Introduction to Mentor Coaching

Mentoring is introduced as a model of guidance. Head Start and Early Head Start staff will find explanations of the mentoring relationship and its importance in their programs. This overview provides definitions and describes how to use the guide's unique features to optimize the learning experience.

Human Resources

Any program is only as good as its people. A strong human resources system ensures that staff and volunteers have the credentials and competencies needed to provide quality services to children and families.

Community Assessment Matrix

The community assessment describes the context in which Head Start and Early Head Start programs operate and is useful for ensuring that the correct services are provided to the appropriate population. This resource can assist program staff in coordinating their efforts to gather information required for a community assessment. The assessment paints a picture of the community and describes the diverse needs of families who may receive services. In addition, the community assessment covers the community's history, its economic and political scene, and its strengths and challenges.

Scholarships and Grants to Pay for Education

Discover opportunities to help finance your education. Prospective students can search through different types of financial aid to find the scholarships and grants that best suit their individual needs. These resources include both public and private funding and represent a variety of interests.

Tribal Consultation Reports

The Office of Head Start (OHS) convenes Tribal Consultation sessions as required by Section 640(1)(4) of the Head Start Act and in conformity with the Department of Health and Human Services Tribal Consultation Policy. The consultations provide a forum for discussing how to better meet the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families. Tribal Consultation reports reflect comments and recommendations raised by Tribal leaders and their representatives; comments and responses from OHS; and areas identified at the Tribal Consultations as requiring follow up by OHS.

Planned Language Approach (PLA): Research Based Literacy and Language Practices

Research has found that certain skills and circumstances predict children’s success in learning to read and doing well in school. It has identified language and literacy practices that work best when teaching culturally and linguistically diverse children. This includes children who speak two or more languages, or dual language learners (DLLs). This body of research supports the Planned Language Approach (PLA).

About Head Start Collaboration Offices

The creation of State and National Collaboration Offices is authorized by Section 642B(a)(2)(A) of the Head Start Act. The purpose of the Head Start State and National Collaboration Offices is to guide the work of all collaboration offices. 

Head Start Collaboration Offices

Head Start Collaboration Offices (HSCOs) facilitate partnerships between Head Start agencies and other state entities that provide services to benefit low-income children and their families.