The California Head Start State Collaboration Office (CHSSCO) is located in the California Department of Education (CDE). CDE's mission states that California will provide a world-class education for all students, from early childhood to adulthood. The Department of Education serves California by innovating and collaborating with educators, schools, parents, and community partners. Together, we prepare students to live, work, and thrive in a highly connected world.
The CHSSCO works closely with the following partners:
- California Head Start Association
- Administration for Children and Families Regional Office
- Office of Head Start
- Office of Child Care
- Head Start training and technical assistance (T/TA) providers
- Other state departments, organizations, and agencies in the child care and development community (e.g., Department of Social Services, Department of Developmental Services, etc.)
In addition, the director of the CHSSCO sits on the State Early Learning Council as a governor-appointed member. The CHSSCO coordinator also attends the meetings. This ensures that Head Start has a voice in state policy decisions. To achieve goals of the collaboration project, the office develops and maintains high-level partnerships, inter-agency agreements, and alignments with the California Early Learning Foundations. It also publishes electronic resources and the BRIDGES Newsletter, which may be accessed at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/chsscopubs.asp.
The major goals of CHSSCO are:
- Improving access to health care services
- Enhancing the availability, accessibility, and quality of child care services
- Developing collaborative partnerships with welfare systems
- Expanding and improving education opportunities in early childhood programs
- Initiating interaction with community service agencies
- Improving access to family literacy services
- Advancing opportunities for children with disabilities
- Expanding opportunities for homeless children and families
In addition to the contributions listed above, CHSSCO has accomplished the following:
- Participated and provided Head Start input to the Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) efforts as a member of the team, and as a member of the Rating and Monitoring work group and Pathways work group. Also identified Head Start partners to participate on the Family Engagement work group.
- Assisted in gathering recommendations and distributing critical information regarding the California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan (CELP) for feedback from Head Start programs throughout the state.
- Assisted in establishing an Early Head Start and Head Start presence on the newly created local early childhood advisory councils in every county and Baltimore City.
- Collaborated with the CA Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) to provide information and opportunities to promote CSEFEL principles and practices to programs.
- Coordinated ongoing work groups that concentrate on critical topics during the year throughout the state. The current partnerships include: Health work group; Community Care Licensing partnership; and Head Start Inclusion work group and efforts supporting and working with the Desired Results Developmental Profile 2015 planning, impact, and follow-up.