF, 548KB]
- Implementing and Sustaining an Effective Service Delivery Approach: Stages and Steps [PDF, 477KB]
Promote access to timely health care services, including those around general health, oral health, and mental health.
Establish or enhance coordination with child welfare services, including foster care and child protective services.
- Collaborative Partnerships Between Early Care and Education and Child Welfare [PDF, 171KB]
- Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers: A Survey of State Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives
Parent and Family Engagement
Parent and family engagement in Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) is about building relationships with families that support family well-being, strong relationships between parents and their children, and ongoing learning and development for both parents and children.
- Policy Statement on Family Engagement from the Early Years to the Early Grades [PDF, 355KB]
- FACE (Family and Child Education)
Encourage and support collaboration with welfare systems, such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
- Pivot Point: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2013
- Scrambling for Stability: The Challenges of Job Schedule Volatility and Child Care [PDF, 451KB]
Support full utilization of relevant community services, including public schools, public libraries, museums, and law enforcement agencies. HSSNCOs also promote effective outreach efforts to Head Start-eligible families.
- A Strong Start Makes a Difference: Teachers and Parents Share Powerful Stories about the Importance of High Quality Early Learning [PDF, 1MB]
- Early Childhood Education, Financial Stability, and Asset Building Strategies for Families with Young Children
Support outreach by Head Start grantees to military families whose children do not have access to quality early childhood services when located away from military installations.
Last Updated: June 23, 2020