•  Head Start Program


    Head Start programs provide wide-ranging services for low-income children from birth to elementary school at no cost. The program is child-centered, family-focused and community-based. Head Start encourages the role of parents as their child's first and most important teachers. Programs build relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being, and connections to peers and community. Additionally, Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic background.





    Colorado's Head Start Collaboration Office

    The federal Office of Head Start has established six priorities:

    1. Partner with state child care systems highlighting the EHS-CC Partnership Initiatives
    2. Work with state efforts to collect data regarding early childhood programs and child outcomes
    3. Support the expansion and access of high quality, workforce and career opportunities for staff
    4. Working with state Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS)
    5. Work with state school systems to make sure the relationship between Head Start and Kindergarten Entrance Assessment (KEA) continues
    6. Any additional regional priorities

    Head Start Collaboration Offices Work Together

    • Communication: Arrange stakeholder groups for information sharing, planning, partnering and serving as an outlet of information between regional offices and early childhood systems at the state and local levels.
    • Access: Ensure Head Start agencies can provide the resources that help children and families have access to needed services.
    • ​Systems: Support policy, planning, partnerships and cross agency state systems for early childhood, including the State Advisory Council, that include and serve the Head Start community.​​



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