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Maryland Head Start Collaboration Office

The Maryland Head Start State Collaboration Office (MDHSSCO) is located in the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The mission of MSDE is to provide leadership, support, and accountability for effective systems of public education, library services, and rehabilitation services. The Division of Early Childhood Development (DECD) oversees the MDHSSCO, and their mission is to improve early care and education in Maryland so that young children are well prepared for school. Finally, the mission of the Maryland Head Start Collaboration Project is to establish partnerships and collaborative efforts to build an effective early care and education system that works to achieve positive outcomes and results for children and families.

Through its position in the DECDMDHSSCO helps direct diverse resources and serves as a major conduit for information and collaboration opportunities within the Head Start community, including:

  • Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant
  • Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
  • Public prekindergarten policy
  • Quality improvements for early childhood programs
  • Professional development in many areas

The State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECAC) was established in 2008. The MDHSSCO director is a member of the Council and of the executive planning team.


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Last Updated: September 29, 2017