The Oregon Head Start State Collaboration Office (ORHSSCO) is located in the Oregon Early Learning Division, which is part of the Oregon Department of Education. Oregon's early learning vision is that children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed; that they are raised in stable and attached families; and that resources and services are integrated statewide for children and families.
Major partnerships include:
- Local, state, regional, and national early learning partners
- Early Learning Council
- OR Department of Education
The Oregon Early Learning Council serves as the State Advisory Council. Its membership includes a dedicated seat for the ORHSSCO director. This is required by statute (Oregon Laws 2012, Chapter 37).
The major goals of the Early Learning Division and ORHSSCO include:
- Supporting Head Start grantees toward participation in the state Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), a major initiative of Oregon’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant.
- Enhancing partnerships and mutually developed agendas with the numerous agencies, organizations, foundations, and leaders involved in supporting low-income families through an array of services.
- Establishing a unified early learning system dedicated to positive outcomes for Oregon's youngest.
- Redesigning early learning delivery systems and through regional hubs.
- Implementation of a statewide kindergarten assessment.
- Supporting Head Start and state education initiatives as an RTT-ELC grantee.
- Becoming a Maternal and Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program grantee.
- Enhancing professional development through federal technical assistance.
- Working to support child care, community service, early and family literacy, transition, alignment with K-12 standards, and professional development.
In addition to the contributions listed above, the Early Learning Division and ORHSSCO has accomplished the following:
- Supported state investments in pre-kindergarten services, for which Oregon leads the nation.
- Creation of a QRIS and Head Start crosswalk and streamlined portfolio process to encourage participation in Oregon’s QRIS.
- Led efforts to support Head Start programs in obtaining licensure and QRIS rating.