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New York Head Start Collaboration Office

The New York State Head Start State Collaboration Office (NYHSSCO) is located in the NY Council on Children and Families, which is a unit of state government established to coordinate health, education, and human services agencies. The Council reports directly to the Governor's Office. Over the past 25 years, the Council has assumed a leadership role in reversing years of isolated programming and planning of early childhood services. Their mission is to coordinate efforts to achieve the collective vision of its member agencies—that all children, youth, and families in New York State will be healthy and have the knowledge, skills, and resources to succeed in a dynamic society.

NYHSSCO has worked through the NYS Head Start Collaboration Project to link Head Start and Early Head Start with other early childhood programs and other services and supports for low-income families. Due to this activity, Head Start is well represented on state planning and policy boards, and Head Start's presence as a leader in the field of early childhood education has significantly increased. This partnership has served as a model for initiating collaborative programs and opportunities throughout New York.

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