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The Rhode Island Head Start Collaboration Office is located in DHS. The federal Administration for Children & Families (ACF) oversees this office and its mission.
The creation of State and National Collaboration Offices is authorized by Section 642B(a)(2)(A) of the Head Start Act. The purpose of the Head Start Collaboration Offices (HSCOs), state and national offices, is to guide the work of all collaboration offices. Since 1990, ACF has awarded Head Start collaboration grants to support the development of multi-agency and public and private partnerships at the state and national levels.
HSCOs exist "to facilitate collaboration among Head Start agencies…and entities that carry out activities designed to benefit low-income children from birth to school entry, and their families." They provide a structure and a process for the Office of Head Start (OHS) to work and partner with state agencies and local entities. Together, these partners work to leverage their common interests around young children and their families to formulate, implement, and improve state and local policy and practices.
These partnerships are intended to:
The methods by which HSCOs coordinate and lead efforts for diverse entities to work together include:
OHS has prioritized the goals of the HSCO to guide their work. The six priorities include:
In addition to the federal funding that our state Head Start programs receive, Rhode Island invests general revenue money to support 130 state-funded Head Start slots. This funding is utilized to cover care, education and program expenses for slots that offer evidence-based, high-quality care and education to children ages 3-5 and their families to prepare them for success in kindergarten. This additional aid is called Head Start State Supplemental.
The Office of Head Start has established regional priorities that guide Head Start Collaboration Office's work plans. The regional priorities are:
More information on these priorities and resources for them can be found on the Head Start Resources page.
Contact Catherine Green, Head Start Collaboration Office Director, at Catherine.Green@dhs.ri.gov.