WIC and Head Start: Better Together

Lessons from Connecticut's Project to Coordinate Family Services

Discover how one state increased the number of families served by the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Learn about the early stages of the WIC/Head Start collaboration to improve coordination of services—and the lessons learned. Hear from Marilyn Lonczak, a nutrition consultant for the Connecticut Dept. of Public Health, about resources that support cross-program initiatives.

WIC and Head Start programs share common goals, and in many communities, they serve the same families. Both programs strive to promote positive health and nutrition status for families. Both provide young children and families with nutritious foods, health and nutrition education, and assistance in accessing ongoing preventive health care. So, by working together, local WIC and Head Start programs have an opportunity to strengthen family services and maximize use of resources (e.g., funding, staff, space).

Topic:Nutrition

Keywords:Nutrition assistance

Resource Type: Video

National Centers: Office of Head Start

Last Updated: April 22, 2019