The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) was established in 1996 through a grant under the federal Head Start Act. The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start, has awarded grants to all 50 States as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The eight HSSCO priority areas are health care, welfare, child care, education, community service activities, family literacy services, activities relating to children with disabilities, and services for homeless children.
The Mississippi Head Start Collaboration Office facilitates communication and coordination of services, alignment of planning, enrollment, administration, and reporting systems among State and local leadership across funding streams and disciplines. More specifically, the Collab Office enhances collaborative partnerships that:
- Assist in building early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services and support for all low-income children;
- Promote widespread collaboration and partnership between Head Start and other appropriate programs, services, and initiatives, including child care and State preschool; and
- Facilitate the involvement of Head Start in the development of State policies, plans, processes and decisions affecting the Head Start target population and other low- income families.
The Collab Office is located in the Office of the Governor and is administratively placed so that access to the Governor and other key policy makers or planning bodies is assured. The Mississippi Head Start Collaboration Office is under the direction of Holly Spivey. Holly can be reached by phone at 601.576.2021 or email at email@example.com.