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Hawaii Head Start Collaboration Office

The Hawaii Head Start State Collaboration Office (HIHSSCO) is located within the Hawaii Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL), Office of the Governor. The primary purpose of the EOEL is to coordinate efforts within the state to help ensure a solid foundation for Hawaii's young children, prenatal to age 5, by working with partners, families, and communities, and by aligning policies and programs in relation to health, safety, and school readiness and success.

The Early Learning Advisory Board (ELAB), formerly known as the Early Learning Council (ELC), is the State Advisory Council (SAC). The HIHSSCO has been an active member since 2008, when the ELC was first established in statute. The HIHSSCO was instrumental in developing the original application to access American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding in 2010. In 2012, the EOEL was established in statute, and the ELC became the ELAB to the Executive Office.