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New Jersey Head Start Collaboration Office

The New Jersey Head Start State Collaboration Office (NJHSSCO) is located in the New Jersey Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE). The New Jersey State Board of Education's (SBOE) vision states that students will be exceptionally prepared to the global economy and socially ready to contribute to local, national, and international communities. Their mission is to provide leadership to achieve excellence in New Jersey public education. SBOE works to engage legislators, school administrators, teachers, students, parents, and other stakeholders in formulating policies that enhance education, empower families, and broaden opportunities for students.

The focus of the DECE is to enhance social, emotional, physical, and academic development of New Jersey children—preschool through third grade—by providing leadership, resources, and professional development in support of high-quality early childhood programs within a comprehensive, collaborative program.

NJHSSCO's purpose is to promote partnerships between Head Start agencies, state and local governments, and the private sector to help ensure that children and their families from low-income households have access to high-quality education services. They provide leadership to empower families and broaden collaboration opportunities at the state and local levels.