Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Head Start Collaboration

WWW: Head Start is funded within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families. Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that serves children from birth to age five, pregnant women, and their families. Ten percent of enrollments are offered to children with disabilities. Head Start programs are child-focused and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.

Head Start serves families within the context of the community, and recognizes that many other agencies and groups work with the same families. The objective of Head Start's regulations on Community Partnerships (45CFR 1304.41) is to ensure that grantee and delegate agencies collaborate with partners in their communities, in order to provide the highest level of services to children and families, to foster the development of a continuum of family centered services, and to advocate for a community that shares responsibility for the healthy development of children and families of all cultures.

WWW: Head Start Regulations and Performance Standards relating to interagency coordination.

Early Childhood Advisory Councils

PDF State Early Childhood Advisory Councils: An Overview of Implementation across the States (2011) provides a history of the establishment and implementation of states' Early Childhood Advisory Councils.

PDF Early Childhood State Advisory Councils: Final Report (2015) provides information on the formation of the councils, their legislative requirements, and a profile of each state's and territory's council.

Head Start Interagency Agreements

WWW: Head Start Collaboration Offices by State - This interactive map, maintained by the Office of Head Start, links to state interagency agreements that promote the coordination of Head Start/Early Head Start services with special education/early intervention services and provide guidelines about the roles and responsibilities of participating agencies and individuals.

WWW: Interagency Agreement Checklist (2005) - This checklist provides guidance for local interagency agreements for services to families and children with disabilities. This checklist was developed in accordance with the Head Start Performance Standards and IDEA.

PDF: Building and Enhancing Collaborative Relationships with Community Partners (2008) is a resource provided by SpecialQuest, funded by Head Start that provides questions to consider while mapping state partners.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • CB 8040
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
  • fax: 919.966.7463
  • email: ectacenter@unc.edu

The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P120002 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

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