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Head Start Collaboration Office


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Head Start is a federal program that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to low-income children from birth to age 5 and their families. 

The Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) at DEL helps develop partnerships that benefit children from low-income families by:

  • Helping strengthen Washington’s early learning system.
  • Expanding access to services and support for all low-income children.
  • Supporting collaboration between Head Start and other programs, services and initiatives.
  • Increasing Head Start’s involvement in state-level planning and decision-making.

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Established in 1964, Head Start is a high-quality early learning program that aims to ensure that the most vulnerable children enter kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed.
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Washington's HSCO administers grants, works on state-level partnerships and publishes a bimonthly newsletter.
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In January 2014, Congress appropriated $500 million to expand the number and quality of early learning slots for infants and toddlers through two options: Early Head Start- Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships and the expansion of Early Head Start grants.
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