New Hampshire Head Start Collaboration Office

The New Hampshire Head Start State Collaboration Office (NHHSSCO) is located in the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). DCYF's mission is to assist families in the protection, development, permanency, and well-being of their children in the community in which they live. The purpose of NHHSSCO is to foster collaboration and teamwork between Head Start and state and local partners, strengthen and align early childhood systems, and to improve access to comprehensive services for income-eligible families of young children.

The NHHSSCO works closely with Head Start programs and the NH Head Start Directors Association on the following priority areas in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007:

  • School readiness, transition, and alignment
  • Early childhood systems building
  • Professional development
  • Child care
  • Health care (including oral health, mental health, and nutrition)
  • Children with disabilities and their families
  • Children who are homeless and their families
  • Community services
  • Family literacy
  • Family assistance (child and family welfare)

NHHSSCO chairs Spark New Hampshire, the state Early Childhood Advisory Council, and serves on numerous committees.

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