Nebraska Head Start Collaboration Office

The Nebraska Head Start State Collaboration Office (NEHSSCO) is located in the Nebraska Department of Education. Within this department, the Office of Early Childhood oversees the NEHSSCO. The mission of the Department of Education is to lead and support the preparation of all Nebraskans for learning, earning, and living. Their vision is partnering for the best education for all… for life. Lastly, the Department of Education upholds the values of: equity of access and opportunity; honesty; integrity; trust; quality programs and services; visionary and participatory leadership; a positive, can-do attitude; accountability for results; respect for individuals and their differences; equity of opportunities; and outcomes excellence through continuous improvement.


Major partnerships include:

  • Nebraska Head Start Association
  • Together for Kids and Families, early childhood comprehensive systems initiative
  • Institutions of higher education
  • NE Department of Health and Human Services
  • NE Department of Education
  • Early Head Start Infant/Toddler Initiative
  • Nebraska Early Childhood Training Center
  • Early Learning Connections System, early childhood resource and referral system
  • Oral Health Advisory Panel
  • Federally-qualified health centers
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry
  • Behavioral health systems at the state and local levels
  • Results Matters, a child outcomes measurement system
  • Step Up to Quality, a quality rating and improvement system for child care and early childhood programs
  • Nebraska Home Visitation Partnership
  • Early Childhood Teaching Pyramid Leadership Team
  • Nebraska Striving Readers Initiative
  • Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska – See more at

Our State Advisory Council (SAC) is the Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council. The NEHSSCO director is a governor-appointed member and offers suggestions for other Head Start representation on the Council.


The major goals of NEHSSCO include:

  • Supporting the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Initiative
  • Continuing to support and implement the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Strategic Plan
  • Addressing mental health services for Head Start children and families
  • Addressing alignment of services among and within American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start (AIAN) tribal agencies
  • Addressing alignment of services with Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs
  • Developing a Nebraska Head Start Systems Framework
  • Strengthening communication and information exchange among Head Start and other early childhood agencies through regionalized workshops
  • Continuing to implement sustainable practices and resources through the SAC grant

Outcomes and Successes

In addition to the contributions listed above, NEHSSCO has accomplished the following:

  • Gave voice to the needs of Head Start with the launch of the University of Nebraska system, Buffett Early Childhood Institute
  • Took the lead on launching an Early Childhood Data Coalition
  • Created opportunities for a statewide committee, Early Childhood Systems Team, under the auspice of the SAC
  • Created partnerships with higher education to provide infant/toddler teaching forums and research conferences
  • Included Head Start representation in all state planning efforts
  • Collaborated with state IDEA, Part C and 619 programs to promote referrals to Early Head Start and Head Start programs and share screening and evaluation tools.
  • Completed the development of numerous school readiness resources, including the Revised Early Learning Guidelines and an early childhood calendar to be used by programs and families. Find it here:

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Last Updated: March 24, 2015