The New Mexico Head Start State Collaboration Office (NMHSSCO) is located in the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD). Within the department, the Early Childhood Services Office oversees the NMHSSCO. CYFD believes in the strengths and resiliency of families who are our partners and for whom we advocate to enhance their safety and well-being.
Major partnerships include:
- New Mexico Department of Health, Office of Oral Health
- State-funded pre-K
- New Mexico Public Education Department
- New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC)
- New Mexico Head Start Association
- New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- New Mexico training and technical assistance programs (T/TAP)
- New Mexico Head Start T/TA specialists
- Indian Health Services (IHS)
- Children's Trust Fund
- New Mexico Child Abuse Prevention Program
- Project LAUNCH
- Early Childhood Action Network (ECCS grant)
- University of NM Center for Development and Disabilities
- Special Quest State Leadership Team
The major goals of NMHSSCO include:
- Strengthening the coordination and collaboration between the state McKinney-Vento liaison and the Head Start programs.
- Building capacity in the state for more dentists to serve Medicaid patients.
- Engaging in more dialogue between child care and Head Start centers in order to share resources.
In addition to the contributions listed above, NMHSSCO has accomplished the following:
- Worked with Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge funds to align the early childhood system through our revised FOCUS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS). Five Head Start programs are part of Phase 1 of the implementation of the revised TQRIS system.
- Completed a crosswalk between the FOCUS TQRIS criteria and the Head Start Program Performance Standards.
- Involved in the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence trainings.
- Met and continue to meet bi-annually with the Special Quest State Leadership Team to network with the diverse agencies that work with children and families with disabilities.
- Coordinated quarterly meetings where Region VI and XI American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) directors met to share information and coordinate cluster trainings.