Montana Head Start Collaboration Office

The Montana Head Start State Collaboration Office (MTHSSCO) is located in and overseen by the Early Childhood Services Bureau of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). The mission of the MTHSSCO is to impact the lives of low-income children and families by influencing state and local policy and the effective delivery of services, while linking Head Start programs and communities through collaborative relationships.

The mission of the Early Childhood Services Bureau is to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of child care in Montana, with focused efforts on coordinated systems to best meet the needs of young children, their families, and the professionals who work on behalf of young children and families. The goals of DPHHS include:

  • All Montana children are healthy, safe and in permanent, loving homes.
  • All Montanans have the tools and support to be as self-sufficient as possible.
  • All Montanans are injury free, healthy and have access to quality health care.
  • All Montanans can contribute to the above through community service.

The MTHSSCO works collaboratively across systems and sectors to actively engage and improve the health and well-being of children and families in Montana. Though their focus is to advocate for Head Start within state government, through information sharing and strategic design of initiatives, MTHSSCO is also actively engaged in preparing for the future of early childhood to best meet the needs of low-income children, families, and communities.

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