Federal Partnerships

The Office of Head Start (OHS) partners with other federal agencies to publicize and expand the services, resources, and funding available to programs and their local partners. These collaborative efforts help to promote the economic and social well-being of children and families so that they can lead healthy, successful lives. Federal agencies also provide free resources that are relevant to Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Many of our partnering agencies are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of HHS.

The following list highlights initiatives and resources developed through federal collaborative efforts.

Federal Partnerships

Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) partners with OHS on a number of initiatives to improve health and achieve health equity. These include the:

HRSA also funds the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC). They provide free resources to promote healthy and safe child care and early education programs.

Federal Partnerships

Office of Child Care, ACF, HHS

The Office of Child Care (OCC) supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance. They work to promote children's learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs. OHS and OCC partner to provide extended, seamless services to children and improve program quality, most recently through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants. They both also partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock campaign.

Federal Partnerships

Children's Bureau, ACF, HHS

The Children's Bureau (CB) provides support and guidance to programs that focus on strengthening families, preventing child abuse and neglect, and protecting children when abuse or neglect has occurred. The CB partners with OHS and other federal agencies to promote Early Childhood and Child Welfare (ECCW) partnerships and the Child Welfare Information Gateway, which offer information on ways child welfare and child abuse prevention programs can work with early childhood programs.

Federal Partnerships

Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and OHS have worked together to deliver health risk reduction messages to nearly a million families nationwide, such as the Care for Their Air campaign.


The following resources are available at no cost through coordinated federal efforts.

Related Links


Federal Partnerships. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2014. English.

Last Reviewed: February 2017

Last Updated: February 8, 2017