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HEAD START STATE COLLABORATION and EARLY CHILDHOOD SYSTEMS OFFICE    

 
Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote school readiness for economically disadvantaged children by enhancing their social and cognitive development through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services. Head Start programs serve children ages 3-5 and their families. Early Head Start programs serve pregnant women and children birth to 3 and their families. The federal Office of Head Start (OHS) provides grants to operate both Head Start and Early Head Start programs directly to public and private agencies in Nevada. Programs engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.

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Head Start Collaboration

Through statewide partnerships, the Nevada Head Start State Collaboration and Early Childhood Systems Office enhances relationships, builds systems, and promotes comprehensive quality services to meet the needs of young children and their families. The office exists through grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start and the Health Resources Services Administration, Maternal Child Health Bureau.

The Nevada Head Start State Collaboration and Early Childhood Systems Office is currently leading efforts to build a comprehensive system of early childhood services across the state, so all children can enter school ready to learn.

Intended Outcomes for All Children in Nevada include the following as agreed on during planning meetings over a two year span:

  • All children are supported and ready to make a successful transition to school.

  • All children have access to early childhood services that are accredited or meet national standards

  • Parents know child development

  • Parents know what to expect from programs and advocate for their children or self

  • Families partner in decision making at all levels and are satisfied with the services they receive

  • Families with young children are supported in their communities (employment, education, etc)

  • All children have access to medical home and health insurance

  • Social, emotional, mental health and developmental needs of young children & their families are supported by community-based services

  • Early childhood service provider workforce stabilizes

  • Early childhood workforce receives professional development to ensure quality services for all children (e.g. mental health, disabilities, etc.)

  • More families report that community-based services are organized so they can use them easily

OVERVIEW, PURPOSE, ACTIVITIES

"Through statewide partnerships, the Nevada Head Start State Collaboration and Early Childhood Systems Office enhances relationships, builds systems, and promotes comprehensive quality services to meet the needs of young children and their families"

The Nevada Head Start State Collaboration and Early Childhood Systems Office (HSSCO/ECCS) is a federally funded by two federal grants. The HSSCO grant is received from the Administration for Children and Families Office of Head Start. The Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant is through the Health Services and Resources Administration Maternal Child Health Bureau. The Nevada HSSCO/ECS is located in the Director's Office of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

The HS SCO works in eight initiative areas to:

  • Improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of child care services
  • Improve collaboration with welfare systems
  • Expand and improve education opportunities in early childhood programs including caregiver/teacher education
  • Initiate interaction with community service programs
  • Improve opportunities for children with disabilities
  • Improve access to family literacy services;
  • Improve coordination of services for homeless children and families

See this PowerPoint Presentation for more information on the Head Start State Collaboration Office (.ppt)

The Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Project works across five areas, all of which have a relationship to the eight HSSCO initiative areas. This is the primary purpose of combining the two projects.

  • Medical Homes / Health Care
  • Social-Emotional Development / Mental Health
  • Early Care and Education
  • Parenting Education
  • Family Support Services

See this PowerPoint Presentation for more information on the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Project (.ppt)

Collaborations and partnerships are essential to developing a comprehensive Early Childhood System. In addition, seven core elements must be woven through a comprehensive system of Early Childhood Services:

  • Governance
  • Financing
  • Standards
  • Monitoring/Accountability
  • Communications
  • Family Leadership Development
  • Provider/Practitioner Support

The graphic illustration below depicts how these elements integrate to form an Early Childhood Comprehensive System.

Early Childhood Comprehensive System

A partnership committee composed of representatives from various state and local child-serving agencies that serve young children and their families assist the HSSC/ECS Office in achieving its mission. The partnership committee representation reflects expertise across the various initiative areas and includes representatives in the areas of health, mental health, parent education, early childhood education, literacy, disabilities, welfare, child care, homelessness and other family support services. The role of the partnership committee is to provide input and guidance to the HSSC/ECS Office. Committee members participate in an annual strategic planning session to update the work plan for Nevada.

Contact Information

The Head Start State Collaboration and Early Childhood Systems Office is located at:

Margot Chappel - Director
Head Start Collaboration and Early Childhood Systems Office
560 Mill Street, Suite 205
Reno, Nevada 89502
(775) 688-7453 (desk)
(775) 671-2257 (cell)
(775) 688-2662 (fax)
mchappel@dhhs.nv.gov

The website address is:  
http://dhhs.nv.gov/HeadStart.htm

 

 

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Head Start Collaboration and Early Childhood Systems Office
560 Mill Street, Suite 205
Reno, Nevada 89502
(775) 688-7453 (desk)
(775) 671-2257 (cell)
(775) 688-2662 (fax)
mchappel@dhhs.nv.gov

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