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state collaboration offices

Head Start

2007

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Table of Contents

Introduction ............................................................................................v

Program Accomplishments by State .............................................ix

Collaboration with Regional Offices ..........................................347

Oral Health Addendum ..................................................................371

Office of Head Start Contact ........................................................417

Index .....................................................................................................419

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Introduction

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ince its inception in 1965, Head Start has served more than 23 million low-income children and their families. It provides comprehensive services in education, health, nutrition, and social services to preschoolers and in Early Head Start, to pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Head Start and Early Head Start programs are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Outer Pacific Islands, and 150 Tribal nations. Program options include center-based, home-based, and a combination. In 2007, a total of 908,412 children, birth to age five, were enrolled in all Head Start programs. The Head Start program is administered by the Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Grants are awarded by the ACF Regional Offices and the Office of Head Start's American Indian Alaska Native and Migrant and Seasonal Program Branches directly to public agencies, private community and faith-based organizations, Indian Tribes, and school systems for the purpose of operating Head Start programs at the community level. The Head Start program has a long tradition of delivering quality, comprehensive services designed to foster healthy development in low-income children. Head Start grantee and delegate agencies provide a range of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development; medical, dental, and mental health; nutrition; and social services. Parent involvement is key to program governance and service delivery. In addition, Head Start collaborates with an array of community partners to provide services that are responsive and appropriate to each child and family's developmental, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage and experience. To ensure quality services and fiscal accountability, all Head Start grantees must adhere to the Head Start Program Performance Standards, first published in 1972 and revised in 1998, and to other regulations. On December 12, 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law, the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-134). The law upholds Head Start's long-

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standing commitment to the development of young children, their families, and program staff. The Office of Head Start will be issuing regulations to reflect the new law and inform programs of new policies and procedures.

Purpose of the Head Start-State Collaboration Offices

Despite its Federal-to-local program structure, the Head Start community has long recognized that the states play an important role in the formulation and implementation of policies and initiatives that affect lowincome children and their families. Collaboration on behalf of children and families is one of Head Start's highest priorities. To further the collaborative efforts between Head Start and state partners, in 1990, the Head Start Bureau, now the Office of Head Start (OHS), designated Head Start-State Collaboration grants. The purpose was to promote the development of multi-agency and public/private partnerships at the state level to: Help build early childhood systems and enhance access to comprehensive services and support for all lowincome children. Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other programs, services, and initiatives, augmenting Head Start's capacity to be a partner in state initiatives on behalf of children and their families. Facilitate the involvement of Head Start in state policies, plans, processes, and decisions affecting the Head Start target population and other low-income families. Head Start-State Collaboration funds are used to ensure the coordination of Head Start services with health care, welfare, child care, education, community service activities, family literacy services, activities relating to children with disabilities, and services to homeless families. The Head Start-State Collaboration Offices play many roles in the development and enhancement of state-level efforts to build early childhood systems through linkages, coordination, and integration of policies and services.

Funding the Head Start-State Collaboration Offices

In 1990, the first wave of Head Start-State Collaboration grants were competitively awarded to 12 states: Kentucky, Maine, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia. In 1992, a second wave of HSSCOs were funded in 10 more states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Vermont. The report of the Advisory Committee on Head Start Quality and Expansion, issued in December 1993, specifically mentioned the Head Start-State Collaboration grants and recommended that: "[DHHS] should carefully consider placing these grants in Governors' offices to help ensure greater coordination with all services for young children. In addition, any new collaboration projects should be developed with sustained involvement of representatives of the Head Start community in the planning and decision-making process." Based on these recommendations, as well as the recognized need to sustain a visible presence in each state, funding was expanded to facilitate collaboration in priority areas. In 1996 and 1997, Head Start-State Collaboration grants were awarded to the 28 remaining states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In 2001, Collaboration Coordinators were added for the American Indian Alaskan Native and the Migrant and Seasonal farmworker populations.

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In addition to annual funding, supplemental funding also has been made available periodically to the HSSCO on a competitive basis for innovative activities and special projects in defined categories. Limited to $50,000, these seed funds have been instrumental in engaging new and existing partners in strategic efforts to develop and enhance professional development opportunities and to promote comprehensive, unified planning around service delivery systems for young children and their families.

Priority Areas and Effective Implementation

In the 1998 reauthorization of the Head Start Act, Congress outlined eight priority areas for the Head StartState Collaboration Offices (HSSCOs). The HSCCOs are charged with facilitating coordination of Head Start services with a complex array of other services. The HSSCOs are mandated to -- There are eight areas to which the State Collaboration Offices are to pay particular attention -- Promote access to timely health care services Encourage collaboration with welfare systems Improve the availability and affordability of quality child care services Expand partnerships with school systems Collaborate with existing community services activities Strengthen family literacy services Increase opportunities for children with disabilities Support access for homeless children Although the HSSCOs are expected to address the eight priority areas over the course of their five-year grants, they are not required to address all of them each year. The HSSCOs have demonstrated clearly the value of establishing a presence at the state level. Each state develops a comprehensive five-year plan to determine goals and objectives that guide the work of its Collaboration Office. HSSCOs have found that engaging many stakeholders in a strategic planning process, including key state agencies, the state Head Start Association, Head Start grantees, and other early childhood organizations, foundations, and businesses, has contributed to the credibility of the Collaboration Office and the success of collaboration efforts. Furthermore, those HSSCOs most successful in fostering working partnerships and facilitating a more coordinated approach to planning and service delivery are influenced strongly by: Their level of autonomy and access to the Governor's office The skills and experience of the Collaboration Director A willingness to work in partnership with the state Head Start Association and the Head Start and early childhood communities The HSSCOs have established themselves as an effective single point of contact in each state for informing the Head Start community about state planning and programs. Likewise, the Collaboration Offices are an important resource for state agencies seeking Head Start information and services. Effective partnerships continue because the interests and needs of both Head Start and the states are addressed.

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HSSCOs have developed the capacity to work with partners to adjust plans and to respond in a timely manner to funding opportunities and shifts in programmatic priorities at the Federal and state levels. This flexibility is based on strong relationships and effective systems for data management and communications with the Head Start community. Ongoing support from Governors and other high-level state officials to develop initiatives with state agencies is essential. The result can be mutually beneficial changes in service delivery systems.

Achievements in Collaboration

This Annual State Profiles Report is based on the information submitted by each Head Start-State Collaboration Office to the Office of Head Start. The report highlights activities and achievements in 2007. It includes: A compilation of profiles from each State Collaboration Office. Each profile identifies the accomplishments in each of the priority areas, as well as describes new partnerships and unique activities. Each HSSCO was also asked questions about local, state, and regional partnerships with oral health providers and experts. This information is summarized in the state profile. A compilation of Regional Office collaboration. State accomplishments regarding collaboration with the ACF Regional Offices are summarized in this section. Oral Health Addendum. If states provided lengthy and detailed information about their oral health activities, a full version of their responses has been included at the end of this report.

program accomplishments by state

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Alabama

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Statewide early learning standards for children birth to five were completed by a consortium of state agency representatives and community/faith-based practitioners. Aligning standards and statewide training are next steps. Forty-two percent of all Head Start grantees received state pre-kindergarten funding. That amounts to $1,035,096 additional funding, thus allowing improved quality programming. This enables grantees to comply with professional development requirements. Pre-kindergarten funding will be used to hire 20 bachelor degree level teachers. Funding in the amount of $950,000 was allocated to Head Start from the Alabama Legislature for the first time in the history of the State to offset the Federal 1 percent budget cut. This was distributed to all Head Start grantees upon meeting the State's reporting requirements. Eighty-six percent of Head Start programs applied for state pre-kindergarten grants for FY09. The number of grants funded depends on state allocation yet to be determined. A grant totaling $4,500 provided for the introduction of I Am Moving, I Am Learning during the annual Alabama Head Start Association (HSA) Conference for all Head Start grantees. State plan developed during National Pre-kindergarten/ Head Start meeting, which was presented to the Alabama's Children's Policy Council for adoption and implementation. Head Start gained recognition and insured ongoing

Collaboration Director

linda Hampton Alabama Dept. of Children's Affairs 2 north Jackson Street Suite 602 Montgomery, Al 36104 Phone: 334-223-0714 fax: 334-223-0712 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Chris McInnish Deputy Commissioner Phone: 334-223-0502 fax: 334-240-3054 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

fannie Jenkins ACf Region IV Atlanta federal Center 60 forsyth Street, nW Suite 4M60 Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404-562-2852 fax: 404-562-2983 [email protected]

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representation on the Policy Council. Statewide Memorandum of Agreement completed between Head Start and IDEA Part B and Part C programs. Child Care was included as a full partner for the first time to provide services to special needs children enrolled in child care settings. Early Intervention System provided training for Head Start teachers on specific disabilities during quarterly district meetings throughout the State, thus improving the quality of services provided. Collaborative grant submitted to NPCDI and OSEP to better prepare providers to work effectively in inclusive preschool settings. While the grant was not funded, the process strengthened statewide partnerships. The Early Care Consortium, which consists of the departments of Rehabilitation Services, Human Resources, Education, Mental Health and Mental Retardation, and Head Start, identified best practices for use across programs for children ages birth to five.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

The Oral Health Coalition of Alabama includes the Alabama Medicaid Agency, Health Department, Alabama Arise, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama Association of Pediatric Dentists, Alabama Association of Pediatricians, Head Start, Cooperative Extension, and other groups that have increased utilization of dental services from 39.4% in 2006 to 41% in 2007. Children seen by a dentist for extractions increased from 4,927 to 4,988 for the same period. Prevention rates for Alabama increased from 89.6% to 90.9%. All counties in Alabama have at least one dentist, and 89% of all Head Start enrollees have dental homes, and 92% have received preventive services. The coalition is addressing workforce shortages, dental varnishes, and other initiatives.

Oral Health

A complete listing of members of the Oral Health Coalition of Alabama can be found at the end of this report.

Welfare

The HSSCO partnered with Alabama Arise, advocates, and other community groups to encourage passage of legislation increasing the state income tax threshold from $4,800 for a family of four to $12,500. The legislation successfully passed the legislature and is awaiting the Governor's signature. This was a significant feat for supporters of low-income families

Child Care

No activities reported.

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Education

Partnership between Head Start and Alabama State University (HBCU) resulted in a kindergarten study and conference. Head Start teachers, Head Start parents, kindergarten teachers, and school superintendents were surveyed regarding their expectations for school readiness. Factors common to both Head Start and public schools included social and emotional development, language, and math readiness. Participants participated in a statewide kindergarten conference where meaningful dialogue occurred regarding what children actually need to be successful in school. The report found that Head Start parents had the highest expectation for school readiness followed by Head Start teachers. Gaps were identified including areas emphasized on the Head Start outcomes framework. Public schools used a variety of grading methods which made it difficult to determine where emphasis was placed on children's learning.

Community Services

Secured representation on the Alabama Children's Policy Council after six years of trying to help policy makers understand the importance of Head Start's presence in all 67 Alabama counties. The Council conducts annual needs assessments and makes recommendations regarding children's issues from birth to 19 to the Governor and Legislature.

Family Literacy Services

The Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation is used in both Head Start and state pre-kindergarten to increase the quality of the classroom environment for all children. Alabama Public Television is partnering with Head Start and pre-kindergarten in impoverished rural counties as an interactive, visual, and auditory supplement in this area.

Services to Children with Disabilities

No activities reported.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Representation on the Governor's Statewide Interagency Council on Homelessness has brought an awareness of children of the chronically homeless. Alabama received an award from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for this initiative to end homelessness by 2010.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

No activities reported.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO publishes a quarterly newsletter and annual report, distributed to all Head Start grantees, state partners, the Governor, and Legislature. First ever kindergarten conference held to share findings of a kindergarten study that examined Head Start teachers, parents, kindergarten teachers, and school superintendents' attitude regarding school readiness. Kindergarten and Head Start teachers were able to share strategies to ensure school success. Report cards from every school district were used to determine which factors were measured in kindergarten and which variables were aligned at each level. The study showed that Head Start and kindergarten agree that

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the most important factors are social and emotional development, math, and language development. Other domains listed in Head Start Child Outcomes Framework were not measured in kindergarten, i.e. approaches to learning, creative arts, physical health, and development, etc. Head Start parents were found to have greater expectations of school readiness, followed by Head Start teachers. Participated on national Webinar as a presenter on Collaboration and Best Practices, as part of an orientation for new HSSCO Directors. The Alabama Early Learning Guidelines were completed and are in the process of being printed and distributed statewide. Head Start representation was included in the planning and implementation process. Scheduled focus groups that included Head Start staff and parents for input. Next steps include aligning all standards across programs. More than ten Head Start staff received scholarships through the Alabama Teacher Education And Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) program to assist in meeting the Federal professional development mandate.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

East Coast Migrant and Seasonal Head Start has received resource information relative to professional development and disabilities services. It is fully represented as part of the Head Start community to be included in conferences and HSA activities.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Following the Improving Head Start Act for School Readiness Act of 2007, several new areas will be included in the 2008-09 work plan, i.e. a statewide survey, activities involving the State Early Childhood Council, intentional inclusion of homeless families, and English Language Learners. The eight priority areas remain relevant with some work done in each. Over the 5-year grant period, most activities are scheduled to continue.

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Alaska

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) worked with the State Department of Health & Social Services (H&SS) to begin dissemination and implementation of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) plan. Regular work groups met via audio conference; regional and state level meetings were held in 2007. Head Start has multiple members on the committees including a member from the HSSCO. The ECCS draft was completed in December 2005, with the final publications out in late Spring 2006. The HSSCO and ECCS office gave joint and individual presentations on the Early Learning Guidelines and the ECCS plan at statewide and regional conferences and trainings throughout 2007. The HSSCO worked with the Governor's Office, the Education and Early Development (EED) Commissioner, and Best Beginnings (Alaska's public/private pre-k initiative) to submit a grant proposal to the National Governors Association for funding and technical assistance to develop a Governor's Summit on Early Childhood. The proposal was funded, and the additional state departments, the University system, and other entities such as child care associations and the Head Start Association planned for the summit which took place in December 2007. Five year plan -- Outcome 4, Goal 3 An education assistant was hired, within EED through dedicated funding, to work with the State Head Start grants, the HSSCO, the Alaska Community Preschool Project, and Preschool Certification. The position was filled for approximately 11 months. Additionally, the legislature funded the

Collaboration Director

Paul S. Sugar AK Department of education and early Development 801 West 10th Street Suite 200 PO Box 110500 Juneau, AK 99801 Phone: 907-465-4862 fax: 907-465-2806 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Julianne Crevatin ACf Region X 2201 Sixth Avenue Suite 300, MS-70 Seattle, WA 98121 Phone: 206-615-3637 fax: 206-615-2574 [email protected]

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early learning component within EED, which allowed for the creation of a third position in the department to work on HSSCO activities with specific focus on systems, materials, training and technical assistance development based on Alaska's Early Learning Guidelines. The HSSCO was then able to intensify its work with the EED Commissioner's Office, other state departments, Tribal entities, school districts, Head Start, preschool practitioners, business leaders, philanthropic foundations, and legislators to begin the implementation process for the Alaska pre-kindergarten initiative based on the Ready to Read, Ready to Learn task force recommendations. This public/private pre-k initiative is now called "Best Beginnings." The Department of Education & Early Development created a new component and a new position titled Early Learning. This component provides state general funds that support the work of the Best Beginnings initiative, furthering the work of Alaska's Early Learning Guidelines, and the work of the HSSCO. This position came on line in November 2007 and has worked to bring Head Start involvement into the development of the Alaska Revised Developmental Profile based on specific goals across all domains of the Alaska Early Learning Guidelines (ELGs). Developed training materials for community presentations on the ELGs and held the first of three regional training of trainer's sessions on the community uses of the ELGs. A core document was developed to support the work of the guidelines that set out activities for home and center use. The support document looked across all domains at 6-month intervals from birth to kindergarten. From this core document, a series of parent activity booklets will be developed, printed, and disseminated. Work began on the development of ELGs training for practitioners through workshops, in-service, and incorporation into existing coursework in the State's universities. All outcomes and goals with a focus on Outcome 4 goals 1 and 2 At the local level, the HSSCO continued to develop and implement initiatives and pilots to create Alaskan models in urban, rural, and remote settings. By utilizing local level professional development, some specific curriculum and approaches, and multiple funding sources as incentives, the HSSCO is seeing more local partnerships and collaboration. Examples of these initiatives and pilots are provided below. In Alaska, most everything done concerning Early Care and Education involves Child Care, Child Care Licensing, ECCS, and Infant Learning Programs from the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, the HSSCO, the State Head Start grant program, the 619 special education program, and other topic-specific staff in the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development; the University of Alaska system, the Child Care Resource & Referral Network, Head Start grantees, the Federally-contracted T/TA system for Alaska's Head Start, the System for Early Education Development (SEED), the Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children, and Best Beginnings. In 2007, work continued on the implementation of the task force recommendations and the creation and early implementation efforts of Best Beginnings. A guidance council for this new group was formed, along with plans for the development of a system that could integrate its efforts with the HSSCO Early Learning Leadership Council and the ECCS Leadership Council. In late 2007, the implementation team, the Early Learning Council, and the umbrella group made up of members from all councils worked toward the development of one high-level policy council. To that end, the state departments began the formation of the Interdepartmental Early Childhood Coordinating Council (IECCC) to determine how the state entities would function with private partners to elevate ECE policy issues. Work with the Child Care Office in the Alaska Department Health & Social services continued with these activities: Inclusion of the Child Care Resource and Referral agencies in the development, dissemination, and implementation of Alaska's Early Learning Guidelines. The Department of Education and Early Development, HSSCO, and the Child Care Office provided the leadership and funding for this project in collaboration

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with Part B 619 and Part C Special Education. The first training-of-trainers took place in 2007, with two others set for 2008. Regular and frequent meetings between the child care administrator and the HSSCO. Inclusion of the child care administrator in the Alaska Head Start Leadership Council meetings. Inclusion of child care programs in collaborative models for the Alaska Community Preschool Project, along with school districts, Head Start, Even Start, and Parents As Teachers. Joint participation on the System for Early Education Development Council, the Alaska Strengthening Families Initiative team, the Early Childhood Comprehensive Services grant team, the Alaska pre-kindergarten initiative (Best Beginnings), and all levels of the new leadership council.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Many predominantly native communities in Alaska are losing public health nursing child health screening capabilities due to cutbacks in state funding. The Native Health Corporations are picking up the service provision, however many do not currently have the capacity to travel to all of the communities to be served. It is projected that it will take 2-3 years for this to develop. In the meantime, the HSSCO has developed a partnership with Head Start, Public Health Nursing, the Yukon/Kuskokwim (Y/K) Health Corporation, Denali Kid Care, Reach Out and Read, the Bethel Lions club, the Bethel VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Bethel Police and Fire departments, and other local volunteers. The objective is to provide a Bethel-based Health Round-Up for up to six of the surrounding villages serving Head Start children and families. This Round-Up will allow the existing infrastructure to provide the other Y/K Delta communities with on site screening while preparation continues towards the full local implementation by the native health corporation. This project will serve as a model of collaboration for other Head Start programs that may encounter difficulties in meeting the Federal health screening requirements due to the state Public Health Nursing cutbacks and the development needs of the Native Health Corporations expected to provide the service. In 2007, the State saw collaboration support for this project move from fiscal to technical assistance. Local and regional systems have taken over the primary fiscal responsibility for the program. Dissemination and beginning training of the Alaska Head Start Physical Activity & Nutrition (PAN) manual. This training is now provided for multi-system providers through the Child Nutrition unit of EED along with the Obesity Prevention Team in H&SS. The HSSCO and the Alaska Head Start Association (HSA) participation in the planning committee for the 2007Alaska Health Summit. Outcome 1 Continued involvement in building infrastructure and capacity of Behavioral & Mental Health Services Planned and implemented the 2007 Regional Safe Families Safe Homes multisystem collaboration on working with children and families exposed to violence.

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Continued work on the Strengthening Families (SF) Initiative and began planning for additional cadres of early care and education program participants. Held planning sessions for selection of a curriculum for use in SF programs and planned for a 2008 multi-system curriculum training. Continued work with the ECCS Mental Health Committee on a plan to change state processes for funding Early Childhood Mental Health services including consultations. The following groups participate in the work group: Head Start, Child Care, Part C/Infant Learning Program, Part B (Special Education), EPSDT, DSDS, OCS/CAPTA, Title IV E, and Medicaid. Continued work for a multi-system standardization of the screening process used for EPSDT well child visits. Outcome 1, Goal 2

Oral Health

Continued involvement in the State Oral Health Advisory Committee, the Alaska Dental Action Coalition, and the Oral Health Education & Prevention Committee (as well as serving on the HSSCO Oral Health Committee). Participated in committee and work group meetings. Disseminated the results of an open mouth survey of Head Start children in a statewide sample. Continued regional multi-system follow-up on collaborative implementation of the Cavity Free Kids Curriculum. Shared data and interviews for the Cavity Free Kids summary and follow-up document. Began review of information for oral health brochure creation. Continued the Community Initiative Pilot Health Round-Up A detailed listing of statewide oral health activities and partnerships can be found at the end of this report.

Welfare

The HSSCO has seen its collaboration efforts strengthened in 2007 with the inclusion of the Director of Public Assistance in the Department of Health & Social Services on a few ongoing collaboration projects. The HSSCO looks to build on these efforts in 2008. Beginning in July 2003, TANF dollars were no longer used for Head Start purposes. The State continues to utilize its TANF funding in other areas. In the restructuring of state government, the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services created the Office of Children's Services (OCS) within the Welfare section. Most remote Alaskan communities are eligible for waivers of the 5-year limit to TANF funds due to lack of economic opportunities in those communities.

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The HSSCO continued work with OCS in the implementation of the Strengthening Families Initiative. The HSSCO ensured that at least one Head Start program would be selected for the Strengthening Families pilot, as well as at least one rural/remote community. Implementation of an additional round of the Strengthen Families Initiative took place in 2007 with new ECE program selection and a Legislative awareness session. The HSSCO also began planning for a curriculum selection process and follow up training for programs involved in the Strengthening Families Initiative. These should take place in 2008. Outcome 6

Child Care

See response in first section of this report. Outcome 3 goals 1, 2 and 3 Outcome 3, goal 2 and Outcome 4, Goals 1 and 3

Education

Early Learning Guidelines project (see above) Improved collaboration with the Division of Teaching & Learning Support. Closer ties established with the Office of Special Education. Presentation to the State Conference of Special Education Directors on Strengthening Head Start and LEA collaboration efforts. Head Start Disabilities Coordinators participation in the State Special Education Directors Conference in September 2007. Held an informational breakfast meeting with Head Start Disabilities Coordinators and school district Special Education Directors. Facilitated collaborative efforts between individual Head Start programs and school district Special Education programs. Continued Head Start staff eligibility to take Education & Early Development department online course work on IEPs & the IEP process, Working with Children with Disabilities, and Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders. The HSSCO continues to work for additional joint trainings and course work. Outcome 2, Goal 1 Closer ties established with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) section. Continued presentations at a variety of statewide and regional conferences for Head Start, Child Care, and Educational entities on the continuity of Federal approaches regarding Head Start, child care, and schools through NCLB, Head Start requirements and reauthorization, and Good Start, Grow Smart, the Early Learning Guidelines, and other state ECE initiatives.

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Outcome 5 Began meetings with the new manager of the State McKinney-Vento Homeless Education grant programs. Introduction to existing systems and initial planning for multi-system work. Held regional multi-system face to face in Fall 2007. (See the "Services to Homeless Children and Families" section.) Outcome 5 Secured additional funding for the Reach Out and Read (ROR) Initiative, incorporating information on literacy development into the well-child visits (and giving a book to each child) provided through four regional or sub-regional Public Health Nursing offices, two Native Health Corporations, and a Family Practice clinic in Anchorage. Implementation continued through 2007 with approximately 10,000 books disseminated. Alaska has more than doubled the number of clinics providing this service. Further funding secured through a U.S. Department of Education grant as part of the Alaska Community Preschool Project. Outcome 1 and Outcome 4 In 2007, the HSSCO saw continued efforts to regain Alaska Head Start's E-rate eligibility. The new approach will focus on changing the State's definition of an elementary school to include preschool and Head Start for non-foundation funding purposes. Outcome 5, Goals 5 and 6 and Outcome 4, Goal 3 The Alaska Community Preschool Project (ACPP): The HSSCO is finishing the final carry-over year of this pilot project in seven urban, rural, and remote communities around Alaska. Some include school district and Head Start collaboration; others include districts with Even Starts, Parents As Teachers, child care, or just schools. All must provide a balanced approach providing opportunities for play and exploration, mediated learning experiences, and teacher-directed instruction. They incorporate a dialogic reading program and Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment-Basic into their existing program. To date, 250 children are being served. Almost 80 teachers, classroom aides, specialists, and administrators have been trained in Mediated Learning Experiences through five rounds of intensive 5-day training (with monthly follow up audio conferences) in Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment­Basic. Outcome 4, Goal 1 and Outcome 5, Goal 6

Community Services

Alaska has only one Community Action Agency (CAA) that is actively involved in almost all projects the HSSCO supports. The HSSCO holds a seat on the Board of RurAL CAP as the EED representative. Established relationships with other non-CAA community agencies through participation in the Alaska Faith Based & Community Initiative, and through state, regional, and local initiatives.

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Family Literacy Services

Both Even Start and the Reach Out and Read programs either provide Family Literacy Services or links to programs that provide literacy services. Shared training in Mediated Learning and Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment for early childhood and dialogic reading. Implemented a Family Literacy strand at the 2007 Alaska Head Start Leadership Conference with a postconference day of training provided through the National Head Start Family Literacy Center.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Aside from the above-mentioned efforts with Special Education (IDEA Part B), the HSSCO continued to work with Health & Social Services (H&SS) on a Memorandum of Agreement around IDEA Part C. Final departmental approval is still pending. Sign-off is expected in 2008. Continued support and involvement in the Alaska Transition Training Initiative. Three regional training and planning sessions were held around the State. Shared training for school districts, Even Start, and Head Start programs in Mediated Learning and Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment-Basic. Continued ongoing planning and implementation for expanding these training efforts to include school district kindergarten teachers and staff along with additional Early Childhood program teachers and staff. Implementation to take place in 2006-07. Outcome 2, all Goals

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Three regional workshops were conducted in October 2007 to improve collaboration around education of and services for homeless children and youth. The HSSCO helped support the project by hiring Patricia Julianelle, a consultant to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, to facilitate the workshops. The project was spearheaded by the HSSCO Director, and the State McKinney-Vento Program Manager, who worked with School District homeless liaisons and Head Start directors and Family Services Coordinators. The goal of the project was to ensure that all key agencies working with homeless children and youth were provided with the most current information regarding recent changes in the Head Start, McKinney-Vento, and IDEA reauthorizations so that cross-system issues could be discussed and inter-agency relationships could be strengthened. School District Liaisons in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Kenai invited Head Start staff and community service agencies to full-day working meetings. Workshops were tailored to meet regional needs. After key issues were presented, various agencies met in small groups to develop or strengthen working agreements to ensure maximum utilization of existing resources, clarify working roles and responsibilities, and streamline/improve communication. Strategic plans were drafted and work continues locally. New Memorandum of Agreements (MOAs) have been established; existing MOAs have been updated and renewed. Some transportation problems have been solved by sharing resources and drivers. Information pamphlets designed for unaccompanied youth have been published and distributed.

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Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Through the implementation of ECCS, which includes the System for Early Education Development (SEED), the Early Learning Guidelines, the Ready to Read, Ready to Learn, the Governor's Office, and EED, the HSSCO and/or Head Start grantees are involved in virtually all active Early Childhood projects at the state level. Head Start representatives sit on many committees in the recent efforts to develop and implement the Alaska pre-kindergarten initiative in committees working on issues from advocacy to literacy curriculum development and QRIS.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Outcome 5, Goals 2, 5, and 6 The HSSCO continues to build on the work facilitated by the Region X Office to strengthen the relationship with the Alaska HSA. Collaboration with Head Start programs, school districts, and community organizations are continuing and, in some cases, expanding. Additional state resources were focused on language, literacy, math, science, cognition, and school readiness, as well as funding for professional development, safety issues, and the implementation of an ACF-initiative response process targeting assistance to specific ACF priorities. Finally, the HSSCO has seen some success in articulating the braided funding approach of the State in its support of Federally-funded Head Start grantees.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

As there are significantly higher populations of Alaska Natives, Asians, and Pacific Islanders in Alaska, the HSSCO supports the State's Hispanic population in much the same way it supports other populations with culturally and linguistically unique needs. The HSSCO celebrates and incorporates cultural diversity with specific involvement and activities, provides as much home language use in the day-to-day activities and home communications as possible, and utilize these connections to strengthen English language development.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Aside from ongoing projects, the HSSCO intends to be more intentional in efforts with the Welfare system. While the Strengthening Families initiative brought the HSSCO back into the welfare system office, and the HSSCO has begun meeting with higher-level personnel in Public Assistance, the HSSCO still needs to expand its efforts. This effort also holds true for Community Services. While the HSSCO works well with the CAA and other individual community programs, work with faith-based and other community organizations needs to continue to expand and develop at the local and regional level. The HSSCO will work to develop regional and local partnerships to meet the goals of those specific activities. The HSSCO also seeks to increase involvement in the Best Beginnings initiative and in the work integrating the existing state and private early care and education efforts with new initiatives and partners. This effort would move the HSSCO closer to working for all of Alaska's children and families, including Head Start, rather than a Head Start program reaching out to others who serve children and families.

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Collaboration Director

Brian D. f. Richmond American Indian/Alaska native tA network /AeD 1875 Connecticut Avenue, nW Room #1036-n Washington, D.C. 20009 Phone: 202-884-8609 fax: 202-884-8660 [email protected]

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

An over arching goal of the American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) Collaboration Office is to establish and enhance collaborative efforts to support American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start programs in the 27 states in which AIAN grantees are located. Regarding collaboration with pre-kindergarten, the AIAN Collaboration Director distributed the following message to the AIAN-TAN Local Specialists to forward to their AIAN grantees: "There is a big push at the national level to secure funding for Universal Pre-k. ...In states where this [pre-k] collaboration has occurred, proactively and inclusively, ECE programs have been strengthened. The key, it seems, is for all parties concerned to have an honest dialogue about their assets and challenges, and how they can best plan to collaborate. Please urge your grantees, if they have not already done so, to work with their Head Start Tribal consortiums, Head Start State Associations, Child Care partners, etc., to collaborate on the future of ECE within their states. We cannot afford to miss this window of opportunity." Participated in the "National Forum on Head Start and Pre-K" held in Washington, D.C., where it was stated that while "there are more players in the sandbox now...we don't need to arm wrestle over the children." Participants were urged to focus on the following questions: What is working? What challenges do we face at the state and national levels?

ACF Regional Contact

Renee Perthuis Acting Branch Chief American Indian/Alaska native Program Branch Office of Head Start 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW 8th floor Washington, D.C. 20034 Phone: 202-260-1721 fax: 202-401-5113 [email protected]

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What recommendations to improve the system do you have regarding policy or practices? What can we do individually to make it better? Distributed Pre-K Now report entitled Better Outcomes for All: Promoting Partnerships between Head Start and State Pre-K to all AIAN-TAN local specialists for their perusal and distribution to their respective grantees. The report addresses four common collaboration challenges: comprehensive services, differing missions, eligibility requirements, and teacher credentials. Created a tip sheet on "Collaboration with Child Care and Pre-K" for distribution to AIAN grantees. This addressed wrap-around services, and how the needs of children and families can best be met through collaborative arrangements with other early childhood care providers.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Developed a tip sheet on "Collaboration with Health Service Providers" to offer suggestions to AIAN grantees on ways to build productive relationships with their local health care service providers. Developed a draft logic model to further discussion of collaborative work pertaining to oral health. This was shared with the Indian Health Service/Head Start Program Director for her perusal. The model uses the basic outline of a CDC logic model. Outputs in the draft logic model were framed as measurable components that could be used in evaluating the progress of the project. Shared information for the promotion of mental health with AIAN-TAN and TAC-12 staff concerning a series of free conference calls, sponsored by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, on different aspects of child trauma. Staff were asked to distribute the information to their grantees.

Oral Health

AIAN local, state, and other oral health-related activities can be found at the end of this report.

Welfare

Provided AIAN-TAN Local Specialists with information on U.S. Department of Justice grants for combating domestic violence, etc., and providing a safer environment to benefit children and families on the reservations.

Child Care

Prepared for a topical conference call on the "Fiscal Challenges of Collaboration" (with child care, etc.) by inviting all AIAN grantees to provide specific questions they wished to have addressed. With responses received from Head Start directors, the AIAN Collaboration Director collaborated with the AIAN-TAN Fiscal Specialist to research and compile appropriate materials to be used, and together, they created an interactive session. Facilitated the "Fiscal Challenges to Collaboration" conference call, with more than 43 participants representing 23 grantees across 13 different states. After sharing protocol, AIAN Collaboration Director

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and AIAN-TAN Fiscal Specialist launched into a cost allocation role-play based on grantees' previouslysubmitted questions. At the conclusion, the conference call was opened for additional questions from the participants; these focused on employing staff for both Head Start and child care; regulations for child care transportation vis-à-vis Head Start regulations; how to more readily discern distribution of administrative costs across programs; and whether it is fiscally- and regulatory-permissible to support a mixed classroom of Head Start- and child care-sponsored children. Most questions were answered immediately, with a promise of follow-up for those that were more complex. Staff later sent out applicable follow-up resources. Modified the materials developed for the Fiscal Challenges of Collaboration conference call to create a useful tip sheet for those who were unable to attend. Contacted the National Indian Head Start Directors Association (NIHSDA) President and the Alaska Head Start Association Vice-Chair to announce that, for the NIHSDA Conference in Anchorage, the AIAN Collaboration Director is proposing to put together a "Collaboration Forum" with a panel of AIAN grantees who demonstrate best practices in collaboration (with child care, pre-kindergarten, local school district, or health services, etc.). To prepare for the forum, AIAN Collaboration Director invited individual directors who exhibited best practices to participate in a preliminary conference call. Panelists discussed format and content, and decided on an optimal structure for the forum where participants could share information and freely ask questions. Facilitated a "Collaboration Forum on Maximizing Resources" at NIHSDA, where six AIAN Head Start directors with experience in building successful collaborative relationships shared their challenges and successes with their AIAN colleagues. The overall goal of the forum was "to empower Head Start grantees with helpful ideas to create productive collaborative relationships for the benefit of American Indian/ Alaska Native children and families." Collaboration forum panelists represented a diversity of Tribal cultures and geographic locations. Forum panelists shared information on collaborating with Child Care, LEAs, local colleges and universities, public libraries, health professionals, fitness centers, Tribal housing departments, and other Head Start programs. They also discussed a proactive strategy for marketing their programs. According to feedback received, the forum was very successful in inspiring other to create new collaborations.

Education

Participated in the "Strengthening State Systems Meeting," held in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, the AIAN Collaboration Director worked with Cluster 6 (AZ, NM and UT) to share ideas and learn what innovative practices were being employed to promote collaboration and program support in those states. Arizona tackled declining resources by addressing the problem legislatively and, after an intense marketing campaign, saw the passage of Proposition 203, which will provide an estimated $150 million$180 million annually for early childhood development in the State. In follow-up to meeting, the AIAN Collaboration Director provided AIAN-TAN Local Specialists in Arizona with information on Proposition 203, "Arizona's Early Childhood Development and Health Initiative," which is projected to provide funds for early childhood programs over the next several years. (Money will be disbursed through "regional partnership councils" comprised of members from those regions. In deference to sovereignty, if an Indian Tribe is located within that region, there must be at least "one public official or employee of a Tribal government" represented on the council. An Indian Tribe can also elect to have its Tribal lands treated as a separate region by the board.) The AIAN Collaboration Director explained that Proposition 203 means that Tribes can access more resources for early childhood development, but it is vitally important to plan ahead. Tribes will need to decide if they want to operate independently as a separate region (which means more autonomy, but more paperwork) or participate as

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a member of a regional partnership council. The AIAN Collaboration Director requested that the AIANTAN Local Specialists provide this information to the Tribes and share with them the Web site link for more information. Worked with ten staff from five Arizona Head Start programs (Cocopah, CRIT, Gila River, Hopi and Pascua Yaqui) to discuss potential resources available under Proposition 203, visions for their individual programs, SWOT analysis, SMART objectives, and collaborative next steps. The AIAN Collaboration Director worked with grantees on various exercises to develop their plans for the future. Interviewed three Head Start directors to ascertain how their programs have become models for success in professional development through community partnerships and collaborations. Information collected will be shared with all AIAN grantees in a Professional Development Resource Manual. Interviewed the Outreach-Based Training Specialist for the College of Menominee Nation to determine the status of the college's Family Service Worker training program. The information will be shared with AIAN grantees looking to provide training to their FSW staff.

Community Services

Presented information on collaborative partnerships and professional development opportunities for Family Service Workers to a cluster of 34 participants representing ten Tribal grantees from California and other states. Participants said that they learned: ways to make a partnership better, how to collaborate with the community partnerships, and new ideas to make new collaborations. Aided in the collaboration between Hopi Head Start and the Arizona Community Foundation by providing background and contact information on a regional affiliate (i.e., the Hopi Foundation, a.k.a. Lomasumi'nangwtukwsiwmani). The Foundation is now interested in supporting Head Start's plans for new facilities construction.

Family Literacy Services

Thanked the director of WGBH Boston's "Between the Lions" early literacy program for her report on the American Indian Head Start Literacy Initiative with the pueblos of New Mexico. (The project "made a significant difference in the English language literacy skills of American Indian children in the participating Head Start programs.") Also, discussed plans to provide assistance to AIAN grantees in Oklahoma and/or Alaska. The AIAN Collaboration Director provided names of the Oklahoma grantees and Local Specialist, and also provided contact information for the Region X TA Program Director (since, at that time, Alaska corresponded to Region X). Researched grants to support family literacy for an AIAN Head Start grantee in North Dakota in response to a request from AIAN-TAN Local Specialist. Sent information on one possible corporate source and shared information on Reading Is Fundamental, which will donate books. Contacted a representative from the National Book Scholarship Fund to inquire about the possibility of AIAN grantees obtaining books for their programs and to ascertain whether or not their application cycle was still viable. Discussed with the Michigan Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) a scheduled family literacy training in that state. The Michigan HSSCO requested contact information for AIAN-TAN Local Specialist in Michigan to include him in the loop and extend the invitation for Tribal Head Start grantees in Michigan to attend the training (sponsored by Sonoma State).

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Services to Children with Disabilities

Participated in a Wisconsin gathering of Tribal Head Start directors, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS), and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) staff to discuss "expanding interagency collaboration to improve service to infants, toddler and young children with disabilities and their families." Nine of the eleven Wisconsin Tribes were represented, as well as CESA (Cooperative Educational Services Agencies) Early Childhood Program Support Teachers and County Birth to RESource staff who worked in areas that include the Tribes. Gathering was a pivotal initiative to discuss and expand Tribal and state collaboration. Provided feedback on non-compliance issues related to collaboration (1304.41(a)(4)) for a Tribal Head Start program. The AIAN Collaboration Director suggested that to rectify the non-compliance, the grantee might work with the LEA to renegotiate an interagency agreement. Several useful collaboration resources were shared with the grantee.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

No activities reported.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Working with AIAN grantees in 27 states, the AIAN Collaboration Director does not have direct influence in any one state's policies, plans, processes, or decisions. However, at the request of AIAN grantees and/or AIAN-TAN Local Specialists, the AIAN Collaboration Director networks with HSSCO counterparts to seek clarification on policies and to encourage states to actively include Tribal representatives in joint planning sessions in acknowledgment of their status as sovereign nations. If AIAN grantees feel that they have been incorrectly disallowed services, the AIAN Collaboration Director works with appropriate state officials to generate a positive outcome or decision. The South Dakota Head Start Association president and the Region VIII TA Liaison told the AIAN Collaboration Director that, with the departure of the South Dakota HSSCO Director, they would like to have Tribal grantee input into a replacement. The AIAN Collaboration Director provided them with contact information for the Tribal Head Start directors in South Dakota and also put them in contact with the AIAN-TAN Local Specialist, in case of further assistance needed. Participated in collaboration conference call for Wisconsin with the HSSCO, AIAN-TAN Local Specialist, and other state representatives to brainstorm how to follow up on successes of the September conference. AIAN staff was able to persuade state officials to consider holding their next meeting at Tribal facilities, which would help to increase the participation and respect of Tribal grantees. Participated in a brainstorming conference call related to collaborative efforts among AIAN grantees in three states (MI, MN, and WI) that are interested in working on combining resources (e.g., cooperative training) to enhance program efforts. A draft survey was circulated among the group, which was approved and will be sent to AIAN grantees in the three states to gauge training needs. Contacted the California Integrated Waste Management Board to inquire about the state's FY2007-08 application documents for California's Tire-Derived Product Grant Program. This program can help local Head Start programs with funding for playground resurfacing to insure safe outdoor play spaces for children. Representative said they are "currently working with legal department to finalize the new application." After later follow-up, the AIAN Collaboration Director informed Local Specialists for California that $2.4 million is now available (with a maximum of $100,000 per grant) for use with resurfacing Head Start playgrounds. Local Specialists were to contact their grantees.

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Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Conducted numerous foundation grant searches for AIAN grantees to find funding sources to support immediate program needs (e.g., facilities construction, playground resurfacing, dental services to underserved communities, children's mental health services, community gardens). For example, when learning of some Alaska Head Start grantees' aged buildings sinking into the permafrost, the AIAN Collaboration Director located four foundations offering possible sources of funds for new building construction. Welcomed new HSSCO directors to the HSSCO team and provided them with information on the Head Start Program Performance Standards that relate specifically to Tribal grantees (i.e., sending copies of the AIAN-TAN "Tip sheet on Information for Monitoring Reviewers" that enumerates differences for grantees of sovereign nation status).

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State

AIAN programs exist in 27 states. Support for services to Hispanic children was provided to individual programs, as requested. For example, when asked by a Family Service Worker for Hispanic families, the AIAN Collaboration Director shared Web site links for the Head Start publications (in Spanish) and the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (Region XII) T/TA center. The AIAN Collaboration Director also provided contact information for a Region XII T/TA staff who volunteered to provide support as needed.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Will utilize format of successful Collaboration Forum to replicate similar gathering at this year's National Indian Head Start Directors Association conference. Will continue work with the Wisconsin gathering, the Arizona Indian Head Start Directors Association, and other innovative groups to expand Tribal and state collaborations.

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Arizona

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Statewide Quality Rating System Development. Accomplished the integration of Head Start into the system design. Head Start Program Performance Standards and PRISM review will be used as tools within the system to ease the access and participation of Head Start programs participation. Challenges remain around inclusion of Tribal Head Start programs, but discussion continues. The Tribal programs are not licensed by the State, therefore the threshold for admission into the new state quality system is more difficult to establish. Department of Education and Head Start partnerships. Through meetings and document exchange with Head Start grantees, Department of Education representatives, and the Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) Director, established protocol for establishing and maintaining healthy relationships with LEAs. The Department of Education is sending communications to the LEAs with review of protocol and responsibilities for LEAs to follow in the service of children with special needs. Head Start Community Assessments. The HSSCO gathered, and through a partnership, commissioned a report on Arizona Head Start programs community assessments. Arizona Head Start Association (AHSA) Strategic Planning. The HSSCO planned facilitated and contracted for consultation services for a strategic planning process with the AHSA. The goal of the process was to renew the roles of each organization, establishing with the HSSCO their desired deliverables from the AHSA. In order to achieve

Collaboration Director

Connie Shorr Governor's Office for Children, Youth and families Division of School Readiness 1700 West Washington Street Suite 101 Phoenix, AZ 85007 Phone: 602-542-3199 fax: 602-542-4644 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

eva lester Phone: 602-542-6003 fax: 602-542-4644 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Kristen Hayes ACf Region IX 90 7th Street 9th floor San francisco, CA 94103 Phone: 415- 437-8440 fax: 415-437-8438 [email protected]

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this goal, a comprehensive process was conducted including: review of the HSSCO direction, grant work, and reporting; and review of AHSA background information and other documentation relative to the historical and current state of the organization. Conducted a pre-planning meeting with the AHSA Executive Director and Board Executive Committee to develop the meeting plan, objectives, and agenda; conducted a review and developed the vision, mission, and guiding principles; accomplished an environmental scan and established key directions. With the entire AHSA, the HSSCO went though a series of meetings and individual interviews in order to accomplish the following tasks: establish outcomes, define the goals and measurable objectives; and develop of possible specific strategies. The process resulted in a draft document Strategic Plan for AHSA. The plan was handed over to the AHSA for further development and use. AHSA 2006 Annual Report. The HSSCO contracted with the AHSA to produce and distribute the annual report. Arizona's Early Childhood Emergent Leaders Project. March 16, 2007 "Living Leadership: State Development and Importance of Collaboration." The HSSCO provided support and participated in the activities to increase the Head Start participation, including hosting a Head Start issue day; securing Head Start participation in a day at the capital; and increasing outreach in recruiting. Ten Head Start representatives were invited (though only four attended, including directors and other management staff, joined the Emergent Leaders for the day. Agenda included Gov. Napolitano's State of the State Address and Press Conference, as well as information about the political process. Head Start presentation included Quality: Teacher credentials, ratios, group size, curriculum, comprehensive services, and systems approach. Partnerships: How partnerships are valued at Head Start; how partnerships are measured, including examples from around the State (ADE, child care, services, increasing number of children served, community colleges or universities), and roles of partners and outcomes. Community Assessments: What Head Start grantees do and how often. Handouts were provided with resources for more information (Web sites, contact numbers of Head Start statewide).

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

The HSSCO Director worked with the State ECCS Director to identify and outline the overlap between the two grants, shared responsibilities, and areas where sharing of resources would maximize work results. The ECCS director will continue to work with the HSSCO Director during and after the transition of the ECCS grant to First Things First. The HSSCO, in partnership with the AHSA, distributed 100 additional Child Care Health and Safety Manuals. Distribution includes a one-on-one introduction/orientation to the manual including recommendations for use, review of contents and tools, and registration materials for updates and communication purposes. This project is a continuation of the work begun last year in creating new partnerships with child care and Head Start and in addressing the health and safety of children in Arizona.

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Asthma Prevention and Awareness Toolkits were distributed to all grantees and delegate Head Start centers. The toolkit included sections of information concerning: Introductions to Asthma, Children, Parents, Teachers, and Environmental Awareness Information. The purpose of the Mental Health Conference was to provide early childhood staff a hands-on training so as to better cope with the increasing challenges that they face in the areas of behavioral health with children and families. To that end, the AHSA asked for volunteers to be part of a planning committee to develop the conference that would be inclusive of Head Start and Early Head Start staff, child care community representatives, early childhood community representatives, and the HSSCO. The 1st Annual Mental Health Conference was held October 5-6. Approximately 100 Head Start and Early Childhood Educators attended. Forty individuals in Arizona are now certified in the Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Program as a result of their participation in a pre-conference session. The second day saw a wide range of training sessions for participants on First Things First, Conscious Discipline, and Working with Children Exposed to Violent Behavior. Overall, the comments received were very positive, and plans are being discussed for next year's conference. The May 16 "Train the Trainer" Environmental Health Project designed by ADEQ was merged to include the Asthma Coalition's work with the screening of children. Both ADEQ and the Asthma Coalition are working to expand the project outside Maricopa County, and this training began that process. However funds have yet to be identified to fully implement the program statewide. The AHSA Director has continued the dialogue with Hazel Chandler and Mannie Bowler regarding the issue of asthma. Ms. Chandler has established collaborative relationships with the City of Phoenix and Maricopa County Head Start programs and has provided asthma screenings for children and educational materials to staff and parents regarding identification of asthma triggers in the classroom and home. More than 120 classrooms have conducted the screenings and have been provided the information; more will be completed by the end of November. Another fund source will need to be identified in order to continue the project in Maricopa County and expand efforts statewide. In meetings with Ms. Chandler and Ms. Bowler, it was decided that the Head Start template that has already been developed and implemented in Maricopa County can be used statewide. "First Things First" funding will be requested to expand the program statewide.

Oral Health

AHSA's Health Committee developed an Oral Health Manual designed to help Head Start programs, and others, implement program practices to strengthen work in the area of Oral Health. The subcommittee members have been meeting together quarterly. The Health Committee now has a new member -- Dr. Cottam -- who is one of the stronger partners that AHSA has in the development of language to address the language change within the EPSDT program. With Dr. Cottam's assistance, more partners will be brought together to further the work in this area. AHSA developed a position paper on changes to the Arizona health care cost containment system regarding EPSDT language. There have been three support letters submitted regarding this position paper by First Things First, United Way of Northern Arizona, and A.T. Still University, the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. State-level The statewide Oral Health Coalition originates in the Department of Health Services, Bureau of Oral Health and meets at least quarterly to assure oral health of all children, with specific focus on underserved populations. Specific focus areas have included promoting fluoride varnish and educating parents about the importance of good oral health, particularly for children's baby teeth.

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Contact: Anna Self Community Development Coordinator AHDS Bureau of Oral Health Phone: 602-542-1866

Local-level The AHSA has been working closely with partners in the oral health community to engage in collaboration and partnerships. Head Start Partners include:

Carolyn Willmer Chair, Arizona Head Start Association Health Committee City of Phoenix Human Services Department 200 West Washington, 19th floor Phoenix, AZ 85003-1611 Phone: 602-534-3037 [email protected] David leard, Health Services Manager northern Arizona Council of Governments Head Start 121 e. Aspen Avenue flagstaff, AZ 86001 Phone: 928-213-5207 [email protected] Connie Morrison, Health Coordinator Pinal Gila Community Child Services 1750 South Arizona Blvd. Coolidge, AZ 85228 Phone: 520-723-1224 [email protected]

Oral Health Community Partners include:

Ranee tuscano State of Arizona Bureau of Oral Health 1740 West Adams, Room 205 Phoenix, AZ 85007 Phone: 602-542-2945 [email protected]

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Dr. Robert Birdwell Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System 801 e. Jefferson, MD-4200 Phoenix, AZ 85034 Phone: 602-417-4198 [email protected] Dr. Wayne Cottam Instructor, A.t. Still university 5850 east Still Circle Mesa, AZ 85206 [email protected]

Additional Information Arizona continues to face a provider shortage in rural areas outside of Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff. There is particular need for pediatric providers who specialize in the examination and treatment of young children. Some Head Start providers have found confusing the semantics between examinations and screenings as they relate to oral health. The HSA recommends that the Head Start Program Performance Standards, PIR guidance, and secondary supporting agencies such as Maternal and Child Health Bureau use common language to eliminate confusion. The HSA is also seeking guidance on the use of dental hygienists for initial screenings/ exams. The HSA has received conflicting information on this, with the most recent message on how to effectively use dental hygienists in Head Start programs seeming to contradict previous guidance--they request further clarity on this issue. Efforts that are underway to address these issues include: A new oral health guidebook was funded by the HSSCO, developed by the AHSA, and released to Head Start programs and supporting agencies. A position paper was submitted to AHCCCS (Arizona's Medicaid agency) regarding the need for additional clarification regarding reimbursement for dental hygienists. A second position paper was produced, recommending the reimbursement of medical providers for fluoride varnish applications during well-child visits. With funding through the State ECCS Grant, oral health training has been provided through T-3 (Train the Trainer) Institute at the University of Arizona. First Things First has identified "first oral health visit" as one of the program goals/benchmarks for this new statewide, multimillion-dollar initiative, and is working in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, AHCCCS, and the oral health community to recommend that pediatricians be able to conduct this oral health visit since families have better access to pediatricians than to pediatric dentists. Oral health remains a focus of the First Things First Health Committee, which is working to develop strategies to assure that good oral health is part of early childhood development. Staff has met with dental hygienist educators who they believe are in the best position to influence dental practices.

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Arizona has a robust child care health consultation system, which includes an emphasis on oral health. Once the Quality Improvement and Rating System is launched, ten additional health consultants will be deployed across the State to continue to improve oral health in child care settings.

Welfare

The HSSCO Director serves on the Governor's Task Force on Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which is charged with increasing opportunities for low-income families to access the EITC, other tax credits, and free tax filing assistance via Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites. The EITC is one of the largest anti-poverty programs in the country and, when coupled with proven financial educational strategies, has been credited with lifting more children out of poverty than any other Federal aid program. In 2007, 471 trained tax preparers at Vita Sites prepared 57,861 tax returns, a 198 percent increase over 2003. The 2006 AHSA Annual Report and 2006 AHSA Fact Sheet were distributed beginning July 27. The 2007 AHSA Fact Sheet was distributed at the end of the year.

Child Care

The HSSCO participated in the Arizona State Team of the National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative at ZERO TO THREE/Child Care Bureau. The HSSCO worked with CCDF administrators in the DES Child Care Office and other partners to move forward system initiatives to improve the quality and supply of infant and toddler child care. The group was tasked with developing deeper knowledge about specific elements of the early care and education system that support quality infant and toddler child care. Arizona's project activities focused on supporting professional development; increasing staff involvement in system improvement efforts related to infants and toddlers; and developing deeper knowledge in order to support efforts in the areas of Quality Rating Systems and Infant/Toddler Credentials. The AHSA Director and the Region IX Local TA Specialist completed the assigned project for the PRISM-NAEYC crosswalk. The project is a comparison between the NAEYC standards and the Head Start Program Performance Standards; Head Start teachers/teacher assistants and program administrators; and the NAEYC Program Administrator and the Head Start director positions. The project was completed in May 2006. Head Start maintains that the monitoring process and the Performance Standards are part of programs accreditation process and as such are similar to other child development program accreditation processes and instruments.

Education

In partnership with the Piper Trust Foundation, all Early Head Start staff across Arizona had the opportunity to participate in training on the use of the widely popular Arizona Parent Kits. Use of these kits in Early Head Start programs is expected to provide a stronger foundation for new parents to support children's growth and to help parents gain understanding of child development. With the support of the HSSCO, AHSA purchased additional kits for Early Head Start programs. Statewide Child Care and Early Education Development System (SUCCEEDS) is the educational registry system for child care and early education practitioners in Arizona. Practitioners include child care providers, teachers, assistant teachers, directors, Head Start teachers, public school preschool teachers, elementary teachers, school-age care teachers, or anyone involved with the care and education of young children. This registry maintains current information regarding the training and education of each practitioner. Currently there are 1,602 Head Start staff on the SUCCEEDS registry; this has increased from 1,553 in one quarter. One of the objectives in the HSSCO work plan is to reduce the number of Head

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Start staff on the SUCCEEDS inactive list by 5 percent. Through the support of AHSA there was a 14.6 percent reduction in the inactive list.

Community Services

In 2007, the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families participated in ongoing discussions with the Buffett Foundation and the Bounce Early Learning Network about bringing Educare to Arizona. These discussions have included several Head Start grantees, as well as elementary school districts, universities, nonprofits and philanthropy. The Educare funders released a RFP in Fall 2007 in order to identify the strongest potential partnership.

Family Literacy Services

For the fourth consecutive year, Gov. Napolitano has provided every first-grade student in Arizona with a book. The program was expanded to include a book for each fourth-grader last year. In February the excess books were donated for distribution to children and families through AHSA. Approximately 2,185 books were distributed to Head Start agencies.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Arizona's Early Childhood Inclusion Coalition (ECIC). Work continues on this statewide initiative to coordinate and integrate the services for children with disabilities, age birth to 5, and their families. The group has established a Web site, completed a public awareness campaign plan, and mapped strategies for fiscal support and implementation for the upcoming year. The focus of the ECIC will be on Professional Development and more specifically to create a professional development module that will provide the needed training and skills to staff on the issues of inclusion. Arizona Early Intervention Program (AZEIP). The HSSCO Director met with the AZEIP Director and several grantee representatives, as a group, to work through the current plans for the AZEIP reorganization and the work with Head Start programs. The HSSCO has served as a resource for facilitating individual grantee meetings to address particular issues and concerns of rural, urban, transition, case work, contractors, and other issues as needed. With the planned redesign of the Part C delivery system in Arizona, plans to amend the prior Part C Statewide MOU became moot. The delivery design will look different across the State and thus, a statewide agreement is not possible at this time. A draft Letter of Agreement was prepared. This draft can be adapted to address the local needs of the Early Head Start agency. A list of key players within a given service area who should sign the Letter of Agreement was developed. NACOG Head Start took the lead in development of a list of questions regarding the new Arizona Early Intervention system and how to navigate it. The HSSCO Director contacted the staffs within the appropriate agency and set up the communication channel for the questions to be heard. A meeting was scheduled and attended. The questions were answered, and direction was given for how to proceed with development of local MOU and/or Letters of Agreement.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

The purpose of the Interagency and Community Council (ICCH) is to guide the development and implementation of a state-level plan to end homelessness for Arizonans, with a focus on homeless families. The

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ICCH identifies policy, practice, and funding actions that can be taken at the state level to prevent and end homelessness through support, involvement, and coordination among multiple state agencies and the private sector. The ICCH is comprised of representatives from the Departments of Commerce, Corrections, Economic Security, Education, Health Services, Housing, Juvenile Corrections, Veterans Services, and the Office of the Courts, the Government Technology Agency, the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families, and the Arizona Heath Care Cost Containment System. In addition, the Governor has appointed private sector representatives to the Council. The development and implementation of the Arizona State Plan to End Homelessness is being achieved through a project structure that includes the ICCH, the State Homelessness Work Group, and community input and involvement. The HSSCO Director has attended these meetings. In 2007, the ICCH discussed a budget request for services for homeless school-age children, but in light of Arizona's financial state this budget request did not move forward. It is hoped that this issue will be revisited in future years since many homeless families with school-age children also have younger children.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO continues to be a key player in the development of plans as Arizona moves into the new phase influenced by establishment of the new Early Childhood Development and Health Board (First Things First). The HSSCO is participating in the work groups and planning committees, and is facilitating the involvement of Head Start in the local partnerships leading to the program roll-out in 2009. The work groups included State Agency Directors who are working on quality improvement, health, and professional development systems for children, birth to 5.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

English Language Learners -- Preliminary Report Committee: HSSCO worked with the lead agencies Children's Action Alliance-Penelope Jacks, Arizona State University, Chicanos Por La Causa, Southwest Human Development, and Child and Family Resources on a study of English Language Learners in Arizona in Early Childhood Ages and Early Education Settings.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Every effort is made to address language barriers for Arizona families whose primary language is Spanish. However, beyond the basic issue of considering language with regard to publications and activities, specific efforts have not focused solely on Hispanic children. Efforts on the part of the HSSCO during this year remained broad and addressed all children and families. The population of Arizona's Hispanic/Latino children birth through five has increased 5 percent while the total children identified as White dropped by 4 percent in 2006 compared to 2000.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

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Arkansas

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Goal 1 To support a collaborative system of quality early childhood education options to include Arkansas Head Start and the Arkansas Better Chance for School Success state pre-kindergarten program for three and four-year-old children. The Arkansas Better Chance for School Success (ABCSS) funding increased to $100 million through state general revenue in the 2007 State Legislative Session. The Head StartState Collaboration Office (HSSCO) continued to work with the Arkansas Head Start Association (HSA), Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, Arkansas Kids Count Coalition, Arkansas Early Childhood Association, Invest Early Coalition, and other early childhood advocates to support and enhance collaborative efforts. The increase in state funding provided for more than 22,000 3- and 4-year-old children from families of up to 200 percent of Federal poverty to be served in statefunded pre-kindergarten programs in 2007 along with 9,950 Head Start children being served throughout the State. Participated in the Governor's press conference on January 25, which released results of a preliminary report of the longitudinal study of Arkansas Better Chance for School Success. Gov. Mike Beebe stressed that his long-standing commitment for quality early childhood education included quality Head Start programs and that state funding for additional pre-kindergarten slots was to supplement, not supplant, Federal funding for Head Start in Arkansas. Worked in partnership with Division of Child Care & Early

Collaboration Director

Ann Patterson 1400 West Markham Suite 406 little Rock, AR 72201 Phone: 501-371-0740 fax: 501-370-9109 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

tonya Russell, Director Division of Child Care and early Childhood education Arkansas Department of Human Services Phone: 501-682-0494 fax: 501-683-6060 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Susan Johnston ACf Region VI 1301 Young Street Room 937 Dallas, tX 75202 Phone: 214-767-8844 fax: 214-767-2038 [email protected]

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Childhood Education and Invest Early in Education in sponsoring Early Education Community Collaboration roundtable discussions across the State. The forums were held throughout June in Hope, Batesville, Harrison, and Fort Smith. They provided an opportunity for Head Start, Community Action Agencies, ABC providers, and other early childhood programs to take an objective look at the current status of early education in the community and link all stakeholders who have an interest in the success of the State's youngest citizens. Common needs/expectations and issues were discussed in the forums, as well as related opportunities and potential solutions. Three areas were identified as a common thread in all locations: collaboration, enrollment, and a perceived uneven playing field. The summary report was shared and discussed with various organizations, stakeholders, and public officials. It was also made available through the HSSCO. The HSSCO is working on implementation of potential solutions identified through these community forums. In preparation for the Early Education Community Collaboration Roundtables, three Head Start directors took part in a videotaping for an early education collaborative showcase of Arkansas programs involved in innovative partnerships at the local level. This video was a part of the Roundtable Forums held in June. The HSSCO participated in National Head Start Association, Office of Head Start, Pre-K Now, and regional conference calls and meetings focusing on pre-k partnerships, including specific issues in Arkansas. Pre-K Now hosted a conference call "Leadership Matters: Governor's Pre-K Proposals" in April. The Policy Director for Gov. Beebe was a presenter on the conference call and spoke of the collaborative efforts between Arkansas Better Chance for School Success and Head Start programs. Participated in National Head Start-State Collaboration meeting in Washington, D.C., in January in conjunction with the National Forum on Pre-K and Head Start. Other participants from Arkansas included representatives from Department of Education, Department of Human Services Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education, Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, and HSA.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

The following goals are cross-cutting across the eight priority areas for the HSSCO. Goal 2: To support a sustainable system for young children's social-emotional health to include consultation, education, and early intervention for children, families, teachers, and caregivers. Goal 3: To increase the number of Head Start and Early Head Start centers who attain and maintain State Quality Approval. Goal 4: To assist in building early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services and support for all lowincome children. Goal 5: To promote widespread collaboration among Head Start and other programs, services, and initiatives. Goal 6: To facilitate the involvement of Head Start in state policies, plans, processes, and decisions affecting the Head Start population and other low-income families.

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Health Care

The HSSCO Director continued to serve on Arkansas System of Care Stakeholders Planning Committee, including Medicaid workgroup, Special Language task force, and committee on Cultural Competency. Recommendations presented to the newly appointed Governor's Behavioral Health Commission in August to assist in the reform of delivering appropriate services to children and families in need of mental health intervention and treatment. The HSSCO continued leadership role in collaborative effort with Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education and Division of Behavioral Health Services in the Arkansas Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative. The HSSCO participated in routine conference calls and meetings with sponsoring organizations, pilot sites, and evaluation team. The HSSCO Director served as member of the team for curricula review of proposed training for child care and early childhood educators in the area of pre-kindergarten social and emotional foundations. The HSSCO Director was selected to serve on ABCD (Assuring Better Child Health Development) Stakeholders Group. Arkansas was selected by National Academy for State Health Policy to participate in the ABCD Screening Academy, a multi-state learning project focusing on preventive care of children whose health care is covered by Medicaid. This project supports efforts to improve early identification of young children with developmental problems. Information was disseminated to local Head Start programs about an educational initiative on "Living Well with Sickle Cell," a program through Partners for Inclusive Communities. The Head Start community has become involved in assisting with getting the message to the target population.

Oral Health

The first Arkansas Mission of Mercy (ArMOM) held in Little Rock in May provided 1,542 patients, including children, in desperate need of dental services in excess of $630,000 in donated dental care. The event was sponsored by Arkansas State Dental Association and Delta Dental of Arkansas. The Arkansas Oral Health Coalition and the Arkansas Homeless Coalition (the HSSCO is active in both) volunteered in this effort. The HSSCO Director completed a two-year term as chair of the Arkansas Oral Health Coalition. The Director participated in planning a retreat held in March to discuss the future direction of Oral Health Coalition. Fluoridation brochures and posters were disseminated to Arkansas Head Start programs. The HSSCO Director served as member of Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD)HSSCO Planning Team and participated in various conference calls and webinars pertaining to oral health and Head Start. State-level

Arkansas Oral Health Coalition Contact: lynn Mouden, DDS, MPH Director, Office of Oral Health Arkansas Department of Health 4815 West Markham, Slot 41 little Rock, AR 72205 Phone: (501) 661-2595 · [email protected]

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Local-level Two Arkansas Head Start programs have Oral Health Initiative grants:

Contact: Child Development, Inc. Jo Ann Williams, Executive Director P.O. Box 2110 Russellville, AR 72811 Phone: (479) 968-6493 [email protected] UAMS Head Start ­ Early Head Start Mary K. McKinney, Director 7415 Colonel Glen little Rock, AR 72204 Phone: (501) 570-5000 [email protected]

Other local partnerships include: Child Development, Inc. The Oral Health Initiative (OHI) dental partners provide classroom education to children, as well as education to parents at parent meetings. Topics for children include: tooth brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist, and good food choices. Parent meeting topics include oral hygiene, early childhood caries, nutrition, HIPPA, and fluoride. Head Start home visitors and center-based teachers in OHI sites are utilizing "Head Start Lesson Plans: a Teachers Guide for Creating Healthy Smiles."

Contact: lisa Miller Oral Health Resource Specialist [email protected]

Arkansas Human Development Corporation (AHDC) Early Head Start Dr. Russ Gorman was named as a Public Health Hero by the Arkansas Department of Health. Dr. Gorman assists the AHDC Early Head Start program by reviewing practices and policies related to the promotion of positive oral health development. Education for the children is incorporated into the daily curriculum. Dr. Gorman provides each child at the center with two free dental screenings per year by coming to the center to screen the children in their familiar environment. He also provides educational discussions and materials for parents.

Contact: Arkansas Human Development Corporation early Head Start Program Kim Qualls, Director 102 College Drive Hot Springs, AR 71913 Phone: 501-620-4323 [email protected]

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Additional Information As mentioned above, the HSSCO is involved in the annual Arkansas Mission of Mercy (ArMOM) that was held for the second year in 2008 in Little Rock. Plans are being made for outside the central Arkansas area for 2009.

Welfare

The HSSCO Director participated in Alliance meetings with Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education and Division of Children & Family Services to discuss potential partnerships and collaborative efforts between child welfare and child care organizations. The HSSCO, in coordination with the HSA, is active in Arkansas Coalition for Economic Security (ACES) and assisted with activities for an economic security fact sheet that was a part of the packet of information for attendees at the Family Security Conference held in Pine Bluff in November. ACES' mission is to promote economic security of all Arkansans through public education, advocacy, and collaboration. Additionally, there was a TANF transfer to the Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education of $7.5 million to support quality preschool education and child care for low-income working families.

Child Care

The HSA, in cooperation with the HSSCO, set a goal to increase the number of State Quality Approved child care programs, and consequently, comprise 30 percent of the quality centers in the State. Sixty-six percent of the Head Start centers in Arkansas are State Quality Approved or have NAEYC accreditation. Work continues in cooperation with the Arkansas TA Specialists to support Head Start programs and centers that want to achieve state quality approval, and several have developed plans to move in that direction. The HSSCO Director continued involvement with Arkansas Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Planning Initiative and served as an active member of the Social Emotional/Medical Homes committee. The HSSCO actively participated, in coordination with Arkansas Head Start programs, in Arkansas Children's Week activities held April 22-28, 2007 throughout the State. The HSSCO worked with Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education and Strengthening Families Arkansas in identifying Early Head Start partners in the State Partnership for Prevention Project, a ZERO TO THREE Initiative to strengthen states' child abuse and neglect prevention initiatives, focusing on supporting the capacity of child care providers to help prevent child maltreatment in families with very young children. The HSSCO Director participates in the Arkansas Out of School Network; state conference held in Little Rock in September.

Education

The HSSCO is working with Arkansas legislative representatives, Department of Education, Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education, HSA, and the early childhood community in proposing a "Birth to Five" licensure for Arkansas. This effort is in response to an Interim Study of the State Legislature.

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Served on panel "Pre-K Effects on Rural Children's Education in Arkansas" at the 2007 Arkansas Rural Development Conference in Hot Springs in May. Panel members included HSSCO Director, Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education Director, Early Childhood Advocate, Superintendent of Schools, State Legislative Representative, and Mark K. Shriver, Vice President and Managing Director of Save the Children's U.S. Programs. Assisted Arkansas Parent Education Network (APEN) and Department of Education in state conference on family involvement held in October in Hot Springs. The HSSCO Director serves on Parent Education and Involvement Task Force.

Community Services

The HSSCO and the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape & Domestic Violence sponsored Endangered Children in Arkansas forums in Russellville in May and in Searcy in October. Topics included information on the Oklahoma Head Start Domestic Violence Initiative, new child abuse legislation and mandated reporting, and substance abuse issues, including effective and efficient identification and protection of children endangered by methamphetamines and other drugs. Collaborating partner for Arkansas Governor's Family Friendly Employer Awards Luncheon held in April, sponsored and funded by Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education. The Arkansas Family Friendly Initiative recognizes Arkansas employers for establishing and providing resources that support employees in balancing the needs of both work and family. The HSSCO Director facilitated Mental Health Protocol Committee for Arkansas Crisis Response Team (AR-CRT). Protocol adopted by AR-CRT Board of Directors in July. The HSSCO Director serves as cochair of the Education and Training Committee. Participant in Arkansas Crisis Response Training held in December at new Arkansas Department of Emergency Management located at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. The HSSCO assisted with Little Rock cooling station, hosted by Arkansas Homeless Coalition and other volunteer and faith-based organizations, in coordination with the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock, to assist people who were homeless, disabled, or elderly during the summer heat wave.

Family Literacy Services

The HSSCO is working with the Department of Education and Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education in developing materials showcasing quality early childhood opportunities in Arkansas for use with "Reach Out & Read," a project of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Participant in focus group sponsored by Department of Education to discuss coordination of early childhood services, including family literacy and transition.

Services to Children with Disabilities

HSSCO Director continued work with partners in ECHO (Early Childhood Hearing Outreach) project through Arkansas Children's Hospital, in coordination with the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, Utah State University. The State ECHO team trained Region VI TA Network personnel in May. The HSSCO Director participated in panel presentation at IPP meeting held in Washington, D.C. in July to discuss Arkansas activities and potential expansion throughout the State and region. Through the effort of the Arkansas TA Specialists and the HSSCO, all Early Head Start programs, as well as Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs, should be involved in the ECHO project within the next year.

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Arkansas was accepted as state team for Special Quest training held in August in North Carolina. The HSSCO Director served as team coordinator; other members include the Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education, Partners of Inclusive Communities, Child Care Resource & Referral, and a parent of a young child with a disability. The HSSCO Director served as a member of Arkansas Coalition for Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (ACED); State Summit on Early Intervention and Education held in September.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

The HSSCO Director served on the conference planning committee for state homeless conference, "Children, The Forgotten Homeless" held in Little Rock in October. The HSSCO assisted with a children's art and poetry contest on "What a Home Means to Me," with recognition of children's art and poetry displayed at a reception prior to the conference at a local art gallery. The HSSCO Director serves on Arkansas Homeless Coalition and Arkansas Homeless Policy Academy. Volunteered at Thanksgiving Outreach Dinner held in November; assisted with children's activities and distribution of backpacks to children. Participation in Holiday Caravan in December; distributed gifts, clothing, blankets, and food to children, families, and individuals who were homeless.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes and decisions.

The HSSCO Director and the Arkansas HSA President met and shared information with the Governor's staff in the area of state pre-kindergarten and Head Start collaborative efforts, Head Start reauthorization updates, and other items pertinent to services for low-income children and families. In coordination with Arkansas Coalition for Economic Security, a Beans & Cornbread Reception for Arkansas legislators was held in March to share information about agencies working with low-income families and children. Numerous state legislators and constitutional officers attended, including the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The HSSCO Director serves on the Arkansas Kids Count Steering Committee. Various activities included Arkansas Kids Count Day at the Capitol in March, Post-Legislative Conference held in May, and planning retreat in November to set public policy priorities for the next two years. The HSSCO Director was an invited participant in Leadership Workshop on EPSDT: Advancing a Collaborative Action Agenda to Improve Child Health held in November. The workshop was hosted by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services, and the Arkansas Department of Health, Family Health Branch. The Maternal & Child Health Bureau, HRSA, DHHS, was a co-sponsor of this event. The purpose of the workshop was to provide key child health leaders, including senior state officials, pediatric providers, families, and advocates, as opportunity to discuss important topics relating to child health. The structured and facilitated discussions gave participants an opportunity to advance potential strategies for improving child health services in Arkansas, as well as opportunities for collaboration.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO Director served as member of Arkansas Coalition for Children of Incarcerated Parents. Linkages made with local Head Start programs to support families and children of incarcerated parents. The HSSCO Director selected to participate on Advisory Committee for Evaluation, which is looking at pro-

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grams in Arkansas that are addressing childhood obesity. Developed on-line survey tool to gather information on the types of groups and what they are doing to address the issues of childhood obesity. Shared information on I Am Moving, I Am Learning and Arkansas Head Start programs that are implementing this initiative. Selected as board member for the Arkansas State Parent Information and Resource Center, a collaborative project of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children's Hospital, and the Jones Center for Families.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The HSSCO Director serves on the Advisory Committee for Welcome the Children, a project funded by the Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education and administered by Partners for Inclusive Communities. Using research-based training materials, the primary goal is to provide T/TA to help early childhood providers, including Head Start, understand various cultural issues and enhance techniques for supporting Hispanic children and families. The HSSCO co-sponsored Welcome the Children "Celebrating Cultural Harmony" second annual training conference held in May. The focus of the training was to enhance understanding of cultural issues, teach strategies to support Hispanic children, and make appropriate referrals of children who exhibit possible developmental delays.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The HSSCO is pleased with progress achieved in 2007. Work continues in addressing the challenges and opportunities of local collaboration between Head Start and Arkansas Better Chance for School Success. Due to rich collaborative partnerships at the state level, tremendous positive interaction occurs routinely. Flexibility affords the HSSCO the strength to enhance linkages and integration of policies and services, although it is a struggle to continue the current work, as well as new directions defined by the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, with flat funding.

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California

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

California's subsidized early education system serves hundreds of thousands of preschool-aged children through state and Federally-funded institutions. Through annual contracts to school districts, county offices of education, proprietary and nonprofit organizations, county welfare departments, colleges and universities, and cities, the California Department of Education (CDE) administers 2,000 contracts to more than 800 agencies serving more than 161,000 children aged birth to five. California's Head Start system, the nation's largest, serves over 104,000 children and their families through a system of over 200 grantee and delegate agencies. More than half of California's Head Start grantees and delegate agencies are also CDE early care and education program contractors. Even given the enormous number of California's children and families in subsidized early education programs, less than half of the State's eligible low-income children are currently being served. The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) has developed strong partnerships with the Region IX Office staff and Technical Assistance Network, the California Head Start Association (CHSA), and the State Departments of Education, Health Services, Social Services and Developmental Services, First 5 California, and others to assist in collaborative efforts. Over the last year, the HSSCO has done the following to support full-day, full-year partnerships between Head Start and state pre-kindergarten programs:

Collaboration Director

nancy Remley California Department of education 1430 north Street Suite 3410 Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: 916-446-7349 fax: 916-323-6853 [email protected]

Lead Agency

Michael Zito California Department of education Address same as above Phone: 916-323-9727 fax: 916-323-6853 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Kristen Hayes ACf Region IX 90 7th Street 9th floor San francisco, CA 94103 Phone: 415-437-8440 fax: 415-437-8336 [email protected]º

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Worked with the California Department of Education to revise regulations which will closely align state preschool child selection criteria with Head Start. A waiver process for state selection criteria is also being used. Worked with the CHSA, CDE, and Region IX Office fiscal, program, and TA staff on a matrix of relevant state and Federal fiscal reporting requirements for partnerships. Worked with the developers of the Desired Results Developmental Profile Access (the State assessment tool for preschool-aged children with disabilities) to ensure alignment with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework. The HSSCO has also worked closely during the past year with the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grantee at the California Department of Public Health. The HSSCO is on the ECCS steering committee and is currently sharing best practice information in early childhood screening with Head Start programs as part of this partnership.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Improve access to health care services. Currently planning three statewide child safety trainings for grantees with CCL, Regional Office, and the CHSA. Facilitated development of a California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Child Health and Disability Program/Head Start MOU, including statewide training for Head Start staff and partner agencies. Working with the CDPH ECCS project on identification of best practices in developmental/mental health screening.

Oral Health

The HSSCO is a member of the National Head Start Oral Health Work Group and has assisted in planning for nationwide oral health initiatives. A listing of local oral health partnerships in the State can be found at the end of this report.

Welfare

No activities reported.

Child Care

Improve accessibility and availability of quality child care. Development of a Federal/state programs fiscal matrix to assist grantees braiding various funding streams.

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Region IX/First 5/CDE fiscal guidance to counties with "Power of Preschool" Universal Pre-k activities. Initiated changes to child enrollment priorities for state pre-k full-day partnerships with Head Start. Waiver process for general child care contractors Regulations package for state preschool contractors Facilitating a Community Care Licensing (CCL) ­ Head Start work group, comprised of Head Start directors, CCL staff, and CHSA. Developed "Head Start 101" training for licensing analysts. Currently identifying grantee licensing issues and barriers via a program survey. Advocating for licensing/regional office waivers for homeless, other populations.

Education

Expand and improve education opportunities in early childhood programs Published Bridges Journal higher education issue (Summer 2007). Coordinating technical assistance to Head Start and state preschool program teaching staff as member of the California Department of Education's Preschool Instructional Network advisory committee. Collaboration with First 5 and CDE on an upcoming statewide workforce development project.

Community Services

No activities reported.

Family Literacy Services

No activities reported.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Improve opportunities for children with disabilities. Facilitating "Head Start Inclusion Project" with Regional Office Developmental Disabilities TA Specialist, CDE Special Education Division representatives, and grantees. This group is planning several statewide roundtable events for grantees and special education partners. Facilitating Desired Results Developmental Profile Access (California's assessment tool for children with disabilities) crosswalk with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework.

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Services to Homeless Children and Families

Improve services to homeless children. Via CCL ­ Head Start work group: discussing licensing issues around homeless children: Possible development of one license for birth-to-5-year-old children to better serve homeless population. Possible Federal/state waivers (i.e. allow programs to serve over 20 children if one or more are homeless). Work with CHSA to identify model homeless programs in the State.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The activities listed above provide ample evidence of Head Start involvement in planning with the California Department of Education, Child Development and Special Education divisions, the Department of Developmental Services, Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division, Department of Public Health Services, as well as other important state partners such as First 5 California. While many of these collaborative activities were initiated by the HSSCO, the CHSA was an important catalyst in others.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The CHSA and the HSSCO are both on the State Advisory Committee for the California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN), which is funded by the CDE to impart best-practice information and resources to the field. CPIN regionally based staff include English language lead staff located across the State. These staff train Head Start, as well as state pre-kindergarten providers in ELL best practices and have had a special focus this year on the newly released California Preschool Learning Foundations, which have a section on English-language development foundations specifically designed for children entering preschool with a home language other than English.

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Colorado

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Upon taking office in January 2007, Gov. Ritter asked Lt. Gov. O'Brien to assume leadership for early childhood issues. Her commitment to Head Start and early childhood education is evidenced by the strategic decision to bring together ­ in the Lieutenant Governor's Office ­ a number of key early childhood staff positions including the Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) Director; the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant manager; the creation of a new position, the Early Childhood/P-3 Policy Director; and the Early Childhood Councils Advisory Team Coordinator. The hiring of these positions was completed in October 2007, with the HSSCO position filled in July 2007. At the end of the legislative session in May 2007, legislation was enacted that expanded the number of local early childhood councils to 31, representing 56 of the State's 64 counties. The work of the councils is focused on creating a local comprehensive early childhood system that includes quality care and education, family support, health, and mental health programs. Head Start grantees are encouraged to participate in these councils to collaborate on problem-solving issues relating to children and families as they arise. (Work plan:1,c,2) From July through December 2007, the HSSCO work focused on building early childhood systems through the following activities: Participated in Lt. Governor early childhood forums in seven communities around the State. Met with local Head Start leaders to determine successes and challenges. (Work plan: 1, D, 5)

Collaboration Director

Darcy Allen-Young Office of the lt. Governor 130 State Capitol Denver, CO 80203 Phone: 303-866-3390 fax: 303-866-2525 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Bruce n. Atchison Phone: 303-866-2526 fax: 303-866-5469 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Debbie Hedin ACf Region VIII 1961 Stout Street federal Building 9th floor Denver, CO 80294-3538 Phone: 303-844-3100 [email protected]

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Convened a Head Start Policy Forum in conjunction with the Colorado Head Start Association (HSA) in November during the Region VIII Head Start Governance meeting. (Work plan: 1k, c,3) Participants identified the following issues: Challenges associated with braided funding. Challenges associated with different state and Federal licensing regulations. Struggles of dealing with children with challenging behaviors. Need for more full-day care for families. Strategies to address issues included: Convening meetings with the Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Child Care, to determine which licensing standards need to be changed to support Head Start grantees. Participating as a member of the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) State Leadership Team promoting training and implementation of the Teaching Pyramid model. Disseminating information to Head Start grantees regarding use of state-funded preschool slots to increase the number of available fullday options for families. (Work plan: 1, c, 1) Participated in various meetings with the State ECCS team to lay a foundation for developing a Theory of Change associated with state-level work across the four domains: early learning, family support and parent education, social, emotional, and mental health, and health. (Work plan: 1,c,1) The HSSCO, as a member of the Lt. Governor's Early Childhood Team, is supporting Head Start/child care/ pre-kindergarten collaborations in various capacities. Developed a comparison of Head Start Program Performance Standards and the standards for the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP), state-funded preschool. Posted these on the HSA Web site. (Work plan: 1, b, 3) The P-3 subcommittee of the Governor's P-20 Commission proposed the following initiatives in 2007 (which were subsequently passed into law in May 2008): Expand the CPP program for 2008-09 by 6,254 slots. Expand full-day kindergarten slots by allocating $30 million. Align preschool to post-secondary educational standards and creating a definition of school readiness. Participation on various subcommittees to address recommended changes to the childcare licensing standards regarding teacher qualifications and background check. (Work plan: 1, b, 2)

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Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Goal: Head Start and all low-income families will have access to high quality services and programs for their children in the area of Health Care, which includes insurance, medical homes, mental health, and oral health. Serve as a member of the CSEFEL State Partnership Team. Goal: To provide professional development to staff in local programs regarding the Teaching Pyramid to support work with children with challenging behavior. Work with state department partners to create a sustainability model for this initiative. Planned advanced coach training May 2008; facilitated roundtable with Linda Broyles from SEK-CAP Head Start (in Kansas) regarding program-wide implementation. Participated in mental health strand/focus group at the Region VIII conference, October 2007, as an initial step in creating regional mental health technical assistance. Participated in several Region VIII mental health conference calls to disseminate information regarding Colorado's mental health initiatives. Attended Blue Ribbon Policy Council meetings (12/07 ­ 5/08) assisting in the development of a statewide mental health strategic plan. Attended Cavity Free at Three training at the invitation of the Regional Office.

Oral Health

State-level State Oral Health Coalition

Contact: tracy Anselmo, RDH, BS Registered Dental Hygienist Chair of Oral Health Awareness Colorado! Oral Health Coalition Colorado Department of Public Health and environment Phone: 303- 692-2569 fax: 303-782-5576 [email protected] http://www.beasmartmouth.com/ Head Start Activities Page under construction for http://www.beasmartmouth.com/programresources.php Additional oral health coalition postings at: http://www.smartstartcolorado.org/family/health_safety.html

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Local-level There are too many local oral health partnerships to list. Nearly every one of the 40 Colorado Head Start programs has dental partnerships in one form or another. Additionally, the Denver Head Start Programs Oral Health Council meets quarterly, and is led jointly by Rocky Mountain SER (RMSER) and City and County of Denver grantees. Additional Information Region VIII Head Start Oral Health Project Task Force/Work Group Early Childhood MCH State Systems Team includes oral health

Welfare

Goal: Head Start and all low-income families will be appropriately supported as they move toward selfsufficiency.

Child Care

Goal: Head Start and all low-income families will have access to high-quality child care services and programs for their children. EC summit co-chair. The Summit is a coalition of statewide leaders in early care and education who work to improve services and systems in ECE through discussion issues providing information and collaboration on policy issues. Assisted in revising the Guiding Principles to improve group advocacy efforts. Development of a 2008-09 Strategic Plan. Presentation to Colorado Child Care Conference, 10/25/07. Child Care Licensing Standards work group.

Education

Goal: Head Start and all low-income families will have access to high-quality services and programs for their children in the area of education. Head Start site visits: RMSER Western Slope Craig, City of Lakewood, RMSER Pueblo, Durango TriCounty, Adams County, Boulder, Salida, Fremont County, Creative Options Denver. Sent all grantees the articulation agreement between community colleges and Colorado State University, which outlines required course content for early childhood associate's degree leading to a Bachelor's degree.

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Community Services

Goal: Head Start and all low-income families will have sufficient and meaningful volunteer opportunities in their communities. Collaborate with the Governor's Commission on Community Service to connect Head Start families with two annual statewide volunteer projects: Colorado Cares Day, July 2007, and Martin Luther King Day of Service, January 2008.

Family Literacy Services

Goal: Head Start and all low-income families will have access to high-quality family literacy programs and activities as they move toward self-sufficiency. Attended National Center for Family Literacy training September 2007, CHSA meeting. Investigating the use of the Johnson and Johnson Family Healthcare Literacy initiative to promote families' role in their children's health care and reduce the impact of Medicaid.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Goal: Head Start and all low-income families will have access to high-quality services for their children with disabilities. Colorado Part C agency, Early Childhood Connections (ECC)/Lt. Governor EC Team collaborative meeting 9/24/07. Supported the ECC in gathering EHS-ECC MOUs. Coordinated submission of Special Quest State Leadership application 1/15/07 which was subsequently awarded to Colorado as one of 10 states. Co-facilitate 17 member Special Quest State Leadership Team focusing on professional development to promote the inclusion of children with special needs.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Goal: Head Start and all low-income families should have access to affordable and adequate housing. Distributed OHS PowerPoint on homelessness to local grantees.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO Director attended CHSA meetings regularly to provide updates from the Office of the Lt. Governor regarding policy development and state legislation. Additionally, this participation affords the HSSCO Director the opportunity to hear about successes, challenges, and questions from local grantees, which contributed to the scope of the HSSCO's work. The Director also contributed to the CHSA bimonthly newsletter, keeping programs abreast of state policy developments.

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The CHSA has a seat on the Early Childhood Summit, which is a coalition of statewide leaders in early care and education which works to improve services and systems in early care and education through discussing issues, providing information and collaborating on policy issues. As such, they provide the Head Start voice as they join other organizations in giving input to legislators on issues impacting low-income children and families.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

No activities reported.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Many of the activities described are tied to the work plan for the current year and are noted in parentheses in this report.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Goal Low-income children will receive quality early care and education in a variety of settings linked with comprehensive services through a statewide multidisciplinary system of consultation and on-site technical assistance that supports the unique needs of each child, that ensures access to the multiple disciplines required to insure healthy development and inclusion: education/ special education, physical/oral/mental health, nutrition, social services/family support/family engagement, that reflects the lessons learned from Head Start, and that includes all Head Start component coordinators. Accomplishments Through a collaboration with the CT Nurses' Association, Healthy Child Care New England, and ZERO TO THREE, developed and piloted three training modules related to infant and toddler development and learning to complement the UNC National Training Institute's Child Care Consultant Training, thus promoting comprehensive services and supports to infants and toddlers in early care settings. More than 40 child care consultants, Early Head Start managers/coordinators, and program directors participated in the 5-day training. Participants included seven interdisciplinary teams who received program improvement stipends to implement activities resulting from training participation. This year, Head Start and CT's Child Welfare Agency, Department of Children and Families (DCF), embarked on a long-term statewide partnership based on a model developed,

Collaboration Director

Grace Whitney Ct Department of Social Services 25 Sigourney Street Hartford, Ct 06106 Phone: 860-424-5066 fax: 860-424-4960 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Michael Starkowski Commissioner Phone: 860-424-5008 fax: 860-424-4960 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

tom Killmurray ACf Region I JfK federal Building Room 2000 Government Center Boston, MA 02203 Phone: 617-565-1104 fax: 617-565-2493 [email protected]

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piloted, and evaluated from 1999 to 2001 in the northwest region of the State. It is aimed at better alignment of Head Start and DCF resources. The initiative is based on the research of John W. Fantuzzo, Ph.D., at the University of Pennsylvania. Utilizing the administrative supports of the HSSCO, Office of Head Start, and DCF, statewide quarterly meetings are held for shared learning, structured team building, and collaborative policy development. Local community meetings occur monthly, some utilizing state level support. Data collection includes monitoring of cross-training events, partnership meetings, referrals to Head Start and Early Head Start and joint treatment planning. The goals of the initiative include creating systematic access to comprehensive early care and education for children in the child welfare system, enhancing stability and supports for young children and families, and preventing family disruptions and foster care placements. Seven communities are being targeted with one community serving as a pilot for specific innovations.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Goal: All children in early childhood programs have access to the full range of health services and are cared for in healthy and safe early care settings that are connected with and supported by community health professionals. Accomplishments Local focus groups on prenatal oral health funded by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) completed and will be highlighted in an upcoming publication: Head Start in CT Program Profile 2007-08. Worked with the Department of Social Services to achieve 100 percent Head Start participation as Qualified Entities to determine Presumptive Eligibility for SCHIP (HUSKY). Convened a meeting with the Department of Social Services and Head Start to explore feasibility of Medicaid reimbursement for health services in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Promoted comprehensive health supports for all children in early care settings have continued through a collaboration with the CT Nurses' Association for the annual consultant training, engagement of Head Start Health Managers as training participants, and funding to create a side-by-side comparison of healthrelated standards and requirements in the various early care and education programs. Participated on the Early Childhood Education Cabinet's Health Systems and Interdisciplinary Consultation work groups, CT's mental health systems transformation grant children's mental health work group, the Department of Public Health's "Home by One" oral health advisory group. Continued to support the adoption of recommended changes to state child care regulations to further align state regulations with the best practices contained in Caring for Our Children, National Standards for Health and Safety in Early Care Settings. Supported the work of neighboring and partner state, Massachusetts, by providing keynote addresses at its January and October roundtables on health in early care settings. Additionally, promoted the shared goal of the New England states working together to ensure the continued implementation of the Healthy Child Care America campaign in the six New England states.

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Oral Health

State-level Department of Public Health grant project entitled "Home By One" which aims to ensure a dental home and a healthy smile for all children by their first birthday.

Contact: [email protected]

Connecticut Oral Health Initiative, an advocacy and policy organization promoting better and more comprehensive oral heath resources and practices in the State.

Contact: www.ctoralhealth.org

Local-level New Haven Oral Health Initiative

Contact: [email protected]

Opportunity Knocks' Miles of Smiles Initiative in Middletown Enfield Public Schools Head Start collaboration with the Community Health Center

Contact: [email protected]

Easter Seals Head Start collaboration with the Community Health Center in Meriden

Contact: [email protected]

TVCCA Head Start in Norwich--Smiles Across Southeastern Connecticut in New London County

Contact: [email protected]

HRA Head Start in New Britain--Start Smiling Collaborative/Community Health Center; and recipient of a Delta Dental grant

Contact: [email protected]

Additional Information Advisory Committee for the grant "Home By One."

Welfare

Goal: Head Start parents who experience barriers to stable employment will be able to receive services and supports in Head Start that lead to successful employment through partnerships with the Departments of Social Services and Labor. Accomplishments Continued to obtain and share state TANF data with grantees for local community assessments.

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Worked with several grantees and the Department of Social Services to distribute recruitment fliers through the Department's direct mailings to TANF recipients.

Child Care

Goal: All Head Start children needing full-day, full-year child care will have access to a child care option that meets their needs for quality and consistency. Low-income children will be more likely to receive quality child care linked to comprehensive services. Accomplishments Collaborated with State Child Care Administrator to build capacity for quality infant toddler care through development and piloting of the infant toddler train modules and by providing program improvement and training stipends to seven interdisciplinary consultant teams -- five from state-funded child care centers. Supported the CT Head Start Association in convening the Early Care and Education Providers' Summit on October 23 to bring together directors of Head Start, child care, and pre-k programs to hear from Federal and state leaders and to strengthen local partnerships.

Education

Goal: Head Start and School Readiness (state pre-kindergarten) work collaboratively at both the state and local levels to provide quality early care and education programs, linked with the full array of comprehensive services that meet the range of needs of low-income children, reimbursed at a rate sufficient to cover the cost of providing quality care. Accomplishments Continued to regularly attend, as an observer, the meetings of the State Department of Education Head Start Advisory Council and the CT Early Childhood Education Cabinet to provide policy analysis and information as needed. See last bullet under "Child Care."

Community Services

Goal: National and community services activities reflect collaboration with early care and education, including Head Start. Accomplishments Continued to support the CT Head Start Association in their Memorandum of Understanding with the CT Association of Community Action Agencies (CAFCA). Continued to support the full integration of Head Start into the Department of Social Services' network of Human Service Infrastructure (HSI) one-front-door system of social services access, which is implemented through local Community Action Agencies.

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Family Literacy Services

Goal: Children and families will have a range of resources available to them for the development of literacy skills and attainment of early childhood education. Accomplishments No specific activities in this priority area though some preliminary discussion of hosting a statewide family literacy conference in the future.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Goal: A statewide multidisciplinary system of consultation and on-site technical assistance is available to early care and education programs that supports the unique needs of each child. The system will ensure access to the multiple disciplines required to insure healthy development and inclusion: education/special education, physical/oral/mental health, social services/family support/ family engagement, that reflects the lessons learned from Head Start, and that includes all Head Start component coordinators. Accomplishments Worked with the New England collaborative and ZERO TO THREE to strengthen the education consultation track of the annual consultant training with three new modules focused on infant toddler development and learning and then piloted the first implementation. The modules highlight early identification and referral Part C referrals and the needs of infants and toddlers receiving Part C services and supports. Continued to serve on Early Childhood Education Cabinet work group on interdisciplinary consultation and health supports to early care settings. Began a statewide initiative to systemically connect child welfare services through the Department of Children and Families with Head Start and Early Head Start to ensure that children receiving child welfare services or those at risk will be enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. In addition to those services, families will receive the family supports Head Start can provide, including foster parents and grandparents. Working more closely with the child welfare agency has resulted in better alignment of early childhood mental health services with the needs of Head Start children and families and better early identification and engagement of children with special needs. Worked with partners to build capacity in early childhood mental health through participation on work groups of the CT Association for Infant Mental Health and Building Blocks, a SAMHSA-funded project aimed at building work force capacity, and provided scholarships for a statewide Infant Toddler DECA training.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Goal: Young children who are homeless have access to health, early care and education, and any special services they may need. Accomplishments Continued competitive small grant project for Head Start and Early Head Start grantees to enhance Head Start access for children in shelters. Three grantees received grants totaling $14,000 in HSSCO funds. Projects resulted in increased enrollment and provided models for state policy consideration.

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In partnership with McKinney-Vento State Liaison, State Child Care Administrator, and Office of School Nutrition/Child and Adult Care Food Program, a presentation on the results of a collaborative survey project completed in Year 1 was developed to better understand young children in shelters and their families. Shared results at the 2nd National Conference on Young Children Without Homes in April 2007 and at CT Children in Shelters Workshop in June 2007. In partnership with the Department of Social Services, contracted with CT Coalition to End Homelessness for a staff position to coordinate activities related to homeless children and convene trainings and forums with shelter staff, Head Start, McKinney-Vento Liaisons, and others. The HSSCO contributed $15,000. Provided stipends for Head Start managers to attend and present their work at the 2nd National Conference on Children Without Homes in Newton, MA, in April 2007. Continued to collaborate with national colleagues in homeless education and Congressional aides on issues and policies impacting young children. Invited to serve on the Steering Committee for the April 2008 Young Children Without Homes National Conference sponsored by Horizons for Homeless Children in Boston, MA. Continued to work on state work group to increase supports for children without homes ­ this year the state legislature allocated $500,000 in each of the next two state fiscal years for pilot projects.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Goals: Head Start and Early Head Start are seen as valuable partners in state policy. Head Start and Early Head Start are seen as valuable partners in state policy making and in planning efforts at the state and community levels, and are effective advocates for the needs of low-income children and their families. Head Start, as a system of services in the State, provides high-quality effective services and serves as a model comprehensive child development program for children birth to five, pregnant women, and their families in Connecticut. Accomplishments Connected Head Start with state and local planning efforts by e-mailing event announcements; sharing information on initiatives and activities at CT Head Start Association meetings; nominating Head Start staff for work group participation; and providing contract information for Head Start (e.g., mental health transformation grant town hall meeting, care coordination work group, local oral health coalitions, statewide nutrition training, Parenting Education Credential and CT Parents Plus, DPH child care regulations hearings, Early Childhood Education Cabinet local forums, Help Me Grow networking meetings, etc.). Attended Early Childhood Education Cabinet meetings and provided support to the HSA representative serving on the Cabinet (e.g., data sharing, policy analysis, assistance with development of Results Based Accountability report to the legislature); and continued to attend the State Department of Education's Head Start Advisory meetings, providing information as requested. Continued to attend monthly meetings of the HSA to report on HSSCO activities and to participate in planning meetings as needed. Provide materials to HSA members and leadership as needs arise, and share state policy information as it becomes available to the HSSCO.

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Shared information on E-Rate with grantees and coordinated a workshop in July 2007 for grantees given by Human Resources Agency, the Head Start grantee in New Britain, on its success with E-Rate and how to access E-Rate. Coordinated and funded the CT Early Care and Education Providers' Summit on October 23, 2007, to promote Head Start leadership and partnership at the state and local levels and to complete the objectives of the Head Start/pre-kindergartnen partnership supplemental grant. Supported Early Head Start programs to begin meeting quarterly for cross-program sharing and support and to strengthen community relationships. Community partners attend for updates and joint planning. Continue to make copies of the Head Start in CT Program Profile and the Side-By-Side of State Early Care and Education Regulations and Requirements available to share with policy makers, including copies to each member of the Education and Human Services Committees of the State Legislature. Working with HSA to publish Head Start in CT Program Profile 2007-08 to provide information about Head Start and to showcase model initiatives. Working with HSA to establish an active Web site for Head Start in CT. Continued to share information on Head Start and Early Head Start as requested, including mailing labels, PIR data, etc. Attended New England Head Start Association events and continued to serve on the New England Board as representative for HSSCOs in the New England states.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Helping to build statewide early care and education professional development system Goal: Head Start works with state partners to build a professional development system capable of providing a quality work force for early care and education programs in the state. Accomplishments Participated on the state's team at the NAEYC Professional Development Conference pre-conference session on state systems development in Pittsburgh in June. Participated in several meetings hosted by the state early care and education professional development system, CT Charts-A-Course, in development of work force centralized registry specifically regarding the inclusion of the Head Start/Early Head Start work force and early care and education consultants and Head Start managers in its central database. Participated on Early Childhood Education Cabinet's work group on work force development. Worked with Healthy Child Care New England and ZERO TO THREE to create a track in the annual consultant training for early care education consultants and Early Head Start Education Managers focused on infant toddler development and learning and piloted the first implementation

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Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The HSSCO continued to support the State's early childhood professional development system, CT Charts-A-Course, in its implementation of a five-year Head Start professional development grant that aims to provide concurrent ELL and early childhood education to Hispanic staff in Early Head Start programs. This would increase employment opportunities for parents and community residents and increase the capacity for staffing classrooms with providers of children's own language and culture. Worked closely with Head Start grantees to collect and report data on the number of Hispanic families being served by Head Start and the professional development needs of staff in Head Start programs for use by the State Legislature's Higher Education Task Force in its development of a state plan for the Governor's Early Childhood Education Cabinet. Funded printing of a Spanish version of a child development text for distribution in Early Head Start programs in the State.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The current work plan for the HSSCO, for the period 2/1/06 through 1/31/11, is formatted to address the items listed above. The work plan includes goal statements, objectives, activities, and anticipated outcomes in each of the eight priority areas and in each of the additional HSSCO focus areas, e.g., collaboration with Regional Office on national and regional priorities, facilitating the involvement of Head Start in the development of state policies, plans, processes and decisions, and helping to build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. The work plan was developed in collaboration with the HSA and key community partners using results obtained from an evaluation of the HSSCO in 2005. Progress is reported annually in the HSSCO grant continuation application and notations are made that document any changes needing to be made to the five-year plan. A selection of HSSCO activities aimed at attaining the goals and objectives in the five-year plan are shared with the Region I Office at least quarterly and are presented annually in the HSSCO Annual State Profile Report. At this time no major changes have been made to the plan.

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Delaware

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives. Mental Health

Priority Area: Health This initiative began in 2003 when Delaware was chosen by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) to serve as one of six pilot programs across the nation. The charge of this program was to promote social competence to prevent behavior problems in early care and education settings. During the pilot stage, the initiative was led by the Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) with guidance from a state advisory team. Over 32 early care and education centers participated in professional development activities and a formal assessment process. As the project was ending, technical assistance was being added. Current Status In 2006, Nemours Health and Prevention Services (NHPS) agreed to continue supporting the program since mental health had been identified as a critical-need area during its assessment and planning processes. NHPS adopted the PIE advisory group for continuity. Current full-model support is limited to three pilot sites, with professional development and assessment continuing for the remainder of the original sites. In 2007, the HSSCO introduced PIE to schools participating in Positive Behavior Support (PBS). To date, seven schools are extending PIE to preschool populations as part of their PBS project.

Lead Agency Contact

Martha toomey Phone: 302-735-4210 fax: 302-730-2388 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

ed Vreeswyk ACf Region III 150 South Independence Mall Suite 864 Philadelphia, PA 19106 Phone: 215-862-4040 fax: 215-861-4070 [email protected]

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Partners NHPS, DDOE, Devereux, CSEFEL, State Core PIE team, ECCS Steering Committee Comprehensive Professional Development System Planning Priority Area: Education Opportunities Professional Development The creation of a cross-sector integrated professional development system focused on developing and expanding the range of knowledge, skills, and abilities of adults working with young children in order to increase their effectiveness in facilitating children's learning and development. The system seeks to provide skill development for Head Start service area managers and non-education staff. Current Status In 2006, Head Start, ECAP programs, and state partners participated in a forum sponsored by the HSSCO and Delaware First...Again (DE First), which is the state's professional development system for child care, to consider an integrated professional-development system. As a result, the community supported the overall concept, and work began on creating competencies for non-teaching staff. The official planning process to build a cross-sector comprehensive professional-development system began in Fall 2007 and was conducted under the leadership of DE First and the Office of Early Care and Education (OECE). The planning team was a subcommittee of the Delaware P-20 Council, established in 2003 by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner's Executive Order 47 and placed in statute in 2005. The Council is an inclusive organization designed to align Delaware's education efforts across all grade levels. Its main goal is to establish a logical progression of learning from early childhood to post-secondary education while reducing the need for remediation. The planning process included state agencies and their contractors. The HSSCO Director and ECAP Director served on the team. Recommendations were reviewed on March 31, 2008, and will move forward to the DDOE Cabinet. The current system design is focused primarily on education and meeting minimum licensing requirements. The leadership component and connections to learning component of the k-12 system has not been addressed at this time. Partners DE First, DDOE and Connection to Learning Team, Head Start/ECAP grantees, Nemours, Delaware State University

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Oral Health

Priority Area: Health Creating the Infrastructure to Move the Oral Heath Agenda Delaware's Oral Health Steering Committee was developed in 2006 and became the Delaware Oral Health Coalition (DOHC). This group will become a nonprofit entity whose mission is to build systems that improve oral health and support a coordinated approach, including service delivery of oral-health services in the community for Head Start and low-income young families. System development includes establishing a formal mechanism for addressing community-wide issues outlined in a state plan, inclusive of key recommendations from the Head Start Oral Health Forum hosted by the HSSCO in 2005. Preliminary focus includes mobile dentistry (due to a shortage of dentists in Sussex County) and developing oral health education programs for schools and preschools. In 2007, the Head Start community expressed an interest in exploring the creation of a universal dental form. Current Status The coalition has been formed into a board. The board includes a position for one member of Head Start, which is currently vacant due to staff attrition. An awareness committee is working with DDOE to develop curricula for k-12. The preschool curriculum has been delayed due to loss of a Head Start preschool representative, temporary absence of the HSSCO Director, and loss of public health staff. A recommendation has been made to create a work group to include more early childhood representatives to complete the development of curricula. The Department of Public Health (DPH) has received partial funding for a mobile unit. Partners DPH, MCH, Delaware Chapter of American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP), Head Start/ECAP, DDOE

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

A coalition was formed that brought together representatives from Medicaid, APP, Medical Society of Delaware (MSD), DPH, State Head Start Association members, and Head Start Health Coordinators. The goal was to disseminate a policy statement to the medical community in regard to billing parents for the process of completing the physical form; creating public awareness to support the usage and completion of the universal form; and creating an ongoing process to maintain the universal nature of an accepted physical form. Activities for this initiative included coordinating a roundtable discussion to address the issue of parents billed to complete an incomplete physical form; support the revision of the universal physical form within the Head Start community; and serve as stakeholders for activities to infuse developmental/behavioral health screenings in medical practices. Current Status The HSSCO worked with Head Start representatives to conduct a brief survey of programs to determine the prevalence of the problem with parent billing. It was concluded this procedure was prevalent throughout and was therefore, a system issue. A meeting was arranged between a Medicaid official and a DHSA representa-

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tive to discuss the issue as it relates to Medicaid contractors. The meeting resulted in an agreement that Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) results should be completed if the physical form required it with no further cost to parents. A second recommendation was to consider granting Head Start programs access to a database similar to school access. The universal physical form is being addressed by a DPH physician. Partners DPH, MSD, AAP, DHSA, Health Advisory Committee

Oral Health

In addition to the state-level oral health activities listed above, below are contact information for additional oral health activities:

Contact: Dr. Greg McClure Dental Director Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health Blue Hen Corporate Center Dover, De 19901 Phone: 302-741-2960 Gina Perez Advances in Management, Inc. Phone: 302-645-1490 [email protected]

Welfare

The provision of full-working day, full-calendar year services is a major requirement for attracting categorically eligible program participants from the Delaware's TANF program. Current Status Outreach efforts were conducted in 2006 and 2007 to TANF families. Partnering with the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), all TANF recipients were notified of potential opportunities to participate in Head Start. Many parents inquired about services as a result of the outreach efforts but continued to state that the lack of full-working day services is a barrier. Based on the 2006 Program Information Report (PIR), 13.5 percent of Head Start families receive TANF. Partners DHSS, Head Start/ECAP

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Child Care

No activities reported.

Education

Delaware State University (DSU) created the Head Start Scholars Project (HSSP). This project is aimed at increasing the opportunities for teachers to meet Head Start teaching requirements and provided scholarships for Head Start staff to participate in higher education opportunities at the Associate's degree (AA) and Bachelor's degree (BA) level. DSU will be closing out Phase II of the HSSP this summer. Twenty-four participants from three grantees have benefited from Phase II of the project, with six teachers receiving AAs. The HSSCO and all Head Start grantees serve on the Head Start Scholars Advisory Committee. Partners HSSCO, HS/ECAP grantees, DSU, DDOE

Community Services

Building partnerships and serve as an advocate, liaison, and advisor to local agencies and corporations and facilitate the implementation of the Community Service Agreement. Current Status The state-level Community Action/DHSA agreement was completed and signed in 2006. Telamon-Sussex volunteered to be the first program to enter into a local agreement. The HSSCO facilitated the work plan and provided support for implementation. June 2008 will mark the end of the first year of implementation at one site, with expansion to other sites after June. Partners FSCAA and contractors, DHSA, PNC Foundation, PNC-Delaware

Literacy Services

No activities reported.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Coordination, support, and promotion of linkages between Head Start programs, ECAP, child care partners, and local school districts have taken place along with the development of policies to meet the needs of children with disabilities. Program initiatives are inclusive of aligning program standards with the reauthorization changes of IDEA, reviewing and updating the state-level intergovernmental agreements, monitoring of early screening assessment, and supporting the work plans of the Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC). Current Status Delaware was selected to participate in the national initiative Expanding Opportunities, focused on promoting inclusion. The HSSCO served on the state team in North Carolina. This team was charged to return home to

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promote best practices related to inclusion. An in-state team was organized and focused on awareness, professional development, and updating the Head Start interagency agreement. Head Start is a member of the team. The HSSCO leads the interagency effort with technical support from the disabilities specialist of International Consulting Firm (ICF). A one-day session was held for work groups in each of the above-mentioned areas. The interagency work group made recommendations for updating the agreement. Though a subgroup charged with crafting the agreement was formed, there were delays in completing the update due to anticipated changes in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 that would impact language. It is anticipated that Draft I will be available in Fall 2008 for the Expanding Opportunities Team to review.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Enhance policies to meet the needs of homeless children as required by the McKinney-Vento Act. McKinney-Vento is legislation that protects the rights of homeless children in the education system and has been written into the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. It is now a requirement of Head Start to abide by the provisions of this Act by providing services to homeless preschool children and their families. Current Status All Head Start /ECAP grantees were extended invitations to participate in quarterly meetings with shelter and school district liaisons to the homeless. The HSSCO hosted a policy session on the McKinney-Vento Act for Head Start grantees to educate and prepare them for the Act's requirements under the new reauthorization. Partners DDOE, National Center on the Education of the Homeless, Head Start /ECAP grantees, HSSCO

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes and decisions.

Head Start was represented in the following state plans and processes throughout the year:

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System Building Activity

Delaware early Care and education Council Wilmington early Care and education Council Coordinated Professional Development System eCCS Community Action Planning Activities *Oral Health Coalition StARS Quality Rating System

Key Agency

DOe City of Wilmington

Head Start

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DOe DHSS

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fSCAA DPH X

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DOe

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Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

No activities reported.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Collaboration is a process. This report describes status of work. All work cited is part of the five-year plan. Beginning October 2007, the HSSCO Director's aggressive approach to meeting project goals was impacted by family illness that resulted in extended leave.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives. School Readiness Focus: Unified School Readiness Approach

Objective 2.1 To ensure Head Start collaboration and participation in planning and implementation of all District of Columbia school readiness initiatives, particularly those related to alignment of Early Learning Standards, NAEYC accreditation, and highquality environments in all pre-kindergarten classrooms. The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) Director convened the quarterly meeting of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Development (MACECD) Health Promotions Subcommittee during 2007. The agenda included setting and implementing priorities for the coming year and building on the work being done by other agencies and organizations, such as the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Grant and the Universal School Readiness (USR) Stakeholders 2007 Focus on Health Readiness. Projected outcomes included a list of action items and priorities for 2007-08 and involvement of the ECCS Steering Committee in planning for the 2008 USR Annual Citywide Conference. Several phases of planning have been completed for the Head Start Hot Topic Series on Marketing, Recruitment and pre-kindergarten and Head Start partnerships. The HSSCO Director met with stakeholders in order to gauge the level of interest and understanding of what partnerships between Head Start and pre-kindergarten could look like and how they could benefit the community. The Director

Collaboration Director

Barbara ferguson Kamara and Beverly Roberson [email protected] Office of the State Superintendent of education early Care and education Administration 717 14th Street nW Washington, D.C. Phone: 202-727-1839 fax: 202-724-7229 http://www.osse.dc.gov

Lead Agency Contact

ellen Yung-fatah Office of the State Superintendent of education early Care and education Administration Same address as above Phone: 202-727-1839 fax: 202-478-5720 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

nancy elmore 150 South Independence Mall West #844 Philadelphia, PA 19106 Phone: 215-861-4048 fax: 215-861-4070 [email protected]

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conferred with the ACF Region III Office, as well as the DC Technical Assistance Specialist in order to begin to flesh out an agenda for the meeting. In FY07, the HSSCO played an active role in the design and promotion of D.C.'s Universal Pre-kindergarten Legislation. The HSSCO has been working with each grantee and delegate to carve out the unique services offered by each of the Head Start programs. The HSSCO has worked to format the resulting information into an appealing marketing tool for families and to develop a city map of Head Start program locations.

The HSSCO put forth a goal to the Deputy Mayor for Education to prioritize the Head Start First policy in the 100 Days document (a response to Mayor Adrian Fenty's 100 Days and Beyond plan for D.C.), and ensuring that all Head Start slots are filled before placing children into other funding streams. This Head Start First policy was incorporated into the D.C. Universal Pre-kindergarten Legislation. The HSSCO represents ECEA on the planning committee for the Annual Universal School Readiness Conference. Working together with a host of agencies and organizations, the planning committee designed the workshops session layout, promoted public awareness about the event, and brought partners and stakeholders to the process.

Comprehensive Services Focus

Objective 1.2 To increase services and access to services that will improve early childhood mental health. HSSCO staff and the MACECD Health Promotions Subcommittee's Early Childhood Mental Health Task Force have been meeting monthly to work on the development of a white paper on young children's mental health. The work has been co-facilitated by the Georgetown National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health. The task force worked to generate a white paper to define current gaps in the system of care, objectives, and recommendations for action. Training -- Children with Challenging Behaviors: Where Do We Begin? In partnership with Family Communications, the HSSCO provided training on how to work with children who exhibit challenging behaviors. Participants identified challenges, shared best practices, and created solutions.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

The HSSCO, in collaboration with the D.C. Department of Health, Department of Mental Health, Child and Family Services Agency, all Head Start programs, the EHS National Resource Center, and local mental health advocates formed a Task Force related to the MACECD and developed a white paper to detail the direction for the District in regard to an early childhood mental health system of care. The HSSCO Director has been working closely with the ECCS coordinator to review the recently submitted DC (DOH) implementation plan for ECCS. The plan includes several of the outcomes discussed at the January 2007 partners meeting, including the development of a child care health and mental health consultant corps, as well as collaborating with the Medicaid office to increase billable services for mental health services for young children.

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The HSSCO developed a summer calendar for pedestrian safety training for Head Start Program Intake and Family Services staff. Collaborating committee members went to Head Start centers to work with children and their parents on pedestrian safety for the upcoming school year. In collaboration with the ECEA/Program Quality Division, the HSSCO has been working with the DOH and DCPS immunization programs to assure compliance by the early care and education community. Fliers and other info have been disseminated, and workshops are being delivered to providers throughout the District. The HSSCO, in cooperation with the MACECD Health Promotion Subcommittee, initiated a research project on the information needs of Head Start parents relative to immunization to be conducted by Georgetown University School of Medicine students. I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL): A strong partnership has been forged among the D.C. Early Childhood Obesity Collaborative (led by Summit Institute for Research and Education, Inc.) and the HSSCO, Region III Head Start, and the TA Network. The Collaborative is planning to adopt IMIL strategies in the "Start Right for Healthy Living: A Community Campaign to Prevent Obesity Among Young Children and Caring Adults in Ward 8 of the District of Columbia," by training family child care providers in the strategies.

Oral Health

Comprehensive Services Focus Objective 1.1 Oral Health: Collaboration with the Small Smiles Dental Clinic and follow-up to ensure that Head Start families are served. Provision of assistance to this clinic to help it to become a full fledged dental home. The Forum on Systemic Access to Oral Health Services (funded by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors) was held in February 2007. Over 25 participants from Head Start and prekindergarten programs throughout the city attended. A tour of the Georgia Avenue Small Smiles facility was provided, as well as presentations by the director of the clinic, the District's Dental Director, and the HSSCO Director. A discussion was facilitated concerning the needs of the Head Start community relating to oral health, and avenues to better serve children and their families. The event was a great starting point to enhance the relationship between Small Smiles and the early care and education community. The State Dental Director's Office received a grant to host a forum on oral health for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN). The event provided an overview of oral health issues affecting CSHCN, generated recommendations for increasing access, and addressed barriers to oral health services for CSHCN. The outcome was an implementation strategy for recommendations. The Director of Small Smiles, the clinic partner, provided workshops to early care and education providers at the 5th annual USR citywide school readiness conference. The director of the pediatric dental clinic focused on how providers can help families to access care, and how to provide preventative dental approaches within the context of a child care or school environment. After a series of problems with the proposed dental home, Small Smiles, in the last quarter of the year, the D.C. Dental Program Director hired a Promatoras to work with Head Start Family Service Workers to ensure that each family understood all dental instructions and the important role of follow-up dental care.

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Welfare

D.C. Head Start programs and the Department of Parks and Recreation are participating in a large-scale child welfare project related to the National Prevent Institute and the local Children's Trust Fund to build on child maltreatment protective factors through its parent involvement program. The Children's Trust will help present information on the following parenting protective factors at a wide range of Head Start parent events: Understand what is typical behavior for children at different ages. Identify, respond to, and advocate for their children's needs. Communicate calmly and clearly with children. Set clear and realistic boundaries for children. Correct and redirect children without losing control. Handle stress in positive ways, including reaching out to friends, family, and community resources for support. Develop positive bonds with their children and enjoy spending time together. Have confidence in their abilities as parents.

Child Care

Promising practices supported by the D.C. HSSCO: Several Head Start programs are grantees of the Pre-kindergarten Incentive program (public school funding for pre-k in community-based settings) that models "best practice" in pre-kindergarten classroom and curriculum. Dual Head Start enrollment has been secured with selected D.C. Public Charter Schools. Slot purchase options/agreements have increased in 2007 to provide full-day/full-year Head Start services located with center-based providers. Emerging collaborative structure has been crafted between the United Planning Organization and the D.C. Public Schools to reduce competition and encourage collaboration and the use of Head Start First funding strategies in programs that serve 3-to-5-year-old children (Head Start and pre-kindergarten).

Education

The HSSCO has worked tirelessly with Pre-k for All and the Deputy Mayor for Education's Office to incorporate Head Start principles into the District's Universal Pre-kindergarten Legislation.

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Community Services

Community Services Focus Conducting an analysis to increase the efficiency of community programming, and continuing to publicize Head Start and Early Head Start programs and services in community and governmental organizations. Objective 6.1 To ensure the knowledge and best use of community resources connected with the local Community Action Agency. The HSSCO provided Earned Income Tax Credit information to families. The HSSCO organized a series of "Hot Topic Luncheons," the purpose of which was to provide the D.C. Head Start community with an opportunity to address critical policy and system issues and establish specific measurable outcomes for achieving quality comprehensive services to children with disabilities and their families. Three work groups were formed to move forward a citywide agenda for services to children with disabilities.

Family Literacy Services

Family Literacy Focus: Increasing collaboration with family literacy programs and building D.C. Head Start Association's Web site to increase computer literacy and awareness of family literacy activities. Objective 5.1 To build the capacity of family literacy coaches, mentors, and volunteer readers throughout the District of Columbia. A HSSCO staff member has been working closely with the Early Readers Now! Program (ERN) to identify barriers to meeting goals. Through these meetings, they have resolved an issue regarding ECEA's background check policy, set realistic goals for the upcoming year, and developed plans for an Early Literacy Capacity Building Institute to help early education organizations create the necessary conditions to take full advantage of volunteers. The HSSCO convened a meeting between Early Readers Now! and the Family Book Club to discuss a number of entry points for collaboration. The HSSCO has supported the PNC Bank demonstration project (Grow Up Great), facilitated by the United Planning Organization, through supplemental grants. UPO has been facilitating a family literacy project to increase language and literacy in infant, toddler, and preschool environments. Objective 5.2 To build the literacy skills and family and center libraries of Head Start and other low-income families throughout the city. An HSSCO member served on the First Book Local Advisory Board.

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Objective 5.3 To increase the capacity of D.C. families in computer literacy and to provide an accessible central resource listing and links for family literacy activities and resources. The HSSCO has been working in conjunction with the Head Start TA Content Specialist to conduct a community-wide needs assessment of family literacy. The survey polled Head Start programs, the State Education Agency, the Even Start Family Literacy Program and the Early Literacy Office at ECEA to determine the direction that forthcoming training should take in order to maximize effectiveness. The HSSCO project assistant works to scan the community for family literacy events and resources, and posts them on the D.C. Head Start Association Web site. Through a partnership with the D.C. Public Library and Reach Out and Read, the HSSCO has established a pilot program for the upcoming year, which would establish a 21-day lending program at four Early Literacy Stations to enhance computer technology and software programs for child care professionals and the children they serve.

Services to Children with Disabilities

The Head Start Hot Topic Series and the Early Head Start Partnership have held multiple sessions focused on access to disability services. Sessions were developed in partnership with the Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program (IDEA. Part C), the D.C. Public Schools, the D.C. Developmental Disabilities Council, and the Region III Technical Assistance Network. The HSSCO will continue to partner with the Department of Health and the Part C (ECEA) Program in the provision of developmental screening and certification training on the Denver II screening instrument for early care and education staff who request it. However, DOH Community Services Administration is in the process of moving to the ASQ SE tool for screening that has been identified through D.C.'s ABCD Academy as best practice for pediatricians and is currently in use at all Early Head Start sites. The HSSCO white paper on mental health is being developed to detail the direction for the District in regard to an early childhood mental health system of care. It has been used to make informed recommendations to the Mayor and other stakeholders.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

The HSSCO has spent considerable time in planning and convening meetings with a result of the following agreed upon D.C. Head Start tasks: Upcoming joint visits to homeless shelters and other joint planning activities in coordination with the Director of the D.C. McKinney-Vento Homeless Services Project. The Early Head Start Partnership agreed to help the D.C. Bright Beginnings Program reduce the number of homeless families on its waiting list. UPO Early Head Start staff agreed to provide Early Head Start services to identified pregnant women on the McKinney-Vento and Bright Beginnings waiting lists.

Formal Memoranda of Agreement will be developed to solidify the planning itemized above.

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Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

No activities reported.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Much of the focus of the HSSCO related to Hispanic families has centered on family literacy. A non-Head Start site, which is a primary Head Start/Child Care partner in many District of Columbia ventures, serves as a hub for the joint HSSCO/ECEA Family Book Club early literacy project and community-based literacy projects for Head Start and non-Head Start families in heavily Latino-populated Ward One. Staff from this site played an important role in the HSSCO co-sponsored infant and toddler citywide training during the third quarter of FY07. The training included a presentation on "Language Development at Home: Encouraging English and English Language Learners" by CentroNia's Family Book Club. The Family Book Club is working with the HSSCO to develop a relationship with Head Start and Early Head Start providers throughout the District. This site has been awarded free books through the HSSCO association with First Books and a variety of joint literacy and health outreach projects.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Responses to the questions in this profile have served as a reflection and summative evaluation exercise that will benefit the planning for the coming year. The development of this document helps to sharpen the focus of planning tasks for the MACECD HSSCO Subcommittee and illuminate the gaps in the past year's performance.

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Florida

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) continued to be integrally involved in planning efforts around the implementation of the Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) program in Florida. The HSSCO convened a meeting with representatives of the pre-kindergarten governing agency, the Agency for Workforce Innovation/Office of Early Learning, the Florida Head Start Association, and Early Learning Coalitions to draft a Memorandum of Understanding for the State's VPK. The outcome of this agreement was to identify opportunities for communication, collaboration, and integration of state pre-kindergarten with Head Start and enable Head Start programs to provide full-day services. This agreement will be revisited annually. (Goal 1.1 -- Full-day Services and Pre-kindergarten Partnerships) The HSSCO worked with the Florida Head Start Association (FHSA) to coordinate a training session comprised of Head Start directors who have successfully incorporated Florida's VPK program and other child care programs into their Head Start program. This session resulted in an increase of Head Start programs offering VPK. (Goal 1.2 ­ Expanding services) Monthly meetings between the HSSCO and Florida's Office of Early Learning staff continued despite a new state Child Care Administrator. In fact, the new Administrator invited the HSSCO to attend weekly executive staff meetings, which furthered communication between the HSSCO, state pre-kindergarten, and child care. These meetings resulted in opportunities for shared professional

Collaboration Director

lilli J. Copp university of north florida florida Institute of education 600 South Calhoun Street Suite 202 tallahassee, fl 32399 Phone: 850-921-3467 fax: 850-488-7099 [email protected] www.floridaheadstart.org

Lead Agency Contact

Cheryl fountain Phone: 904-620-2496 fax: 904-620-2454 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Betty Carroll ACf Region IV Atlanta federal Center 61 forsyth Street, SW Suite 4M60 Atlanta, GA 30303-8909 Phone: 404-562-2866 fax: 404-562-2982 [email protected]

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development and identification of common data points between Head Start and the Office of Early Learning. These efforts address the goals of improving child outcomes and quality of child care through highly qualified staff. (Goal 1.4 ­ Quality Initiatives) Collaborated with FHSA on a display booth for Children's Day at the Capitol to highlight Head Start initiatives in Florida. (Goal 1.4 ­ Quality & Outreach)

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

As a result of the pre-kindergarten partners meeting in January 2007, the HSSCO began meeting with Florida's Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) planning grant coordinator. These meetings have resulted in improved communication in the areas of early childhood mental health and oral health, and through this partnership, over ten Head Start health staff received training as child care health consultants. (Goal 3.2 ­ Improving Health Component) Collaborated with the ECCS Coordinator and met with the State of Florida American Academy of Pediatrics Child Care Consultant Physician to discuss plans to establish better communication with pediatricians on issues around early care and education health services. (Goal 3.2 ­ Improving ECE Health) Worked with Infant Mental Health advocates to facilitate access to Infant Mental Health services by children and families in Florida. (Goal 3.4 ­ Infant & Toddler Mental Health Resources) Collaborated with FHSA to facilitate a Health Forum. Sponsored Mental Health Consultant, Florida's Kid Care (SCHIP) representative, the Region IV Oral Health Consultant, and other oral health partners to present strategies and solutions for Head Start grantees. (Goal 3.2 ­ Health Access) Developed with the FHSA a Head Start Oral Health Plan. (Goal 3.3 ­ Oral Health Access)

Oral Health

Served as a member of the work group that produced Florida's State Oral Health Improvement Plan (SOHIP) to address the oral health needs of a broad spectrum of Florida's population. Also served on the Early Childhood Caries sub-committee of the SOHIP and sponsored participation from a Head Start grantee representative to serve on the committee. (Goal 3.3 ­ Oral Health Access) Established a Migrant Oral Health sub-committee of the SOHIP ECC committee to address the special needs of Migrant Head Start families and children. (Goal 3.3 ­ Oral Health Access) Developed with the FHSA a Head Start Oral Health Plan. (Goal 3.3 ­ Oral Health Access) The State's many state-level coalitions and local oral health partnerships can be found at the end of this report.

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Welfare

Distributed information on the Earned Income Tax Credit, E-Rate, and information learned at the Welfare Self-sufficiency Network meeting. (Goal 2.2 -- Improved Family Outcomes) Supported the FHSA's Research Committee to identify, pilot, and adopt a statewide needs assessment tool for measuring Family Outcomes. (Goal 2.2 -- Improved Family Outcomes) Presented with representative from the AWI/Office of Early Learning at the Florida Association for Community Action (FACA) conference on Head Start Child Outcomes. (Goal 2.3 -- Family Selfsufficiency)

Child Care

Continued participation in the implementation of the Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) program, as discussed above, has resulted in additional children receiving high quality early childhood education services and many of them being served for a full day. (Goal 1.1 -- Full-day Services) Met with staff from the Office of Early Learning Child Care Resource and Referral and disseminated information to Head Start grantees on the child care referral process. Presented with NCCIC representative at the state AWI/Office of Early Learning Early Childhood Symposium. (Goal 1.2 -- Expanding services) Attended and monitored bi-monthly meetings of the State Early Learning Coalition Advisory Committee. (Goal 1.1 -- Full-day Services)

Education

Participated and shared information on the bi-weekly conference calls with the Department of Education regarding the implementation of VPK. (Goal 4.1 ­ Shared expectations) Disseminated information to the Head Start grantees on the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screening tool (FLKRS). (Goal 4.2 -- Transitions) Participated on the Transitions Project for children with disabilities transitioning from Part C to Part B and into K-12. (Goal 4.2 -- Transitions)

Community Services

Worked to support the Memorandum of Understanding in support of Florida's Strengthening Families Initiative. Served to improve the collaborations between signatories and enhance relationships and marriages. (Goal 5.1 -- Strengthening Families)

Family Literacy Services

The HSSCO Director provided information on and facilitated collaborations between Head Start grantees and Even Start programs. (Goal 6.1 -- Collaborations for Family Literacy)

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Facilitated a presentation at the FHSA directors' meeting about the Building Better Readers parenting curriculum. (Goal 6.3 -- Enhance training system) Promoted the Sonoma State Family Literacy training through the TA Network. (Goal 6.3 -- Enhance training system) Invited to represent Head Start and provide input to the creation of Volunteer USA's (formerly the Governor's Family Literacy Initiative) Love to Learn Family Literacy curriculum for parents. (Goal 6.3 -- Enhance training system) Disseminated family literacy information on the HSSCO listserv. (Goal 6.2 -- Increase awareness)

Services to Children with Disabilities

The HSSCO Director served on the Advisory Group for the Technical Assistance and Training Services (TATS) grant to the University of Central Florida, and worked as part of a team that focused on inclusion of young children with disabilities with their non-disabled peers. The team, comprised of representatives from the Department of Health, the Department of Education, the Agency for Workforce Innovation, Federally funded Technical Assistance and Training Services project, and others, looked at three areas around inclusion: family involvement, professional preparation, and program implementation. This committee also applied for but was unsuccessful in obtaining the CSEFEL grant. (Goal 7.1 -- Joint training opportunities) The HSSCO arranged for a Head Start representative to be appointed by the Governor to the Florida Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers, the IDEA, Part C interagency council. (Goal 7.3 -- Influence state policies) Presented an informative session on inclusion in Head Start for the 31 Early Learning Coalition inclusion specialists. (Goal 7.2 -- Facilitate Inclusion) The HSSCO arranged for a training session at the FHSA annual institute to spotlight successful inclusion models in Head Start. This resulted in active interest in one of the models presented. (Goal 7.2 -- Facilitate Inclusion)

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Represented Head Start on the Florida Department of Education Homeless Education Needs Assessment committee to meet the objectives of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act. This committee met three times over the year to assist in identifying state priorities for homeless children and their families. The committee's number one priority was to improve communication between school district McKinney-Vento liaisons and local Early Learning Coalition Childcare Resource and Referral staff. The HSSCO has facilitated these partnerships, including Head Start programs. (Goal 8.1 ­ Increase understanding) Shared information obtained from a listserv on homeless services with the Head Start programs in Florida. (Goal 8.1 -- Increase understanding)

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes and decisions.

Through the involvement of the HSSCO, Head Start's collective voice was heard in many policy and planning discussions such as the following:

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Participated and represented Head Start on the Statewide Committee for the revision of Florida's Early Learning Standards. (Goal 1.2 -- Improving Quality) Represented Head Start on the statewide steering committee to build Florida's professional development career ladder. (Goal 9.4 -- System building) Represented Head Start on Florida's Professional Development team at NAEYC's professional development day. (Goal 9.4 -- System-building) Presented at Florida Community College Early Childhood Education Network meeting on proposed Head Start reauthorization professional development requirements. (Goal 9.1 -- Work with partners) The HSSCO Director was a key participant in a series of meetings of the Policy Matters workgroup. Over a series of meetings, using Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan's policy framework, assessed Florida's systems for children's services in eight key areas. The exercise culminated with a presentation by Dr. Kagan to Florida's new Children and Youth Cabinet. (Goal 10.1 -- Unified planning) The HSSCO attended and monitored school readiness governance and advisory structures including the Early Learning Advisory Committee meetings and the Children and Youth Cabinet meetings. (Goal 1.4 --EC Systems) The HSSCO continued to serve as an advisor to the Healthy Families Florida program, ensuring that Head Start is seen as a partner in primary child abuse prevention and family support efforts in Florida. (Goal 2.3 -- Self-sufficiency) Prepared for the inaugural meeting of the Head Start State Collaboration Advisory Committee. (Goal 10.1 -- Unified planning)

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO Director was appointed by the Governor to serve on the first Child Abuse Prevention and Permanency Advisory Council. This council is tasked with promoting new solutions to child abuse prevention and adoption and reviewing local Child Abuse Prevention and Permanency plans. Participated and represented Head Start on the Steering Committee for AWI/Office of Early Learning's development of a statewide online Early Learning Information System. This data collection system will replace the current statewide database for early childhood services. This will be a first for Head Start grantees to contribute demographic and assessment data into a statewide early childhood database.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Most activities undertaken by this office include coordination of services for Hispanic families as part of the regular work plan. The needs of Hispanic children and families are central to all discussions in the State. Other language groups are also a consideration, such as the Haitian Creole and Central American dialectics. A partnership with the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) Collaboration Director to address MSHS oral health issues resulted in a series of conference calls with the North Carolina MSHS representative. Oral

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Health treatment access and low Medicaid reimbursement rates in Florida seriously impacted the MSHS programs in North Carolina. The results of this collaboration include a communication plan between Florida and North Carolina MSHS programs and the establishment of a Migrant Oral Health Committee, which will renew services for MSHS families within Community Health Centers and to explore Medicaid portability between Florida and North Carolina.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Many of the activities begun in 2007 will continue far into the future. The work of the Migrant Early Childhood Caries group in Oral Health, Healthy Families Florida, exploring Family Outcomes in conjunction with the FHSA Research Committee, working with the Florida Department of Education to facilitate inclusive activities for children with disabilities, planning for professional development, revised early childhood standards, collaboration with community action, and early childhood systems building will continue to be in the work plan for the coming year. Many of these activities provided a foundation for future work. The plan to guide the work of the HSSCO reflects these solid plans and includes additional objectives for collaboration with the Office of Early Learning especially in the areas of data collection, data analysis, and outcomes for children and family self-sufficiency.

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Georgia

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Served as a member of Georgia's Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant implementation committee. (Goal 1, 2, & 3). Participated in two meetings, a conference call, and responded to numerous e-mails in 2007. Results were: Expanded understanding of each partner agency program: Department of Human Resources Department of Public Health Infant and Child Health Services Department of Children and Parent Services (formerly DFCS) Bright from the Start: GA Department of Early Care and Learning Head Start-State Collaboration Office Family Connection Partnership Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention grantees Promoting Safe and Stable Families grantees State Child Care Administrators

Collaboration Director

Janice M. Haker Bright from the Start: GA DeCAl 10 Park Place South Suite 200 Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404-651-7425 fax: 707-342-3138 [email protected] www.decal.state.ga.us

Lead Agency Contact

Justine Strickland Assistant Commissioner Phone: 404-463-4309 fax: 404-656-0651 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Bobby Griffin ACf Region IV 60 forsyth Street Suite 4M60 Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404-652-2874 fax: 404-562-2983 [email protected]

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State Children's Mental Health Directors Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration State Systems of Care grantees Women, Children, and Family Treatment Program grantees State Substance Abuse Program Representatives Improved coordination among partner organizations (same as above). Worked on the ECCS Subcommittee Workgroup that implemented Parent Education strategies and expanded training opportunities across the state (Goal 1 & 2). Although there were no meetings scheduled this quarter, members maintained communication through e-mail and responded to requests as needed. Results were three new partners: Parent to Parent of GA Parent Teacher Institute (PTI) The Marcus Institute Worked with the statewide Georgia Professional Development and Training Approval System Committee and made presentations to local communities and groups to support professionalizing the early education and care workforce (Goal 1, 2 & 3). One advisory committee and one work meeting. Results were: New registry participants = 1,608 Approved trainers = 907 Approved training sessions = 6,582 Facilitated/worked with the Blended Services Work Group to develop crosswalk tools and an agreement that strives to expand programmatic knowledge and training opportunities across providers (Goal 10, Objective 10.2, Tasks 1 ­ 5). Results were: Task 1-- Scheduled HSSCO program evaluation for May ­ August 2008. Task 2 -- Obtained partner participants for Blended Services Work Group (HS, PK, CC, BOE, and private providers). Task 3 -- Held quarterly meetings throughout 2007. Task 4 -- Shared results with GHSA and other partners through meeting updates. Task 5 -- Developed and scheduled MOA for signature in October 2007. However, appointment of the new Commissioner delayed signing. Completed and distributed Crosswalk for all early education and care providers in October 2007.

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Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

No activities reported.

Welfare

Met with the Department of Human Resources, Child Care and Parent Services (CAPS), formerly Department of Family and Children's Services, regularly to collaborate on how to best serve low-income families. One meeting of the Blended Services Workgroup was held on October 10, 2007; January and March 2008 meetings were canceled while Head Start reauthorization activities have led to review and refocus of future activities and strategies. Results were: Continued and improved cooperation with other state agencies.

Child Care

Attended quarterly meetings with child care provider associations and groups to address concerns, issues, and challenges in local communities. One meeting each with Minority Alliance for Child Care Development Advocates, Child Care Association, and with Georgia Head Start Association. Results were: Continued and improved cooperation and coordination.

Education

Attended meetings with local boards of education, public school systems, and open forums to discuss local community education issues. Three meetings: Pittulloch Foundation and Early Learning Property Management, Inc.; Early Learning Partnership Meeting with community partners and one Georgia State Representative (Fulton County); and Coweta County Partnership meeting. Worked with foundations and other groups to assist local Head Start grantees in attaining facility licensure. Results were: Continued talks with community entities; some talk of foundation funding (private) to assist with licensing of Head Start centers.

Community Services

Bright from the Start manages the Georgia CCR&R agencies, which provide direct support to the Navigator Teams (ECCS grant system that expands access to community resources). Results were: Navigator Teams are now in 37 counties and link with Head Start advocates/Family Services Workers and the CCR&R agencies.

Family Literacy Services

One meeting with Georgia Public Broadcasting. Results were: Increased communication with Georgia Public Radio and the local Head Start programs whereby they share events activities and services with other community representatives.

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Services to Children with Disabilities

Five meetings with Parent Leadership Coalition with emphasis on children with disabilities. Results were: Discussed implementation, linking, and sharing information with Navigator Teams, which are part of ECCS Initiative; the HSSCO participated in four annual training conference and assisting in the development of a Speaker's Bureau.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

HSSCO participated in one meeting with internal BFTS agency departments and one external group that includes services to the homeless. Results were: Improve understanding among the Homeless Coalition, Bright from the Start, and the HSSCO.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes and decisions.

Member of many major advisory groups in Georgia working on policies related to early care and education, including Executive Management Team (Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning) five meetings with the Georgia Head Start Association (bi-monthly Board meetings), Region IV Head Start Association Board of Directors, (three Board meetings). Results were: Improved coordination and cooperation on Head Start related issues. Attended quarterly meetings with multiple early education and care providers: pre-kindergarten, private child care (profit and not-for-profit), public schools, Head Start, and combinations of the groups. One meeting each with Minority Alliance for Child Care Development Advocates, Child Care Association, and Georgia Head Start Association.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Facilitated/hosted Blended Services Work Group that offered Georgia the opportunity to establish successful partnerships for sharing resources while maximizing services under an agreement between Head Start, pre-kindergarten, private child care, school system providers, and the Child Care and Parent Services (CAPS). Proposed MOA with the Blended Services Work Group, scheduled to be signed in early October by State Superintendent of Schools and other partners, but was postponed pending consideration and approval by new Commissioner. The HSSCO hosted regular meetings between the GHSA Executive Committee, Bright from the Start: GA Department of Early Care & Learning, and key early care and education leaders in the State that offered opportunities for Head Start and its partners to share priorities, resolve programmatic issues, and set strategic goals (3 meetings -- MACCDA, GA CCA, and GHSA). The Region IV ACF Office, with its Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau offices, provided leadership and support to benefit Georgia programs. Both offices participated in joint early education and care events, particularly the Blended Services Work Group. Joint presentations at early care and education conferences and meetings, included the Georgia Head Start Association Spring Conference and various training sessions at multiple sites which enabled the HSSCO to expand understanding and improve communication among the early education and care partners in Georgia.

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Will schedule throughout the State with all Georgia Pre-K Directors as annual and ongoing training.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Provided contacts from Georgia Public Broadcasting (Carol Veatch) and Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (Carla DeBose) to Telamon Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Director (Dinitra Coates) that may enable Telamon to improve services and information to Hispanic families through one of its programs (Lee y, Serás). Applied for a mini-grant from the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office to expand efforts in Georgia.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The coming year offers many opportunities to strive for a full-scale, statewide effort to partner with all early education and care providers. The proposed State Advisory Council addressed in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 is important to the continued efforts on which the Blended Services Work Group was working. This work group finalized the following crosswalk documents: Alignment of Early Learning Standards (Birth to Grade 3 and beyond) with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and Pre-K Guidelines. Completed May 1, 2007, and approved at October 10, 2007 meeting. Expanding the Side-By-Side Comparison of Federal and State Requirements for Early Childhood Education Services to include those covered by the Public School System (in progress). Still pending is the alignment of the Proposed Quality System Indicators Crosswalk with existing program standards for all early education and care providers in Georgia that is in progress. (A separate work group is working on these indicators and a large number of partner agencies is represented.) The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 calls for: An expanded role of the HSSCO Director in coordinating with Head Start grantees to increase partnerships with their local community entities. The Governor to provide a new, or re-designate an existing, group to perform the activities of the legislated state-advisory council. Expanding the requirement for teachers and other staff to pursue additional college degrees or credentialing. These are significant challenges for grantees to address. There is much work to accomplish. The coming year offers many opportunities to strive for a full-scale, statewide effort to partner with all early education and care providers. The proposed State Advisory Council addressed in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 is important to the continued efforts of the Blended Services Work Group. This work group finalized the following crosswalk documents: Alignment of Early Learning Standards (Birth to Grade 3 and beyond) with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and Pre-K Guidelines. Completed May 1, 2007, and approved at October 10, 2007 meeting.

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Expanding the Side-By-Side Comparison of Federal and State Requirements for Early Childhood Education Services to include those covered by the Public School System (in progress). Still pending is the alignment of the Proposed Quality System Indicators Crosswalk with existing program standards for all early education and care providers in Georgia that is in progress. (A separate work group is working on these indicators and a large number of partner agencies is represented.) The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 calls for: An expanded role of the HSSCO Director in coordinating with Head Start grantees to increase partnerships with their local community entities. The Governor to provide a new, or re-designate an existing, group to perform the activities of the legislated state-advisory council. Expanding the requirement for teachers and other staff to pursue additional college degrees or credentialing. These are significant challenges for grantees to address. There is much work to accomplish.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Goal 1 To increase understanding of the public to see early childhood education, health, and school readiness as major contributors of academic success and economic growth. Objective #1 Improve and increase an awareness and understanding of what is being achieved through Head Start/Early Head Start programs in the State. Desired Outcomes Increased knowledge and recognition of Head Start. Fact sheet is distributed to legislators, Head Start grantees and partners. Increased public awareness through business partnerships. Actual Outcomes Compiled data on Head Start staff qualifications for Act 259 Task Force. Worked with a printing company to produce a 2007 Head Start fact sheet.

Collaboration Director

Christine Jackson DHS/BeSSD 820 Mililani Street Suite 606 Honolulu, HI 96813 Phone: 808-586-5240 fax: 808-586-5180 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Pankaj Bhanot DHS/BeSSD Acting Assistant Administrator Phone: 808-586-7054 fax: 808-586-5229 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Shirley Karrer ACf Region IX 90 7th Street 9th floor San francisco, CA 94103 Phone: 415-437-8068 fax: 415-437-8438 [email protected]

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Participated on the Act 259 Inter-Departmental Resources Sub-committee. Participated in two meetings with a representative from the National Economic Development and Law Center. Facilitated the submittal of two articles on Head Start to Gannett News and the Good Beginnings Alliance (GBA) newsletter. Objective #2 Partner with Good Beginnings Alliance (GBA) in its efforts to build public and political will for increased resources toward early childhood education, health, and school readiness that will include Head Start. Desired Outcomes Increased Head Start participation in GBA policy decisions and activities at community and state level. Increased state investment to Head Start. Actual Outcomes Participated on GBA Senior Advisory Group and attended quarterly Board meetings. Participated in the summer Board Retreat to engage in state strategic planning discussions. Two Head Start directors also sit on the GBA Board (one represents the Head Start Association, and one is the Maui County representative). These directors also participated in state strategic planning discussions at the Board Retreat in the summer. At least half of the Head Start directors are actively involved in GBA County Council meetings and community events planned by these Councils within their respective service areas. The HSSCO and Head Start Association of Hawaii (HSAH) participated in planning meetings towards the Champions for Children annual breakfast event scheduled for January 2008, a venue to educate legislators, their staff, and others about the important work Head Start is doing and the resources Head Start makes available to its families through its comprehensive program model. Participated with HSAH and the community to request continuation of state funds to Head Start grantee agencies through the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations/Office of Community Services to expand slots for Head Start children. Monies were not allocated by the State Legislature. Partnered with GBA, Aloha United Way (AUW), Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC), the Department of Health/Early Childhood Comprehensive Services (ECCS) Grant Coordinator, the Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE), Kamehameha Schools, and Punahou School to bring to Hawaii a mainland consultant to provide TA to AUW around a national campaign ("Born Learning"). The consultant also discussed strengthening family strategies, funding, and the sharing of two public education campaigns and related materials ("Mind in the Making" and "Born Learning") through several public and private venues.

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Goal #2 To increase Head Start involvement in state planning efforts to develop Hawaii's Early Learning System with the incorporation of Head Start. Objective #1 Facilitate Head Start participation in development of Hawaii's early learning system. Desired Outcomes Increased participation of Head Start in state and community efforts in order to integrate services to young children and families. Sustain linkage to Free-To-Grow state teams. Actual Outcomes Participated on Act 259 Task Force (Inter-Departmental Resources Sub-Committee). Work activities resulted in a report to the Legislature regarding the cost-implementation plan for developing and sustaining a comprehensive, coordinated early learning system. Attended a "Strengthening State Systems to Promote Early Childhood Development" in Washington, D.C., with a state team of early childhood partners. Goals of the meeting were to strengthen the state inter-agency team; enhance collaboration among child care, Head Start, and Maternal & Child Health; and explore strategies for institutionalizing state-level partnerships. The state team's plan, upon returning to Hawaii, was to submit a grant proposal in response to a National Governors Association RFP to sponsor an Early Childhood summit in Hawaii. The grant proposal was never submitted. Objective #2 Collaborate with Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant planning sponsored by the Department of Health. Desired Outcomes Coordinated planning and implementation efforts of HSSCO and ECCS. Engage new partners in system-building efforts. Actual Outcomes The HSSCO Director worked closely with the ECCS Coordinator, Strategic Management Team, and other related groups to coordinate efforts and leverage resources to accomplish mutual goals and implement strategies identified in both the HSSCO and ECCS work plans. Secured approval from the Regional Office to use roll-over funds to contract a report on local Head Start/ Child Care partnerships and to research national exemplary models for possible replication in Hawaii

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(April). This contract was never executed, but a similar report will be developed by the current HSSCO Director.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Assisted with statewide planning efforts for a coordinated delivery of social and emotional curriculum and support service linkages through the Social Emotional work group of the ECCS Strategic Management Team. Facilitated contacts between Head Start grantees and two resource developers who subsequently produced a Family Stories DVD on social and emotional development. Facilitated a group of Hawaii staff to attend a Second Step training of trainers in Seattle. Group members expressed an interest in developing a cultural adaptation of the Second Step curriculum.

Oral Health

Convened three meetings of the Oral Health Head Start state team (Head Start directors and/or health specialist, community partners) for networking, sharing of program updates, and discussions around oral health needs/concerns. One of these meetings served as a strategic planning session to identify program changes, current needs, and priorities and potential strategies to address oral health issues. Coordinated bringing a resource speaker to the HSAH meeting to discuss oral health services offered through the Community Case Management Corporation. Secured funds from the Hawaii Dental Services Foundation and coordinated two two-day training of trainers workshops on the "Cavity Free Kids" curriculum to which Head Start staff and community partners were invited. State-level A complete listing of Hawaiian Islands Oral Health Task Force members can be found at the end of this report. Local-level Head Start programs in the State have a variety of local dental partnerships. A listing of these partnerships can be found at the end of this report. Additional Information One of the goals listed in the 2008-09 refunding application is to reactivate the Head Start State Oral Health Teams, which formerly consisted of Head Start directors or their designees, Head Start health specialists, and community oral health partners. The teams met quarterly to share information and resources, and network, discuss, and help problem-solve challenges, and support grantee efforts around oral health. The last meeting was held in August 2007, just before the previous HSSCO Director left this position.

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Welfare

Attended a "Strengthening Families Leadership Conference" in San Diego in May to pursue state implementation planning between Head Start and state partners.

Child Care

DHS Program Specialist during interim period secured TANF information needed by Head Start grantees to send bulk mailing of intake applications for the new school year. Secured approval for the balance of supplemental funds received to be rolled over to contract with a consultant to produce a report on Head Start/Child Care Partnerships in Hawaii. A contract was never awarded, but the report will be produced by the current HSSCO Director. Worked with a printing company to produce a Head Start fact sheet that was distributed to child care partners, legislators, and community stakeholders. Advocated for the continuation of state funds through the Office of Community Services for Head Start grantees to expand child care slots. (Monies were not allocated by the Legislature.)

Education

Provided shared leadership for the Hawaii Careers for Young Children and co-convened meetings to support the development of a professional development system for care providers in Hawaii. Participated in the planning of the P-3 (Provisions for Early Learning through Grade 3) Summit, which brought principals and early childhood leaders together to form new partnerships to support child outcomes. Presented an overview of the Pre-Plus Program in Hawaii (partnership between the Departments of Education and Human Services) as breakout session at the P-3 Summit. Facilitated bringing a resource speaker from the Committee for Children to conduct a breakout session on the "Social/Emotional Foundations for Literacy" at the P-3 Summit.

Community Services

No activities reported.

Family Literacy Services

Facilitated a "meet-and-greet" session with a representative from the Committee for Children (CFC) after the P-3 Summit for individuals interested in learning more about curricula developed by CFC, including "Woven Word," which reinforces social and emotional concepts through literacy.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Maintained communication with the State 619 Preschool Coordinator with regard to the DOE/Head Start integrated classrooms and the resolving of challenges in program delivery statewide.

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Services to Homeless Children and Families

No activities reported.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

See responses under Goal #1, Objective #2, and Goal #2; Objectives #1 & #2.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO Director enrolled in the Master's degree program in Early Childhood Education at the University of Hawaii for professional development purposes. The HSSCO Director applied for, and was accepted into, the Office of Head Start/Head Start Fellows Program.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

No activities reported.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

N/A: The HSSCO Director who developed the work plan is no longer in this position.

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Idaho

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO)'s Five Year Grant is closely aligned with the goals and activities of the Governor's Early Care and Learning Initiative (Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant). The identified system's changes are key to improving and strengthening the lives of Idaho's young children and their families. In this, the second year of the HSSCO's Five Year Grant, work has built on shared priorities and strengthening working relationships. The Early Childhood Coordinating Council (EC3), appointed by the Governor, brings together major stakeholders and partners to advise and develop the systems changes which impact early childhood policy. The HSSCO Director serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Public Policy Committee. The Early Childhood Partners Meeting held in Washington, D.C., in January, helped focus and drive the work in 2007. The major effort of 2007 was launching Idaho's Early Learning Guidelines (ELG) development, building on 2006 groundwork with partners and stakeholders. The work was anticipated to take 12-18 months, but has been extended due to the scope and process work embedded in such a project. The Sponsors Team is guiding and leading the ELG work. The team is comprised of the Part C Coordinator (Department of Health and Welfare), Part B-619 Coordinator (State Department of Education), Early Care and Learning Director (Department of Health and Welfare), and the HSSCO Director. The ELG Interagency Stakeholders Group is comprised of representatives from universities and colleges (public and private), public agencies, Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant

Collaboration Director

Carolyn f. Kiefer Idaho Department of Health and Welfare P.O. Box 83720 450 West State Street 5th floor Boise, ID 83720 Phone: 208-334-4919 fax: 208-332-7330 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Mary Jones Phone: 208-334-5523 fax: 208-332-7330 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Julianne Crevatin ACf Region X 2201 6th Avenue MS-70 Seattle, WA 98121 Phone: 206-615-2615 [email protected]

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and Seasonal Head Start, public schools, early intervention specialists, private preschools, child care, early childhood specialists, and consultants. A neutral facilitator supported the ELG work. The group met twice for two-day work sessions in 2007. The initial kickoff meeting, March 3-4, 2007, included technical assistance from national and regional National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center consultants in cooperation with the Idaho Child Care Administrator. Building on the work of other states, particularly Washington, the group developed guiding principles, values, scope, and committees: Organized around five Domains: Approaches to Learning and Cognition Physical Health, Well-Being, and Motor Development Social and Emotional Development General Knowledge Communication, Language, and Literacy Development Developed guidelines for birth to school age, with birth through primary grades for Social and Emotional Development and Approaches to Learning Assured alignment with the Idaho K-12 Standards and the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework Is culturally responsive Is family-centered The scope of the Guidelines work expanded and evolved over the year. Based on the expertise of members, other state's experiences and recommendations from national groups, the group added more age-specific information to the infant toddler segments. The target audience was expanded from parents and caregivers to a wider more systems-oriented view. The group is now building a foundational, or "mother" document to: Serve as the information base for early childhood program quality, pre-service and in-service professional development Be the content source for parent and caregiver materials Be assessment aligned Help guide the development of curriculums This will be primarily an electronic body of knowledge, accessible from many points and linked to ongoing research and best practice. The ELGs will impact or influence the majority of priority areas. They are a critical element and reference point for high-quality early childhood programs and will guide the practice of adults who work with young children. The ELGs will realign the current 3-4-year-old Standards with the revised Idaho K-12 Standards,

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and will provide the foundation for public pre-kindergarten programs when Idaho implements such programs in schools. As the ELGs are being carefully designed to align and enhance the Head Start Child Outcomes framework, they will have the capacity to enhance pre-kindergarten/Head Start collaboration when Idaho communities provide pre-kindergarten programs. Quality child care will be strengthened by caregivers with information about the healthy development of children and access to ongoing professional development and information. The ELGs will enhance early intervention programs, particularly when supporting services in natural environments that include typically developing children. The extension of social and emotional development curriculum through the primary grades is a response to requests by early intervention programs in public schools. They need standards for writing Individual Education Plans for children who require services for emotional and mental health disabilities. These Guidelines also support the HSSCO's mental health goals of promoting health development, preventing difficulties, early intervention, and treatment. They are a solid first step to addressing a notable service gap for 3 to 8-year-old children. The HSSCO continues to work with partners in the State Department of Education on the ELGs, Interagency Agreements, Early Childhood Mental Health, and other shared projects.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Infant and early childhood mental health continues to be a priority for the HSSCO. Meeting a priority in the State Plan, the HSSCO contracted with Boise State University for an Early Childhood Mental Health Symposium to develop professional capacity for early intervention and treatment. The three-day Symposium was focused on the DC 0-3R, a diagnostic classification, with training conducted by staff from ZERO TO THREE. A cadre of 45 professionals from around the State will continue to receive training. Ongoing work, including the development of a white paper of priorities, has been developed for the State Team. The HSSCO Director wrote an early childhood mental health article for the Northwest Bulletin for MCH at the request of the Division of Health. The HSSCO Director attended quarterly meeting of the Covering Kids program working for access to health care for low income families and enrollment of eligible children in medical homes and Medicaid.

Oral Health

State-level Oral health was a top priority in 2007. The HSSCO was a key partner in the organization and facilitation of the Idaho Oral Health Summit. Idaho Head Start information was presented in a panel discussion, and South Central Head Start's Oral Heath Grant Program was featured. In addition, the HSSCO and Region X Health TA Specialist presented a pre-summit day for all Idaho Head Start/Early Head Start Health Coordinators. The Summit featured presentations by WIC and Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD). A new state Oral Health Plan is being developed from the priorities identified at the Summit. Idaho is medically underserved, with 93.9 percent of the State classified as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) for dental care. Of 44 counties, nine are classified as urban (a town with more than 20,000 people), 19 as rural, and 16 classified as frontier.

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While oral health benefits are comprehensive (including preventative, restorative, and emergency services) under Medicaid's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment Program, the majority of Medicaid enrolled young children in Idaho did not receive these services. Children ages 1-5 were three times less likely to receive any dental services as those aged 6-10 in FY 2005. Bureau of Community and Environmental Health. Idaho does not have a State Dental Director; the Oral Health Program Manager in the Bureau of Community and Environmental Health retired in 2007. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is currently seeking a replacement.

Contact: elke Shaw-tulloch Bureau Chief Community & environmental Health

Idaho Oral Health Alliance. The Idaho Oral Health Alliance (IOHA), a nonprofit agency with wide representation and a growing membership, is the primary group addressing oral health issues in the State. The IOHA includes dentists, dental hygienists, dental technicians, health organizations, health foundations, insurers, Public Health Districts, Community Health Centers, state and regional agencies, and the HSSCO. On November 9, 2007, the IOHA sponsored an Oral Health Summit, with technical assistance from Alterum, a national health contractor and the ASTDD. The Summit attracted a capacity crowd of 250. An Idaho Oral Health Plan is the primary outcome of the Summit, and is in its final review. The final report is expected by July 2008.

Contact: Dan Watt, DDS, fAGD terry Reilly Health Services Canyon Dental Clinic 11136 Moss lane nampa, ID 83687 Phone: 208-466-0515

The HSSCO was a part of the Summit Planning Committee and played a major role in the organization, registration, content, and facilitation of sessions. A Pre-Conference Day, November 8, was organized by the HSSCO and the Region X TA for Head Start Health Coordinators, which included presentations from the Idaho WIC Coordinator, Region X TA Health Coordinator, and Dr. Reginald Louie, an ASTDD national oral health consultant. Eleven of the 13 (including Tribal and Migrant Seasonal) Head Start programs participated. In past years the HSSCO has partnered with the Oral Health Program Manager to provide additional preventative supplies and educational materials to the Health Districts. In addition in 2006, the HSSCO purchased copies of Bright Futures Oral Health booklet for distribution to all primary care physicians to increase their involvement with oral health and to promote efforts to include fluoride varnish as a part of well-child care. Local-level Head Start programs maintain good working relationships with the dental hygienist in all of seven public health districts as they are key partners for the application of fluoride varnish and preventative services.

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Additional information The HSSCO Director is currently part of the team to review and comment on the Idaho Oral Health Plan before it is printed and distributed.

Welfare

The HSSCO continues to support the TANF contract for additional Head Start slots for eligible children. The contract is between the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Idaho Head Start Association (IHSA) and received legislative support for continued funding.

Child Care

The HSSCO continued to support systems issues of quality child care in Idaho. Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC) is the contractor for the quality child care initiative and IdahoSTARS program. The IAEYC Director and the Child Care Administrator serve on the Collaboration Council. Close working relationships enabled the ECL Director, the IAEYC Executive Director, the Child Care Administrator, Part C and B Coordinators, and the HSSCO Director to serve as a team for the Inclusion Conference, ECCS Partners Conference, and the NAEYC Professional Development Conference.

Education

The HSSCO is a member of the Consortium for the Preparation of Early Childhood Professionals. This provided the HSSCO with bi-annual meetings with all Idaho institutions of Higher Education. Issues of articulation, transferring of credits, early childhood curriculum, and degrees/certification requirements were addressed by this group. The support of the Consortium and generous participation in the work by its members has helped strengthen Early Learning Guidelines work. Engagement with the Consortium is also an important link to promote higher education opportunities for Head Start staff.

Community Services

The HSSCO supported the Early Childhood Coordinating Council in an application for four VISTA staff to start in July 2008. Three will be assigned to work on child care licensing and quality issues in selected communities. The fourth will be assigned to work on early childhood mental health issues. This priority will be expanding in the 2008 grant year to include the braiding of funding to support these projects.

Family Literacy Services

This priority was addressed by Head Start programs at the local level. The HSSCO participated in Region X TA conference calls about family literacy and helped distribute materials to enhance and support grantees' efforts.

Services to Children with Disabilities

The Interagency Agreement between Part C, Part B-619, Head Start and Early Head Start on both the state program levels received considerable attention during 2007. Most Idaho Head Start grantees work with a number of local school districts, many of which are small and rural. Distances and limited resources test Head Start and local schools' ability to serve children with special needs. In response to local needs, the HSSCO Part B-619 Coordinator and the Region X TA Disabilities Coordinator convened three cluster meetings around Idaho with school district representatives and Head Start programs. The meetings clarified responsibilities, built communication, and gathered input and recommendations for a model Interagency Agreement at local levels.

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The information was taken to a state team working on the State Interagency Agreement to strengthen the state agreement and suggested protocols for referral and service at the local level. The initial work has been completed, and the team is continuing its work into 2008 with a goal of having new materials ready for the 2008-09 school year.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

This remains the most difficult priority to address. Staff transitions within the Department of Education have resulted in missed opportunities to connect with the McKinney-Vento liaison.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO Director was actively involved in the planning, development, and implementation of goals for the following: Early Childhood Coordinating Council, Executive Committee, Public Policy Early Learning Guidelines, Sponsors Team, Team lead on Domain content Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health State Team Idaho Oral Health Alliance Consortium for the Preparation of Early Childhood Professionals Interagency Agreement Work Group State Inclusion Team

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO Director: Served as the community representative for Boise State University Early Childhood Faculty Search Committee. Attended the Easter Seal Autism Conference for professional development. Served on the Idaho Team attending the NAEYC Professional Development Conference and the Pre-Conference Partners meeting facilitated by NCCIC. Served on the National Professional Development Center for Inclusion Advisory Board. Distributed the very successful early childhood mental health booklet, Secure Beginnings, which required a third printing in two years--30,000 copies above expectations. Worked with Region X and key Department of Health and Welfare managers to facilitate several conference calls and a visit from Region X Administrator James Whitfield, who was personally concerned about Head Start (TANF funding) and early childhood issues in Idaho.

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Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The Idaho Community Council Migrant Seasonal Head Start serves more children than any other grantee in Idaho. They are key partners, serving on the Collaboration Advisory Council and invited to participate in all projects including the content of the Early Learning Guidelines. They are also represented on the Early Childhood Coordinating Council (EC3).

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The HSSCO's work plan builds on the successes and priorities of the past year and the five-year grant plan. The plan for the 2008-09 grant year has been expanded by the Improving Head Start Act for School Readiness Act of 2007 and its additional priorities. Work plan priorities: Early Learning Guidelines: Complete and review the content and plan for the secondary materials. Early Years 2008 Conference: This large statewide conference is held in even numbered years to support professional development, share current research and best practice, and enhance early childhood systems in Idaho. The HSSCO is the convener and primary sponsor. Infant Early Childhood Mental Health: Continue to address state plan priorities, especially in the area of professional development. HSSCO Needs Assessment: As mandated by Reauthorization, the HSSCO will develop and conduct a statewide assessment. The HSSCO will develop an assessment that enhances and supports the EC3 County Assessment currently undergoing a regional pilot. Interagency Agreement: Continue to work with the Infant Toddler Program (Part C), Part B 619, and Head Start/Early Head Start programs to develop Interagency Agreements on the state and local levels that meet Federal requirements, best serve children and families, and facilitate positive working relationships. Consolidate the Head Start Collaboration Council with the EC3 to meet the Reauthorization mandate for the State Early Learning Council. Address additional Reauthorization issues as they arise.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Goal 1 To facilitate improvement and well-planned expansion of a quality system for IL early care and education services to lowincome families with young children. Conducted two statewide Collaboration Forums in September 2007 in conjunction with the National Child Care Information Center and the Illinois Good Start, Grow Smart (GSGS) team. The final report from these forums is posted on the IL Early Childhood Collaboration Web site (www.ilearlychildhoodcollab.org). Met with Early Learning Council and Head Start leadership in January 2007 to resolve Head Start community issues with the expansion of state pre-kindergarten and the development of the Preschool for All program. Head Start gained representation on all Early Learning Council committees and on the Council in 2007 for the first time since the Council's inception in 2003. The DHS Child Care Advisory Council finalized its recommendation to DHS from the Collaboration & Integration Committee on how to expand and improve family child care home networks. The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) had been working with the Committee for almost a year on this recommendation. Worked with the GSGS state/Federal team on a variety of topics and issues including: Strengthening Families initiative, cost allocation vs. non-supplantation, statewide early

Collaboration Director

Gina Ruther Il Department of Human Services (DHS) 10 Collinsville Avenue Suite 203 east St. louis, Il 62201 Phone: 618-583-2083 fax: 618-583-2091 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

linda Saterfield DHS Child Care Bureau Chief Phone: 217-785-2559 fax: 217-524-6030 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Susan Markko ACf Region V 233 north Michigan Avenue Suite 400 Chicago, Il 60601 Phone: 312-353-9695 fax: 312-353-2629 [email protected]

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childhood quality assurance, coordination of "slot" data and under-served counties, and PreK/Preschool for All expansion/RFP/bidders conference. Completed the GSGS sections of the Illinois Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan. Goal 2 To enhance and expand IL Early Head Start/early care and education partnerships and promote model strategies. Completed an evaluation of the DHS Child Care Collaboration Program, also posted on the IL Early Childhood Collaboration Web site. Presented the issues and recommendations from this report and the Collaboration Forums report to the Illinois GSGS team for its agenda. Added five new providers to the program and updated the collaboration slots of one provider. Added community coalition information and profiles to the IL EC Collaboration Web site. Completed more than 150 contacts to provide information and technical assistance to more than 100 agencies or organizations, 88 percent within 48 hours of the request.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Goal 3 To support, improve, and ensure Head Start/Early Head Start's role in IL health and social service delivery system service delivery and planning at state and local levels. Goal 4 To support, improve, and ensure Head Start/Early Head Start's role in literacy and education service delivery and planning at state and local levels.

Health Care

Served on the statewide leadership team of the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) project and four Early Head Start grantees, including the City of Chicago and the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start grantee received their otoacoustic emissions (OAE) training and equipment. Provided an IL Early/Head Start display at the March 2007 Nutrition Awareness Month event at the State Capitol at which a Head Start grantee received a statewide award for its implementation of I Am Moving, I Am Learning. The Interagency Nutrition Council sponsored this event, on which the HSSCO serves. Developed and distributed a chart explaining how Illinois administers its public health insurance programs and how to count them on the Federal Program Information Report. Continued service on the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Statewide Advisory Committee and the Prevention Resource Development Management Committee for the State Child Welfare Agency.

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Oral Health

State-level Worked with the IL Department of Public Health's Oral Health Division on two projects, both completed in 2007: Head Start Smiles -- data collection on the oral health status of Head Start children -- and a Health Resources and Services Administration grant, which Illinois received.

Welfare

Assisted in finalizing guidance for child welfare caseworkers in choosing quality early childhood settings and distributed. Completed a "Head Start 101" training presentation and materials for use with child welfare caseworkers. Served on the Strengthening Families Illinois leadership team and participated in an evaluation of the project. Surveyed Head Start/Early Head Start directors statewide about local implementation of the joint agreements between Head Start and the State Child Welfare Agency. The statewide model was developed and signed in a prior year.

Child Care

No activities reported.

Education

Worked with and linked the statewide McKinney-Vento Coordinator with the Illinois Head Start Association (IHSA) to provide training to grantees. Facilitated the state team that applied for the National Professional Development Center for Inclusion (NPDCI) project from the Frank Porter Graham Institute. Illinois was successful in its bid and will be one of eight states that will receive technical assistance in planning and meeting facilitation to strengthen cross-sector early childhood professional development systems, especially as they relate to inclusive settings.

Community Services

See activities listed above.

Family Literacy Services

Continued service on the IL Community College Board's statewide Adult Education and Family Literacy Advisory Board. Worked with the State Technical Assistance Network on the Strengthening Partnerships and Resources in Communities (SPARC) literacy training project.

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Services to Children with Disabilities

No activities reported.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

No activities reported.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

In addition to Early Learning and other Council work described elsewhere in this report, the HSSCO worked with: DHS Early Intervention Bureau and the IHSA to ensure a Head Start appointee to the Interagency Coordinating Council of IL, who was confirmed in 2007. DHS Child Care Bureau on Head Start inclusion in the Quality Rating System, implemented in 2007.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Consistently about 27 percent of the Head Start/Early Head Start and Migrant Head Start children served by Illinois grantees are of Latino origin. The HSSCO continues its inclusive approach to all projects, supporting the collaboration with IL Head Start/Early Head Start and Migrant Head Start services to children and families of all racial and ethnic groups. The HSSCO worked closely with the IL Latino Coalition for Prevention to ensure informational and issues links between the Coalition and Head Start/Early Head Start and Migrant Head Start, including working with the Governor's Office on New Americans to develop: Statewide resource directory and the sharing of information with all grantees about citizenship workshops IL Latino speakers bureau Latino student scholarships bilingual training resources Hispanic Health Fairs Information about meetings of the IL Association of Agencies and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy was also shared with all grantees. The HSSCO also worked with the State Child Care Bureau on citizenship issues in child care.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Work plan objectives and activities in the 2008-09 grant application were adjusted according to progress made in 2007, changing landscape/environment issues, and the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) Director has worked with and encouraged alignment and information exchanges among the following agencies and stakeholders to build a consistent approach to early childhood and to ensure ongoing communications: Bureau of Child Care Bureau of Child Care, Early Childhood Legislative Liaison Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division of Disability & Rehabilitative Services, Bureau of Child Development Services, First Steps Governor's Interagency Coordinating Council on Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children Indiana Coalition on Housing & Homeless Issues Indiana Community Action Association Indiana Department of Child Services: Community Partners, Healthy Families, Programs & Services, Grants & Outreach (Child Support Bureau) Indiana Department of Education: Division of Adult Education, Division of Exceptional Learners, Division of PrimeTime/Reading First, Title 1, Student Learning Choices (McKinney-Vento) Indiana Department of Environmental Management,

Collaboration Director

Susan lightle Division of family Resources family and Social Services Administration 402 West Washington Street Room W386, Mail Stop 02 Indianapolis, In 46204 Phone: 317-233-6837 fax: 317-233-6093 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Zach Main, Director Division of family Resources family and Social Services Administration 402 West Washington Street Indianapolis, In 46204 Phone: 317-233-4450 [email protected]in.gov

ACF Regional Contact

Katie Williams ACf Region V 233 north Michigan Avenue Chicago, Il 60601 Phone: 312-886-7272 fax: 312-886-5373 [email protected]

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Children's Environmental Health Indiana Department of Housing & Community Services Indiana Department of Health: Dental Division, Maternal and Children's Special Health Care Services Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addiction, Children's Services Indiana Disabilities Determination Bureau Indian Head Start Association Indiana University School of Medicine, Early Childhood Intervention Projects The Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning, Children's Health Insurance Program The HSSCO Multi-Agency Advisory met twice during the year involving representatives of the various state governmental agencies that impact Head Start families. The Indiana Head Start Association (IHSA) and a local Head Start program have representation. The ISHA prepared an annual report. The HSSCO mailed monthly information packets and newsletters as scheduled. Content has been well received and is growing. Share relevant information to the Head Start community on a daily basis. A question was raised as to amount of information sent, and directors opted to continue receiving all information that was available. They felt there was never too much information. The HSSCO also provided funding for IHSA via contracted services.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Goal: Expand and increase availability to assist families to secure health care services for low-income children and families. Objective: Increase program ability to assist families to secure health care services for pregnant women and children birth to 5. Outcome: Head Start staff will have opportunities to increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities of health issues in order to aid, identify, and/or reduce health problems of enrolled children and/or families. Developed partnership with Indiana Department of Health to expand the Governor's INShape Indiana to include INShape for Kids focusing on childhood obesity, good nutrition, and physical activity. Puppet shows and a "petting zoo" filled with healthy food products children can touch, taste, and smell will be provided to Head Start programs around the State. The curriculum was developed specifically for Head Start. Continued to serve as a member of the Indiana Joint Asthma Children and Youth Committee and the Lead Elimination Children and Youth Advisory. Served on the Transition Team Social/Emotional Committee for Infant & Children mental health. Served pregnant women through the Happiest Baby program, a collaborative effort with Lilly & Com-

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pany and Clarion Health. This was the second offering of Happiest Baby. Program will continue to be offered when available. Disseminated information relating to health care through the quarterly Headlines newsletter and monthly information packets.

Oral Health

State-level Ongoing communication with Karen Yoder, Region V Oral Health Contractor, regarding the oral health needs of Head Start children. Participated in Oral Health conference calls. Collaborating with the Indiana Dental Association (IDA) on Give Head Start Kids A Smile, working toward a pilot project to serve 16 counties and seven cities in seven additional counties. Children with severe needs to be prioritized. Developing a pilot program with the Indiana dental school that will partner dental students with Head Start children ages 1 to 5 for all four years of their schooling. Implementation depends upon the award of grant funds to the IDA.

Welfare

Goal: Establish sustainable early education linkages with the state's public assistance services and welfare reform. Objective: The HSSCO continues to promote and build linkages between Head Start/ Early Head Start programs and state public assistance agencies. Outcome: Encourage members of state agencies and other stakeholders to increase their knowledge of early education and understanding of the viability of partnerships with the programs. Four quarterly newsletters, eight information packet mailings, and daily e-mails to local programs provided information on agencies and activities impacting families, including fatherhood issues and housing. Contracted with IHSA to provide newsletters, Web site maintenance, and communication. Collaborated with sitting judges and the Office of the Indiana Attorney General to offer a legal roundtable discussion on issues faced by Head Start families at both the spring and fall Institute for Strengthening Families and the IHSA Conference. Published updated edition of booklet containing statewide legal aide information originally researched and published in 2006. Content includes contact information, intake days and hours, financial guidelines, type of cases taken, etc. New Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was established between the Indiana Department of Health (Women, Infants & Children program), the Department of Child Services Healthy Families, First Steps,

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and the HSSCO.

Child Care

Served on the Executive Committee of the Indiana Bureau of Childcare statewide Quality Rating System (QRS) for licensed child care programs. Currently two pilot programs running. Full roll-out will begin January 2008 and will take one year. Funded keynote speaker for the Fall 2007 Institute for Strengthening Families. Disseminated information relating to child care through the quarterly Headlines newsletter and monthly information packets. Collaborated with Bureau of Child Care, Healthy Families, and other stakeholders to write (and win) grant request from ZERO TO THREE's State Partnerships for Prevention Project. Five Indiana Head Start program participants were trained in Reducing the Risk of Maltreatment of Very Young Children and will share this information with other Head Start programs around the State. Serve on the Transition Team for school readiness. This collaborative committee is comprised of representatives from the following agencies: Indiana Department of Education: Division of Exceptional Learners, Education of Homeless Children & Youth, Prime Time/Reading First Indiana Department of Health, Maternal & Children's Health Care Services Indiana Family & Social Services Administration, First Steps Indiana Head Start Association Indiana HSSCO Indiana Association of Child Care Resource & Referral (IACCRR) Indiana University School of Medicine, Early Intervention Projects

Education

Goal: Through focus on quality, quantity, and professionalism, improve and increase early childhood education services for young children. Objective: Promote and support state and local efforts to set in place professional standards for persons in the early child education professions. Outcome: Head Start staff have increased opportunities to improve their knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting monthly with the Department of Education: Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS), Sunny Start, and Good Start, Grow Smart to promote alignment and collaboration.

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Director serves on Healthy Families Think Tank, which is the underlying committee for the Healthy Families Institute. Fund keynote speaker of the Institute for Strengthening Families. Publish best practice segments monthly from the Early Learning Foundations to foster support of children by adults through encouragement of their development. With information provided by the Indiana Department of Education, developed a brochure on ISTAR (Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting of Kindergarten Readiness), the new Early Childhood Assessment, which featured the most common questions and answers on ISTAR. Brochure was sent to Head Start programs, partners, and stakeholders. Offered MusikGarten music, movement, and learning program to staff for use in their programs. Promoted Infant Mental Health Summer Training Institute offered by Sunny Start. Met with IAEYC Director to discuss partnering on new initiatives. Appointed to IAEYC Committee on Articulation. Requested, received, and published article on Infant/Toddler Mental Health in quarterly newsletter. Article was written by Darlene Kardatzke, M.D., Lynne Sturm, Ph.D., and Angela Tomlin, Ph.D., who are Infant/Toddler Mental Health specialists in Indiana. Published education resources in monthly information packets and quarterly newsletters sent to local programs. Professional development information and research received via e-mail is forwarded to programs as received.

Community Services

Goal: Head Start programs continue to increase their involvement with community service activities. Objective: Support and promote Head Start programs utilization and involvement with local, state, and Federal community service resources and activities. Outcome: Information regarding community service resources is consistently distributed to local programs. Published updated edition of booklet containing statewide legal aide information originally researched and published in 2006. Content includes contact information, intake days and hours, financial guidelines, type of cases taken, etc. Monthly information packets and Headlines newsletters include financial assistance information from various sources including oral health care and housing. Parenting resources and education articles are included in the monthly information packets for dissemina-

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tion to parents.

Family Literacy Services

Goal: Build a systemic approach for statewide awareness of and access to family literacy. Objective: To encourage full implementation of family literacy including child development, adult education, parent education, and interactive opportunities for parents and children together. Outcome: Early childhood education programs receive information and professional development opportunities regarding family literacy. The HSSCO Director participated in the ten Regional Transition Summits given by the Indiana Transition Initiative team for programs, agencies, and early childhood stakeholders around Indiana. Presentations were made by McKinney-Vento, First Steps, Head Start, Department of Education Division of Exceptional Learners, Department of Education READY SCHOOLS, Children Special Health Care Services, Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral, and included updates on policy and procedures and information on state projects and initiatives. There was also an opportunity to ask questions and share issues and concerns. In collaboration with the Transition Team, provided funding for family literacy bags to be distributed to Head Start programs. The project was so successful that libraries and schools are contracting to purchase the bags for their own use. Materials contained in the bags are in both English and Spanish. It is hoped that these bags will be made available in more shelters in the future.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Goal: Continue and sustain efforts to ensure that children with disabilities will have opportunities to develop to their potential. Objective: Promote inclusive programming for children with disabilities. Outcome: Early education child and family needs are represented at the state level. The HSSCO Director served on Transition Team (see Child Care for list of participating programs and agencies), which has as a focus, the smooth transitioning of children with disabilities. The goal being to meet the needs of both the children and their parents. The HSSCO Director serves as Governor's appointee to the Interagency Coordinating Council on Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities. The HSSCO serves on the Early Childhood Comprehensive System committee on infant and toddler social and emotional mental health.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Goal: Strengthen and improve conditions for homeless families through coalition building.

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Objective: Ensure homeless children receive needed services as a result of coalitions. Outcome: Head Start programs will increase the number of homeless children served. As member of the homeless committee, Building Brighter Futures, hosted symposium Educating Homeless Children: Challenges and Opportunities. Ninety people attended from various types of programs and agencies including: children and youth agencies, community action agencies, community centers, community services, Head Start programs, health services, higher education, local government offices and office holders, missions and shelters, schools and education services. Participants requested that this be an annual event. Began working on symposium for 2008. Disseminated information on issues surrounding homelessness through monthly and quarterly mailings.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO Director is keeping the Governor's Office and other state officials informed on Federal efforts toward reauthorization. Prepared and hand-delivered district-specific packets to each of Indiana's 150 State Legislators on the Head Start programs in their district, as well as state and national information on the children served.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO Director was appointed by the Governor to be his early childhood liaison to the National Governors Association (NGA). Responsibilities of this ongoing position will include conference calls, surveys, and sharing information on early childhood issues in the State of Indiana. The Director also had the opportunity to give input on the NGA's position on the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Monthly information packets and the quarterly Headlines newsletter contain parent resources and children's pages that can be disseminated to program participants. These resources are produced in both English and Spanish when translation and/or content is available.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Programs, events, and activities that have worked or are working well will be continued and expanded. In addition to those goals, objectives and outcomes planned for funding year three in the grant will continue.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Iowa's main goal in this area was to support Early Childhood Iowa (ECI), an early childhood system development effort supported by the State's Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant. The five goal areas of ECI comprehensive services include health, education, family support, community services, and child care. During 2007, the Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) Director served as co-chair of the Governance, Planning and Administration Component Group. The HSSCO Director also served on the Resources and Funding, and Professional Development component groups and on ECI's leadership team. Accomplishments this year include the Governance group's efforts to expand the diversity of the state's early childhood system development efforts. In collaboration with the Iowa Department of Human Rights, the Child and Family Policy Center, and Drake University, ECI sponsored a one-day, firstever early childhood diversity symposium that addressed racial and ethnic disparities in the areas of early care and education, health, family support, child welfare, professional development, and infant/toddler cultural identity. The Governor served as the keynote. Outcomes include increased diversity in stakeholder meeting participants, ongoing partnership between ECI and state commissions addressing diversity (e.g., Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans, Commission on Latino Affairs, etc.) and a commitment for more ECI-based trainings on diversity. The Governance group sponsored a one-day retreat to study alternative governance structures to better position ECI for long-term stability and effectiveness. The proposals crafted at

Collaboration Director

tom Rendon Iowa Department of education Grimes State Office Building 400 east 14th Street Des Moines, IA 50319 Phone: 515-242-6024 fax: 515-242-6019 [email protected] http://www.iowa.gov/educate/ content/view/634/598/

Lead Agency Contact

lauraBelle Sherman-Proehl Phone: 515-242-6018 fax: 515-242-6019 [email protected] gov

ACF Regional Contact

lynda Bitner ACf Region VII federal Office Building Room 276 2601 east 12th Street Kansas City, MO 64106 Phone: 816-426-2235 fax: 816-426-2888 [email protected]

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the retreat were vetted through ECI committees and leadership and eventually became part of formal legislation establishing ECI within state code during the 2008 legislative session. ECI is also the planner and host of the annual Early Childhood Iowa Congress. The HSSCO serves as a cochair of this effort. The 15th annual conference took place on November 13-14 and featured a keynote address by Karen Ponder, CEO of the North Carolina Partnership for Children, and Luis Hernandez, a Head Start T/TA Professional Development specialist. The conference focused on system development leadership and provided a wide range of breakout sessions addressing health, curriculum, social services, disabilities inclusion, parent education, and networking with state department heads from education, and health and human services. The conference remains an important tool for broad-level state collaboration across health, education, and human services. Collaboration with pre-kindergarten took on new urgency as the State launched the first year of a four-year ramp-up to provide universal access to preschool for all 4-year-olds. The first year began with 68 (of 364) districts in September 2007. Before the Bill was signed into law, the HSSCO participated in discussions with stakeholders. The HSSCO provided input for administrative rules, application procedures, and guidelines. The Bill requires that the district preschool proposal be collaborative and involve community partners, specifically mentioning Head Start among the partners. The administrative rules require that the program collaborate with parents and community partners, specifically mentioning Head Start. Applications must include letters of support, including one from Head Start and declares Head Start Program Performance Standards one of three acceptable standards to ensure program quality. The HSSCO collaborated with Iowa Area Education Agencies to host six regional summits between Head Start programs and school district officials considering applying for round-one funding. In collaboration with the Iowa Association of School Boards Foundation, the HSSCO co-produced a 20-minute video showcasing how collaboration can lead to high-quality preschool programs and featuring a number of positive Head Start/LEA collaborations. The video debuted at a summit for newly awarded districts, was provided to grantees, and made available online. To assist districts in developing a collaborative program proposal for round-two of funding, the HSSCO helped Iowa Department of Education (IDE) personnel to offer technical assistance and host summits on community collaboration. Two of six scheduled summits took place in 2007.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

The HSSCO sought to develop partnerships between Head Start and the nutrition/physical activity initiatives under the direction of the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). In addition to serving on the Iowans Fit For Life early childhood committee and participating in the Shaping America's Youth conference, the HSSCO developed and executed a Memorandum of Agreement among the Iowa Head Start Association (IHSA), the HSSCO, and IDPH on collaborative planning and implementation of Iowa's State Nutrition Action Plan. The HSSCO encouraged Head Start programs to apply for nutrition mini-grants available through the Child and Adult Care Food Programs to fund local nutrition activities to promote healthy eating and physical activity. The HSSCO deepened its partnership with the IPDH by providing modest support for its Governor's Conference on Public Health, "Barn Raising VI: Celebrating Healthy Communities" in August 2007. The conference sponsorship helped signal Head Start's role in health promotion and connect Head Start grantees with new state initiatives to address children's health.

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Working with IHSA, the HSSCO co-hosted a networking session on mental health that featured awareness training on the Maternal Depression screening tool. The session also focused on Iowa's First Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative, an effort to engage medical practices to provide a comprehensive developmental surveillance during well-baby checks. The effort is expanding to five new counties. The HSSCO worked to develop local partnership with Early Head Start in existing counties where services are currently available. The HSSCO continued its involvement in the third annual "Off to a Good Start: Framing Policy for Early Childhood Health Systems Integration" symposium in September 2007, focusing on child health policy. The group celebrated four legislative successes in the past year that will impact Head Start children: funding for the I-Smile Program funding increases in Hawk-I (state SCHP) to serve 13,000 more children funding to expand First Five to impact 42,000 children continued use of Medical Home as an organizing principle to assure all Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) required health services are available to families connected to a medical home

Oral Health

State-level In 2007, the SCO continued to convene the Head Start/Early Head Start Oral Health Work Group. Among the leading members are the State Dental Director, a Head Start Liaison with the Oral Health Bureau, Iowa Department of Public Health, a representative from the Iowa Dental Hygienists Association, and a representative from Delta Dental of Iowa.

Contacts: Heather Miller, RDH Iowa Department of Public Health Oral Health Bureau 321 e. 12th Street Des Moines, IA 50319 Phone: 515-281-7779 fax: 515-242-6384 [email protected] Dr. Bob Russell Iowa Department of Public Health Oral Health Bureau 321 e. 12th Street Des Moines IA 50319 Phone: 515-281-7779 fax: 515-242-6384 [email protected]

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Suzanne Heckenlaible Manager, Community Relations Delta Dental Plan of Iowa 2401 Se tones Drive, Suite 13 Ankeny, IA 50021 Phone: 515-261-5559 fax: 515-261-5573 [email protected] Mary Kelly, RDH Des Moines Health Center 1111 9th Street Des Moines, IA 50314 Phone: 515-255-5048 [email protected]

The Head Start/Early Head Start Oral Health Work Group developed four goals for 2007: Plan and conduct a networking session for both Head Start and the new Title V dental hygienists. The session will begin with a conversation about how I-Smile can support Head Start oral health needs; how the two can collaborate on parent education and other community efforts; and how to place the new hygienists on programs' Health Services Advisory Councils. (The networking session was held with strong participation from both Head Start and the new I-Smile coordinators. Many areas for collaboration at a local level were identified, and some initial communication and coordination has already taken place.) Work with Delta Dental to produce a video version of the oral health flip charts. (Initial research into costs and viability has been explored for the Delta Dental video. Funding has not been sought.) Work on a revision of the flip charts to make them compatible with the new I-Smile manual. (The HSSCO is awaiting further demand (from the I-Smile Coordinators who will use Healthy Smiles for their community education program) before investing in printing the flip charts.) Support and explore future coordination with pediatricians to provide oral health screening. (Funding was secured last year for the pediatrician training, but it is becoming clear that this will do little to address the need for more oral health screening providers.) Local-level There are many local partnerships in Iowa. A sample of programs with close partnerships with dentists is provided here:

Contact: Mid-Iowa Community Action 1001 S. 18th Avenue Marshalltown, IA 50158 Phone: (641) 752-7162

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upper Des Moines Opportunity P.O. Box 519 101 Robins Avenue Graettinger, IA 51342-0519 Phone: (712) 859-3885

Additional Information The HSSCO has been working closely with the Oral Health Bureau to develop public awareness materials. The Oral Health Bureau plans to conduct research and focus groups in the coming year. Head Start will be asked to help organize parent participation in these events. The HSSCO promoted state support for oral health services to Head Start programs and children though the State's new I-Smile program. The effort, now supported by state funding, has placed at least a half-time dental hygienist at almost every Title V agency. The HSSCO ensured that the new I-Smile handbook contains Head Start contact information since one of its functions is to help secure oral health services for Head Start children. The HSSCO worked with the State Oral Health Director to clarify language regarding oral health exams, screenings, and assessments in the State's EPSDT. The proposed language changes now await letters of support from the Iowa chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists. The HSSCO also organized a meeting with health coordinators and the oral health director to discuss the screening and referral protocols for I-Smile coordinators.

Welfare

The HSSCO's goal in the 2006-07 plan was to strengthen partnerships between Head Start and Iowa's Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS), a TANF and state-funded program that provides intensive support for families at risk of welfare dependency. The HSSCO continued to serve on the statewide FaDSS council, encouraging a new strategic orientation for the program by designing a retreat. The retreat gave council members the opportunity to make a strong commitment to supporting low income families and improving services. The HSSCO promoted and saw new legislative language to move FaDSS to the Iowa Department of Human Rights and drafted new language to update and clarify the purpose of the Council and its role in strengthening the FaDSS program. Some of those recommendations, amended in part by the council, were approved and will move forward.

Child Care

Collaboration with Child Care focused on working through the State Child Care Advisory Council (SCCAC) to promote access to high-quality child care for low-income children by increasing the quality and quantity of providers accepting child care assistance. Those efforts involved increasing timeliness of payments, increasing state funding for Child Care Assistance, increasing rates, promoting Head Start participation in wrap-around funding, promoting the Quality Rating System, and pressing for mandatory registration. Accomplishments in 2007 include: The council pressed for and saw legislation that would require Child Care Assistance payments to providers be made within 10 business days of submitting an invoice. Slow payments, some as long as three months, have discouraged providers from taking children on Child Care Assistance. By November 2007, 98.5% of all payments were made within the 10-day period.

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The council pressed for and saw increases Child Care Assistance rates effective January 1, 2007. Additional effort was made to reconsider how to establish special needs rates, which were not affected by rate increase. The HSSCO promoted Head Start participation in wrap-around grants to provide full-day care for Head Start children. In the 2006-07 grant year, the total number of grants to Head Start increased 15% and served 20% more children (1,881) over the previous year. The HSSCO continued to promote Head Start involvement in the Quality Rating System. Currently, 38 classrooms serving Head Start children have been rated, from zero in 2006. The first center to earn the top rating of five stars was Murray Preschool, a collaborative effort between Head Start and a local school district. Overall, 585 child development homes and 266 centers (82 or 14% of child development homes, and 83 or 31% of centers at Level 3 (of 5) and above) received a rating as of November 2007. Only about 8% of homes receiving a Level 3 or higher and 7% of centers at a Level 3 or higher currently had children funded through Child Care Assistance. The HSSCO supported a process by which council members could communicate recommendations and rationale for mandatory home registration for a legislative study committee on home registration. The SCCAC has worked to develop a leadership agenda that reflects collaboration priorities and is connected the ECI Strategic plan. The agenda's strategies include: Increasing the number of regulated child care slots Increasing the number at QRS levels 2 and higher Increasing percent of eligible children served through Child Care Assistance Decreasing the number of confirmed abuse and neglect providers in child care Increasing the number of accredited child care providers Outside of SCCAC, the HSSCO implemented a new Early Head Start pilot project with support from the Child Care and Development Fund, using a home-based model that supports home-based child care providers. The program finished its first year in September 2007 and secured funding for year two using state dollars. The program reached 49 families and 68 children.

Education

In July 2007, the Early Learning Work Team became a new bureau within the IDE called the Bureau of Early Childhood Services. The HSSCO is now part of the new bureau. The HSSCO goal for 2006-07 was to seek adoption of and full verification of meeting Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards (IQPPS) by Iowa preschools. The number of programs in the State adopting the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards increased substantially in 2006-07. The HSSCO encouraged participation because it allows Head Start agencies to be active in local collaboration initiatives around quality and to access funding and training opportunities. See also goals and accomplishments discussed above under Head Start/pre-kindergarten partnerships.

Community Services

The HSSCO's goal in 2006-07 was to foster positive partnership between Head Start and Community Action by launching a Resource Bank and encouraging a joint legislative agenda. The HSSCO supported the annual

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Iowa Community Action Association (ICAA) conference. Both ICAA and IHSA hired the same individual as a state lobbyist, creating a unified legislative presence.

Family Literacy Services

The HSSCO's goal in 2006-07 was to support the state Head Start TA system to offer Steps to Success training and support the book club project through Iowa Public Television (IPTV). The HSSCO worked with IHSA to host a Steps to Success training and encouraged Head Start programs to attend state-funded Every Child Reads (ECR) literacy training supported by the State. The HSSCO supported IPTV's book club project, which included five Head Start programs. SCO also promoted collaboration between Head Start and Even Start. The HSSCO also promoted family literacy at the Early Childhood Iowa Congress, showcasing efforts by a Head Start Parents as Teachers Program, an Even Start program, and IPTV's Book Clubs. As a member of the ECR state team, the HSSCO encouraged broader use of the literacy material, including training of more than 200 Iowans and fostering collaborations with WIC clinics across Iowa. WIC clinics distribute 74,000 books per month, including many to Head Start families. Collaborations will include training and providing information to parents to combine the book distribution effort with training in effective dialogic reading strategies.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Building on success in 2006 from the launch of a Program-Wide Positive Behavior Support (PW-PBS), the HSSCO continued its collaboration with IDE in 2007. A first group of 10 Head Start programs completed training and a year of implementation. The HSSCO secured state funding for a second group, including five Head Start programs. By mid-2008, 15 of Iowa's 18 Head Start programs will have been trained in PW-PBS supported primarily with non-Head Start funds. The HSSCO co-led an effort to secure a 3-year agreement with the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning and Iowa, allowing the State to be one of three states to pilot statewide implementation of preschool PBS.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

No activities reported.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO goals in 2007 were to foster communication between Head Start agencies, IHSA, and early childhood entities in the State, and to support IHSA. The HSSCO expanded or maintained Head Start representation among all the major early childhood advisory groups and facilitated Head Start's presence at discussions around the new state-funded preschool. The HSSCO also provided support to the IHSA, which had one of its most active program years in 2007 and hired its first-ever executive director in May.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO successfully applied for a new 5-year grant from the Office of Head Start. The HSSCO also worked to coordinate Head Start participation in new efforts to coordinate family support programs that are underway through the Iowa Office of Empowerment. The group began to develop new standards and a common evaluation methodology to promote more integrated, high-quality family support services.

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Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The HSSCO made available certified and "refreshed" National Reporting System Spanish language assessors. Many programs have only a small number of Spanish-speaking children and have difficulty finding Spanishspeaking staff or volunteers who are certified as assessors. The HSSCO collaborated and co-sponsored a symposium on early childhood diversity that addressed the need to diversify the early childhood workforce including those from the Latino community. The HSSCO also provided information to grantees about services, activities, and information relevant to their Latino families through its involvement with Latino Unidos of Iowa and the New Iowan Centers.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Small accomplishments can lead to large changes or be utterly inconsequential, making it difficult to determine where to invest the most time and energy. With a new grant year, the HSSCO hopes to be more strategic in emphasizing a finite set of goals and working across multiple fronts to effect positive change.

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Kansas

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) has been an active member of the Early Learning Coordinating Council, which developed the Kansas Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Plan (KECCS). The HSSCO participates in quarterly meetings for the KECCS plan and has incorporated the same five goals in the HSSCO priority areas: Goal 1 To ensure that all Kansas children have access to health insurance and medical homes (medical home = regular source of health care). Goal 2 To fully integrate mental health and social and emotional development into the early childhood system in Kansas (mental health and social and emotional development). Goal 3 To develop a comprehensive and coordinated early childhood care and education system in Kansas encompassing birth to 5 (early care and education services). Goal 4 To educate and mentor parents about childhood health, development, and education (parent education).

Collaboration Director

Carrie Hastings Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services 915 SW Harrison Suite 580 W topeka, KS 66612 Phone: 785-368-6354 fax: 785-296-0146 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Karen Beckerman Phone: 785-296-4717 fax: 785-296-0146 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Markie Crabtree ACf Region VII 601 east 12th St. Rm. 276 Kansas City, MO 64106 Phone: 816-426-2284 fax: 816-426-2888 [email protected]

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Goal 5 To promote a system that helps families develop and utilize both intellectual and material resources to prepare their children for school and life (family supports).

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Continue to partner with the Kansas Head Start Association (KHSA) on the Health Literacy Project, using the book What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick. This project is modeled after UCLA Johnson and Johnson and is supported by Medicaid match dollars. This project will be expanded in 2008 to include five pilot sites, health departments, and/or clinics. A different curriculum has been developed through a partnership with KHSA. Continue to participate on the Early Childhood Mental Health Advisory Council. Nine professionals in Kansas have been endorsed from the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health to expand infant mental health access in Kansas. The HSSCO helped to fund seven infant/toddler mini-conferences in 2007 for professionals and parents in Kansas. Continue participating with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Healthy Homes to promote education regarding lead and asthma.

Welfare

Collaborate with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), Children and Families Services. All foster care contractors are required to use a social and emotional pre-screening tool (SEST). Statewide training was provided in 2006. In addition, Head Start programs were encouraged to write MOUs with foster care contractors in order to increase the number of foster children served in Head Start/Early Head Start. Mail all Head Start programs quarterly lists of families on cash assistance and food stamps, and children in foster care. This is used for recruiting purposes. Participated with SRS TANF Program Manager and two Head Start sites to promote work readiness.

Child Care

The HSSCO is located within the SRS Economic and Employment Support Division, along with the SRS Child Care Subsidy Manager and the State Child Care Administrator. This promotes collaborative opportunities within the development of the agency's TANF State Plan and the Child Care State Plan. The HSSCO participated in the writing of the 2007 State Child Care Plan. The HSSCO collaborates with the SRS Special Initiatives Manager and the Kansas Child Care Resource and Referral Agency to promote availability and quality initiatives for child care in Kansas.

Education

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26-27, 2007. Participants included the Kansas Children Cabinet and Trust Fund, Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC), Kansas State Department of Education Migrant Services, Kansas Children's Service League, Kansas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral, and KHSA. Approximately 90 parents participated in this 1½ day conference. Parents were introduced to public speaking, advocacy, and current issues.

Community Services

The HSSCO participates on the Kansas Fatherhood Coalition and was on the planning committee for the 2007 statewide Kansas Fatherhood Summit. In 2007, 150 people attended the Fatherhood Summit. This is a collaborative planning approach with several entities including SRS, KPIRC, and KHSA.

Family Literacy Services

The HSSCO has participated in the last several years with the N.E. Kansas Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) to promote free books to Head Start/Early Head Start children. The PBS program called Ready To Learn, trains Head Start and Early Head Start Education Managers and home visitors on the importance of teaching families appropriate educational TV and of reading to children. More than 10,000 books were distributed to Head Start children in 2007.

Services to Children with Disabilities

The HSSCO participates on a statewide team selected by the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) to promote inclusion for all children. Technical assistance is provided to Kansas, and a state plan is being developed for this approach. The HSSCO helped fund a statewide Head Start/Children with Disabilities Conference in 2007 to promote collaboration and coordination at the local community level between infant/toddler Part C and school district Part B 619 services.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

The HSSCO promoted collaboration between Head Start programs and homeless shelters in their service area. Head Start programs were encouraged to provide flyers and brochures to all shelter directors in their service area.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO is located within the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, which is responsible for state and Federal policies regarding TANF, Child Care, and Food Stamps. The HSSCO Director attends monthly policy meetings with program staff and managers relating to planning and policies. The HSSCO also participates on the Early Learning Coordinating Council. The focus in 2007 was around creating an Office of Early Childhood.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO Director is an Ex-Officio non-voting KHSA board member. In 2007, the board members supported KHSA's decision to apply for a statewide home visitation training. KHSA was awarded the grant to provide training to all direct support staff including Head Start.

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Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The HSSCO funded the printing of written materials in Spanish at the Kansas Fatherhood Summit and the Parent Leadership Conference. Spanish interpreters were provided for the Parent Leadership Conference. The HSSCO assisted the PBS Ready To Learn project coordinator in choosing appropriate books to dual language learner children and their families.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

In 2007, the Kansas Legislature approved the move of the Pre-K Pilots from the Kansas Children's Cabinet and Trust Fund to the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE). The HSSCO will work closely with KSDE on an advisory council in 2008 to coordinate services with Head Start and child care.

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Kentucky

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) and several Head Start leaders participated in the Strong Start initiative, sponsored by the Prichard Committee. Kentucky's Strong Start has as its goal making high-quality preschool available to every Kentucky child. At the time of this report the Strong Start initiative is ongoing. Sponsored three forums to elicit parent input into the Kentucky's Strong Start initiative. Participated in the distribution of Kentucky's Early Childhood Continuous Assessment Guide, which provides guidelines and practices in all areas of assessment. This voluntary guide provides a mechanism for early care and education programs to measure and document child outcomes. Participated in the distribution of the Kentucky Early Childhood Quality Self Study, which is designed to assist classrooms and programs in self-assessing and planning for continuous improvement. Participated in the distribution of Kentucky Early Childhood Standards, designed to assist parents, early care and education professionals, administrators, and others in understanding what children are able to know and do from birth through four. Continue to assist state and local efforts to efforts to fully enroll and use Head Start programs. At present, 170 of Kentucky's 174 school districts fully utilize Head Start 4-year-old enrollments.

Collaboration Director

earl trevor Kentucky Department of education 500 Mero Street frankfort, KY 40601 Phone: 502-564-8341 fax: 502-564-1984 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Annette Bridges, Director Division of early Childhood Development Kentucky Department of education 500 Mero Street Capital Plaza tower Room 1710 frankfort, KY 40601 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Bobby Griffin ACf Region IV 60 forsyth Street Suite 4M60 Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404-652-2874 fax: 404-562-2983 [email protected]

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Participated in the review of the Kentucky Interagency Agreement for Providing Programs and Services to All Children. Gathered December 1 enrollment data from Head Start grantees using the same format as Kentucky Department of Education state-funded preschool. This allows the state to monitor local enrollment outcomes.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Continue to support a partnership between Jefferson County Public Schools Early Childhood Program, Anderson County Early Childhood Regional Training Center, and the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work, which works to foster the social and emotional development of children enrolled in the Jefferson County Public Schools Early Childhood Program. Intensive training to classroom and support staff continues with strong emphasis on program sustainability. Participate in the Partnership for a Fit Kentucky, a public/private partnership, which supports the Kentucky Department for Public Health's CDC Obesity Prevention Grant. The focus is on promoting nutrition and physical active communities. The HSSCO Director attended Fall 2007 Partnership for a Fit Kentucky Training Institute and distributed Head Start materials including I Am Moving, I am Learning materials. Continue to support the statewide adoption of I Am Moving, I am Learning.

Oral Health

State-level In 2008, Kentucky enacted House Bill 186, which requires all children entering public school, including state-funded preschool to have a dental exam. The exam can be performed "by a qualified dental professional, physician, registered nurse, advanced registered nurse practitioner, or physician assistant." If evidence of dental disease is found, the child must be referred to a dentist.

Contact: Julie W. McKee State Dental Director 275 east Main Street frankfort, KY 40621 (502) 564-3246 [email protected]

Local-level The HSSCO has participated in Kentucky's Oral Health Strategic Planning Committee.

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Additional Information The HSSCO continues to participate in Kentucky's Oral Health Strategic Planning Committee. LKLP Head Start has partnered with U.K. Rural Dental Health Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to provide dental exams, sealants and family oral health education.

Contact: nikki Stone, DMD Dental Program Director uK north fork Valley Community Health Center uK Center for Rural health 750 Morton Boulevard Hazard, KY 41701 (606) 439-3357

OVEC Head Start partners with PASSPORT Health Plan (Medicaid). Contact person Marcelline Coots, is an active member of the OVEC Head Start Health Services Advisory Committee. As an advocate for Head Start, Ms. Coots has helped bring the Colgate Dental Van to OVEC Head Start, allowing Head Start and Early Head Start children in Henry and Shelby counties to participate in the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Program®.

Contact: Marcelline Coots Coordinator of Corporate Initiatives Community Affairs Supervisor PASSPORt Health Plan (Medicaid) (502) 585-7955 [email protected]

Lincoln County Head Start partners with Dr. Shea Lair, who has been a strong advocate for Head Start for several years. Dr. Lair provides parent training, serves on the Head Start advisory council, visits classrooms, provides literature, toothbrushes and dental floss, provides dental care for children who do not have a dental home, and works closely with the program staff to provide services to families.

Contact: Dr. Shea lair 603 lancaster Street Stanford, KY 40484 (606) 365-7803

Williamstown Head Start/Preschool partners with the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department to offer preventative dental fluoride varnishing to all Head Start applicants. The child receives a dental kit with instructions for post-application care, a toothbrush, and toothpaste. Parents receive dental

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education. During February, Children's Dental Health Month, all classes received a dental education lesson presented by a Healthy Start consultant from the health department. The children received a new toothbrush and dental education materials for their families.

Contact: northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department 610 Medical Village Dr. edgewood, KY 41017 (859) 341-4264 fax: (859) 578-3689

Welfare

Participated in the continuing series of meetings in which the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Community Based Services, began the development of a strategic plan (Title IV-B State plan) to provide services designed to help children safely and appropriately return to families from which they have been removed. Worked with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to refine the system by which Kentucky Head Start and Early Head Start programs access TANF and Food Stamp lists to assist with recruitment efforts. All 32 Head Start grantees accessed the system as part of their recruitment efforts.

Child Care

Supports the Head Start/Early Head Start-Commonwealth of Kentucky partnership in which seven Head Start programs have used state child care subsidy dollars to serve Head Start/Early Head Start children beyond the regular half-day of services. Supports Head Start's involvement in STARS for KIDS NOW, Kentucky's voluntary quality rating system for licensed child care centers. Seventeen of Kentucky's 32 grantees participate in STARS for KIDS NOW.

Education

In Spring 2007, the HSSCO presented at a series of Early Childhood Regional Training Center Preschool Leadership meetings. The HSSCO regularly attends Kentucky Department of Education preschool branch meetings to discuss local collaboration issues. In conjunction with Kentucky Department of Education, the HSSCO regularly consults with and visits communities struggling with collaborative issues. The HSSCO, in cooperation with the Kentucky Early Childhood Transition Project, began planning for a model early childhood to primary transition project.

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Community Services

The HSSCO has assisted in the development of Kentucky's system of Community Early Childhood Council (CECC), which brings communities together to support issues of importance to children and families. The HSSCO supported the highly successful CECC council retreat. The HSSCO and the CEEC coordinator developed a tool kit to provide council members with technical assistance in conducting effective meetings, gaining community support and writing effective grants.

Family Literacy Services

The HSSCO presented on local collaboration at the Kentucky Even Start Coordinators meeting.

Services to Children with Disabilities

The HSSCO regularly attends Kentucky Head Start Association disabilities committee meetings. HSSCO fosters the coordination of local disability services through completion of the disabilities section of the Local Agreement For Cooperation On Full Utilization Of Head Start.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

During 2007, the HSSCO issued email reminders to Head Start grantees of the provisions of the McKinneyVento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act of 2001, which requires that agencies adopt policies and practices to ensure enrollment.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO ensured Head Start participation in the development of the Kentucky Interagency Agreement for Providing Programs and Services to All Children. The HSSCO has continued the application of the 2006-07 Partnership Agreement between the Kentucky Department of Education and Region IV ACF.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Maintained its partnership with Mountain Mission Development Corporation, an interdenominational, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation that works in cooperation with all entities and resources for the benefit of the people of Eastern Kentucky. Supported a training partnership between Kentucky's T/TA Network and the five Early Childhood Regional Training centers. Attends quarterly planning meetings between the representatives of the Kentucky T/TA network and the executive director of the Kentucky Head Start Association. Attends Kentucky Head Start Association meetings and serves on KHSA executive committee.

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Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The HSSCO attended the Kentucky Department of Education Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Workgroup. Over the past 4-5 years Kentucky has experienced growth in the LEP population. Kentucky has a significant number of schools with low incidence (less than 10 per school district) of LEP students, ethical and legal precepts protect the rights of these children. However, Federal legislation, includes the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), which includes children aged 3-21. In 2007 the Kentucky Head Start Association held a series of trainings dealing with the acquisition of Spanish language skills by Head Start staff.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Continue support for fatherhood initiatives across the State. At present, Northern Kentucky, OVEC, Jefferson County, and Middle Kentucky River Head Starts have strong fatherhood initiatives from which the Head Start community might draw expertise. More strongly support local efforts to coordinate services to Hispanic children and families. Enhance partnerships with faith-based organizations. Work to reconnect with Kentucky's Oral Health Strategic Planning Committee. With the retirement of Dr. James Cecil, a longtime advocate for children's oral health and the passage of House Bill 186, Kentucky stands at a crossroads. New champions are needed to advocate for the oral health needs of Kentucky's children.

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Louisiana

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) is now located in the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, along with several other state child care and early childhood service providers (Child Care Licensing, Bright Start, Quality Rating System, Child Care, and Residential Licensing). The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education has embarked on an initiative to establish an Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS), Bright Start, in Louisiana that addresses the following priority areas: Access to Health Insurance and Medical Homes Mental Health and Social and Emotional Development Early Care and Education Parent Education Family Support Financing The results of this unique partnership has facilitated the development of ECCS in Louisiana that will eventually design collaboration models for policymakers; pre-kindergarten expansion in Louisiana; the appropriation of state funding for pre-kindergarten services; and future collaboration between education, child care; and Head Start through a newly developed Quality Rating System (QRS). The HSSCO continues to work with the Department of Education State Pre-kindergarten Administrator and the Depart-

Collaboration Director

Kahree A. Wahid Department of Social Services 627 north 4th Street Baton Rouge, lA 70802 Phone: 225-342-1292 fax: 225-219-4248 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Adren Wilson Assistant Secretary Department of Social Services 627 north 4th Street Baton Rouge, lA 70804 Phone: 225-342-3950 fax: 225-219-9399

ACF Regional Contact

Susan Johnston ACf Region VI 1301 Young Street Room 937 Dallas, tX 75202 Phone: 214-767-8844 fax: 214-767-2038 [email protected]

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ment of Social Services Child Care and Early Childhood Education Division Director, as well as Head Start entities to encourage further collaboration, utilization of efforts, and resources. Collaboration efforts include: Greater Advantage Plan. Ongoing participation on the Greater Advantage Plan (GAP) committee that is aggressively working on a plan to develop a Family Learning Center model in New Orleans and eventually across the State. The HSSCO is instrumental in facilitating the planning and strategizing necessary to accomplish this endeavor. Partners include: Department of Social Services (Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Division Director), state pre-kindergarten partners, Head Start directors, local School Board representatives, and numerous other supporters from within the State, as well as outside of Louisiana. Weekly meetings are held in New Orleans; however, when participants are unable to attend meetings face-to-face, they participate via conference calls. Projected date for opening the center has been moved to January 2008. Children's Cabinet. Continue to serve on the Louisiana Children's Cabinet Advisory Board and participate in monthly meetings. The HSSCO Director represents the HSSCO, as well as the Louisiana Head Start Association (LHSA) on the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board was established by statute and is appointed by the Governor. The Board meets monthly in an effort to seek, encourage, and develop ways in which to collaboratively address issues and needs of children receiving services from the multiple state departments. The focus: LaCHIP -- Health insurance, for previously uninsured children. LA-4 -- Developmentally appropriate quality early childhood education program. Nurse Home Visitations -- Nurses provide ongoing pre-natal services to first-time mothers. School-Based Health Clinics -- Primary and preventive physical and mental health services for school-aged children at their schools. Early Childhood Supports and Services -- Community-based mental health services for at-risk youth focusing on early intervention and prevention. Quality Rating Steering Committee and Bright Start. Continue to be a part of the Department of Social Services Quality Rating Steering Committee and Bright Start meetings as discussions become necessary. The Steering Committee's aim is to develop a Quality Rating System for Early Childhood programs in Louisiana. The Steering Committee works toward developing a system that assesses, supports improvement of, and communicates the level of quality in the early care education programs in Louisiana. Participated in work group sessions particularly focusing on the Early Child Care staff qualifications work group. Facilitated discussions with Head Start and T/TA Specialists to encourage Head Start programs to participate in the ECRS training. Head Start/pre-kindergarten/child care collaboration. Continue to provide Head Start programs with information, through LHSA meetings and by way of TA Network, regarding Head Start/pre-kindergarten/child care collaboration initiatives. Extended invitations to child care providers to participate in meetings, workshops, and seminars related to child care initiatives. Participated in meetings and serve on committees concerned with improving and enhancing Head Start/pre-kindergarten/child care collaboration.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care Continue to serve on the State Interagency Coordinating Council for the Early Steps Programs, the Part C Provider. This is the Louisiana program for identifying children from birth to three with potential developmental delays. The Council works to establish systems to address identification and needed services

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that can be delivered in the natural environment. The Council is comprised of representatives from State Department Services, Child Care Resources and Referral agencies, child care providers, and parents of children with delays. Worked with the Child Care Information Center and Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). The Council developed a birth to three training session that was cancelled due to Hurricane Katrina. Pursuing strategies geared toward connecting with local colleges and universities for the purpose of developing collaborative efforts that would engage student interns, dental students, and health care students to assist in efforts to provide some health care services to Head Start children at minimal cost. Participated in National Child Care Partnership meeting in Washington, D.C. Provided travel arrangements for state partners (Pre-kindergarten and LHSA President) to attend and participate in National Strengthening State Systems Meeting.

Oral Health

As stated above under "Health," the HSSCO is pursuing strategies to build collaborations with local colleges and universities intended to engage dental students to assist in providing oral health care services to Head Start children at minimal cost.

Welfare

Continue to support the Governor's Solutions to Poverty directed by Drew Murray, with outreach to the Head Start community on initiatives sponsored by Solutions to Poverty. One initiative is outreach for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Continue facilitating the presence of state agency staff during Head Start meetings, trainings, and conferences. Identify and make training opportunities available through the Office of Family Support, the Department of Social Services. Head Start initiatives are ongoing.

Child Care

See National Child Care Partnership meeting under "Health Care." See Quality Rating Steering Committee and Bright Start above. See Head Start-pre-kindergarten-child care collaboration above.

Education

As stated above, the HSSCO continues to work with the Department of Education State Pre-kindergarten Administrator and the Department of Social Services Child Care and Early Childhood Education Division Director, as well as Head Start entities to encourage further collaboration, utilization of efforts and resources.

Community Services

See "Welfare" section above. Serve Children's Cabinet above.

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Family Literacy Services

Continue to partner with the Department of Education on statewide literacy initiatives. Continue to encourage ongoing relationships with Head Start and state and local libraries with the development of partnership agreements. Also support participation with and collaboration on services offered by the State Library System. Continue to support and encourage Head Start participation in financial literacy initiatives sponsored by Solutions to Poverty. Continue to encourage and promote quality family reading initiatives through the distribution reading materials.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Convened an interdepartmental committee meeting for the purpose of developing a Memorandum of Understanding/Interagency Agreement for services to children in early child care/education/Head Start with disabilities. Committee met to discuss strategies aimed at reaching and serving these children with disabilities in a comprehensive manner. Committee is comprised of various health care professionals, including mental health professionals, pediatricians, social workers, and counselors. Meetings are structured with solution-oriented discussions aimed at the formulation of plans to better reach and serve all lowincome families with children. Continue to address the needs of children and families with disabilities from a state perspective by serving on the Children's Cabinet Advisory Board with a focus on the need for additional resources and services. Continue to attend and provide reports on Head Start and child-related issues for the Developmental Disabilities Council during regularly scheduled meetings.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Continue to participate in the Statewide Homeless Coalition by attending quarterly meetings and assisting the coalition with identifying homeless children and families. Addressing the needs and developing strategies for the reduction or eradication of homelessness. Assist with identifying homeless Head Start children and educating service providers, particularly the Head Start community by prioritizing enrollment in Head Start.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Serving on the Governor's Children Cabinet Advisory Board sharing information and making recommendation to the Governor and legislature for adequate funding, policies, and support for programs vital to the success of Louisiana's children and families. Serving on Bright Start Steering Committee and addressing ideas for the expansion of pre-kindergarten and collaboration with Head Start and child care through possible legislation during the next legislative session.

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Serving on the Quality Rating Steering Committee assisting with the development of a Quality Rating System (QRS) that is inclusive of Head Start and Child Care in the expansion of pre-kindergarten and improving the quality of services to children and families in Louisiana.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Continue to serve on the Louisiana Children's Cabinet Advisory Board and participate in monthly meetings. Attended the National Forum on Head Start and Pre-kindergarten in Washington D.C., January 16-19, 2007. Attended the ACF Region VI 2007 Mid-Winter Leadership Training Conference in Dallas, TX, January 22-25, 2007. Participated in Region VI conference calls with Shannon Hills and other Region VI HSSCO Directors. On-site visit to the Iberville Head Start grantee in February 2007. On-site visit to the following grantees in March 2007: West Feliciana Head Start, Assumption Parish School Board, St. Mary CAA, and Sabine Parish School Board. Attended LHSA Mini Conference and Board Meeting in Baton Rouge, March 21-23, 2007. Presenter at the Office of Family Support Regional Administrators' Meeting March 28-29, 2007, in Cypress Bend. Presented workshop at the Food and Nutrition Conference in Baton Rouge, March 30, 2007.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Louisiana has seen an increase in the Hispanic population. However, there have not been significant increases in Head Start enrollment throughout the State. This unique situation necessitates the need for the HSSCO availability to facilitate collaborations between grantees and state and Federal agencies providing services to the Hispanic children and families in Louisiana. The HSSCO maintains a close relationship with grantees providing services to Hispanic children and families in the State. This relationship is vital to assessing the needs of Hispanic children and families, while giving special attention to any trends or findings which necessitate the need for providing particular resources and services. Immunization and proper documentation are just a few of the essentials needed to connect families with services, including Head Start. Louisiana has a unique arrangement with a Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program that is based in Arkansas. Louisiana Migrant and Seasonal Head Start families are becoming permanent residents once they move into Louisiana's farming communities. The HSSCO offers support and maintains a close working relationship with local programs providing services to the State's Hispanic and migrant communities. The HSSCO also keeps in regular phone contact and attends meetings with the regional LA CAP and LHSA.

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How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The expansion of Louisiana's pre-kindergarten programs will be a major focus for the coming year. This expansion will bring new and difficult challenges for the HSSCO and stakeholders as attempts are made to create a new collaborative environment within the State. Pre-kindergarten, Head Start, and child care must now collectively design a state-based system that will allow early childhood services to be delivered from a diverse delivery system that includes: child care, Head Start, and the Department of Education. While pre-kindergarten expansion in Louisiana has both public and governmental support, the success of this expansion will be determined by collaborative partnerships between child care, Head Start, and the Department of Education. Flexibility and the blending of resources and services will be required to maximize this collaborative effort. Stakeholders are currently working on diverse delivery systems, which will have a set of child care standards developed through QRS and professional development opportunities through agencies such as Louisiana Pathways.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Published and distributed a Funding Collaborations Guide for Early Care and Education Partnerships in Maine. www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/publications.shtml Organized an interagency task force that included members from the Office of Child and Family Services, Office of Integrated Access and Support, Department of Health and Human Services; Department of Education; Head Start directors and child care directors to develop guidelines for developing pre-kindergarten and Head Start or child care partnerships. A statement of commitment to partnerships for early care and education signed by the Commissioners of the Departments of Education (DOE) and Health and Human Services is included in the guide. Supported the partnership between the early care and education professional development system and the pre-kindergarten system that resulted in two accreditation cohorts to provide technical assistance to Head Start and pre-kindergarten programs as they work through the process of becoming accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Served on the Pre-kindergarten Resource Group that developed standards for public pre-kindergarten programs. Other members included Head Start directors, child care licensing, public school principals and others. The standards include indicators from Head Start performance standards, licensing, NAEYC accreditation standards and other sources. The standards will go through the rule-making process in Fall 2008.

Collaboration Director

Carolyn Drugge Department of Health and Human Services 2 Anthony Avenue 11 State House Station Augusta, Maine 04333 Phone: 207-624-7957 fax: 207-287-6156 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Brenda Harvey DHHS Commissioner Phone: 207-287-4223 fax: 207-287-3005 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

tom Killmurray ACf Region I JfK federal Building Government Center Boston, MA 02203 Phone: 617-565-1104 fax: 617-565-2493 [email protected]

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Using the Wisconsin model as a guide, worked with the pre-kindergarten specialist at DOE, a Head Start director and others to develop a model that provides a "collaboration coach" to communities who are interested in developing a public pre-k program in collaboration with Head Start and child care programs in the area. Maine law requires that public schools planning to open a pre-kindergarten program must include community agencies in their planning process. Continue coordination with the early care and education professional development system to facilitate Head Start access to training on the Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines. The Guidelines are being implemented in public pre-kindergarten programs, Head Start, and child care programs across the State. Training of a percentage of staff on the use of the Guidelines is required for a program to reach the top level of the Maine Quality Rating Scale. The Head Start Blue and Gold Certificates are used as part of the criteria for the top step of the Maine Child Care Quality Rating Scale. Head Start is well integrated into the Quality Rating System.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Objective 1 Continue to expand Head Start/child care health partnerships in order to improve children's and families' access to health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services while maximizing resources. Outcomes Coordinated with the Maine Oral Health Director and the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to apply for a Friends of Children Fund grant through the American Academy of Pediatrics. The grant would to focus on training pediatricians and providing outreach and offering training to Early Head Start personnel in early oral health risk assessment through lunch-time training sessions.

Oral Health

State-level Coordinated with the Maine Oral Health Director and the Maine chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to apply for a Friends of Children Fund grant through the American Academy of Pediatrics. The grant would to focus on training pediatricians and providing outreach and offering training to Early Head Start personnel in early oral health risk assessment through lunch-time training sessions. A more intensive training opportunity working with four pediatric practices in diverse geographic locations throughout Maine will be developed. This project will support the work of the Maine Oral Health Program (OHP) in connecting pediatric practices with dental hygienists in order to create "dental specialists" within the pediatric practice. This connection will facilitate accessible oral health assessments for infants and toddlers within the pediatric practice. Additionally, through collaboration with the OHP, this service will be offered in other settings such as Early Head Start centers. The lunch-time learning sessions will consist of one-hour presentations on oral health risk, prevention and intervention strategies, and referral resources. It will be based on the AAP Oral Health Risk Assessment Training.

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A modified and shortened Institute for Health Improvement (IHI) Learning Collaborative will be used to further develop a successful model for oral health risk assessment training within four pediatric practices in diverse areas of the State. The funding was received, and the organizations will work together to recruit Head Start programs and physicians The Maine Dental Access Coalition developed the Maine Oral Health Improvement Plan, published in November 2007. The Plan can be accessed at www.maine.gov/dhhs/bohdcfh/odh/news.htm

Contact: Judy feinstein Oral Health Program Maine Center for Disease Control, DHHS 11 SHS, 286 Water Street 5th floor Augusta, Me 04330-0011 (207) 287-3267 [email protected]

The Governor's Oral Health Task Force was created in September 2007 to develop recommendations for short and long-term solutions to expand access to high-quality oral health care programs for all Maine citizens, particularly children, the elderly, underinsured, and the uninsured. The Commissioner of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation serves as Chair.

Contact: Judy feinstein (See contact information above.)

In May 2008, Gov. Baldacci signed LD 2277, An Act Regarding the Sunrise Review of Oral Health Care Issues. The law allows dental hygienists to operate an independent practice without supervision by a dentist. The independent practitioner must be a licensed hygienist, meet additional educational requirements, and provide a patient with a referral plan to a dentist for any necessary dental care. Local-level The Maine Oral Health Program compiled a directory to assist health and social services professionals likely to assist clients who do not have a regular dentist in obtaining the dental care they need. The publication, Dental Clinics and Services for Low Income Persons in Maine is available at www.maine.gov/dhhs/bohdcfh/odh/ news.htm. Additional Information A staff member is part of the Maine Dental Access Coalition. Work continues on the implementation of the Maine Head Start Oral Health Plan.

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Welfare

The HSSCO is located within the Office of Child and Family Services, which includes Child Welfare, Children's Behavioral Health, and Early Childhood Divisions. This DHHS re-organization has created opportunities for linkages with the Child Welfare Division and Children's Behavioral Health including grant applications, mandated reporter training, and a focus on the impact of expulsions from early childhood programs on young children.

Child Care

See previous activities.

Education

See previous activities.

Community Services

Objective 1 To develop and strengthen the Head Start and AmeriCorps linkage. Outcome The HSSCO has had an AmeriCorps VISTA staff member since September. Her work has focused on children without homes and the role of Head Start. See below.

Family Literacy Services

Objective 1 To support and increase effective literacy partnerships with the Maine Humanities Council "Born to Read" program, Even Start, and other literacy programs. Outcomes The HSSCO and the Child Care Program both provide funding to the Maine Humanities Council's Born to Read Program, which provides books to classrooms and trains volunteers to read to children at Head Start programs. The HSSCO Director serves on the Maine Family Literacy Council, which coordinates many early literacy programs. The HSSCO provided a list of books that supported standards in the Early Childhood Learning Guidelines to all Maine libraries. This will encourage family learning related to the Guidelines and support child care and Head Start programs as they implement the Guidelines.

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Services to Children with Disabilities

Objective 1 To support and increase effective partnerships to meet the needs of families with children with special needs by continuing and expanding Head Start/child care special needs partnerships. Outcomes Developed an early childhood mental health consultation model in collaboration with the Children's Behavioral Health Program. This program was funded by THRIVE, a Systems of Care Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Mental health consultants receive training on working within an early childhood setting, including Head Start. Additional funding was provided to expand the mental health consultation model and to support coordination between the mental health consultants serving in this role.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Objective 1 Strengthen and link resources for Head Start programs serving preschool children experiencing homelessness and migrant children as appropriate. Outcomes A survey of Maine's homeless and domestic violence shelters was conducted to learn whether homeless shelters with children are aware of and connected to the community services available, including Head Start. The survey, adapted from a survey administered by the Connecticut HSSCO, included general questions such as the number of children ages birth to 5 served yearly by the shelter, as well as more specific questions such as barriers to Head Start services. The surveys were conducted onsite at the homeless shelters. Surveys of domestic violence shelters were mailed to the shelters to protect confidentiality. When surveys were conducted at the homeless shelters, a local Head Start staff member would join the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)-Early Childhood Division AmeriCorps VISTA member to administer the survey and to distribute materials about the Head Start programs in the area, as well as publications about other early childhood community services. Often, the relationship between the shelter and the Head Start program was either inconsistent or nonexistent; the shelter visits helped bridge that gap. In one instance, a Memorandum of Understanding was created between the shelter and the local Head Start to strengthen their relationship. An Advisory Group to the Homeless Survey Project was created to advise on the project and to increase collaboration between various state agencies that deal with homeless children. This group consists of two Head Start directors, the HSSCO Director, the Department of Education Homeless Services Coordinator, Maine State Housing Authority's Director of Homeless Initiatives, and the DHHS- Early Childhood Division VISTA member. In addition to the work with the shelter survey, the main focus of that group has been planning a conference, scheduled for November 2008, to increase awareness of the issues facing homeless children. The conference would to bring together Head Start programs, Department of Education McKinney-Vento homeless liaisons, and homeless and domestic violence shelter staff. The conference will include information about the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, presented by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth's policy director Barbara

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Duffield, and provide time for Head Start staff, homeless liaisons, and shelter staff to meet by region. Ideally, a follow-up conference encouraging cooperation on early childhood homeless issues will be held in each region.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Head Start directors serve on the Child Care Advisory Council, the Maine Advisory Council on Special Education, and the Stakeholders Group for EduCare Projects in Maine, and participate in the development of the Collaboration Coaches Model and the Early Childhood Task Force (SECCS Grant). Head Start directors made presentations to the Commission on Early Childhood created by the Legislature. The Commission met during Summer 2007 and developed a report and legislation to support Early Care and Education in Maine, including Head Start with a special emphasis on Early Head Start. Head Start directors participated in the Governor's Summit on Early Childhood, held November 2007. Business leaders and philanthropists were introduced to the Invest Early concept by national leaders such as George Kaiser.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The Healthy Maine Partnerships regional groups made up of community medical personnel, families, and others who work with state agencies to improve the health of Maine Citizens, are collaborating with Maine Head Start programs to implement the I Am Moving, I Am Learning curriculum and other programs to reduce early childhood obesity. The Partnerships provided funding for Head Start agencies to implement the IMIL Curriculum and set up research to measure changes. The Harvard Prevention Research Project conducted a survey of Head Start home visitors, classroom teachers, and parents to gather baseline information related to physical activities and nutrition. The survey asked about classroom physical activities, classroom nutrition activities, and staff knowledge related to nutrition, physical activities, and barriers to discussing these issues with parents. The parent survey focused on food being served, physical activities, TV time, and openness to Head Start staff discussing these issues with them. The report on the survey included opportunities for change related to all the topics. The information gained will be used to inform training needs and support staff on these topics.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The Maine Humanities Council, in collaboration with the HSSCO, offered the training, Many Eyes, Many Voices, to Head Start and child care staff statewide. This training is part of the Maine Roads to Quality Core Knowledge Training. The HSSCO provided training to increase awareness of multi-cultural issues.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Work plan for next year will be expanded to include new opportunities for collaboration that have been developed during the year.

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Maryland

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The overarching goal of the Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) is to establish partnerships and collaborative efforts to build an effective early care and education system and achieve positive outcomes and results for children. State and community early care and education needs are examined, gaps in services identified, issues raised, and linkages created to provide resources and services for children in Head Start, Early Head Start (EHS), and other children from low-income families through the efforts of many early childhood stakeholders. Two Statewide agreements, one between the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland Head Start Association (MHSA) and the other between the HSSCO, MHSA, the Infants and Toddlers Program and Preschool Special Education Services in MSDE, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and the Region III Office continue to improve school readiness for all Head Start children, including those with disabilities. Local agreements based on the State model address common areas that Head Start and public schools work on collaboratively, including strategies for joint planning, parent involvement, articulation (curriculum and transition), and professional development. Local facilitation by the HSSCO Director continues to renew and further local partnerships, including the assignation of some Head Start programs as public pre-kindergarten programs. The consolidation of many child and family services in MSDE

Collaboration Director

linda Zang Maryland State Department of education 200 West Baltimore Street 10th floor Baltimore, MD 21201 Phone: 410-767-0140 fax: 410-333-6226 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Same as above

ACF Regional Contact

nancy elmore AfC Region III 150 S. Independence Mall West Suite 864 Philadelphia, PA 19106-3499 Phone: 215-861-1000 fax: 215-861-4071 [email protected]

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brought together HSSCO, pre-kindergarten/kindergarten policy, program accreditation, Judith P. Hoyer Partnerships, credentialing, early childhood professional development, child care licensing and subsidy, home visiting, special education, and the contracts for Maryland's family support centers and resource and referral centers. As a result, opportunities in many arenas are created and shared that improve access to services and program quality, including partnerships for full-day, year-round services. A Head Start Collaboration and Judy Center Partnerships Advisory Council was formed from two separate committees to address Head Start/pre-kindergarten/child care issues, share information, and work collaboratively to improve early childhood systems. The president of the MHSA, the selected Judy Center co-chair, and the HSSCO Director staff the Council. The HSSCO Director participated on the Federal Partners team to design a collaboration action plan to deliver quality pre-kindergarten/Head Start/child care services in Maryland.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

The HSSCO Director works with the Coordinator of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on several projects, including early childhood mental health, early childhood health consultation, and a survey on the oral health of Head Start children in Maryland that is currently underway. The HSSCO is a part of the planning and implementation of the Pyramid Model Training Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children. Twice in 2008, Head Start and child care educators will receive training, and demonstration sites will be established to improve the ability of programs to address the social and emotional health of young children, birth to five. The HSSCO Director is a member of the Early Childhood Mental Health Steering Committee that provides advice to the MSDE Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Network that provides early childhood mental health consultation to Head Start and child care programs.

Oral Health

Information on Maryland's state- and local-level partnerships can be found at the end of this report. Welfare The HSSCO Director participates in reviewing and advising Judy Center Partnerships that include the local department of social services representative along with Head Start and other community representatives to create and ensure productive relationships between all partners to benefit children in those programs. Finding Words is a national forensic interviewing course for law enforcement officers to learn how to talk with typical young children. The HSSCO facilitated the participation of Head Start at an event for officers to prepare for applying appropriate interviewing techniques for children in crisis. The HSSCO Director worked with the State subsidy program to develop a simplified application process for Head Start parents, improve policies at local departments of social services, and facilitate local subsidy agreements.

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Child Care

The HSSCO connects Head Start/Early Head Start programs with child care licensing offices. Information is shared with grantees, and facilitation has been provided to assist local grantees and licensing offices address barriers and streamline licensing processes. The HSSCO Director, an Early Head Start Coordinator, and a Head Start Director serve on the Office of Child Care Advisory Council to explore collaboration issues and develop opportunities with public and private interest stakeholders. Information is disseminated on MSDE funding opportunities that require partnerships between Head Start/Early Head Start, pre-kindergarten, and child care. The HSSCO Director manages a Head Start State Supplemental grant for expanding hours and days of services, often in partnership with child care. The MHSA, HSSCO, and family child care and child care center associations began developing an agreement to work together on school readiness.

Education

The HSSCO worked with MSDE and resource and referral centers to expand the availability of professional development on the Maryland Model for School Readiness, the Ounce Scale, or other approved frameworks and assessments. Information is shared on the MSDE Credentialing Program whereby training costs are reimbursed, bonuses provided, and tuition is partially reimbursed. The Career and Professional Development Fund pays for college tuition for eligible applicants. The HSSCO Director worked with Head Start programs and community colleges to allow Head Start/ Early Head Start staff with a Child Development Associate credential (CDA) to enroll in early childhood college courses where a CDA may be accepted for six credits.

Community Services

The HSSCO continues to work with Montgomery County Head Start to offer an annual summer training and mentoring course to child care providers to improve the quality of their services through adopting the Head Start Program Performance Standards. The HSSCO Director is the liaison between PNC Financial Services and Head Start programs in Maryland. PNC offers volunteer services from bank employees, school readiness materials, and competitive funding to improve Head Start program quality.

Family Literacy Services

A series of parent tip sheets produced by the Ready At Five Partnership provides information on child development and school readiness. The information is shared with Head Start/Early Head Start programs monthly. The HSSCO Director works with MSDE Adult Education, Even Start, local education agencies, Head

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Start/Early Head Start programs, and Judith P. Hoyer Partnerships to coordinate joint family literacy activities. The HSSCO participated with MSDE Office of Library Services and Enoch Pratt Library on bookmobile visits to local Head Start programs. Locally, libraries and resource and referral agencies offer literacy activities for Head Start children and parents throughout the year.

Services to Children with Disabilities

As noted above, a state agreement has influenced Maryland jurisdictions to improve the availability and quality of services for children with disabilities and their families. The HSSCO is an active participant in the Tremaine Foundation Early Identification Advisory Committee projects. The HSSCO Director assisted in the development of a Memorandum of Agreement that was signed between MSDE, MHSA, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, child care associations, and other partners to work together on the inclusion of children with disabilities in pre-kindergarten, child care, and Head Start classrooms.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

At the invitation of the Delaware HSSCO Director, Maryland Head Start directors participated in a workshop by Barbara Duffield on the McKinney-Vento Act and the Head Start Act in Wilmington. The HSSCO Director and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison in the State Department of Education developed a plan to direct information on the relevant provisions in the McKinney-Vento Act and the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 to local education agencies and Head Start programs to encourage collaboration. The plan will be completed and implemented in 2008.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Through placement in MSDE, the presence of the HSSCO Director and Head Start and Early Head Start representatives on relevant early childhood committees, such as the planning committee for the Three-year Strategic Plan for the Division of Early Childhood Development and the Universal Preschool Task Force, assures Head Start and Early Head Start a place at the early childhood table for planning and developing early childhood systems in Maryland. The HSSCO Director manages the 2007 Head Start State Supplemental Grants for all Head Start/Early Head Start programs in Maryland. The $4 million in non-competitive grants fund summer or extendedday programs and quality improvements, such as career and professional development. The HSSCO Director and several Head Start, Early Head Start, and Community Action Agency (CAA) administrators continue to serve on the Early Care and Education Committee, a subcommittee of the Governor's Subcabinet for Children, to oversee the progress of Achieving School Readiness: A Five-Year Action Agenda for Maryland. Members represent a wide range of early childhood stakeholders. Through the work of the committee, improvements in school readiness all over the state have occurred, as evidenced by MSDE school readiness assessment results.

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Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO Director worked with the Maryland Child Care Resource Network to offer the Maryland Model for School Readiness professional development modules to Head Start and child care educators. The HSSCO and the MSDE Accreditation Project promote and support Head Start programs to achieve state or national accreditation. More than 70 Head Start/Early Head Start programs have been accredited. Each year, all entering kindergarten children are assessed for school readiness and prior early care and education services data are disaggregated. The largest increase in assessed school readiness skills was achieved by Head Start children this past school year. Other prior care data are disaggregated, including child care, nursery schools, and public pre-kindergarten programs. The Head Start improvement is attributed to improvement in classroom instruction through increased joint professional development and collaboration with public schools. The HSSCO Director served on a state committee with Head Start and Early Head Start, and many other early care and education stakeholders to develop a Birth-Three business plan. The plan proposes to expand the Early Head Start model statewide through community service hubs.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

With the HSSCO, Ready At Five continues to work with Head Start programs to assist Hispanic parents in preparing their children for success in school. School readiness materials in Spanish are shared with Head Start/Early Head Start programs.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

In FY 2008, the HSSCO will follow the approved work plan for all objectives, with the changes listed below that respond to changes in legislative and state conditions, including the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007: Barrier: Insufficient funding for career and professional development. Action: Support Head Start and Early Head Start in improving the quality of their programs by coordinating existing state resources through state agencies and private resources, including the Head Start State Supplemental Grants, Judith P. Hoyer Enhancement Grants, Credentialing Program bonuses, tiered reimbursement, and other available, applicable funding opportunities. Barrier: Reluctance of local education agencies to partner with Head Start and child care. Action: Facilitate revisions and renewals of state and local school readiness initiatives between public schools and Head Start, including outreach to child care programs, infant-toddler programs, preschool special education, and English Language Learners (dual language learners). Barrier: Managing the new provisions of the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. Action: Work with TA specialists to identify program needs and connect programs with appropriate opportunities.

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Barrier: Obtaining oral health services. Action: Focus on working with new initiatives to promote decay prevention and improve access to treatment. Barrier: Obtaining mental health services. Action: Work with state partners to coordinate early childhood mental health initiatives, including a mental health work force initiative. Barrier: Meeting public school expectations of what a child should be able to do. Action: Provide and coordinate professional development (including college) opportunities for Head Start and Early Head Start staff and joint opportunities for Head Start and public schools. Barrier: Lack of state and community recognition of the value of Head Start and Early Head Start. Action: Work with the MHSA to promote the value of Head Start and Early Head Start to state and local agencies, legislators, and the public. Barrier: Difficulty in revising child care licensing regulations to support Head Start operations. Action: Facilitate policy interpretation and understandings at the local level between Head Start and regional child care licensing offices. Barrier: Reaching families that speak a language other than English to discover family literacy needs. Action: Include questions in the Head Start Collaboration needs assessment rather than a separate survey.

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Massachusetts

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) grant funds were utilized to bring the I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) initiative to Massachusetts Head Start programs, child care providers, WIC, and community nutrition staff. A twoday T/TA session was developed by the Head Start Quality Initiative (HSQI) -- the Region 1 T/TA system, in partnership with the Massachusetts Head Start Association (MHSA) and the Massachusetts Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Project. Additional funds to underwrite this training were secured through a competitive grant awarded to MHSA by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Feedback from the training was overwhelmingly positive. It is noteworthy that this was the first time that the Head Start community took the lead in training the larger Massachusetts early education and care community on a Head Start initiative. Results 144 participants registered for the conference including 112 from Head Start and 32 from partner organizations. On behalf of the HSSCO, the MHSA Executive Director, who is a member of the MA Nutrition Board at the MA Department of Public Health, provided an overview of IMIL for MA Nutrition Board members. Massachusetts is currently undertaking the development of a MA Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) as the framework for its early care and education system. EEC has developed an internal staff group and hired a team of consultants to work in conjunction with external stakeholders

Collaboration Director

Anita Moeller MA Department of early education and Care 51 Sleeper Street 4th floor Boston, MA 02210 Phone: 617-988-7817 fax: 617-988-2451 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Amy Kershaw Phone: 617-988-6648 fax: 617-988-2451 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

tom Killmurray ACf Region I Boston, MA 02203 Phone: 617-565-1104 fax: 617-565-2493 [email protected]

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representing all provider types that serve infants, toddlers, preschool, and/or school-age children including Head Start. Other stakeholders include Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) organizations, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, institutions of higher education, and other agencies. The work groups have conducted an extensive review of standards in other states, as well as NAEYC standards, the Head Start Program Performance Standards, and other nationally recognized measures of quality, and expect to report their recommendations in summer or fall 2008.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Health and Safety. The HSSCO Director and representatives from the MA Head Start Association participated on a work group to examine and recommend ways to strengthen health and safety practices in early education and care settings in Massachusetts. The project was funded by the Charles H. Hood Foundation and the Barr Foundation and co-sponsored by the Schott Fellowship in Early Care and Education. A report was issued in July 2007 and outlined the key challenges and identified several key recommendations that have policy implications as the State is in the process of revising its licensing regulations and developing a Quality Rating and Improvement System. Early Childhood Mental Health. In Spring 2007, the Department of Early Education and Care hired Glenwood Research to conduct a survey of behavioral and mental health services being provided to early education programs in Massachusetts, specifically: level of access to mental and behavioral health services provided in early education programs characteristics of mental and behavioral health providers nature of services being provided challenges and conclusions regarding "what works" Head Start was represented on the Mental Health Advisory team that helped to develop the survey, which was distributed to behavioral/mental health specialists and early childhood program directors. A focus group was also held with Head Start directors to solicit their feedback. The findings underscored the need for behavioral and mental health care for young children, as well as the need to improve culturally and linguistically competent mental heath practices to reflect the diversity of children within Head Start and other early education and care programs. The findings of the report were shared with the Head Start Directors of New England, Region I. The HSSCO Director and the MA Head Start Association are both represented on the Massachusetts Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health working group that represents collaboration among agencies within the public and private sectors to address early childhood mental health issues. The HSSCO Director was part of the Massachusetts state team at the second annual Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health System Development Summit in Milwaukee. The goal of the team is to work toward developing a statewide plan for infant and toddler mental health professional development that supports promotion, prevention, and intervention.

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The HSSCO Director worked with the Massachusetts Early Childhood Comprehensive System Project to provide information to the legislature regarding the suggested revision of the Act relative to children's mental health in the development of a cross administration strategic planning for early childhood mental health services. The plan was presented to the commissioners of EEC and the Office of Health and Human Services agencies this spring.

Oral Health

Information on Massachusetts state- and local-level partnerships can be found at the end of this report.

Welfare

In January 2008, after several months of review, EEC released new, streamlined procedures for Child Care Resource & Referral agencies when issuing vouchers for families referred to temporary emergency shelters by the MA Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). These procedures were accompanied by a new parent fact sheet jointly developed by EEC and DTA with input from the McKinney-Vento Preschool Working Group, which is attended by the HSSCO Director or MHSA's Executive Director on behalf of the HSSCO. Preliminary reports indicate a 300 percent increase in utilization since the implementation of the revised procedures.

Child Care

Over the past two years EEC has been engaged in a major review and revision of its group child care, family child care, and school-age licensing regulations. The HSSCO Director served on the internal work group that undertook this project, which included a review of regulations and standards from other states, the Head Start Program Performance Standards, NAEYC, and other nationally recognized measures of quality. The draft regulations were reported at an MHSA meeting in order to provide an opportunity to members of the Head Start community along with other provider groups across the state to provide informal and formal comments on the proposed revisions. EEC launched an Early Education and Care and Out of School Time Workforce Development Taskforce through a public, private partnership that included representation from the Head Start community to advise the agency on the creation of a long-term workforce development plan. The taskforce will issue a report shortly. Included among its recommendations will be definitions of the core competencies needed by practitioners within the field and the creation of a career lattice with multiple points of entry that awards credit for prior learning to support Head Start teachers and other early educators to obtain higher education degrees and credentials. Head Start played a major role in a legislative priority ­ the expansion of child care slots for children with open child protective cases with the MA Department of Social Services (DSS) following a substantiated report of child abuse and neglect. MHSA's Executive Director worked with EEC, DSS, and Head Start program staff to assist programs with existing contracts to expand their capacity and to enable new programs to develop supportive expansion vouchers for DSS involved families. Following the first wave of this project, an additional 1,300 children were enrolled in Head Start programs. The additional children represented 16 percent of the children enrolled in the new category of supportive vouchers and 8.5 percent of the total expansion in supportive child care across the state. MHSA's Executive Director has also assisted the HSSCO Director and other EEC staff in developing a survey to assess how supportive child care programs and providers utilize the additional funding they receive in order to provide social service, case management, and transportation to DSS-involved families.

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Education

The HSSCO Director worked in conjunction with other staff at EEC and external stakeholders including the Head Start Association to develop the MA Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program. The MA UPK is built upon the existing mix of public and private programs, including Head Start, and is committed to the retention and professional development of the existing early education workforce including Head Start early educators. EEC has released both Classroom Quality and Assessment Planning grants funds to programs and providers who met all of the quality criteria established for these UPK grants. The HSSCO supported the development of the first EEC Assessment Institute for MA UPK Classroom Quality and Assessment Planning grantees. Head Start staff was among the presenters who shared their experiences with the assessment process including the collection of child observations and analysis of child outcome data. The MHSA's Executive Director served on the Readiness Project, an initiative launched by the Governor to develop a 10-year strategic plan to strengthen educational services in the Commonwealth for students from pre-k through the higher education system. A number of subcommittees of the Readiness Council were created to study various aspects of a high quality educational system that includes preschool children as well as how to implement an effective and efficient accountability system from pre-kindergarten through higher education. The HSSCO Director worked with MHSA's Executive Director who was asked to serve on the Accountability and Assistance subcommittee and worked with EEC to incorporate its vision into the recommendations regarding school readiness. The HSSCO is completing work on the release of a cross-walk of the existing Head Start Program Performance Standards and the NAEYC accreditation standards.

Community Services

Head Start centers were included in the State Employees Responding as Volunteers program (SERV), a new initiative by the Governor to allow eligible state employees in the Executive Branch and Higher Education Institutions to volunteer up to one day per month at accredited nonprofit organizations and public entities, including schools.

Family Literacy Services

During the past year, a Head Start director continued to represent MHSA on the MA Family Literacy Consortium, a statewide initiative with the mission of forging effective partnerships among state agencies, community organizations, and other interested parties to expand and strengthen family literacy and support. At the annual MHSA conference in November 2007, a workshop on family literacy was offered to connect children's literacy outcomes at home and school by encouraging parents to talk and read with their child and provide hands-on activities to foster positive literacy outcomes.

Services to Children with Disabilities

In 2007, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs invited the MA IDEA Part C and Section 619 coordinators to identify an "Expanding Opportunities" (EO) team to develop a state action plan targeted at improving inclusive opportunities for young children with disabilities. Nancy ToppingTailby, MHSA Executive Director represented the HSSCO at the EO meeting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that was scheduled in conjunction with the National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute. The MA EO

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team shared information about each agency's policies and standards. The team also discussed approaches to promote inclusive practices across systems and strategies to develop a coordinated clearinghouse for resources for providers in all settings. In the winter of 2007-08 the EO team submitted an application to expand its work and become a SpecialQuest Birth-Five State Leadership Team in order to develop a state-level systems approach to professional development around children with special needs. The team will promote a common understanding of inclusion and build opportunities for inter-agency professional development to enhance the confidence of practitioners and parents in responding to the needs of children with special needs.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

See comments in the Welfare section regarding the development of new policies for families experiencing homelessness. The HSSCO Director sits on the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary McKinney-Vento Steering Committee. During the past year, MHSA's Executive Director has represented the HSSCO on the McKinney-Vento Preschool Working Group. The HSSCO has co-sponsored $5,000 in support of the operating cost of early education and care and Head Start programs to attend events related to Child and Family Homeless sponsored by the National Horizons for Homeless Children program.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO and the MHSA have worked closely together to ensure Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions. The HSSCO Director attends monthly Association meetings to keep apprised of issues that impact programs and Head Start families. The MHSA Executive Director sits on the EEC Advisory Team and other agency workgroups. The HSSCO has an interagency Advisory Council that includes Head Start directors, parents, the MHSA Executive Director, a representative from the MA Association for Community Action, and representatives from state agencies within the Executive Office of Human Services. The MHSA Board of Directors, which includes directors and parents, meets periodically with the EEC Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner and the HSSCO Director. Two directors of Head Start agencies serve on the EEC Board, and one is the current Board Chair. Several Head Start parents are members of the EEC Parent Advisory Team.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO Director has been promoted to the role of Acting EEC Deputy Commissioner for programs while the EEC Board conducts a national search for a new Commissioner and the current Deputy serves as Acting Commissioner. EEC has hired a State Head Start Assistant Collaboration Director, with the long-term goal of increasing responsibilities and a potential goal to assume the leadership of the HSSCO as its director. This individual is an experienced Federal reviewer with a strong background in the field of early education and care, extensive

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professional experience working with Head Start grantees, delegates, and child care agencies, and extensive knowledge in the implementation of Head Start Program Performance Standards and regulations, and visionary leadership skills. The Regional Office and the MHSA were involved throughout the hiring process.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

This has not been a focus of HSSCO activities during the past year. One of the future projects of the HSSCO is collaboration and partnership with the Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants in key priority areas related to access to early education services and Head Start services.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

It is anticipated that the following activities will be a major focus during the coming year: In conjunction with MHSA and the Region I T/TA system, work with MA grantees and delegate agencies to implement the state level community needs assessment activities required of the HSSCOs in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. Continue involvement and support of UPK-related activities with input from the Head Start community Continue to develop the MA QRIS system with input from the Head Start community Participate on the Advisory Committee of the MA Early Childhood Oral Health Consortium, a grantfunded initiative of the MHSA. Provide technical support for the newly hired Assistant Collaboration Director to support increased leadership in the HSSCO. Assist Head Start agencies in developing linkages with homeless liaisons within state Local Education Agencies (LEAs), the Office for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, at the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and staff at DTA shelters and Horizons for Homeless Children to ensure that local Head Start programs develop systems to identify homeless children birth to age 5 in order to prioritize them for Head Start enrollment.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

In February 2005, Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm approved the formation of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) based on key recommendations from the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant. The major functions of the ECIC are to: Select, fund, support, and monitor local Great Start Collaboratives (GSCs) to provide universal access to early childhood services and supports. Serve as a convener and coordination point for all early childhood system development. Promote early childhood education as an economic imperative/investment. Provide technical assistance regarding early childhood system building. Leverage public and private sector funds to expand the availability and quality of early childhood services. Establish an accountability system to measure achievement toward the results, outcomes and performance standards of the Great Start system. The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) Director has been detailed to operate and function within his priority areas as part of the ECIC. This strategic placement is meant to facilitate continued Head Start participation and connection to the major early childhood comprehensive system building

Collaboration Director

Jeremy Reuter c/o early Childhood Investment Corporation 221 north Pine Street lansing, MI 48933 Phone: 517-371-9000 ext. 219 fax: 517-371-9080 [email protected] www.mhsa.ws

Lead Agency Contact

lisa Brewer-Walraven federal liaison Department of Human Services 235 South Grand Avenue lansing, MI 48909 Phone: 517-373-4116 fax: 517-241-8125 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

frank Marfia ACf Region V Office of family and Child Development 233 north Michigan Avenue Suite 400 Chicago, Il 60601-5519 Phone: 312-886-4925 fax: 312-353-2629 [email protected]

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initiative in Michigan. The HSSCO Director serves on the Early Education and Care external advisory committee of the Executive Board of the ECIC. This committee is working to develop a system that will address pre-kindergarten collaborative efforts in Michigan. As detailed to the ECIC, the HSSCO will continue to work closely with Michigan Departments of Education (MDE), Human Services (DHS), Labor and Economic Growth (DLEG), and Community Health (DCH), as well as Michigan Community Action Agency Association (MCAAA) and Michigan Head Start Association (MHSA). The HSSCO Director consults often with and involves the MHSA executive leadership team in the many initiatives, future planning, and direction of the HSSCO. The HSSCO Director also participates in the MHSA quarterly meetings to gain feedback on the impact of HSSCO initiatives. The HSSCO has also been working closely with MDE to undertake efforts at the state level designed to increase collaboration between Head Start and state pre-kindergarten programs. Meetings have been held with ECIC to coordinate enrollment and recruitment efforts, and give an awareness of the latest research that supports the effectiveness of Head Start and state pre-k programs for low-income populations.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Goal : To improve access to health care services for low-income families. Outcome The HSSCO Director works in partnership with DCH on vision and hearing screenings for all Early Head Start children. A Michigan team that included Head Start staff has been trained in the use of Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO).

Oral Health

State-level In 2006, Michigan received the American Association of State Dental Director's (ASTDD) grant to deliver a "Plan of Action for Improving The Oral Health Status of Michigan Residents." The HSSCO Director collaborated with members of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition to apply for this grant. The HSSCO supported regional focus groups throughout Michigan and supported Head Start participation in these focus groups. The HSSCO also facilitated meetings with staff from DCH to assist Head Start programs with the oral health needs of their children and families. As a member of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition, the HSSCO Director has helped support the efforts of the Coalition and provided access to Head Start to the work of the Coalition. The HSSCO Director is a member of the education workgroup of the Coalition and works closely with the Michigan State Dental Director to address the specific needs of Head Start grantees. A grant from Delta Dental to the Michigan Department of Community Health resulted in the State Dental Director collaborating with Head Start programs to provide fluoride varnish to all Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Michigan that applied for grant funding through DCH. The HSSCO was also awarded grant dollars from the ASTDD to partner with the Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Head Start Association, and the Michigan Oral Health Coalition on a MHSA Web site link for Michigan Oral Health. Contact information for the major partners in the Michigan Oral Health Coalition can be found at the end of this report, along with information local-level partnerships.

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Welfare

Goal: To improve collaboration with the welfare system. Outcome Several Head Start agency staff have participated in wrap-around program training sessions occurring around the State. These training programs are designed as a collaborative model involving agencies and schools that seek to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children.

Child Care

Goal: To improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of early education and child care services. Outcomes The Michigan School Readiness Program (MSRP) is the state pre-kindergarten program for at-risk 4-year-old children in Michigan. Each child must meet two of the 25 identified risk factors and more than 50 percent of the children must be low- income to participate. Both center-based and home-based models are available. The program was designed to serve children who are not Head Start eligible. MSRP is funded through the State Aid School Budget based on a formula basis to local school districts and General Purpose/General Fund based on a competitive-bid process to non-ISD or public school related organizations. Many Head Start programs have been awarded competitive grants to run MSRP. Historically, there has been difficulty in collaborating on the recruitment and enrollment of children between Head Start and MSRP (i.e., Head Start eligible children are being enrolled in MSRP). In addition, there are issues with MSRP getting a large number of waivers being signed by Head Start directors as required under the state statute. This has created numerous conflicts between Head Start and school districts. Two years ago the HSSCO Director along with MHSA Executive Director and the Director of MDE's Office of Early Childhood and Family Services brought together teams that included members from Head Start and their Local Education Agency (LEA) to discuss recruitment and enrollment. The desired outcome was to begin or enhance discussion at the local level to achieve a joint MSRP and Head Start recruitment and enrollment plan that would result in both Head Start and MSRP being able to be fullyenrolled. This was successful for some communities and less so for other communities. The HSSCO, DHS, MDE, and members of several Head Start programs continue to discuss, identify, and create action steps toward resolving recruitment and enrollment issues between local Head Start programs and MSRP. These meetings have helped with policy changes in the State. There are articulation agreements between some of Michigan's two-year and four-year institutions, but the effort is very fragmented. Last year, the HSSCO Director served as co-chair with the Director of Early Education and Family Support unit from the Michigan Department of Education. A focus group continues to meet quarterly with early childhood coordinators at two- and four-year higher education institutions to discuss a statewide professional development system for professionals leading to a Bachelor's degree in early childhood education or child development, including articulation issues and solutions. The HSSCO Director continues to be directly involved in the work of Dr. Susan B. Neuman from the University of Michigan. Dr. Neuman has been awarded numerous grants where the HSSCO Director has actively worked with her to use Head Start sites in her research.

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The HSSCO Director formed a collaborative effort with the Michigan Department of Community Health to address professional development concerns of Head Start mental health consultants and other mental health consultants in Michigan. These concerns were related to the accessibility of services, collaboration with Head Start mental health staff and other state mental health consultants, professional development and knowledge of the Head Start social and emotional PROTOCOL. A listserv was developed to connect all of the consultants. Joint training and networking sessions are held jointly with Head Start mental health consultants and DCH's Child Care Expulsion Prevention Program consultants who have assisted Head Start programs with specific grantee needs and statewide professional development.

Education

See "Child Care" above.

Community Services

Goal: To promote interaction with community service agencies. Objectives The HSSCO has worked to link Head Start programs with Service Learning programs from community colleges and four-year institutions in Michigan. The HSSCO connected Spanish-speaking college students to assist Head Start programs that have a need with their Spanish-speaking children.

Family Literacy Services

Goal: To improve access to family literacy services. Outcome The HSSCO is a part of the Even Start statewide advisory committee, TAG (Technical Assistance Group), which meets every other month. The HSSCO Director has helped to complete a Family Centered Practices model that is being taught throughout Michigan. The HSSCO also invited a Head Start parent representative to join the statewide TAG meetings.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Goal: To improve opportunities for children with disabilities. Outcomes Michigan has had a long history of leading the nation on issues and best practices around infant mental health. Unfortunately, the dollars allocated toward infant mental health has steadily decreased. The HSSCO Director has partnered with the Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Institute for Infant Mental Health, and the Michigan Department of Education to connect mental health consultants in Michigan. We have brought together mental health consultants from Head Start and Early Head Start, DCH, DHS, MDE, Early On, and LEAs to help identify issues relative to the mental health needs of infants and toddlers and provide professional development activities.

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The HSSCO Director convened a meeting of stakeholders to begin the revision of the MOU on disabilities between MDE and Head Start. A final MOU will be endorsed in early 2008. See last bullet under "Child Care."

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Goal: To improve opportunities for homeless children. Objectives: The HSSCO has been promoting linkage between the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and Head Start agencies. Moreover, the HSSCO Director has continued to participate on the Michigan Homeless Assistance Advisory Board (MHAAB). MHAAB, the Statewide Continuum of Care (COC) planning body, is comprised of representatives from state human service departments, coalitions of state-wide homeless service providers, nonprofit state housing developers, foundations, and representatives from the local business community.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Michigan HSSCO Advisory Committee. A new Michigan Early Learning Council was formed in 2006 to replace the current HSSCO advisory committee. The Early Learning Council is comprised of the members of the external workgroups of the Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corporation. Michigan's Fatherhood Initiative. The HSSCO continues to support the Michigan Fatherhood Initiatives and local Head Start Fatherhood organizations. The HSSCO also supported efforts around fatherhood addressed by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation Parent Support External Advisory Committee. Migrant Services. A large number of migrant farmworkers spend 6 to 11 months working in Michigan. While Telamon Migrant Head Start serves a large number of migrant children, some of its programs are not located near the growers. Many migrant children have "in-camp" aides that care for them within each camp while their parents are working. The use of "in-camp" aides to care for children is unique to Michigan. The HSSCO has helped to facilitate collaboration between all of the programs that serve migrant children and their families. This collaborative effort became the Michigan Migrant Child Task Force, a work group of the Michigan Interagency Migrant Services Council. The HSSCO Director has also coordinated these activities with the National Migrant Head Start Technical Assistance Collaboration Office. This team approach was useful as work continues on a strategic plan for Michigan to address the needs of migrant children and their families. The strategic planning continues with three outreach visits to visit migrant camps and to conduct focus group discussions with migrant child care providers. Domestic Violence Pilot. In 2005, the HSSCO was awarded a grant from Glenwood Research and the Head Start Bureau (now Office of Head Start) to facilitate and collaborate on a Domestic Violence Pilot project with the City of Detroit Head Start programs. This professional development opportunity still continues in Head Start programs in Michigan. The HSSCO Director has partnered with the Michigan Department of Human Services Domestic Violence unit to assist Head Start grantees with domestic violence issues. Additionally, the HSSCO Director actively serves on numerous state committees such as: Early Childhood Investment Corporation Michigan Department of Education Early Childhood Collaborative Conference

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T.E.A.C.H. Michigan Advisory Committee Early On Michigan Housing Development Authority Advisory Committee Michigan Oral Health Coalition Michigan Migrant Services Advisory Committee Michigan Day Care Licensing Advisory Committee

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO was detailed to ECIC by the Michigan DHS to assist in the collaborative work of all of the early childhood partners in Michigan including Head Start in the development and implementation of the Great Start System for Michigan. The ECIC External Advisory Committees have representatives from Head Start on each of the priority areas. ECIC has held a Star Power Rally, Governor's Early Childhood Summit and numerous outreach activities that the HSSCO Director has supported.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The HSSCO has worked extensively with the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs in Michigan. The HSSCO has played a pivotal part in collaborating with Gov. Granholm's Office of Migrant Affairs, which is part of Michigan DHS. The HSSCO Director is a participant of the ad-hoc Early Childhood Committee for Migrant Affairs Interagency Services Council of Michigan. This ad-hoc committee is also working with Brenda Coakley from the MSHS HSSCO in Washington D.C. The formation of the Michigan Migrant Child Task Force was a direct result of the collaboration of early learning partners that affect the lives of migrant children. Implementation of the strategic plan was begun in 2006; it continues to be revised as needed. The HSSCO Director is a member of Projecto Escalon through Michigan State University. Projecto Escalon is working to address linguistic and cultural needs of Hispanics, as well as making sure that Hispanics are represented in all workgroups at the state level. The HSSCO continues to respond to the needs of the Hispanic Head Start families in Michigan, whether they are in regular Head Start or in Telamon Migrant and Seasonal Head Start.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The HSSCO Director meets with the DHS Federal Liaison and the Chief Operating Officer of ECIC to develop the HSSCO work plan. This work plan is focused on the HSSCO priorities and how these priorities can be meshed with the priorities of the ECIC and the state early childhood system building efforts.

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Migrant & Seasonal Head Start

Collaboration Director

Guadalupe Cuesta-tokuno Academy for educational Development (AeD) 1875 Connecticut Ave nW Washington, DC 20009 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Sandra Carton Office of Head Start Portals Building 8th floor 1250 Maryland Ave, SW Washington, DC 20024 Phone: 202-205-8397 fax: 202-260-9336 [email protected]

Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs, originally funded in 1969, are currently providing services for 35,657 children, 6 weeks of age to compulsory school age at over 450 center sites, 100 family child care homes, in 38 states. MSHS programs are seasonal in nature providing services in some areas for 2 months and other areas for 10 months. Hours of service reflect the needs of the migrant farmworker parents -- 12 hours a day and often 6 days a week. MSHS programs are administered from the national level ­ Office of Head Start (OHS)/Migrant and Seasonal Program Branch (MSPB). The MSHS Collaboration Office, a division of the MSHS Technical Assistance Center (TAC-12), continues to be housed in the Academy for Educational Development (AED). Co-location supports the efforts of the MSHS Collaboration Office to increase availability of training and technical assistance to the grantee and delegate programs, as well as improves visibility. The Collaboration Office also benefits from the direct relationship with MSPB and grantee and delegate agencies in the Region. These advantages, coupled with AED, a nationally/ internationally recognized incorporated nonprofit, have created an effective working relationship. The role of the MSHS Collaboration Office: Focuses on national issues. Stimulates Federal, state, and community partnerships to strengthen efforts to address critical migrant child and family issues. Provides materials, support, and expertise among states and MSHS programs to enable migrant farmworkers and programs to readily and fully access services. Expands Federal-to-state partnerships to strengthen services for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Supports state and Federal governments to coordinate services and initiatives. The MSHS Collaboration Office continues to be engaged with select states to simulate needed comprehensive systems changes by:

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Bringing leaders and organizations together in regional, state, and national meetings to solve shared challenges. Identifying strategies to address needs and priorities through consultation with diverse stakeholders. Contributing to the development of information and communication systems for those working with migrant and seasonal farmworker populations. Educating governors, legislators, mental health, health clinic care providers, the education system, policy makers, and the Head Start community on the unique needs of early childhood education/migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Defining public and private resources and services. Preparing states to plan (through their Head Start-State Collaboration Offices (HSSCOs)), develop, and implement collaborations and partnerships to support migrant farmworker families and communities. Work Plan Goals and Outcomes The administrative location of the MSHS Collaboration Office has resulted in the development of a multiyear work plan reflecting aspects of partnership development, as well as technical assistance. The work plan also identifies state and local issues critical to strengthening migrant initiatives, partnerships, and opportunities for resource development and/or coordination that will support MSHS. The Collaboration Office gives recognition to states which have demonstrated promising best collaboration practices (and research) in health and early care/education based upon the state's infrastructure, national recognition, and/or resource commitment. The state-to-state work with HSSCOs is raising awareness for a coordinated approach to the inclusion of MSHS services, maximizing/leveraging funding, and creating living case studies for consideration and potential replication. Two examples are the activities occurring in Michigan and Washington and the role of their HSSCOs, which are described in Goal II. The following work plan goals have been designed to be compatible with the Office of Head Start's expectations and goals for all HSSCOs. The majority of the work being conducted and executed is a result of the commitment and dedication coming from the HSSCOs.

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Goal 1 Serve as facilitator to improve and expand services for low-income children in Head Start, child care, and state preschool programs.

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Outcomes In 2007, work in this area continued through: Continuing inter- and intra-agency dialogue with management staff of the Office of Head Start, Child Care Bureau, and the Office of Migrant Education (U.S. Department of Education) in raising awareness about the unique needs of migrant farmworker children, identifying policies, reducing barriers to, and improving the use of child care financial assistance by migrant farmworker families and enrollment in Migrant Education pre-kindergarten. Answering to HSSCOs and MSHS grantee collaboration needs by assessing state and local partnership status, fiscal, organizational, and/or political barriers and providing technical assistance. Serving as a state and national conference presenter, panelist, and facilitator -- National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, State Administrator's Meeting of the Child Care Bureau, University of California/Davis Campus Immigration Reform Conference, and Head Start National Hispanic Institute. Utilizing various forms of media to bring attention to the issues -- Authored articles for professional newsletters: Early Childhood Report: Children with Special Needs and Their Families and Michigan Pediatric Update Michigan Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. Identifying resources, research, and researchers (current and prospective) whose work contributes to the core/base knowledge about this population and for which data can be extrapolated to inform policy, such as those affiliated with the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, University of North Carolina Department of Maternal and Child Health, Case Western Reserve University, Western Michigan University, and the University of California: Davis Campus Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Berkley School of Public Health, and San Francisco Department of Growth and Development. In 2007, the MSHS Collaboration Office submitted a State Child Care Administrator's meeting (SAM) workshop proposal on early childhood systems change -- TA joint approach to the Child Care Bureau for consideration. The SAM meeting theme was Research, Policy, & Practice with participation limited to State & Territory Child Care & Development Fund administrators and their staff.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Continue to build relationships with key professional, academic, public, and private organizations that may impact national migrant farmworker priorities, such as: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, National Council of Universities, University of North Carolina, the Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health, Graduate Schools of Public Health, Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Farmworker Health, etc. Outcomes In 2007, the relationships were continued. In addition:

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The MSHS Collaboration Office scheduled and participated in regular monthly meetings with the Executive Director of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA). The meetings involve discussion of joint activities, i.e.: migrant research forum, presentation and reports, proposed development of a partnership agreement such as an MOU to further strengthen the relationship, identify mutual goals, and demonstrate mutual interest and support. In late 2007, the first draft of the partnership agreement/MOU was completed and sent to the NMSHSA. Dr. Andrea Weathers was accepted for membership on the National Migrant Health Advisory Council on Migrant Health, the group that makes recommendations to the Secretary regarding migrant health issues. This represents the first time a voice for migrant children has been included in the Council. Her name was submitted for recommendation by the NMSHSCO. Members of the Migrant Interagency Committee representing the MSHS Collaboration Office, HRSA/ Bureau of Primary Health Care/Office of Minority and Special Populations; EPA Office of Pesticide, and the USDA/WIC and Child and Adult Care Food Program representatives created an interagency Migrant Committee exhibit at the 2007 EPA conference, October 2-4, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA. Hosted the quarterly Migrant Inter Agency Advisory Committee Meeting. Dr. Andrea Weathers, University of North Carolina professor, pediatrician, and migrant child health researcher was the invited speaker. Presentation entitled: Health and Access to Care Among Children of Agricultural Labor Migrants in the U.S. New relationships included: National Head Start Family Literacy Center Physicians for Social Responsibility Farmworker Health Services Incorporated Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Oral Health

Increase awareness regarding disparities in oral health access to care opportunities, the MSHS Collaboration Office will further investigate (and where appropriate become involved in) initiatives, activities, strategies, and/or agency support for increasing the pool of dental professionals of Hispanic-origin and/or other dental professionals -- including college of dentistry students willing to provide services to Migrant Head Start programs. Outcomes The MSHS Collaboration Office participates in Regional Oral Health Conference calls facilitated by the OHS/Collaboration Senior Advisor. The MSHS Collaboration Office has been requested to present the Region XII perspective on its oral health plan, activities, and partnerships. Medicaid Portability Project. The MSHS Collaboration Office spearheaded the establishment of an Oral Health Medicaid Portability planning committee. This committee has been formed in response to growing awareness of interstate oral health service and insurance coverage issues. The remaining resources of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Memorandum of Agreement with OHS to improve oral health conditions of Head Start children are being used to bring attention to this issue. Funding is available to address cutting-edge issues. Dr. John Rossetti agreed that the issue of intra-state insurance coverage

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needed to be addressed now. (East Coast Migrant Head Start programs requested the assistance of the MSHS Collaboration Office to help solve the oral health service issues resulting from serious oral health screened/diagnosed disease of Florida resident children attending North Carolina MSHS programs.) A meeting of Medicaid, oral health, MSHS, migrant community health care center, and policy experts is being planned for late winter/early spring. Bi-weekly meetings occurred with the planning committee which included Dr. Rossetti, MHSP Branch Chief Sandra Carton, NMSHSA executive director, NMFHS deputy executive director, and the MCHB contractor Altarum. Committee scheduled to meet March 2008. Michigan and Texas agreed to pilot the network model. One follow-up conference call to Steering Committee. MSHS Collaboration Office mapping of MSHS sites electronic and migrant health center sites in six states. Texas completed (hard copy only) Cost: 0. Committee will continue to meet until September and monthly conference calls. MSHS Collaboration Office and National Farmworker Health will distribute directories to its program sites. Logistics being finalized. Cost: Booklets: $280 (p/1000); Mailing: $100 Ongoing Steering Committee and full work group conference calls. Funding ends September 2008. Work will take two to three years to complete.

Contacts: naomi tein Altarum Institute 1200 18th Street, NW · Suite 700 Washington, D.C. 20036 Phone: 202-828-5100 Dr. John Rossetti Oral Health Consultant [email protected] Bobbi Ryder former Director national Center for farmer Health [email protected]

Inter/Intra State Oral Health Services. Florida and North Carolina (Inter/Intra State Oral Health Services.) Early in 2007, ECMHS Child and Family Services health manager requested assistance from the MSHS Collaboration Office to resolve inter/intra-state oral health service challenges and program expenditures resulting from uninsured children arriving from Florida, enrolling in NC MSHS programs.

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Resulting from outreach with the HSSCO and the State Early Childhood Comprehensive grants manager, a migrant child oral health subcommittee of the Florida Early Childhood Cares Work Group was established and is chaired by the Florida HSSCO Director, Lilli Copp. The MSHS Collaboration Office continues to participate in the monthly Early Childhood Caries Work Group of Florida's Public Health Dental Program and the migrant child oral health subcommittee conference calls.

Contacts: Brenda Jones, Rn east Coast Migrant Head Start Child and family Services Health Manager lilli Copp florida HSSCO

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Goal 2 Build best possible linkages between local, community-based Head Start programs and State early childhood initiatives and policies. State-to-state work with identifying/recognizing opportunities for intervention and catalyst for organizational change, i.e. fiscal, administrative, or structural. Outcomes Continued to represent MSHS at statewide events such as: National Migrant Health Advisory Council in Maryland Migrant Even Start Family Literacy Grantee Meeting in Virginia Interagency Migrant Advisory Committee Meeting in Washington, D.C. South Carolina Head Start and Community Action Agency annual training Eastern Stream Farmworker Health Forum in New Mexico. In addition to participating in these events, the MSHS Collaboration Office participated on the Head Start, Regional State Collaboration Directors and State Dental Directors Oral Health Conference Calls for Regions VII and VIII. The MSHS Collaboration Office also conducted site visits to various states such as Maryland, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan, Washington, South Carolina, and Florida. These visits to the various states involved participating in task force and advisory council meetings related to oral health, migrant child specific issues, and professional development. Florida: Resulting from outreach with the HSSCO and the State Early Childhood Comprehensive grants manager, a migrant child oral health subcommittee of the Florida Early Childhood Cares Work Group has been established and will be chaired by the Florida HSSCO Director Lilli Copp. The MSHS Collaboration Office continues to participate in the monthly Early Childhood Caries Work Group of Florida's Public

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Health Dental Program and the migrant child oral health subcommittee conference calls. Michigan: Migrant Child Task Force Meeting in Lansing, MI: Continue to use outreach to migrant farm worker camps and Head Start parent group focus meetings as a critical element in raising awareness, recruiting additional partners, and implementing its multi-year strategic plan. New members include a representative from the association of community health care clinics and the Michigan Medicaid director. The MSHS Collaboration Office donated First Aid kits to this year's outreach. Despite the changes in administrative location, reporting responsibility and state contracting procedures, the Michigan HSSCO continues to annually provide grant funding support for the work of the Michigan Migrant Child Task Force. Washington: In 2007, as part of a joint effort with the MSHS TAC-12 and the American Indian Technical Assistance Network, local community early childhood education partners met to form the Rivers of Culture/ Rios de Cultural Coalition in the Yakima Valley in Washington. The Coalition focuses on advocating for comprehensive, streamlined, culturally appropriate early childhood care and education services throughout the community. In September 2007, the MSHS Collaboration Office utilized funding from its office and the American Indian and HSSCOs to engage a facilitator to support the growth and development of Coalition. The Coalition has continued to grow and now includes the Washington HSSCO Director who has included funding for her work with Rivers of Culture in her grant application, members of the higher institutions of education, six school districts, the local ESD, the regional child care managers, community action programs, Child Care Resource and Referral, plus the American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) Head Start program, MSHS, and local Head Start T/A providers for AIAN and MSHS programs. The MSHS Collaboration Office is continuing to support the efforts of this Coalition since this kind of community collaboration directly benefits MSHS programs by: Providing a voice for MSHS in influencing the character of early childhood activities within the broader community (local and state level). Promoting the exchange of resources, thus avoiding duplication of services Allowing the MSHS programs to participate with a larger group in applying for additional funding/diversifying funding sources to increase quality programming/training Region X (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Alaska) and Region XI: Met with the Washington HSSCO Director in Kelso, WA, to exchange resources and discuss strategies for working together. The MSHS Collaboration Office worked with her to arrange and conduct a conference call between the Region XII, Region XI, and Region X HSSCO directors to provide TA and support for their efforts in working with MSHS programs and AIAN programs in their states. Work through the HSSCOs in states where MSHS programs operate, encouraging partnerships with state child care administrators, migrant education, SECCS grantees, child care resource and referrals, and others. Conducted a survey of all 38 states to determine how MSHS programs were involved in State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) planning grants. Received 30 results and determined that MSHS programs were minimally involved if at all. Contacted Dr. Jane Knitzer, National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University, and Kay Johnson, NCCP Project THRIVE. The MSHS Collaboration Office was invited to participate on the monthly national webinar with Project THRIVE staff and state ECCS grants project managers to familiarize the audience with MSHS and the MSHS population and to highlight states (MI, NC, WI) that have incorporated the needs of the MSHS population into state ECCS plans or are in a formative partnership stage of development. The MSHS Collaboration Office developed a webinar called: Young Migrant Farmworker Children: An invisible Population and Systems Reform.

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Continue to create a vehicle for an annual communication, assessment of partnership relationships, and sharing of MSHS TAC-12 resources with state child care administrators. The MSHS Collaboration Office continues to distribute all publications to all HSSCO and state Child Care Subsidy administrators including the MSHS Center Locator Directory and the TAC-12 Bilingual Infant/Toddler Environments: Supporting Language & Learning in Our Youngest Children (English and Spanish versions).

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Goal 3 Facilitate a more coordinated approach to planning and service delivery. Add features to the design of the MSHS Center Locator Directory which improves the effective transitioning of MSHS families. Corrections/revisions to the MSHS Locator Directory (first published in 2005) were completed November 2007. The 2005 version of the Directory won the Sappi Fine Print Competition award, which came with financial resources that allowed for the updating and printing of additional copies. The 2007 Directory was updated and enhanced to include toll-free telephone numbers for migrant education, migrant health clinics, substance abuse, mental health, food bank, legal aid, and other vital social and education services Continue to promote and develop strategies and tools for establishing sustainable collaborative partnerships and stimulate such activities through the award of mini-grants to select states. In late 2007, the Collaboration Office drafted a Request for Proposal (RFP) and all relevant forms and systems to facilitate the release of $5,000 in Collaboration Partnership Support Mini Grants for competition. The purpose of the grants is to provide financial support to state or local agencies in their efforts to engage in collaboration activities with MSHS programs in their area. The RFP was sent to states that have demonstrated substantial (over 200%) increases in Latino populations as identified in the article "Pre-K and Latinos: The Foundation for America's Future." The targeted states with the requisite percentages of increases are: North Carolina (394%) Georgia (300%) South Carolina (211%) Arkansas (337%) Tennessee (278%) Alabama (208%) The RFP was also sent to the new MSHS expansion states ­ Nevada, Iowa, and Oklahoma in addition to Delaware, Florida, and Michigan. States have been working with the MSHS Collaboration Office with very limited funds. The RFP was sent out the first week in January 2008. The Collaboration Office is extremely excited about these proposals and looks forward to collecting best practices; supporting ongoing collaboration among grant recipients, MSHS programs, and communities; and sharing information about these projects nationally.

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Minnesota

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) served on the professional development planning committee (Change Process Leadership Team) which resulted in a design for a comprehensive system for tracking, approving, and communicating training opportunities for all who serve young children and their families. Supported the inclusion and registration of Head Start programs in the State's new Pre-K Exploratory projects which are being piloted in three areas of the State. These projects will allot $4,000 per family who qualify, to use in approved child care programs in their area. Head Start and school-based programs were automatically eligible for accepting the allowances. Child care and other preschool programs are rated using the Parent Aware Quality Rating System. Those with a 3 or 4 star rating are eligible for the allowances. Child Trends is conducting the evaluation for Parent Aware and will work collaboratively with SRI who will be evaluating the Pre-K Exploratory allowances and Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF) scholarships. Co-sponsored the Summer Institute on Children's Mental Health held at the College of St. Benedict in June 2007. Mental health consultants, health care plan representatives, disabilities and health component staff from Head Start, and others participated in this two-day event to share promising practices, hear what was learned in the statewide assessment of the use of mental health consultants in Head Start, and to plan for further initiatives.

Collaboration Director

Mary Vanderwert early learning Services Minnesota Department of education 1500 Highway 36 West Roseville, Mn 55113 Phone: 651-582-8463 fax: 651-797-1610 [email protected] http://education.state.mn.us/html/ intro_early_learning.htm

Lead Agency Contact

Barbara O'Sullivan Phone: 651-582-8422 fax: 651-582-8494 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

leonard norberg ACf Region V 233 north Michigan Avenue fourth floor Chicago, Il 60601 Phone: 312-353-5205 fax: 312-353-2629 [email protected]

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The HSSCO continues to serve on the Interagency Early Childhood Screening Taskforce which approves developmental screening instruments and recommends policy for the Early Childhood Screening Program in Minnesota. This group has completed the approval process for developmental instruments and is moving forward to examine those tools that also include a screening for social and emotional development. Head Start programs collaborate with their LEA and Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) providers to ensure all children are screened. Participated in the development of a grant to the Center for Disease Control to prevent obesity in our state. The grant could provide additional resources and collaboration opportunities for Head Start and local public health programs. The HSSCO serves on the Steering Committee for the expanded family home visiting program administered by the Minnesota Department of Health. Additional funding from the Minnesota Legislature allows for nearly double the home visiting opportunities for families in the State and requires that the local public health program submit a plan for delivering services with their collaborating partners. The HSSCO is a regular participant in the Minnesota Tribal Resources for Early Childhood and Care group that meets in northern Minnesota. The five Tribal grantees and other state child care resource and referral representatives come together to share information and coordinate activities to advance Tribal early childhood programs. The HSSCO answers questions, emails, etc. from community members, other government employees, and initiatives to promote a better understanding of Head Start in Minnesota. The HSSCO served on the planning committee and presented two workshops on Emotional Intelligence and Leadership at the Region V Head Start conference held in St. Paul, MN in October 2007. This conference brought Region V staff, programs from all over Region V, and others to network with other programs, build skills and knowledge, and celebrate Head Start success stories. The HSSCO served in an advisory and resource capacity to the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute's project to examine issues of child welfare in new American communities in seven Minnesota counties. The HSSCO participated in the National Conference of State Legislatures-Immigrant Policy Project Meeting in July 2007 to explore the needs of very young children who are immigrants or are children of immigrants in Minnesota. Head Start staff employed by the Minnesota Department of Education meet quarterly with staff from the Office of Economic Opportunity to discuss issues common to both agencies and to coordinate activities to support Head Start and early childhood programs in the State.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Served as member of the Interagency Screening Work Group which is developing a Web-based training on using the Quality Indicators Framework for establishing high quality screening programs in communities.

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Participated in the ABCD II grant to promote social and emotional screening in pediatric practices, increase the knowledge and skills of mental health practitioners in the DSM 0-3 criteria, and increase awareness of the importance of mental health in Early Childhood. Facilitated the annual health coordinators networking meeting during the quarterly Head Start Association meetings. Topics included screening, dental health strategies, playgrounds, etc. Met with staff from the Minnesota Department of Health to create strategies to include in a grant to the Centers for Disease Control regarding the prevention of obesity. Head Start will be one of the programs that will benefit from this grant. Established a relationship with the lead prevention team at the Minnesota Department of Health to support Head Start in assuring that all children receive lead level testing during their physical exams. This has resulted in provision of information pieces to programs and some technical assistance to programs. Participated in initial planning meeting for Minnesota's Child Health Improvement Plan

Oral Health

State-level Supported the development of a model of dental screening and triage that involves the use of calibrated dental hygienists in collaborative practice who perform dental screening for Head Start children with referrals for any follow-up to their collaborating dentists. This has significantly increased the number of children in Head Start who have completed their dental requirements. The HSSCO also participated in an orientation of this new concept to the regional and national Head Start dental directors. Local-level Head Start programs are now allowed to apply fluoride varnish on children's teeth and bill for reimbursement of the costs. Several programs considered this strategy for preventing tooth decay but most decided not to proceed. Supported the implementation of the collaborative practice model for dental services. This model allows specially calibrated dental hygienists to perform dental exams for Head Start children when in partnership with a dentist. Hygienists refer those children needing further exam and treatment to their collaborating dentist.

Welfare

Co-sponsored a training for Head Start staff on the use of the Four Cornerstones of Financial Literacy. Staff who attended will work with parents in utilizing the concepts. Met with Head Start staff and staff from Department of Human Services to explore reasons that families would not access the services available to them through the Minnesota Family Investment Program and the Child Care Assistance Program. Stigma, lack of knowledge, not seeming to be worth the effort, and citizenship status were some of the reasons discussed. Wrote Early Head Start description for the MNParentsKnow Web site (www.MNParentsKnow.info) sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education in collaboration with others. This Web site is a

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comprehensive resource for parents and those who work with parents of young children. Sections relating to newborns up to age 5 are complete, with work on the school age sections in the future. The HSSCO will promote the Web site where ever and when ever possible.

Child Care

Worked with a group of colleagues in the Department of Human Services to look at the barriers that keep Head Start and child care partnerships from using child care assistance funds to support their work. The group has looked at models, examined contracts, developed a rationale document, compared regulations and will soon be ready to schedule meetings with Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) county staff and Head Start to support their understanding of the regulations and of each other. Participated on both the Minnesota Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grant Leadership Team and Outreach Work Group to carry out the goals of the grant. This group continues to struggle with purpose and producing outcomes. The coordinator has resigned and so there is some reorganizing being done. Participated in the planning for the partners' meeting held in Washington, D.C. in January 2007. Changes to personnel and administration of the MECCS grant have made follow-up very difficult. Participated on the training work group for the family home visiting program through the Minnesota Department of Health. The training committee will develop a plan for supporting the professional development of the staff. Facilitated the participation of Head Start programs in the pre-kindergarten exploratory projects in three target areas of the State. Head Start is automatically eligible to serve children receiving the $4,000 allowances. Consulted with one of the programs in the development of their program. Participated in the planning and implementation of the 3rd annual Strong Foundations Conference for people who work with families who have infants and toddlers and live with low-income. This conference was attended by 450 staff from Early Head Start, public health, child care, child welfare, and other providers. The HSSCO served as one of the core committee and chair of the hospitality committee and served many other functions. Helped to organize and facilitate a networking meeting for Head Start programs involved in child care partnerships.

Education

Served as member of the Change Process Leadership team to redesign the professional development system for child care in Minnesota. This work resulted in an RFP and subsequent grant to Metro State University to develop the Minnesota Center for Professional Development, which includes a training registry, training and trainer standards for approval, and a career lattice. Led the organizing of a large conference for program administrators of all the school-based early childhood programs in the State. The conference focused on leadership. The conference was attended by about 350 leaders and was very well-received. Served on the advisory committee for the new Minnesota Parent Information and Resource Center and the United Way Success By Six programs.

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Participated in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Development day in Pittsburgh as a member of the Minnesota delegation in June 2007.

Community Services

Met with staff from the MacPhail Center for Music to explore ways to connect their programs to Head Start programs. Their use of music in teaching social skills and in classroom management was of particular interest. They will be invited to present at the 2008 Summer Institute on Mental Health and upcoming conferences. Solicited the support of the Minnesota Children's Museum for the Early Childhood Administrators' Conference. Their sponsorship provided a reception for conference participants and the opportunity to connect with Head Start staff. The Minnesota Children's Museum offers for loan to Head Start programs, learning trunks with activities and supplies to support math and science learning.

Family Literacy Services

Planned and carried out a conference for Family Literacy programs in the State. This was attended by about 160 staff. The HSSCO facilitated a session on outreach and marketing for participants. Developed request for proposals and evaluated the applications for a $1,000,000 allocation by the State Legislature to Head Start programs to implement the Words Work! literacy curriculum in their programs. Four programs received the grants ­ three of programs will introduce the curriculum to their program

Services to Children with Disabilities

Participated in the planning of the grant to the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion and the planning meetings that have been held since receiving the grant. This group will work on ways to support Head Start and other staff in programming for children with disabilities. This effort will dovetail with the professional development system being established for child care professionals in the State.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Developed and delivered a presentation about the McKinney-Vento Act for school district personnel with the effects of homelessness on young children and strategies for serving them in the classroom in a southern Minnesota community. Convened a group of stakeholders in a large urban community to develop a support system for young children living in the county's emergency shelters. This group developed a plan to create a child care center within the 30-day shelter. Work continues on this.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Participated in the development of legislation that encourages development of collaborations with child care or the development of Head Start administered programs that would provide full-day, full-year services for families with low-income. The statute requires that "by fiscal year 2013, a minimum of 50 percent of the total state-funded enrollment throughout the state must be provided in full-day services." A review of Head Start and CCAP regulations was conducted to communicate to county CCAP administrators to ensure that appropriate blending of funding can be done.

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The HSSCO served on the Child Care Assistance Rule Advisory Committee to review proposed amendments to the CCAP policy. Subsequent changes were submitted to an Administrative Law Judge for approval.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Provided technical assistance and support for resolving conflict in a Tribal program struggling with public school referrals and services mandated for children with disabilities. Successfully wrote the plan for the 5-year grant for the HSSCO with the support and guidance of an advisory committee, the Minnesota Head Start Association and Minnesota Department of Education staff. The advisory committee worked through a mini needs assessment of the State's early childhood care and education systems which helped to shape goals and activities. The HSSCO Director has developed many strong relationships with staff in other departments, in the Head Start community, the advocates and others in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Materials on the Minnesota Parents Know Web site have been developed in Spanish as well as several other languages. Workshops at the Family Literacy Conference and Strong Foundations conferences focused on serving families of color and some were delivered in Spanish. Supported the research that looked at child welfare issues in seven rural Minnesota counties among communities of color/new Americans.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

There are many initiatives the HSSCO is currently involved in and will continue. Activities to be emphasized in next year: Continue work with the Minnesota Department of Human Services on promoting child care/Head Start partnerships Participate on the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) work group to enhance the opportunities for inclusion of children with disabilities in the State. Expand scope of work on including children experiencing homelessness in state Head Start programs. Support the development of collaborative relationships between Head Start, school-based programs, and other initiatives including written agreements for transition and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). Evaluate involvement in the Minnesota Early Childhood Comprehensive Screening Systems (MECCSS) effort.

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Continue to participate on the Family Home Visiting initiatives, PIRC Advisory Council, Interagency Screening Task Force and BUILD. Ensure the relevance to and the involvement of Head Start in professional development system. Increase participation in activities that promote the skill and knowledge of family, friend and neighbor caregivers. Monitor the changes in the health care system in providing services to children with mental health needs. Promote the use of mental health/behavior teaching curriculums in Head Start including the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Support efforts to increase financial literacy skills in Head Start families. Meet with staff in child welfare agencies to explore possibilities for collaborating in serving children in foster care or in danger of being abused. Utilize the expertise and passion of the planning committee for the Collaboration grant in order to satisfy the requirements of the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007.

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Mississippi

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) Director also serves as the Governor's Early Care and Policy Advisor. This dual function makes it possible to facilitate (1) communication and coordination between existing early care and education programs and the governor's early childhood agenda; (2) a common understanding of what comprises quality early care and education programs; and (3) a coherent and widely shared state vision for improving quality, accessibility, comprehensiveness, and child outcomes.

Collaboration Director

laura Beth Hebbler Office of the Governor P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205-0771 Phone: 601-576-2021 fax: 601-359-3741 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Gina Walker Phone: 601-576-2006 fax: 601-359-3741 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Paula Oliver ACf Region IV 61 forsyth Street Suite 4M60 Atlanta, GA 30303-8909 Phone: 404-562-2857 fax: 404-562-2985 [email protected]

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Goal To expand health care services to include preventative health activities, and increase and expand access to services available for health initiatives including oral health and obesity. Outcomes Mississippi Super Health Conference. The HSSCO Director was a member of the Planning Committee for the 2007 Super Health Conference. The summer conference addressed the eight components of a coordinated school health program and the link to academic performance. Components addressed are Healthy School Environment,

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Health Education, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Health Services, Mental Health and Counseling, Health Promotion for Staff, and Parent/Community Involvement. Head Start was an active participant in this annual conference. The Office of Healthy Schools, Mississippi Department of Education, is investigating various ways in which to support the work of Head Start programs in the State. Obesity. The HSSCO Director is a member of the strategic planning team for the MS POWER (Preventing Obesity with Every Resource) National Governors Association grant award. The grant is facilitated by the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Healthy Schools, and the Center for MS Health Policy. The Task Force will develop a strategic plan for addressing childhood obesity inclusive of the early childhood sector. The first meeting is scheduled for April 2008.

Oral Health

State-level The HSSCO works closely with the State Dental Director to find creative ways to establish partnerships between the dental community and Head Start that ensure dental homes for Head Start Children in Mississippi. The MS Dental Director has been named by Region IV to help other states accomplish this goal.

Welfare

Goal To increase potential financial independence of Head Start families through support and coordination of existing welfare systems which address employability issues and family oriented services. Outcomes The HSSCO Director meets frequently with the Delta Alliance. This group has a specific focus on creating job/health/education opportunities in the Mississippi Delta where the State's economic needs are the greatest. Early childhood is viewed as an economic strategy, and plans are underway to enhance the quality of services in existing early care and education programs. Strategies to increase the education goals of parents will also be developed and implemented.

Child Care

Goal To promote widespread collaboration and partnership between Head Start and other appropriate programs, services, and initiatives, including child care and public pre-kindergarten Title I programs, and actively support improvement of availability, accessibility, and quality of child care services to low-income families. Outcomes Early Childhood Council. In July 2007, the Governor invited a small group of stakeholders to attend an early care and education system-building meeting. Representatives from the four state agencies providing services to children, birth to five, and Mississippi Head Start attended the meeting. The group recommended the creation of an early childhood council, by executive order from the Governor, to establish policy to strengthen the state system.

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Crafting Early Care and Education Policy. The HSSCO Director and the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Office for Children, and Youth Director communicate weekly regarding the status of the child care certificate program waiting list, as well as TANF and Child Care and Development (CCDF) funds and agency priorities such as the MS Child Care Resource and Referral System and the Mississippi Child Care Quality Rating System. The HSSCO Director also works closely with the MS Department of Human Services legislative liaison in crafting early care and education policy. Governor's Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2007. The HSSCO Director was instrumental in crafting the Governor's Early Learning Collaborative Act 2007. The Act builds on 2006 legislation that established the MCCQSS and the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R). The Governor's 2007 Act is comprised of three Initiatives which support quality early care and education for Mississippi's youngest citizens and their families. The first and second initiative supports funding for the implementation of the MCCQSS and the MCCR&R, which will offer resources and training to all licensed child care programs as well as educational resources for parents. The third initiative called the Early Learning Collaboration Grant Program will support all existing programs in their effort to enhance or extend services to fouryear-old children. Programs must demonstrate a collaborative effort in writing a grant application (with local match required) and designate one entity to serve as fiscal agent for the collaboration grant. Implementation will be contingent upon funding. The HSSCO Director chaired the Grant Criteria Committee whose members were appointed by the governor.

Education

Goal To facilitate communication and coordination between existing early care and education programs in developing a common understanding of what comprise a quality program and create a coherent and widely shared vision for improving quality, accessibility, comprehensiveness, and child outcomes. Outcomes The Early Childhood Partners' Meeting was held January 17-19, 2007, in Washington, D.C. The theme of the meeting was "Strengthening State Systems to Promote Early Childhood Development: Moving to the Next Level." Mississippi partners included representatives from the Mississippi Head Start Association, the Office for Children and Youth, Mississippi Department of Human Services, the Mississippi State University Early Childhood Institute, and the Mississippi Department of Education. As a result of this meeting, all partners supported the Governor's 2007 Early Childhood Agenda throughout the legislative session. W.K. Kellogg Foundation ­ SPARK Initiative. The HSSCO Director is a member of the State Steering Committee and attended committee meetings of the SPARK Early Childhood Initiative. The committee is responsible for cultivating partnerships that ensure that all young children are ready to enter school and that all schools are ready for young children. State Education Board Meetings. The HSSCO Director attended the monthly board meetings of the Mississippi Department of Education, the quarterly board meetings of the Mississippi Head Start Association, and the quarterly meetings of the State Interagency Coordination Council, Mississippi Department of Health. The HSSCO Director is a member of the MS Head Start Association and the SICC Health Board. EXCEL by FIVE. The HSSCO Director attended meetings of this early childhood initiative, sponsored by Mississippi Chevron to establish child friendly neighborhoods with an emphasis on early childhood education. The initiative is endorsed by Mississippi's First Lady, Marsha Barbour.

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Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines. The HSSCO contributed to the printing cost of 1,000 copies of the Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines for Three Year Old Children and served as a member of the Revision Team for the Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines for Four Year Old Children.

Community Services

No activities reported.

Family Literacy Services

No activities reported.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Goal To facilitate the development of collaborative agreements to utilize early childhood systems and increase access to comprehensive services and support for children with disabilities. Outcomes The HSSCO Director works with the Bureau Director in the Office of Special Education, Mississippi Department of Education, in providing information as needed to early care and education programs. The HSSCO Director works with the Director of First Steps Intervention, Mississippi Department of Health, Part C, in providing Early Head Start and child care providers with state information relative to intervention by teachers and administrators. The HSSCO Director works with the MS State Extension Service in providing early intervention education materials to home/family providers in an effort to help the provider and parents identify children with developmental delays or other health issues.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

No activities reported.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Mississippi Head Start serves more than 27, 000 children and is the primary provider of early care and education services, and as a result, Head Start representatives are present at all state level meetings related to these issues. Since 2004, Mississippi Head Start grantees and public schools have been successful in collaboration efforts to blend resources, professional development training, and braiding of funds. The criteria established for the Early Learning Collaboration Grant Program (SB2667) legislation for programs serving 4-year-old children to enhance or expand services assures that Head Start enrollment will not be affected by creation of new classrooms.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The most significant success experienced this year was a change in the public's perception regarding the State's definition of pre-kindergarten. The success came as a result of the intense collaboration and deliberate communication at the state and local level. The Governor supports early childhood but does not support an "add on" grade to the public school system for 4-year-old children because 80 percent of 4-year-old children already attend some type of early care and education program. In Mississippi, pre-kindergarten applies to

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children receiving services from birth to five. The State Legislature has established programs/initiatives to improve the quality of services for the large number of children attending various types of early care and education programs from birth to age five.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Mississippi has a very low percentage of Hispanic children. As programs experience an increase in enrollment for this population, a strategic plan is being developed and implemented to address the needs of the individual children and families.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The responses above have been focused on describing activities designed to strengthen the infrastructure of Mississippi's Early Childhood System. The Governor of Mississippi will meet the requirement of the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 by establishing a State Early Childhood Advisory Council. This Council will be charged with developing a state plan that is supportive of the Governor's early childhood agenda. It is anticipated that the work of the HSSCO will be enhanced through this effort to strengthen the early care and education system.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Strengthening Partnerships between Head Start and Pre-k: The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) brought together representatives from the Missouri Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education, Health, Higher Education, Social Services, and Mental Health, the Missouri Head Start Association, and the Region VII TA system to engage in child care/Head Start/pre-kindergarten regional meetings. Four regional meetings were held in Cape Girardeau, Trenton, Springfield, and Columbia. These meetings were intended to bring local and state representatives from child care, Head Start, and pre-kindergarten together and begin the conversation on why it is important to coordinate and collaborate among entities. Approximately 40 stakeholders representing child care, Head Start, school districts, higher education, Community Action, and technical assistance systems attended each of the four meetings. Missouri Preschool Exit Assessment. The HSSCO partnered with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and Project Construct to extend this assessment opportunity to Head Start programs. It was the 7th year of the assessment of Missouri Preschool Project programs, 8th year for Title I Preschool programs, and 2nd year for the selected Head Start programs. DESE staff along with staff from other state agencies use the results to inform efforts in creating and implementing policies that support children's readiness to succeed in school. Missouri Preschool Project Proposals (Missouri's pre-kindergarten program). The HSSCO read and ranked proposals for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Collaboration Director

Stacey Owsley, Director Carolyn Stemmons, Assistant Director university of Missouri Center for family Policy and Research 1400 Rock Quarry Road Columbia, MO 65211-3280 Phone: 573-884-3080 fax: 573-884-0598 [email protected] [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Kathy thornburg, lead Agency Contact Center for family Policy and Research 1400 Rock Quarry Road Columbia, MO 65211 Phone: 573-882-9998 fax: 573-884-0598 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Markie Crabtree ACf Region VII 601 east 12th Street Room 276 Kansas City, MO 64106 Phone: 816-426-2284 fax: 816-426-2888 [email protected]

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Coordinating Board for Early Childhood. As a member of this board, the HSSCO served on the School Readiness Committee, a work group of the Board. Work on this committee included identifying key policies that will guide and impact the growth and development of pre-kindergarten programs in Missouri, developing a plan for the creating and implementation of a Missouri Panel on School Readiness that will address policy issues and make strategic recommendations for future implementation.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Objective Enhance community awareness regarding the health care needs of children, community challenges affecting the health of children, and the resources needed to address health care needs. Outcomes The HSSCO is a key player among the collaborative agency network invested in the Bright Futures Initiative. Work included: Three workshops (March, May, and August 2007) reaching approximately 50 Missouri Head Start and Early Head Start staff were provided by the Center for Advancement of Mental Health Practices in Schools. The workshops focused on the use of the Bright Futures tools for building children's resilience, early identification of children's mental health issues, and building community capacity to address local needs for the MO Bright Futures initiative. A series of six additional workshops were offered across the State connecting Early Childhood, Schools, Public Health, and Mental Health in focusing on hands-on tools to promote resilient children, strong families, and health communities. The HSSCO was a co-sponsor of the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health Summit 2007, featuring a keynote address by Dr. Michael Helgeson, C.E.O., Apple Tree Dental. The address, "Community Collaborative Practice," provided information on Apple Tree's innovative approach at promoting changes to the healthcare system by designing and testing new approaches to deliver oral health care services to people where they live, work, go to school, or receive other health or social services. The HSSCO partnered with the Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Head Start Association, and Missouri Coalition for Oral Health to educate, develop, and coordinate the Missouri Preventive Services Program roll-out plan to Missouri Head Start programs. The Preventive Services Program is a community-based, systemic approach to population-based prevention of oral disease. The intent of the program is to provide an evaluation of the state of oral health disease in the community's children, provide referrals for immediate or emergency dental care, and provide educational and preventive dental services to the target population.

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Oral Health

State-level The State has a number of state-level coalitions and partnerships including the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health, Missouri Department of Health: Oral Health Program, Missouri Preventive Services Program ­ Oral Health Program, Missouri Oral Health Network, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School. A more detailed list of these partnerships can be found at the end of this report. Local-level Due to the limited time frame given to compile the information, the HSSCO is able to report just some of the partnerships between Head Start and Early Head Start and oral health partners in Missouri. Many of the partnerships were selected by the grantees for the 2008 Partnership Awards as sponsored by the Missouri Head Start Association. A list provided at the end of this report represents those partnerships that extend above and beyond screenings and examinations. Additional Information Other oral health activities included collaboration on a first-ever Infant Oral Care Conference that included Head Start coordinators, health educators, dentists, and dental hygienists. A partnership with the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health produced a white paper on oral health and an Oral Health Summit. The HSSCO also worked closely with the Mid Missouri Area Health Education Center to coordinate six community meetings throughout the State in 2008. These meetings will include presentations showcasing innovative partnerships and best practices in increasing oral health access. The HSSCO partnered with the Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Head Start Association and Missouri Coalition for Oral Health to educate and connect the Missouri Preventive Services Program to Missouri Head Start and Early Head Start programs. A more detailed listing of these activities can be found at the end of this report.

Welfare

Objective Integrate proactive strategies that will leverage positive change in the service delivery system for low-income families. Outcomes The HSSCO is a member of the Prevention Partners Steering Team. Prevention Partners is a collaboration of state stakeholders with a focus on child abuse and neglect prevention. The group has created a vision, mission, and stages of creating a statewide framework for child abuse prevention. The HSSCO served on the Strengthening Families Leadership Team and aided in the development of a Strengthening Families strategic plan. The Strengthening Families approach creates a child abuse and neglect prevention framework that can help program developers, policymakers, and advocates embed effective prevention strategies into existing systems. Six state early childhood facilities (four of which are Head Start grantees or partners) were selected as pilot sites for the national Strengthening Families Initiative: Essential Care (Kansas City), Operation Breakthrough (Kansas City), Early Learning Center, Inc. (Oran), Children's Therapy (Sedalia), Grant Training Center/OACAC Head Start (Springfield), and South Side Day Nursery (St. Louis).

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Child Care

Objective Streamline and coordinate long-range planning for child care needs and resources throughout the State. Outcome The HSSCO played a leadership role in the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) project, serving on the Steering Committee and provided ongoing feedback to the development of the local infrastructure teams. The HSSCO was a leader in connecting the work at the state level to local Head Start programs so they could serve as the first point of contact in bridging the state plan to the local level, and serving as a potential "hub" for the ECCS local stakeholder groups.

Education

Objective Improve and support systems designed to ease or minimize transitions between early care and education services and age divisions. Increase teacher qualifications for all early care and education professionals by strengthening the state professional development initiative. Support and expand quality early education experiences for young children regardless of the setting. Outcomes The HSSCO and Missouri Head Start Association (MHSA) partnered to support peer-to-peer networking sessions. These sessions allowed participants to gain knowledge on selected topics that applied directly to working within their agencies; create opportunities to discuss "back home strategies" to be implemented; and provide opportunities for participants to network and develop a system of peer communications. Peer-to-peer sessions in 2007 included three director networking sessions, an Emergency/Crisis Preparedness: Session I random Acts of Violence & Natural Disasters, and a session on Health Children & Families: Obesity Initiative. The HSSCO also supported the annual Missouri Leadership Institute. The HSSCO supported MHSA/MO-AEYC Early Childhood Summit in Fall 2007, "Shaping the Future." Participants gained information and training on topics relevant to the early childhood community including literacy, speech, and language development, disabilities, fine arts, professional development; and mental health. They also received information on community and professional resources including those for homelessness and information from the Coordination Board for Early Childhood.

Community Services

Objective Facilitate collaboration between Head Start agencies and local early care and education activities so they become an integral part of any efforts to strengthen communities. Outcomes The HSSCO provided leadership among a collaborative effort of Federal, state, and association stakeholders implementing a statewide Memorandum of Understanding among Head Start, Community Action, Social Services, and the Education System. In its first year of implementation, the MOU taskforce remained interested in:

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Strengthening coordination and maximizing resources among stakeholders at the Federal, state, and association levels by modeling behaviors, adopting strategies, and setting an agenda that is aimed at strengthening partnerships among local, state, and regional organizations concerned with the needs of low-income children and their families. Promoting collaborative efforts among education and social service providers in order to strengthen communities. Fathers For Life Initiative: Grant is based on statewide collaboration designed to enact statewide systemic level changes as well as local collaboration and project implementation. The HSSCO, an influential partner, aided in coordination, dissemination, and consultation on grant activities, served on the grant management team and state steering team, and participated on regular conference calls with MO Department of Social Services (lead agency), University of Missouri Kansas City (evaluation contractor), and the Office of Head Start to provide regular updates of project.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Objective Foster the inclusion of children with disabilities in all activities related to child development, early care and education, and family life. Outcomes The HSSCO collaborated with Region VII T/TA, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Missouri Head Start Association to plan a one-day session at the annual Conference of the Young Years. The track, entitled, "Making Inclusion Work," brought together Head Start and Early Head Start programs and their partners and provided information and research on the importance of inclusion. Participants developed action plans to take back to their local programs. The HSSCO led the way in updating a partnership letter among the HSSCO, Missouri Head Start Association, Region VII TA, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-Special Education. The letter outlined a vision for collaboration in supporting children with disabilities and their families, and shared goals of the entities. The partnership letter was distributed via the State Education Listserv by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), reaching all school districts. It was posted on the Missouri Head Start and Department of Education's Web sites, distributed at a MHSA council meeting and at all four Head Start/child care/pre-kindergarten regional meetings. The HSSCO participated in regular State Interagency Coordinating Council meetings and made recommendations to DESE on First Steps (Part C) operations in the State.

Family Literacy Services

Objective Improve access and availability of family literacy services to low-income participants. Increase awareness of the importance of literacy activities in the home and early care and education environments for supporting emergent literacy in young children.

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Outcome The HSSCO co-sponsored a parent leadership event with the Missouri Head Start Association. Approximately 50 parents and staff representing Head Start programs throughout the State attended the two-day event. This experience provided participants with an: Understanding of advocacy and how they can be effective advocates for children Opportunity to practice skills necessary to be actively engaged in local, state, and national issues Opportunity to learn about Missouri government, how the legislative process works, and how individuals can have a voice in this important process.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Objective Work with programs that serve transient populations to ensure that information on quality early childhood programs are available to homeless families. Explore strategies to make sure these families can access Head Start of other affordable, quality early care and education services and develop an interagency plan to put these strategies in place. Outcomes As a member of the Governor's Committee to End Homelessness dedicated in facilitating the Balance of State Continuum of Care process, the HSSCO helped raise awareness of homeless issues in Missouri, maintaining and sharing a list of resources throughout the State. The HSSCO helped plan and coordinate activities as part of the Governor's Committee to End Homelessness ­ 2007 Homeless Awareness Week. The HSSCO convened a panel of representatives from the Governor's Committee to End Homelessness to provide a presentation at the 2007 Early Childhood Summit. Early childhood professionals were provided information on homeless resources available to children and families throughout the State and how to access the resources.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

During its first full year of operation, the Missouri's Coordinating Board for Early Childhood has started formally integrating the early childhood systems in the State to maximize resources and the quality of all programs over this past year. The HSSCO Director is an appointed member of the Board and has been actively involved by keeping the Board informed on reauthorization developments, the Missouri Head Start and Early Head Start landscape, and Head Start Program Performance Standards and philosophy. Through this education, one of the priority areas of the Board during this past year was to promote additional state funding for Early Head Start. The Board includes representatives from the governor's office, the child-serving state departments, the judiciary, Head Start, business, civic groups, faith-based organizations, and early childhood service providers. The Early Childhood Interagency Team was created to facilitate the sharing of program information that guides change within the stakeholder agencies. Members include representatives from the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education, Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, and Social Services, and the HSSCO. The team is led by the HSSCO and met every 6-8 weeks over the past year.

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Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Diversity of Funding -- Since 1997, the Office of Head Start has funded the HSSCO to support the development of multi-agency and public/private partnerships at the state level. Since the establishment of the HSSCO, select state departments have agreed to contribute state matching funds to support the work of the office. One of the success indicators the HSSCO measures, is diversity of funding. During the reporting year period, the State Departments of Education, Social Services, and Health contributed funds to match the Federal grant. In addition, the HSSCO has partnered with many state departments and grant initiatives. Enhancement of ECCS State to Local Work -- The HSSCO provided financial support to enhance the work of the ECCS initiative. The goal of partnership is to improve early childhood outcomes by developing a replicable and sustainable infrastructure for local communities to implement the ECCS Plan for Missouri's children and families. The funding provided supplemented existing efforts of UMKC-Institute for Human Development as they consulted with local communities, provided technical assistance, and fostered the development of local infrastructure teams. Resource Development -- The HSSCO partnered with the Missouri Head Start Association to design, develop, and disseminate a Missouri Head Start Annual Report. The HSSCO also produced a brochure designed to create a statewide public understanding of the purpose of the Office. Ongoing monitoring of the Strategic Plan -- Work continues (2006-2011).

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

In 2007, the HSSCO did not participate in supporting the coordination of services to Hispanic families in Missouri in any definite manner. It is imperative to mention, however, that the HSSCO continues to support action that creates opportunities for improving early learning systems and processes that serve to be inclusive of all populations within the State (i.e., children with disabilities, homeless children, children of incarcerated parents, children representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, children in foster care, etc.). As the five-year goals of the HSSCO are continually assessed within the changing context of the new Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 and the early learning landscape across Missouri in 2008, it is possible that the specific early learning needs of Hispanic children and families may be more closely addressed through collaborative projects or initiatives behind the leadership of the HSSCO.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

As the HSSCO's evolving role in the Coordinating Board for Early Childhood is more specifically defined and CBEC, as well as ECCS and Federal strategic priorities are firmly established in 2008, it is anticipated that new directions will be identified in addition to maintaining some efforts and initiatives currently in motion. It is fully anticipated the HSSCO will focus on aligning efforts with the ECCS efforts, and the results from the new Head Start needs assessment process to inform its directions in the coming year and beyond. Further, the HSSCO will examine its role in promoting action and providing leadership to projects related to all priority areas -- particularly those that may not have been addressed to the extent that others were in 2007. The HSSCO will also continue to maintain its leadership role in. In summary, the HSSCO's strategic plan and grant funds for the coming year will be greatly influenced by and aligned with, results of the Head Start needs assessment ongoing development of the ECCS plan, and existing projects and initiatives.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Montana Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) marked its 11th year in 2007. The HSSCO is involved in every part of the systems that serve young children. The HSSCO also oversees and implements the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant from Maternal and Child Health and is therefore truly involved in the "whole picture." One of the most difficult challenges for the HSSCO is the delay that often occurs when administrative state staff change jobs and other agendas come to the attention of leadership. It would be preferable for everyone to always move in the same direction at the same time. Most of the work of the HSSCO is centered on school readiness. The HSSCO and ECCS work together to further this purpose for low income and all children in Montana. This past year, child care has been a focus of this effort. The HSSCO Director has traveled to each of the 12 Montana Child Care Resource and Referral Network regions to discuss the school readiness initiative. It has proved to be an effective way to link the efforts of Head Start and child care as providers prepare young children for school and life. Most of the formal Head Start/child care partnerships have been discontinued due to lack of funding. But relationships between the two programs and other professionals are more positive and reciprocal when possible. In many communities, Head Start and child care are represented on Community School Readiness Teams, share training or promotional events; and make efforts to communicate about children that they both serve.

Collaboration Director

Mary Jane Standaert early Childhood Services Bureau ­ DPPHS P.O. Box 202925 111 north Jackson Street 5th floor Helena, Mt 59620 Phone: 406-444-0589 fax: 406-444-2547 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Jamie Palagi Bureau Chief Phone: 406-444-1828 fax: 406-444-2547 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Debbie Hedin ACf Region VIII federal Office Building 1961 Stout Street 9th floor Denver, CO 80294 Phone: 303-844-1154 fax: 303-844-3642 [email protected]

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Montana does not have state funded pre-kindergarten. Advocacy efforts are focused on state funding for Head Start and increased funding for child care. Creating a third type of program would just not be reasonable given the State's small population. The School Readiness Initiative is the main focus in consolidating local and state collaborative efforts to best support young children and their varied needs.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Objective 2.3 Health/Mental Health services. Assist in strengthening quality and increasing access to a variety of health services for young children and their families. The HSSCO has done considerable research and work on Early Childhood Health and Mental Health Consultation. Through ECCS work, the HSSCO has designed a model that includes both types of consultation in early childhood programs. The HSSCO has initiated a pilot in one community through a community mental health service, provided the health consultation training, and is providing oversight to track the outcomes and barriers. This effort began September 1, 2007. The HSSCO is involved on the core team of the ABCD project ­ Assuring Better Child Development. This is a TA grant through the Medicaid Office of DPHHS that will lead to universal, appropriate developmental screening for all young children using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. There has been considerable time and effort invested in this effort, including national training of the core teams. The initial pilot phase was launched September 1, 2007 in two communities and will eventually directly impact Head Start and Early Head Start children. The HSSCO worked on the Covering Kids project with Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies and distributed information to Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Throughout the year, the HSSCO met with Head Start and Early Head Start health managers at their networking meetings to discuss how the HSSCO is supporting them at the state level and to hear about obstacles at the local level. Additionally, the HSSCO met with the Director of DPHHS, the leaders of Family and Community Health Bureau, and their advisory council; submitted three published articles to the Prevention Connection; presented to the Joint Committee on Healthy Kids; presented on School Readiness work at the Spring Public Health Conference; and was actively involved in Systems of Care work and the work of the MT Mental Health Association. Oral health has been a priority for many years. This past year the Department of Public Health and Human Services has undergone some restructuring. The HSSCO is actively involved in the Oral Health Coalition as a member of the Community Based Prevention Committee. The committee has designed a new work plan. Through a Food Stamp Bonus, Head Start and Early Head Start programs and School Readiness Community Teams were targeted for online health training. The programs were provided with all Head Start and Early Head Start children as well as money to spend on local oral health promotion efforts.

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Oral Health

State-level The Montana Oral Health Alliance has existed since 1999.

Contact: Maggie Virag Oral Health Office DPHHS 1218 e. 6th Ave. Helena, Mt 59620 Phone: 406-444-0276 [email protected]

The HSSCO Director is an active member of the Community Based Prevention Committee, which most recently produced a statewide message via posters encouraging parents to have their babies receive an oral health check-up by the age one. The HSSCO accomplished major oral health work nearly every year since 1998. In past years, the HSSCO: Sent oral health bags filled with information and a Lift the Lip video to each Head Start and Early Head Start Program. Was funded to host the Head Start Oral Health Forum and the follow-up work. Contributed to the State Oral Health Work Plan Contributed and assisted on grants applications for the Oral Health Office Invited representatives of the Oral Health Office to speak times to the MT Head Start Association and Head Start Health Managers. In 2007, Head Start and Early Head Start programs were included in a Food Stamp Bonus project. Toothbrushes were provided to each program, as long as one staff member took a free online oral health course called Open Wide. In addition, since most of the Head Start programs participate on the community school readiness teams of the Montana School Readiness Initiative, all the programs benefited from a second round of oral health materials and children's books. These materials were distributed to programs for their assistance in the Oral Health Office's community oral health survey. Local-level The HSSCO has requested this information from local programs and will forward the information when received. Anecdotally, the HSSCO is aware of many oral health partnerships through discussions at Head Start Association meetings. Programs usually share about dentists performing oral health screenings, donating exams and follow-up care, setting aside time for Head Start children, conducting training and information sessions, and donating toothbrushes.

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Welfare

Objective 3.2 Support through Welfare Reform. Collaborate with families, programs, agencies and organizations to strengthen support services for families on TANF. Prior to the 2007 legislative session and during the session, the HSSCO researched and clarified specifics of the "Bridge the Gap" policy proposals that would have equalized Head Start and child care eligibility. Unfortunately, it did not pass during the 2007 session. Other than this effort, there was no specific work in this area. However, most of the HSSCO's work continues to target improving a variety of services for low-income families.

Child Care

Objective 2.2 Access to Child Care services. Assist in developing policies and practices that promote the collaboration and coordination necessary to improve child care availability, quality and affordability for all low-income children. The HSSCO and Head Start and Early Head Start are members of the MT Early Childhood Advisory Council (MECAC). As a member, the HSSCO: Attended and presented at each quarterly meeting. Presented at the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Directors' annual meeting on School Readiness and Child Care. Met with the CCR&R trainers about School Readiness training. Presented on School Readiness to the Butte CCR&R mini-conference, the MT Early Childhood Conference, and to five different community groups of child care providers. Participated in a local School Readiness event by reading books to groups of child care children, taking an active part in the planning. Conducted data gathering for the Economic Impact Study on EC in MT.

Education

Objective 2.1 Education. Support Head Start/Early Head Start programs in their efforts to serve as a central community institution to improve education services provided to low-income children and their families. The HSSCO is a member of and participates at the quarterly meetings of: MtAEYC Early Childhood Partnership for Professional Development (ECPPD)

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Early Childhood Career Development Advisory Council School Readiness Task Force. In addition, the HSSCO also: Presented twice at the meetings of the Head Start and Early Head Start education managers. Hosted the follow-up School Readiness Summit in May. Assisted with hosting the Western States Leadership Network for MtAEYC. Met weekly with the Education Policy advisor for the Governor. Met with the Indian Education for All representatives from Office of Public Instruction. Met with the Early Childhood Higher Ed Consortium. Met with the MECAC Quality Committee on School Readiness and Touchpoints training. Assisted with development and dissemination of School Readiness materials and maintained frequent contact with Head Start and Early Head Start T/TA providers.

Community Services

Objective 3.3 Support through Community Service. Promote community service, parent involvement and parent training as strong components of Head Start/Early Head Start and family development. The HSSCO wrote a letter of support for the Human Resource Development Council application for a grant on family financial literacy. Other parent-focused work is mentioned in other sections of this report, including Parent Leadership Training, Fatherhood Initiative, Head Start Day at the Capital, networking with parents at the Head Start Association meetings, inviting parents to be involved in state level groups, and enlisting one Head Start parent to share her success story with MECAC.

Family Literacy Services

Objective 3.1 Coordination with Family Literacy. Encourage Head Start/Early Head Start programs to form partnerships and provide opportunities that focus on the development of family literacy. Since late 2006, the HSSCO has been working monthly with a group from the private and public sectors on the Bill of Rights for Children with Incarcerated Parents. This is driven by a TA grant that the HSSCO applied for on behalf of Head Start and Early Head Start and the Department of Corrections. The HSSCO is developing a "Tool Kit" of the top ten things parents/caregivers can tell children and do for them as a parent or family member enters, exits, and goes through the corrections system.

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Additional work included: Took part in the Fatherhood Initiative with Head Start and Early Head Start programs as they developed their work plans in this area. Conducted research and visited the Salish/Kootenai Head Start and Early Head Start program and community to learn about Touchpoints from the Brazelton Institute and how it can be supported in other communities. Supported and assisted with Head Start Day at the Capital. Supported and promoted the Literacy project sponsored by Hopa Mountain, targeted to AIAN Head Start and Early Head Start programs and communities. Worked with the Family Literacy TA providers that presented at the Head Start Association. Participated in the Parent Information Resource Center (PIRC) Advisory Council and worked with grantee, WORD, Inc., to develop Parent Leadership Training. Presented at the Head Start and Early Head Start Family Advocates networking meeting.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Objective 2.4 Services to Children with Disabilities. Support Head Start/Early Head Start programs in strengthening partnerships that promote the collaboration and coordination of comprehensive and appropriate services to children with disabilities and their families. 2007 Review Completed the state level MOU on disabilities services and are beginning to disseminate to Head Start/ Early Head Start through the TA providers. Wrote and developed a TA grant on inclusion for the ECPPD, which was not awarded. Head Start/Early Head Start are members of the Family Support Services Advisory Council for Part C of DPHHS.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Objective 3.4 Support families with young children who are homeless. Ensure that Head Start/Early Head Start programs adequately serve homeless families with young children. Work in this area is led by the MT Homeless Coalition, which has a detailed work plan and is accomplishing much work at the local level. The Coalition has been rather quiet through 2007, but the HSSCO remains a member and has submitted articles on Head Start and Early Head Start for the statewide newsletter.

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Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Head Start has a wide variety of partners in state government. The Early Childhood Services Bureau includes the Head Start Association and the HSSCO in most appropriate decisions and plans. The Head Start Association and the HSSCO share an office at the Bureau. Head Start parents and staff are often consulted, surveyed, and asked to take part in meetings when appropriate and time permits. Recently, the CHIP Office and the Lead Poisoning Office inquired about Head Start and how to access the programs for disseminating information and surveying. State offices often seek out Head Start as a source of information, to share information, and to include Head Start in their plans.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

This is the third year of the School Readiness Initiative. It continues to be successful for all Head Start and Early Head Start programs, as well as their community partners and partners at the state government.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

There has been no work in this area, since there does not appear to be a need. However, the HSSCO is making efforts to work with the Indian Education For All initiative. The Office of Public Instruction partnered with the HSSCO to engage the assistance of Mid-Continent Education Labs to conduct training in one American Indian community. The training provided Head Start and elementary school staff with appropriate practices and expectations for transitions, curriculum, and parent involvement. There are cultural and language issues and some traditions that need to worked on so that children and families can be more successful in both programs. If the intervention works for this community, it will be offered in other interested Tribal communities.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The work plan has already been approved and includes all of the above.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Head Start/Pre-kindergarten partnership development has been the systems focus. The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) has continued to assist in the development of Head Start pre-kindergarten partnerships. In addition to helping facilitate local partnership development/meetings, the HSSCO financially supported school administrators workshops with use of supplemental funding. Workshops were held in various locations across the State. The focus was on quality early childhood programs and partnership development, Head Start Program Performance Standards, and their basic alignment with the Nebraska Department of Education Rule 11, regulations for school-administered early childhood programs. Head Start directors and school administrators with partnership experience and successes were contracted as presenters. Over 500 school administrators and Head Start directors and staff participated between December 2006 and May 2007. The HSSCO Director developed a brief questionnaire for Early Childhood Program Specialists to use on their local program visits with LEAs and their partners to explore aspects of partnership development. The information from these questionnaires will be compiled and used for discussion with a small stakeholders group, Head Start/Pre-Kindergarten Community Action Early Childhood Group. This small stakeholders group met twice a year to address the specific challenges and successes of Head Start partnership development. Members included the HSSCO Director, DHHS Child Care Administrator, Community Services Block Grant Administrator, State Office of Community Action Nebraska, Head Start Association, Head Start directors, Department of Education Early Childhood Administrator and Program Specialists/

Collaboration Director

eleanor Kirkland nebraska Department of education 301 Centennial Mall South P.O. Box 94987 lincoln, ne 68509-4987 Phone: 402-471-3501 fax: 402-471-0117 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Marcia Corr early Childhood Administrator Phone: 402-471-0951 fax: 402-471-0117 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

lynda Bitner ACf Region VII federal Office Building 601 east 12th Street Room 276 Kansas City, MO 64106 Phone: 816-426-5401 ext. 182 [email protected]

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Technical Assistants. Plans are to revise the early childhood grant program RFP to help with increased alignment in Head Start Program Performance Standards, cost allocation needs for LEAs and their Head Start partners. The above outcomes help to also meet the HSSCO work plan goal of "increased communication between Head Start and state systems."

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

The HSSCO supported work on early childhood mental health by coordinating the statewide initiative, Early Childhood Positive Behavioral interventions and Support (PBiS). The HSSCO successfully applied for technical assistance from the Center for Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL). There are four demonstration sites, one of which is a Head Start/LEA grantee; the others are in child care. Training of trainers will be launched in 2008. The PBiS statewide initiative is the implementation arm of the State's Behavioral Health State Infrastructure Grant (SIG) targeted at infrastructure development for young children and adolescents. SIG has contracted with the HSSCO to provide funds for professional development for the CSEFEL training opportunities and Nurturing Healthy Behavior pilot projects (see "Child Care" below). The HSSCO participated in Maternal Child Health Strategic Planning and informed the development of guidance for "Healthy Weight" for women of child-bearing age and their young children. The HSSCO provided input into the development of an environmental scan of numerous healthy weight/obesity prevention initiatives, including the launch of Head Start's I Am Moving, I Am Learning. The HSSCO hopes to expand upon that for Head Start and its local community partners as resources allow.

Oral Health

State-level The HSSCO Director received $2,500 in Head Start Oral Health Forum Follow-Up supplemental funding from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) in 2007. The goals are to work with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry, to develop materials to integrate into the dental hygienists program/curriculum as part of their community outreach coursework and requirements. The HSSCO meets with the College of Dentistry routinely to plan for the Dental Days programs, offering safety net dental services to children who do not have access to dental care. This has become an invaluable support to many children across the State with hundreds of thousands of in-kind and clinical services each year. The Assistant Dean is engaged in the state Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Initiative (ECCS) project for Medical Home (to explore issues around dental home) and has agreed to participate in the ECCS Access Work Group as well. As part of the ASTDD follow-up, the HSSCO worked with the DHHS Lifespan Health Services to inform a State Access Workshop. The HSSCO identified part of the funds to support Head Start Association/Head Start program participation in the Workshop. A SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis via focus groups was conducted by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau national technical assistance contractor. After the analysis completes the DHHS vetting process, the goals for Workshop will be solidified and scheduled in 2008. The ECCS Access/Barriers to Services Workgroup was co-chaired by the HSSCO Director. The focus of this

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work group is on oral health in Nebraska. The group is reviewing resources, research, workforce studies, and local projects/products to inform the development of a white paper to "raise a champion" in oral health for Nebraska. Nebraska does not currently have a state dental director, and this has created challenges in moving the system forward. Safety-net programs have been identified and have provided amazing support and services, but the ongoing sustainability of these efforts is vulnerable to available local resources and the good will of volunteers. A local learning collaborative sponsored by the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation will also help with this work. The goal is to leverage input and leadership from local grassroots and state levels to potentially charter a statewide oral health coalition. Local-level The HSSCO participated in a local Kiwanis effort with a Head Start grantee to bring in Dr. Peter Milgrom, DDS, a researcher from the University of Washington. Dr. Milgrom was recently involved in a Head Start Innovation and Improvement Project (IIP) to explore and provide dental services in remote sectors of Alaska. His research was presented at the Kiwanis event. Dr. Milgrom and a local dentist/advocate from Kearney, NE, met with DHHS and the College of Dentistry personnel to engage in a dialogue related to potential policy and practice changes that could benefit Nebraska's young children living in poverty and who may not have access to adequate oral health care.

Welfare

The HSSCO continued to share information with Head Start grantees about changes in TANF or other public assistance services for children and families living in poverty. With TANF changes, the status of Nebraska's plan is pending. Due to broad restructuring in DHHS over the past year, new administrative leadership is pending. The HSSCO also responded to local grantee questions about access to TANF support and services.

Child Care

Child Care Development Funds were offered to local programs to implement "Nurturing Healthy Behavior" projects. This initiative is tied to PBiS efforts statewide. Training for licensed providers, due to new legislation, will be developed and launched to increase knowledge and awareness of Safe Sleep, SIDS, and nutrition.

Education

Focus has been primarily with pre-kindergarten partnership development. The HSSCO has continued to provide curriculum and assessment training for early childhood teachers in context of Results Matter Nebraska. The statewide initiative is aimed at meeting the mandates from the Office of Special Education Populations for functional child outcomes and family outcomes. This has been implemented in Nebraska for all LEAs early childhood programs. The HSSCO has also met to explore elements of a quality rating system for Nebraska. These initiatives have been linked to PBiS and the ECCS goals and strategies to help build a more comprehensive system. See other special initiatives below for highlights on kindergarten/transition and Research to Practice plans and initiatives.

Community Services

The HSSCO worked with Community Action to follow up on partnership development and access to quality early childhood services. The HSSCO formed a partnership with the Nebraska Children & Families Foundation to launch a "sustainability university" based on a model of Nebraska Even Start Sustainability Toolkit. Efforts will continue by supporting the Harvard Family Research Project, State school-age afterschool care, and Parent Information Resource Center state initiative.

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Family Literacy Services

The HSSCO worked with Even Start Family Literacy to support Head Start programs administering Even Start programs. The project offered opportunities for programs to attend training events and networking sessions, and gain access to evaluation support.

Services to Children with Disabilities

See response in the "Education" section for the integration of Results Matter into all early childhood programming, assessment data, evaluation, and training. A state Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for services to children with disabilities is a possible template for use in Head Start-Pre-k partnership agreements with the hope that the MOA would include all young children and families in their service areas. Plans to revise the state MOA are pending due to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 and technical assistance contracts for Head Start.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Title I, McKinney-Vento coordinator, and Homeless Services Administrator in DHHS provide input for Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council (ECICC- state's early learning council) about the issues of homelessness, gaps in services, and resource development. This information is disseminated to Head Start programs. The HSSCO developed a partnership with the Nebraska Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition to provide training specific to Head Start grantee needs. The training addresses women, families, and young children who may be in shelters and need support from homeless assistance, Head Start, and other community resources.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO ensures and leverages Head Start representation on all statewide initiatives, planning groups, and policy decisions. Many of those have been mentioned previously. Head Start is represented on the state early learning council, including American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO initiated and coordinated an Early Childhood Transportation Task Force in 2007 with members of Head Start, LEAs, DHHS Child Care and Public Service, and Department of Education Pupil Transportation programs to address access and barriers to early childhood transportation. This is tied to goals of ECICC early learning council and Gaps/Barriers standing committee, as well as strategies of the ECCS Access Work Group. The goal is to develop recommendations for key constituents and to design next steps for continuing to explore possible policy and regulations changes. The HSSCO supported the Nebraska Association for Education of Young Children annual retreat by participating and garnering the participation and support of Head Start Association representatives. The HSSCO submitted a National Governors Association proposal for an early childhood summit, which would have focused on early childhood/kindergarten transition and best practices. Unfortunately, the proposal was not funded. However, the decision was to move forward on launch of a kindergarten leadership team to revise a 1984 kindergarten position statement that was reissued in 2001. Plans for launching a multi-phase Research to Practice Conference were completed by a small work group. Due to weather conditions and difficulty accessing conference facilities, the conference will be postponed until early 2008. HSSCO funds were identified to support these events.

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Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Wherever possible, the HSSCO helps to connect with resources for translators and/or bilingual early learning specialists. The state ECCS project/HSSCO implementation plan addresses cultural linguistic issues as part of the Access and Barriers to services work group. Translation of health-related information has been augmented by the ECCS Medical Home and Family Support work groups. The HSSCO provided resources to and drew upon experience from Even Start Family Literacy to assist families needing access to civics education, Adult Basic Education, English as Second Language classes, and materials to support interactive literacy activities between young children and their parents. The HSSCO coordinates Even Start statewide, and some local programs are administered by Head Start programs.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The HSSCO activities validate the focus and need to continue on the path with the ECCS project by continuing to adopt the Implementation Plan as the HSSCO work plan. Many of the ECCS work groups now focus more on the implementation phase of the project. The HSSCO Director co-chairs the Data Group and the Access Work Group and works very closely with the ECCS project director on all aspects of the plan. The HSSCO Director has assisted with facilitation for other ECCS work groups. A large part of the activities for 2008 will be with the PBiS Leadership Team and CSEFEL activities, Head Start-Pre-k partnership, and early childhood transportation. With the State's new E-Rate Coordinator, the HSSCO hopes to move forward to develop new policies for non-school Head Start grantees to access E-Rate.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are support Head Start/Child Care/Prep-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Received supplemental grant and provided leadership for the Early Childhood Partners' meeting jointly sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Office of Head Start, and Pre-K Now. Lead the team in pre- and postmeetings to develop strategies and action steps to address governance, finance, and provider support in statewide system of early care and education. Continued to serve on collaboration work group of Statewide Children's Behavioral Health Coalition. Determined that Head Start grantees were eligible applicants for state pre-kindergarten funding from Nevada Department of Education (NDE) and assured that all grantees received a copy of the RFP. Also served as grant reviewer for NDE. Facilitated discussions between Northeastern Nevada Head Start (NNHS) and Elko County School District (ECSD) regarding Head Start/pre-kindergarten partnerships. Developed a draft MOU for the two agencies, defining their agreement to provide both Head Start and state-funded pre-kindergarten at Southside Elementary School in Elko. Since then, NNHS and state child care licensing inspected available classrooms and determined that necessary capital improvements will make the on-site partnership too costly at this time. However, the two plan to conduct joint recruitment in the coming year to avoid duplication or underenrollment. As a result of these discussions, NNHS assisted the principal of Southside Elementary with playground design to meet Head Start Program Performance Standards.

Collaboration Director

Margot Chappel Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) 4126 technology Way Suite 100 Carson City, nV 89706 Phone: 775-684-4195 fax: 775-684-4010 [email protected] http://www.dhhs.nv.gov/HeadStart. htm

Lead Agency Contact

Mary liveratti DHHS Deputy Director Phone: 775-684-4000 fax: 775-684-4010 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Kristine Jackson ACf Region IX 90 7th Street 9th floor San francisco, CA 94102 Phone: 415-437-8563 fax: 415-437-8438 [email protected]

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Facilitated discussions for the Reno Sparks Indian Colony regarding a full meshing of their child care and Head Start programs. Met with Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Coordinator and work groups across component areas of comprehensive plan: social and emotional health, health care access, leadership and infrastructure development, and child care health consultation. Attended NAEYC public policy forum with team from Nevada. Led state team that attended NAEYC Professional Development Institute pre-conference day cosponsored by OHS, National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC), and NAEYC to revise and update professional development plan. Continued to support development of the ECCS plan by inviting the ECCS Coordinator to give an update during each Partnership Committee meeting and by forwarding emails from the ECCS Coordinator to Partnership Committee members. Served on the Commitment to Education Committee for the United Way of Southern Nevada along with CDI-Head Start staff. That committee worked on aligning assessment tools across early childhood programs in the Las Vegas area to start a common data collection mechanism as an indicator of program quality. Attended NAEYC conference sessions about using data from previous research to make the case for investing in early childhood education.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Worked with the Oral Health Program Manager, OHS, and the Head Start Association (HSA) to determine whether Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) statutes in Nevada could meet needs of PIR (i.e., exam by approved oral health professional, not just dentists). Worked with the Oral Health Program Manager to develop an Oral Health Manual for Head Start grantees. A draft manual was presented during the fall meeting of the HSA. Grantees were asked for feedback. After few revisions were made, the Oral Health Program Manager distributed manuals to all grantees. Assisted with planning 2008 oral health summit to establish statewide and regional goals for oral health. Invited EPSDT program manager from the state Health Division to present to HSSCO Partnership Committee about educating parents and accessing benefits for low-children. Met with oral health and mental health work groups of the HSSCO Partnership Committee. Oral health will merge with new health access work group in 2008. Mental Health PIR statistics indicate need for mental health service development. That work group decided to keep its status as a separate workgroup since mental health issues are very specific and Head Start grantees need focus on access to services across the State.

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Oral Health

A listing of Nevada's state and local oral health coalitions, as well as information on other oral health activities can be found at the end of this report.

Welfare

No activities reported.

Child Care

Worked with the HSA, the State Child Care Administrator, and the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) contractor to assure that language regarding Head Start partnerships was integrated throughout the 2007 Child Development Plan. Oregon was used as a model. Met with Children's Cabinet Early Education and Care manager to discuss issues with wraparound care contracts with Head Start grantees. Standards for contracts are being developed as a result of meetings with association members. Developed an approach to strategic planning for more effective and efficient use of child care development fund in Nevada. Assisted with facilitating workgroup meetings for addressing areas of the revised child care regulations about which great controversy emerged during last year's revision process as requested by Melissa Faul, Bureau of Services for Child Care Chief.

Education

Sponsored a roundtable discussion of Early Childhood degree program representatives during the Nevada Early Childhood Conference. Reviewed strategies to increase the number of Head Start teachers attaining Early Childhood degrees. The group decided that there were no strategies that would work universally for all colleges and universities. However, all Early Childhood degree representatives agreed to meet with their Head Start partners to discuss strategies to increase the number of Head Start teachers graduating with degrees by Region. Facilitated discussions with higher education representatives that resulted in a CDA coursework chart representing the six Nevada State Higher Education institutions. The chart lists courses that cover CDA competency areas providing nine college credits leading to an AA or BA/BS in ECE, Human Development and Family Studies, or Early Childhood Special Education. Initiated discussion with the Apprenticeship program about integrating CDA assessment at one year of participation in the two-year program to attain a Child Development Specialist Certificate (Nevada's approved state alternative to CDA by Council for Professional Recognition). Also discussed implementation of a Child Development Specialist Certificate with an Infant/Toddler emphasis. Worked with team developing statewide professional development action plan. Served as member of Truckee Meadows Community College EC degree program advisory board.

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Worked with Office of Early Care and Education, NevAEYC, and Washoe County School District on the Infant and Toddler Guidelines for Learning work group. Linked NNHS with Great Basin College for a professional development session during which Head Start teachers were provided the opportunity to enroll in the Apprenticeship program or the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Nevada program, as well as register for fall courses at the college. Facilitated discussions during Partnership Committee and Lead Team meetings about data collected by Head Start and state funded pre-kindergarten programs. As a result of this discussion, the Lead Team determined that a new work group will form to address Child Outcome measures and data collection in 2008. University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) professor, Dr. Catherine Lyons, requested HSSCO support for the university's submission of a National Child Care Professional Development grant. An outline of the approach to partnerships, implementation, and evaluation was jointly developed with higher education representatives from all Nevada Higher Education institutions and Head Start grantees. Attended meeting to plan integration of Child Care Apprenticeship and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Nevada programs. Attended meeting to develop trainer criteria as member of Nevada Registry Advisory Board.

Community Services

No activities reported.

Family Literacy Services

Invited Nevada State Literacy Office Director to present the statewide strategic plan for literacy to the partnership committee. Grantees and the HSSCO were invited to give feedback on the plan. Served on the State Council on Libraries and Literacy. Assisted in ranking literacy grants during state Literacy Council meeting, emphasizing importance of programs geared toward early childhood. Met with Northern Nevada Literacy Council in Reno to learn about their adult education programs.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Assisted with the development of an MOU for Part B services between Northern Nevada Head Start and the Elko County School District, and CDI Clark County Head Start and Clark County School District. Met with Mary Liveratti, DHHS Deputy Director, and Frankie McCabe, NDE Director, Office of Special Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, and School Improvement Programs. Ms. McCabe reiterated the DOE's stance that a statewide Part B MOU is unnecessary, but they are willing to continue providing support to get required local MOUs in place. Met with Part B MOU work group of the HSSCO Partnership Committee to determine next steps. Region IX T/TA Specialist Rebecca Votaw followed up by asking for a count of the Head Start programs without local Part B MOUs in place. The primary issue was that NDE is under the impression that all LEAs have local Part B MOUs with all Head Start grantees. This is not so. Ms. Votaw stated that she

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would forward the list of grantees without MOUs to OSEP. They will then send a letter to NDE explaining the importance of a statewide MOU and describing the absence of local MOUs. All grantees report having good working relationships with LEAs in the absence of MOUs. Met with Autism Spectrum program from state Health Division to discuss Head Start collaboration. The program goals are to screen and provide intervention to all young children in Nevada.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Planned to develop a work group to address services for homeless children and families in Nevada for 2008.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes and decisions.

Assisted Oral Health Program manager to determine a Head Start representative to sit on the statewide Oral Health Advisory Board. Requested that Jane Hogue and Jean Childs serve on state health division committee to educate Nevada parents about EPSDT benefits. Asked to facilitate the NevAEYC annual 2-day strategic planning retreat. Evaluation results indicated a high level of satisfaction among participants. The NevAEYC board invited state child care licensing chief, ECCS Coordinator, student chapter officers, UNR Early Head Start Director, and representatives from CCR&R agencies to engage in and inform the statewide planning process.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Provided support and increased collaboration with the HSA through sub-grants for meeting support and Family Development Matrix data collection. Purchased the Adobe Connect software through a partnership with the ECCS grant in the Health Division.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Began discussing the need for coordination and collaboration to increase access to health care for children with undocumented citizenship. The HSSCO Partnership Committee will form a new health access work group specifically to address this issue among others during 2008. Distributed bookmarks developed by the Nevada Health Division in both Spanish and English to make parents aware of warning signs that children may have autism to all Head Start grantees at the March HSA meeting.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Changes were made to the 2008 work plan based on the work, and results from efforts described throughout this report. Additional changes were made to the 2008 work plan due to reauthorization and the new grantee needs assessment required.

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New Hampshire

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Early Childhood Unified System Initiative -- NH has no public pre-kindergarten or statewide public kindergarten program. This year the State Legislature passed legislation that requires all school districts to have kindergarten programs, effective September 2009. Approximately 11 public school districts are still without kindergarten programs. The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) and Head Start Directors Association partnered with Early Learning NH to launch an Early Childhood Unified System initiative in NH, as described below: OHS supplemental grant funds were leveraged with those from Delta Dental and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation for a kick-off summit entitled, "Envisioning a Unified Early Childhood System in NH." Early Learning NH organized the summit, hosted by the Commissioners of Education, HHS, and Employment Security. Approximately 120 state and regional leaders discussed their ideas for an early childhood system. Nina Sazer O'Donnell, director of United Way of America's "Success by Six" program was the keynote speaker, sharing with participants the elements of a unified system as well as strategies to achieve such a system. Four broad focus areas emerged from the summit: Early childhood leadership infrastructure, to include a children's cabinet and state council on early childhood

Collaboration Director

Debra nelson nH Department of Health and Human Services Division for Children, Youth and families 129 Pleasant Street Concord, nH 03301 Phone: 603-271-7190 fax: 603-271-7982 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Maggie Bishop Director, DCYf nH Department of Health and Human Services Division for Children, Youth and families 129 Pleasant Street Concord, nH 03301 Phone: 603-271-4440 fax: 603-271-2749 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

tom Killmurray ACf Region I Room 2000 JfK federal Bldg. Boston, MA 02203 Phone: 617-565-1104 fax: 617- 565-2493 [email protected]

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education and care Funders collaborative to develop a shared agenda and identify strategies to secure adequate, sustainable funding for the system Public education, such as the Born Learning screening initiative Economic impact report, to be undertaken by Employment Security. Desired Outcome To launch a statewide "early childhood unified system" initiative, securing support from policy makers and a key stakeholders. Actual Outcome The summit generated a great deal of enthusiasm to move forward on this initiative, with its four areas of focus. Next steps include monthly stakeholder meetings to move forward with the recommendations from the summit. Head Start and the HSSCO are actively involved. Maternal and Child Health Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Planning Grant ­ The HSSCO Director participated in the national ECCS meeting at which NH's team identified focus areas for the upcoming year. Desired outcome Increase the number of children, families, and Head Start programs that benefit from coordinated health, child care, and family support initiatives Actual outcome The ECCS planning team co-authored and received funding for several collaborative grant projects that will ultimately result in coordinated health, child care, and family support initiatives.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Goal Improve access to health and developmental screening. Activity "Watch Me Grow" is a collaborative work in progress designed to create statewide access to developmental and other screening for young children age birth to five years, and to provide families with information, resources, and referrals to help their children grow and learn.

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Outcome Collaborative project was developed and will be implemented in two diverse NH communities in the 200809 program year. It will be co-funded by the NH Department of Education and NH Department of Health and Human Services (HSSCO, MCH, Child Development Bureau, Behavioral Health, Early Supports and Services, and Special Medical Services).

Oral Health

State-level

Oral Health Advisory Board Virginia Barunas, RHD, BS, CHeS Oral Health Coordinator Belknap-Merrimack Head Start PO Box 1060 2 Industrial Park Drive Concord, nH 03301 (603) 225-3295 ext. 1108 [email protected]

Local-level The Oral Health Advisory Board organized an oral health outreach initiative to examine 660 randomly selected children enrolled in Head Start. Dr. Arnie Burdick, who participates on the board, recruited two other dentists to collaborate on this effort: Dr. Nilfa Collins and Dr. James Dickerson. All six of NH's Head Start grantees participated. Contact information for these dentists and the Head Start grantees can be found at the end of this report.

Welfare

Goal Improve access to and responsiveness of Head Start and child care for families transitioning from TANF to self-sufficiency. Activity Collaboration between DCYF/Head Start and the Division for Family Assistance regarding TANF extension to promote stable housing. Outcome DCYF and the Division for Family Assistance developed an agreement that states that families whose children are in temporary custody of DCYF will receive a time-limited TANF extension so that they have stable housing when their children can be returned.

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Child Care

Goal Improve quality among Head Start programs, as well as licensed and license-exempt child care providers. Activity Assisted with a grant application to ZERO TO THREE for continued support of the Strengthening Families initiative. Outcome NH's grant proposal was accepted; ZERO TO THREE "Strengthening Families through Partnerships with Child Care" state project to begin in January 2008.

Education

Goal Enhance relationships among Head Start programs, early care and education programs, public schools, and families. Activity Supported Head Start State Parent Advisory Council Parent Advocacy Day. Outcome Parents responding to follow-up survey indicated that they had engaged in new leadership/advocacy activities as a result of participating in the event.

Community Services

Goal Reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect. Activity Co-authored a collaborative grant application to document the status of children's mental health services in NH and create a plan to increase access and improve services. Outcome Funding was received. Project to be implemented 2008-09.

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Family Literacy Services

Goal Improve parents' ability to make appropriate health care choices for their young children. Activity Plan to promote and sustain a childhood obesity initiative in NH (I Am Moving, I Am Learning). Outcome Planning was completed for a collaborative, two-part series and follow-up meeting on I Am Moving, I Am Learning. Initiative to be implemented in 2008-09 in collaboration with the Head Start Quality Initiative TA system, WIC, Head Start Directors Association and programs, UNH Cooperative Extension, the Child Development Bureau, and other public and private partners.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Goal Improve access to screening and mental health services. Activities Supported regional infant mental health teams to promote collaboration and disseminate information on young children's mental health in their communities. Outcome Teams accomplished the majority of their targeted outcomes, such as updating and distributing resource guides to businesses, health care providers, food pantries, churches, hospitals, and child care providers. Other accomplishments included physician outreach and consultation.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Goal Reduce homelessness for young children and their families. Activity Provided seed grants to Head Start grantees for local collaboration to address homelessness. Outcome Nearly all grantees sent representatives to a national conference ("Young Children without Homes") and disseminated information locally. One grantee has launched a local effort to better coordinate supports and services for families who are without homes.

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Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Several initiatives in this area were described previously, including Watch Me Grow, Early Childhood Unified System, state-of-the-state on children's mental health, and Parent Advocacy Day. Additionally, the HSSCO Director chairs the statewide NH Interagency Coordinating Council (advisory body to Part C and Part B/619 of IDEA), and serves on numerous other state and regional level boards and committees. The Director also supported the state Parent Advisory Council chair's application to participate in a six-day family leadership series sponsored by the University of NH Institute on Disability/University Center for Excellence on Disability, which was accepted. His participation promoted increased understanding Head Start among participants.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Safe Families/Safe Homes -- The HSSCO co-authored a grant proposal to the Children's Trust Fund to provide cross-discipline training for early childhood professionals and family representatives using the Safe Families/Safe Homes curriculum. The proposal was funded, and training will take place in 2008. The goal is to create a collaboratively funded training model to increase capacity to provide ongoing training and support to early childhood professionals and family organizations on domestic violence, substance abuse and child abuse and neglect. The HSSCO Director serves on the project's management team. Head Start/NH Department of Education, Preschool Special Education Collaboration. The HSSCO Director convened and facilitated the first of a series of working meetings to increase collaboration between Head Start and preschool special education, including data sharing on child outcomes and increased access to preschool special education services for children with challenging behavior. This initiative will continue in 2008-09 until data sharing processes have been developed and implemented and access to services has been increased.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Of the 2,001 children actually enrolled in NH Head Start, 233 (11.6%) were Hispanic or of Latino origin. In the two population areas with a number of Hispanic families, the Head Start grantee has employed bilingual teachers. The Head Start programs serving Hispanic children engage with local family services agencies to meet their needs. There have been no collaboration issues or state-level barriers identified regarding services for Hispanic children and their families to date. Access to other services will be addressed within each of the HSSCO initiatives, such as Watch Me Grow.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

NH's approved plan for 2008-09, which begins July 1, 2008, includes activities and initiatives relative to each of the above-named priority areas.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Ready to Grow -- New Jersey received a Ready Set Grow grant from the National Governors Association for early childhood system-building activities. The purpose is to build comprehensive, coordinated early childhood systems for children from birth to age five. The performance goals for Ready Set Grow include creating a coordinated governance structure through which to implement a statewide strategic plan, improving service delivery for parents and children through increased coordination at the state and local levels, and building an integrated data system and uniform collection requirements to improve the use of data and communication of results and trends. As a result of the SWOT/STEEP analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Threats/Sociological, Technological, Economic, Environmental, & Political), there are four subcommittees to assist in accomplishing the performance goals: data, funding, governance, and services. Each committee met several times over the reporting period. The subcommittees have specific intermediate and long-term outcomes, which are aligned with the statewide strategic plan outcomes. The desired outcome is to complete the statewide strategic plan. The subcommittee is in the process of defining strategic needs and objectives. The projected date for completion is September 2009. New Jersey Head Start programs and the Head StartState Collaboration Office (HSSCO) play a major role in the development of the strategic plan. The HSSCO strategic plan objective for 2007 was to facilitate state pre-kindergarten collaboration between Head Start and the Department of Education.

Collaboration Director

Suzanne Burnette Department of education 100 River View Plaza P.O. Box 500 trenton, nJ 08625 Phone: 609-777-2074 fax: 609-777-0967 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Dr. Jacqueline Jones Phone: 609-777-2074 fax: 609-777-0967 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Amanda B. Guarino ACf Region II 26 federal Plaza Room 4114 new York, nY 10278 Phone: 212-264-2890 [email protected]

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Abbott/Head Start Summit -- An Abbott/Head Start summit was held on April 5, 2007, at the Burlington County Human Services building. Lucille Davy, the Commissioner of Education, and Dr. Jacqueline Jones, the Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Early Childhood Education attended the summit to support the 2007 objective. The New Jersey Head Start Association President Veronica Ray also attended the summit to reaffirm its support that this partnership will truly benefit Head Start children and their families. The theme for the summit was "Head Start & Department of Education Together for Children: Let's Make It Work." The HSSCO Director and the consultant established a vision statement for the summit: Head Start and DOE together for children and creating viable Head Start preschool communities. The mission was to promote optimal partnerships between Abbott local school districts and Head Start programs through collaborative planning, best practices, and state funding. The summit focused on two priorities: Head Start programs without Abbott classrooms and non-Abbott school districts convened to discuss what they would like to see if they were to collaborate to serve preschool children in their communities. Head Start programs with Abbott classrooms convened with Abbott school districts to decide on approaches, procedures, and practices that will allow for smooth collaborations. As a result, a state action plan for positive outcomes in Abbott preschool communities was created. Accomplishments/Outcomes Head Start programs will now have the opportunity to submit per pupil funding (presumptive budget) or submit a line item budget to the local school districts. If Head Start programs select the presumptive budget, they will be able to develop their own budget in accordance with the State pre-kindergarten guidelines and use the flexibility to move money from one line item to another. The presumptive budget process is a huge success for Head Start programs. The Head Start Association has stated for many years that the existing Abbott budget process was burdensome and inept. The HSSCO will continue to monitor/evaluate the budget process and make additional recommendations when necessary. The Preschool Expansion/Abbott/Head Start Collaboration strategic plan includes that by September 2008, all Head Start Abbott classrooms will be fully enrolled, thus resulting in 75 percent of Abbotteligible children participating in the State-funded Head Start/Department of Education partnership. In 2007, one Head Start program joined the State-funded Head Start/Department of Education partnership, bringing total of Head Start grantees located in Abbott districts partnership to 16 out of 18. Preschool Quality Enhancement Award -- The Governor has made a serious commitment to early childhood education. The State of New Jersey has a new preschool expansion initiative to serve additional children living in poverty. The expansion includes partnering with Head Start programs serving children in non-Abbott districts. The expansion guidelines stipulate that programs must adhere to Abbott standards, which include: A certified teacher Maximum class size of 15 students Developmentally appropriate curriculum Adequate facilities Transportation, health, and other related services as needed

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Head Start programs viewed this as an opportunity for programs to have certified teachers and to pay them parity with the local school district teacher's salary pay scale. The local school districts will supplement Head Start funds to pay for certified teachers. The Governor's preschool initiative, called the Preschool Quality Enhancement Award (PQEA) Grant, is intended to strengthen early learning for disadvantaged children living in non-Abbott school districts. The Governor appropriated $8.5 million toward the PQEA initiative. Twelve Head Start programs received the PQEA award; some Head Start programs received $1.1 million.

Other Activities

The HSSCO Director has played a major role in promoting collaboration with Head Start programs statewide. In accordance with the work plan, action included: Convene summits to build effective linkages with Head Start grantees, local education agencies, and community agencies. The HSSCO Director met with State Department of Education's Assistant Commissioner in the Division of Early Childhood Education to discuss state pre-kindergarten and Head Start issues and successes. Attended statewide committees to build linkages and support for Head Start programs.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Nutrition Health Head Start and Early Head Start representatives serve on the Statewide Health Nutrition committee. The purposes of the committee are to: Review activities regarding nutrition and physical activity that have been integrated into the overall daily program in child care settings. Promote best practice standards that support this goal. The committee will serve as a working group and will provide motivation aimed at getting the message out on a statewide basis -- all of which is intended to implement New Jersey's Obesity Prevention Action Plan.

Oral Health

Accomplishment: Oral Health Forum Outcomes Established a Statewide Pediatric Oral Health Committee (age birth-6), subcommittee to the New Jersey Oral Health Coalition. Head Start and Early Head Start representatives serve on the committees.

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Established working relationship with the Medicaid HMO Dental Directors and Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Collaborating with the New Jersey State Medicaid Office. Established collaboration with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) dental school. State-level New Jersey has several organizational structures addressing oral health. A more detailed list of these partnerships, including contact information, can be found at the end of this report. The New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA) was founded in 1870 and its mission "The new Jersey Dental Association serves and supports its member and fosters the advancement of quality, ethnical oral healthcare for the public." The NJDA has 4,700 dentists, or two thirds of all licensed practicing dentists in New Jersey as members. The New Jersey Oral Health Coalition's mission is to foster and promote the equitable access of quality oral health care services throughout New Jersey. Coalition members include representatives from Head Start and Early Head Start. The New Jersey Pediatric Oral Health Committee was formed to plan the Oral Health Forum in May 2007. The Committee is a subcommittee of the New Jersey Oral Health Coalition. The Committee's primary purpose is address oral health issues for children under six years old in the State of New Jersey. The Committee's responsibilities are to review specific recommendations identified at the forum to improve pediatric oral health and to develop the Pediatric Oral Health Action Plan. Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is working with Head Start and Early Head Start to engage New Jersey's five Medicaid Managed Care health plans along with regional partners and stakeholders who are committed to improving access to oral health services for young children. The HSSCO Director is on the workgroup to develop strategies to directly address access by engaging primary care and dental providers to establish dental homes. Several Head Start and Early Head Start programs have been identified to pilot this initiative. Local-level The HSSCO Director has coordinated meetings with local Head Start and Early Head Start grantees and local dentists. With the help of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, dentists are identified by geographic locations. A listing of Head Start and Early Head Start partnerships with local dentists can be found at the end of this report. Additional Information The HSSCO Director is currently working with five Medicaid Manage Care Health Plans to provide dentists for Head Start and Early Head Start grantees in New Jersey. The goal is to have dentists for all Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Once Head Start and Early Head Start families become familiar and build the relationship with the local dentists this will lead to establishing a dental home. The HSSCO continued to convene the Pediatric Oral Health Committee to monitor and evaluate the Pediatric Oral Health Plan document.

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Welfare

No activities reported.

Child Care

Accomplishment Built linkages with Head Start and Early Head Start programs, local Child Care Referral and Resource Agencies, and the State Child Care Administrator. Outcome The old Abbott wrap-around contract stipulated early childhood providers to offer child care services for 245 days (full-calendar year) and ten hours (full-day). Currently, the new Abbott contract omitted specific language for child care services. Head Start programs have the flexibility to create their calendar days and hours services. The flexibility allows programs to offer child care services based on community needs.

Education

One Head Start program is partnering with its local school district to implement state pre-kindergarten. The Assistant Commissioner of Division of Early Childhood Education and the HSSCO Director met with a second Head Start program to form a partnership with the local district to provide State pre-kindergarten services. We are hoping for full implementation of state pre-k and Head Start to begin in September 2009-10.

Community Services

The HSSCO convened meetings with Managed Care Providers, Head Start program directors, State Medicaid Administrators, local dentists, and representatives from the Regional Office. The purpose of the meetings was to: Increase knowledge of Medicaid and the Medicaid HMO system. Better identify of areas of concern that may lead to increase utilization by the population. Develop more meaningful lines of communication and networking among health care professionals serving the underserved. Provide opportunity for all parties to become better partners in meeting the mandate goal of providing quality dental access for all Head Start and Early Head Start children.

Family Literacy Services

No activities reported.

Services to Children with Disabilities

No activities reported.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

No activities reported.

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Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO Director recognizes that the New Jersey Head Start Association and Head Start programs staff play a vital role in supporting the HSSCO grant and achieving its goals. Recognizing this, the HSSCO has captured this role in the five-year strategic plan, as well as the annual plan. Monthly meetings are scheduled with Head Start directors and Head Start and Early Head Start staff. Program staff played a vital role in the development of the Pediatric Oral Health plan, and they are members of the Pediatric Oral Health Committee and the New Jersey Oral Health Coalition.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Deferred until 2009-10.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Family Literacy Services

Deferred until 2009-10.

Services to Children with Disabilities

The Division of Early Childhood Education has established a Preschool Intervention Support Team (PIRT)/ Head Start committee to focus on coordination, articulation, transition process, and cross-sector Professional Development for Head Start Disability Coordinators, LEA Special Education Coordinators, and the State 619 Coordinator. The committee will also address the referral process for children identified for evaluation for special education; articulate similarities between Abbott and Head Start programs; and discuss ideas for best practice for collaboration between the two systems.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

The Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program Coordinator and the HSSCO Director will convene a series of meetings with Head Start and Early Head Start programs, local school district homeless coordinators, and community services providers to discuss local planning processes to enhance coordination, outreach, and responsibilities for shared families. Meetings will cover the northern, central, and southern parts of the state. Meetings are scheduled for September 23-25, 2008.

Oral Health

Continue the collaboration with the Manage Care Dental Directors and Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The goal is to ensure that every Head Start and Early Head Start child have a dental home. Continue working with the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), Inc., is a nonprofit health policy resource center dedicated to improving health care quality for low-income children and adults, people with chronic illness and disabilities, frail elders, and racially and ethnically diverse populations experiencing disparities in care. CHCS works directly with states and Federal agencies, health plans, and providers to develop innovative programs that better serve people with complex and high-cost health care needs. The HSSCO Director and CHCS are collaborating on a project called New Jersey Smiles: A Medicaid Quality Collaborative to improve Oral Health in Young Kids. New Jersey Head Start and Early Head Start programs are part of this project and will be part of the NJ Smiles leadership group.

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New Mexico

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) attended the New Mexico Pre-Kindergarten Collaborative Meeting held in the capitol building. The HSSCO Director, in partnership with the CYFD NM Pre-kindergarten Administrator, visited some pre-kindergarten programs, which included Head Start grantees. The Early Childhood Professional Development Institute was held in Fall 2007 for Head Start staff and families, as well as NM pre-kindergarten and child care staff and families. The Institute was supported by the HSSCO and provided by the NM Head Start Association. The HSSCO Director attended SPARK NM meetings, which further aspects of transition at all levels, but especially transitioning to kindergarten. The HSSCO was present at Early Childhood Alliance meetings and the Early Childhood Action Network (ECAN) "Fall Policy Summit" state-wide planning session. The HSSCO attended Early Childhood Interagency Team (ECIAT) meetings. ECIAT is an avenue for state agency administrative representatives to continue the process of building teams and sharing resources in the area of early childhood care and education. The HSSCO conducted five early childhood focus groups around the State in Summer 2007 in order to gather information regarding resources and systems available for early childhood care and education. Information was presented to appropriate state agency staff in Santa Fe at the fifth meeting. A summary document was developed and distributed.

Collaboration Director

Dan Haggard Children, Youth and families Department of new Mexico P.O. Drawer 5160 1120 Paseo de Peralta Santa fe, nM 87502-5160 Phone: 505-827-8409 fax: 505-476-0490 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Dan Haggard Phone: 505-827-6614 fax: 505-476-0490 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Shannon Hills ACf Region VI 1301 Young Street Room 925 B Dallas, tX 75202 Phone: 214-767-2976 fax: 214-767-2038 [email protected]

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Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Supported the Johnson & Johnson Health Care Institute through UCLA and funded by Pfizer, Inc. The Institute is providing health care information and a resource guide to Head Start families across New Mexico through a two-year cycle. Head Start staff received training in June 2007, then returned to their programs to recruit and work with families, with a follow-up visit for three months. The HSSCO Director attended the Health Care Institute two-day training for Head Start Staff training, as well as two agency family training events. The HSSCO partnered with the Oral Health Office of the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) in securing a mini-grant from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. The mini-grant provided support to Presbyterian Medical Services, a Head Start grantee in Santa Fe County. Work included oral health screening, education for parents and children, and fluoride varnish clinic.

Oral Health

Information on New Mexico's state- and local-level partnerships can be found at the end of this report.

Welfare

The HSSCO Director attended meetings addressing early childhood issues, including welfare, through the Early Childhood Alliance.

Child Care

The HSSCO supported the inclusion of child care providers in the Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, sponsored by the New Mexico Head Start Association. The HSSCO invited the Child Care and Education President to participate in the Early Childhood Higher Education Task Force subcommittee on Program Administration courses.

Education

The HSSCO supported an Early Childhood Higher Education Professional Development Summit, which allowed faculty from two- and four-year institutions around the State to continue their work on revisions to the career lattice, professional development competencies, and courses. The HSSCO Director served on the Early Childhood Higher Education committee for Program Administration Courses at the AA and BA levels.

Community Services

The HSSCO supported and attended the FLAN (Family Leadership Action Network) conference. The HSSCO supported and attended the Family Leadership/Advocacy Institute for Head Start families.

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Family Literacy Services

The HSSCO supported the Health Care Institute from UCLA Johnson & Johnson, with funding from Pfizer Inc., which provides training through health care literacy for families. The HSSCO Director provided information to the DOH Director of Oral Health regarding an oral health guide for families from the same authors of the health guide from the Health Care Institute.

Services to Children with Disabilities

The HSSCO Director serves on the state Transition Steering Committee. The HSSCO Director has continued working with partners from DOH and the Public Education Department on a Memorandum of Understanding for transitioning from Part C to Part B. The HSSCO Director served on the Infant Mental Health Committee. The HSSCO Director presented Part C and Part B of the Early Intervention System transition information at state Transition Conference. The HSSCO Director serves on the state team for SpecialQuest. SpecialQuest provides a system of training for staff and families in the area of inclusion.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Work continues through meetings for the Early Childhood Alliance and the policy arm, Early Childhood Action Network, to improve systems for all children, including homeless children and their families.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO is a member of the Early Childhood Alliance, which supports all early childhood related aspects within the State, from funding through professional development. Represents Head Start at the NM Pre-K Collaboration meetings for government agencies. Presented information about the Health Care Institute at the Child Development Board. Supports the structure of the Early Childhood Action Network, which supports and suggests policies for early childhood care and education.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Supported the development of a Web site to serve Head Start grantees, early childhood stakeholders, especially families, and the community. Supported information on Web maintenance for Head Start grantees, so that their links can be updated as needed. Attended Government to Government meetings, which are held twice each year for Native American students' education systems, including Head Start. The meetings are sponsored through the Public Education Department, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). The meetings bring together Tribal Leaders, BIE officials, Head Start, Native American families, and public school district officials serving Native populations to discuss and examine data, current trends in education, and promising research for indigenous populations.

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Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Information regarding bilingual and ESL training has been sent to Head Start grantees.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Extend focus to more areas of support for the homeless. Refine and further develop the HSSCO Web site. Develop more support for services to Hispanic children. Continue a focus of providing support for families through community action.

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New York

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Plan -- The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) Director serves as a key member of several initiatives designed to create a system of high-quality early childhood services. This includes serving as co-chair of ECCS. A significant part of the planning process included developing better linkages between Head Start, child care, and pre-kindergarten programs, and linking those programs with health care, foster care, mental health, substance abuse and other services designed to meet the needs of young children and their families. The plan contains 34 strategies across four focus areas (Healthy Children, Strong Families, Early Learning, and Supportive Communities Coordinated Systems) that lay a foundation for building a comprehensive early childhood system. A system comprised of coordinated and responsive services and resources that support the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health and development of all young children and their families. Implementation efforts have begun and include: Developing a Children's Cabinet to oversee the planning and coordination of services for young children and their families. Implementing a comprehensive four-year strategy to enroll every child in the State in health insurance. Establishing a statewide parenting education initiative. Developing and implementing an early care and education trainers' credential and trainers' registry.

Collaboration Director

Robert G. frawley, Director nYS Council on Children and families 52 Washington Street Suite 99 West Building Rensselaer, nY 12144 Phone: 518-473-8081 fax: 518-473-2570 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Amanda Guarino ACf Region II 26 federal Plaza Room 4114 new York, nY 10278 Phone: 212-264-2890 ext. 123 fax: 212-264-4826 [email protected]

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Developing a comprehensive data report on the health and well-being of young children and families. The plan was completed in Spring 2006. In anticipation of the election of a new governor in Fall 2007, the plan was put on hold until the new administration took office. The plan is currently being prepared for dissemination. The development of a Children's Cabinet was a major step toward building an early childhood comprehensive services system. The Council on Children and Families, including the HSSCO Director, serve as staff to the Cabinet. Initial Cabinet priorities include expanding children's access to health insurance and implementation of Universal Pre-kindergarten, as well as the development of a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in a given early care and education setting. This is important to improve program quality, educate parents and create cross-system alignment. It has recently been determined that the Governor will designate the Children's Cabinet as the Early Learning Council, and that the Early Learning Council and the ECCS Initiative will be merged under the Children's Cabinet. This will provide the highest level of support for these two initiatives. Early Childhood Health and Development Data Report -- As part of the ECCS Planning Initiative, HSSCO staff are developing a special data report on early childhood health and development. The report provides approximately 70 indicators of child health and development. Much of this data has never been published. Comprehensive Infant and Toddler Services -- During the past few years, the HSSCO has worked with several groups to ensure that services for infants and toddlers are of the highest quality possible. This has included: Providing support to the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children and others to develop and launch the Infant/Toddler Care and Education credential. Working with the New York State Child Care Coordinating Council to organize two statewide infant/ toddler conferences. Providing funding to reimburse meeting costs and other expenses to seven regional infant/toddler groups to support community efforts to build systems of comprehensive infant and toddler services modeled after Early Head Start. Additionally, the HSSCO worked with NYS Child Care Coordinating Council and New York Network, the State's not-for-profit video production department, to produce broadcasts on building community collaborations. The first, a live 60-minute broadcast, highlighted a successful cross-systems early education and intervention initiative in Chemung County. The broadcast reached over 200 people in 17 locations across New York State. Participants included representatives of child care programs, colleges and universities, social services, early intervention services, child care resource and referral programs, Early Head Start programs, and others interested in quality care for infants and toddlers. Facilitators and participants were provided support documents, including the Collaborator's Tool Kit developed by NYS Child Care Coordinating Council and the HSSCO, and were asked to discuss ways to stimulate or strengthen the integration of service delivery for programs that reach infants, toddlers, and their families. A second video conference to be released in Spring 2008 will focus on using data effectively to design, develop, and evaluate services. This is a useful tool for guiding Early Head Start programs in completing the community needs assessments. A copy of the DVD will be sent to all Early Head Start programs in the State.

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Health Care

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Plan -- One of four focus areas of the ECCS plan is Healthy Children, which includes strategies to address prenatal care, breast-feeding support, access to health insurance, accessibility of a medical home for all children, children's social and emotional development and mental health, and child care health and safety. The HSSCO works closely with the ECCS cochair, who is the director of the Bureau of Child and Adolescent Health, to implement these strategies. Prevention of Childhood Obesity -- The Region II T/TA Team invited select Head Start programs, and representatives from the HSSCO and the NYS Department of Health to attend a three-day I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) in October 2007. The IMIL sessions resulted in programs committing to making staff and program changes that encourage healthier food choices, increased activity for staff and children, and educational messages for everyone, including the families of Head Start and Early Head Start children. TA specialists have facilitated subsequent meetings of participants across the state. The HSSCO has supported these efforts while working to bridge this initiative with others sponsored by the Health Department. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders -- Recently, the HSSCO facilitated two interagency discussions on how to better serve families affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. While there are programs in New York State funded to support families affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, there is a statewide need to better understand existing resources and coordinate screening, prevention, and intervention services. This has led the HSSCO to partner with the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services to organize an interdisciplinary work group of nine state agencies. Once agreement on how to proceed is established with the state agencies, efforts will begin to involve program representatives including Head Start. Children's Mental Health Plan -- The HSSCO Director was invited to serve on the NYS Office of Mental Health Committee to develop a Children's Mental Health Plan. The Director attempted unsuccessfully to get broader Head Start representation in the planning process. As a member of a work group addressing social and emotional development, the Director successfully persuaded members of the group to expand its focus to include young children, despite a legislative mandate to focus specifically on school-age children. To support the effort to include the social and emotional development needs of young children, the Director led a subcommittee charged with drafting a portion of the plan focused on young children and special populations (i.e., children in foster care and the juvenile justice systems, and children with disabilities). The report is currently in draft form and is scheduled to be released for review soon. Forums are being planned to obtain input on the planning document.

Oral Health

State-level The HSSCO has partnered with the Bureau of Dental Health to address the oral health needs of low-income children and families. In 2007, the focus of efforts was developing of a statewide oral health coalition, of which the HSSCO is a member, and conducting a surveillance study of the dental health of children in Head Start. The NYS Oral Health Coalition is comprised of over 150 individuals and organizations, including several

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Head Start programs that are working together to ensure that all children, particularly, low-income children have access to dental care services. The dental health surveillance study has been completed and will soon be released. Copies will be sent to all Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The study included providing dental screening for a stratified sample of children in Head Start programs across the state to demonstrate the dental health needs of lowincome children. An unintended side benefit of the study has been the development of relationships between Head Start programs and the dental practitioners supporting the study in areas where dental services are scarce. Local-level Below is a sampling of local partnerships as reported by various Head Start programs in the State. A more detailed listing of programs and partnerships is provided at the end of this report. Agri-Business Child Development (Migrant Head Start) has partnerships with more than 25 local dentists and dental clinics. Some of the participating dentists serve on the programs Health Advisory committee. Some dentists visit programs. Administration for Children's Services (ACS) in New York City has several dental partnerships including: New York University's College of Dentistry, which provides a dental van and offers screenings for children as well as dental training for parents and staff. Children who require further intervention are referred to the College. Children's Aid Society dental van, which visits programs twice a year and serves only the borough of Manhattan. Children receive a dental examination. Those children requiring further intervention are referred to local dental providers. Brookdale Medical Center Pediatric Dentistry provides a dental van that goes to the Delegate Agencies and conducts dental examinations. Children needing further intervention appointments are made at the dental clinic. Children are brought to the clinic by the parents. Yeled V' Yalda in New York City is a Grantee and a Delegate of ACS). Yeled V' Yalda Early Childhood Center's partnership with Ezra Medical Center is the only Head Start program in New York State to provide a fully functional and staffed mobile dental unit that brings dental care directly to the Head Start program. The mobile unit is fully staffed with three pediatric dental specialists who are Board Certified or eligible in there specialty. A dedicated staff of assistants and coordinators to facilitate care are part of the team. Since 2006, the partnership has provided more than 2,500 screenings and followed up with about 1,700 procedures, covering all of Yeled V' Yalda's Head start programs. Other Head Start programs that have partnerships with local dentists and dental clinics include:

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Welfare

In partnership with NYS Office of Child Support, the HSSCO helped to disseminate to Head Start and Early Head Start programs the Fatherhood Manual, a publication developed by the Office of Child Support to encourage non-custodial fathers to remain in the lives of their children. The manual provides helpful suggestions for father involvement while encouraging responsibility for the economic welfare of their children.

Child Care

Recognizing the role early educators and child care providers can play in the primary prevention of child maltreatment, a state team including the HSSCO was accepted for participation in "State Partnerships for Prevention: Reducing the Risk of Maltreatment of Very Young Children" by the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families (ZERO TO THREE). A multi-disciplinary training team was selected to ensure statewide availability of the training in various programs serving infants, toddlers, and their families. The team consisted of representatives from the HSSCO, the State Child Care Administrator, the Children and Family Trust Fund, New York City's Administration for Children Services, State Education Department, and Prevent Child Abuse New York. The trainers began training staff and administrators of child care, home visiting, early intervention, public television, Family Resource Centers, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, Universal Pre-kindergarten, and New York City's Community Partnership Initiative and Rethinking Child Care Initiatives. Representatives of the partner organizations, including the HSSCO, serve on a leadership team responsible for working with ZERO TO THREE and encouraging cross-system training. ZERO TO THREE staff offer continuing technical assistance, quarterly conference calls, and monthly distance learning experiences for all trainers. By the end of 2007, 13 trainers had conducted at least one 90-minute session using components from the PCAN curriculum. The first phase of this initiative ends October 2008.

Education

Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) -- While Universal Pre-kindergarten was established in 1998, progress toward full implementation had been very slow until Gov. Spitzer's 2007 inaugural address in which he declared his intention to fully implement UPK in four years. To initiate this effort, a $146.7 million increase was included in the 2007 budget and an additional $72 million in the 2008 budget. This new infusion of funding has had a significant effect on both the quality and availability of early learning programs. However, it has not occurred without problems. The HSSCO Director has continued to work closely with the Children's Cabinet, the State Education Department, and advocacy organizations to develop and implement strategies to ensure that the expansion of UPK occurs in a way that maximizes existing early care and education programs. These efforts included conducting a series of four regional forums for school districts and potential collaborators to provide information on UPK, Head Start, and child care. The forums were conducted as a collaborative effort of the State Education Department, Head Start Region II, Region II TA Network, and the NYS Child Care Coordinating Council. The HSSCO also supported a survey of school superintendents of districts that have as yet not participated as well as community and statewide early childhood experts to determine the reasons why

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districts have not developed UPK programs. The information obtained through the survey was used to support efforts of the Children's Cabinet and Advisory Board to develop a set of recommendations to change the program to address issues identified. Parenting Education -- As part of an effort to implement strategies that were included in the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems plan, an interagency group (including the HSSCO Director) applied for and was accepted for participation in the University of North Carolina's PREVENT Institute. Through their participation, the group further developed their strategies for strengthening and expanding parenting education services. To implement these strategies, the organizing group established a statewide parenting education task force, which met for the first time in March 2007. Now called the New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP), the membership of the Steering Committee includes a Head Start program director and the HSSCO, as well as representatives from the Children and Family Trust Fund, State Education and Health Departments, Prevent Child Abuse New York, NYS Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators, Parents as Teachers, Children's Institute of Rochester, SCO Family Services and Homes for the Homeless, both in New York City, and the National Parenting Education Network. The NYS Parenting Education Partnership held a second general meeting in September 2007 and established five work groups focused on: Assessing the availability of parenting education services. Examining best practices in parenting education programs. Designing methods of evaluating effectiveness in parenting education. Developing methods to increase public understanding of positive parenting practices. Promoting professional development for parent educators. The work groups have all developed and are now implementing work plans leading to specific project outcomes. www.nysfamilyresources.org -- In 1986, the Council on Children and Families published the Family Resource Book as a tool to help parents gain the education and training they need to deal effectively with the many issues they face in raising children. Over the years, this has been the most highly requested publication produced by the Council. Because of the success of this document, the HSSCO decided to update the information and make it available as a Web-based resource. This led to designing and developing a Web site where parents and professionals can easily search a rich database of books, magazines, periodicals, and Web-based resources with information related to child and family development. The www.nysfamilyresources.org Web site will be launched in Spring 2008. It will include information on how to obtain the books and other publications and will eventually serve as a one-stop location for related state agency publications. Hard copies of the resource will also be made available so that families without access to the Internet will still have the opportunity to benefit from the materials. Hard copies will be provided to all Head Start and Early Head Start programs as well as libraries and family resource centers.

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Governance Training Initiative -- Using supplemental funding from the Office of Head Start, the HSSCO completed a project in 2007 to provide governance training to support effective Head Start policy councils and governing boards of Head Start sponsoring organizations. Implementation initially concentrated on addressing the governance training needs of Administration for Children Services (ACS) delegate agencies in New York City prior to their citywide review. This resulted in 25 training sessions serving 400 delegate agency policy committee members, agency board members and administrative staff of 50 agencies. In total the project provided over 75 workshops involving over 75 programs and 600 participants. While each training session was customized to meet the individual needs of the program, the focus of most of the training sessions was on the roles and responsibilities of Head Start boards of directors, with emphasis on their legal and fiduciary responsibilities as defined by the Head Start Program Performance Standards and on shared decision-making with the Delegate Agency Policy Committees (DAPCs) and grantee Policy Councils. Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services -- The HSSCO Director was asked by the Director of the Bureau of Treatment of the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to meet with treatment and legal staff to address the needs of children of women in residential rehabilitation programs. OASAS licenses several residential treatment programs for alcohol and substance abusing women. Many of the women in these programs have children who reside in the centers with them. While services vary by program, there are no specific requirements for meeting the developmental needs of the children. The HSSCO Director advised the staff of OASAS how to connect these children and their families with Head Start, Early Head Start, and other early childhood programs. To support facility staff in helping women in their programs meet their child's developmental needs, the HSSCO Director developed a report describing New York's system of early childhood services including how families can locate and enroll their child in Head Start and Early Head Start.

Family Literacy Services

In recent years, Federal guidance for Even Start Family Literacy programs has emphasized the importance of family support for children's early literacy. With this in mind, the HSSCO accepted an invitation from the State Even Start Director to attend its spring meeting, a symposium designed to emphasize the benefits of cross systems planning for strong sustainable pre-school programs. The State Education Department's (SED) Early Education and Reading Initiatives staff is responsible for administering Even Start, Reading First, and implementation of Universal Pre-kindergarten. In addition to SED and HSSCO staff, the planning team also includes representatives of the New York State chapter of the National Even Start Association, SED's Director of Educational TV & Public Broadcasting, and RMC Research, the training and technical assistance contractor for New York's Even Start Family Literacy programs. The symposium will bring together community teams from Central New York with a focus on building early learning collaborations that will maximize Universal Pre-kindergarten and existing early learning program resources. The first symposium will be held in Syracuse in May 2008.

Services to Children with Disabilities

The HSSCO has been working with staff of the Region II T/TA Network and the State Education Department to revise the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Preschool Special Education Program. The MOU is now in draft form and being reviewed. Once approved and signed, the MOU will be made avail-

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able to all Head Start programs and school districts in the state. At that time, efforts will begin to develop a similar agreement with the NYS Health Department regarding the Early Intervention program. Also, the HSSCO Director served as a member of the Temporary Task Force on Preschool Special Education. The Task Force released its report in November and efforts are underway to implement the report's recommendations. Many of the recommendations should make it easier for Head Start programs to effectively serve children with disabilities.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

The HSSCO Director serves on the State Education Department's Committee on Homeless Education. One of the goals of the Committee is to facilitate improved linkages between schools and early care and education programs serving homeless children. The HSSCO Director developed a guide to NYS Early Learning programs that included descriptions of the eight major early learning programs in New York State with an emphasis on Head Start and Early Head Start. The guide will be provided to homeless education liaisons across the state to help them meet their responsibilities under the McKinney-Vento Act to support homeless families in obtaining high-quality early learning services for their children.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO actively seeks opportunities to involve representatives of the Head Start community in a wide variety of state and local initiatives designed to improve services to children and families. To accomplish this, the HSSCO Director serves as a key member of several initiatives designed to create a system of high-quality early childhood services. This involvement allows him to connect Head Start representatives to these initiatives where appropriate. The HSSCO Director is co-chair of the NYS Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Planning Initiative. To ensure that Head Start is adequately represented in this planning process, two directors of Head Start and Early Head Start programs, as well as two Head Start parents, were included in the planning work group. The HSSCO Director also serves as a steering committee member of several other initiatives including: NYS Child Care Coordinating Council's Quality Rating Improvement System Initiative where he facilitated the involvement of several Head Start program representatives; Department of Transportation's United We Ride Work Group; NYS Parenting Education (a Head Start program director and a Head Start parent); NYS Home Visiting Program Council (an Early Head Start program director); Statewide Home Visiting Program Initiative (an Early Head Start program director); NYS Child and Family Trust Fund Advisory Committee; NYS Department of Education's Reading and Literacy Partnership, Homeless Education Committee (two Head Start program directors, Region II Office of Head Start and the TA Network), and Universal Pre-kindergarten External Advisory Committee (Head Start director); and the Temporary Task Force on Preschool Special Education. The HSSCO continues to work closely with the New York State Head Start Association, Head Start Technical Assistance Network, Region II Head Start, and others to develop and implement project activities. Maintaining relationships with partners in the Head Start community is crucial for the Collaboration Project to stay up to date on issues of importance to Head Start programs. The HSSCO will continue to work closely with its Head Start partners and seek alliances with agencies and organizations from outside the Head Start community to increase opportunities for successful project development and implementation.

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Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Under the E-Rate program, over the past several years, Head Start programs in New York State have applied for and received funding for discount bands of up to 90 percent of their commercial costs. This fall, further clarification regarding the eligibility of Head Start facilities was requested of the State Education Department, specifically to determine if these facilities meet the state definition of a school. Staff of the Council on Children and Families have worked for months to clarify this issue and convince the State Education Department to respond positively to the request for information qualifying Head Start programs for this initiative. It was recently announced that Head Start programs in New York State are indeed eligible for E-Rate discounts. The HSSCO Director has informed programs of this eligibility and will work with the Regional Office and TA Network staff to support program efforts to successfully apply for these funds.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

There are over 144 different languages and dialects spoken in New York State. Therefore, attention to nonEnglish speaking populations is a significant consideration in planning all HSSCO activities. To the extent possible, all large initiatives carried out by the HSSCO include representatives of language minorities. In other instances, like the Governance Training project and the dental health surveillance study, where direct contact with non-English speaking program representatives, children, and families is involved, efforts are made to have native language speakers present and have documents and forms translated into the appropriate language. One project being carried out by the HSSCO that is directly related to non-English speaking minority populations is the Immigrant Data project. The HSSCO recently received a small grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to study the extent to which immigrant families with young children make use of early care and education programs including Head Start and Early Head Start. The study will look at enrollment patterns, cultural preferences and socio-economic factors that influence enrollment, community capacity to meet the needs of children of immigrant families, and how immigrant parents make decisions regarding children's participation in early care and education programs. This report should prove useful in developing strategies for better meeting the early care and education needs of children in immigrant families.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Plan provides a framework for several cross system initiatives designed to provide the services and supports that families need to raise healthy children. While Federal funding of health, education, and human services remains categorical, New York and other states and communities are working to integrate services to improve our ability to meet the multiple needs of families. Systems being developed seek to serve the family as a whole and build on their strengths rather than address their weaknesses. The HSSCO has and will continue to play an important role in the development of these systems.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/ pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) has worked diligently to promote access to comprehensive services for all low-income children through state-level and local partnerships. The HSSCO is situated in the NC Office of School Readiness and is housed with NC's pre-kindergarten program called More At Four (MAF). In the midst of a $50 million MAF expansion, the HSSCO Director actively worked in 2007 to strengthen state-level linkages between Head Start and MAF by participating on the MAF Expansion task force. Strategies were identified and implemented by this group to eliminate barriers to and develop incentives for the collaboration of Head Start programs and MAF. Consistent with the goals of the 2007-12 funding application, the HSSCO also worked with the MAF Office to convene regional meetings across the State to generate interest in Head Start /pre-kindergarten collaboration. In 2006, Head Start programs served approximately 11% of those children funded through MAF. Since the 2007 MAF expansion and the efforts previously mentioned, Head Start programs now account for 15% of those children funded through MAF. This statistic is reflective of solid progress and puts the HSSCO on pace to achieve one of the stated outcomes in the 2007-12 plan. The HSSCO has also worked to expand the access of comprehensive services to low-income children by working with early childhood county officials to reduce competition and increase collaboration, particularly through the implementation of a "single portal of entry" model of recruitment and enrollment. This has been done consistently throughout 2007 and is also a stated goal of the 2007-12 funding application.

Collaboration Director

Khari M. Garvin Department of Public Instruction Office of School Readiness 2075 Mail Service Center 1110 navaho Drive Suite 301 Raleigh, nC 27699 Phone: 919-431-2005 fax: 919-855-6841 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

John Pruette executive Director, OSR Phone: 919-981-5303 fax: 919-855-6841 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Bobby Griffin ACf Region IV Sam nunn federal Center 61 forsyth Street SW Suite 4M60 Atlanta, GA 30303-8909 Phone: 404-562-2874 fax: 404-562-2983 [email protected]

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The HSSCO has begun planning efforts in 2007 (in partnership with the State Smart Start Office and the Division of Child Development) to create a state-funded Early Head Start pilot project. This effort began in October and is still under development. This initiative will expand Early Head Start services to eligible children currently un-served in selected counties throughout the State. It will also strengthen the collaboration opportunities between private child care providers and Early Head Start programs, as many of the children participating in this initiative will be served in the context of these collaborative partnerships. Finally, the HSSCO Director serves on the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Advisory Council, which informs the scope and direction of child care resources and referral agencies across the State.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

The HSSCO has addressed this priority in 2007 through several initiatives. The first is supporting the work of University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's School of Public Health to secure and administer the Early Head Start Oral Health Initiative funded by the Office of Head Start. This initiative helps to raise awareness and increase prevention of early childhood caries in infants and toddlers served in Early Head Start programs. The second initiative is the convening of several regional trainings for Head Start health service staff on effective health and safety practice (inside and outside of the classroom) including: preventing and managing illness, children with disabilities, preventive health care, and many other topics. These will be presented in collaboration with the Department of Public Health and NC Central University Department of Nursing. This effort resulted from the HSSCO's participation with the Child Care Health Collaboration Group. The planning for this initiative began in 2007; the implementation will begin in 2008. Both this goal and the one previously mentioned are named in the HSSCO 2007-12 funding application. The HSSCO Director began participating with the FutureThink advisory group/think-tank that troubleshoots solutions to health issues facing young children birth to five in the State. Finally, the HSSCO Director serves on the NC Outdoor Learning Environment alliance. This group promotes physical education and outdoor learning initiatives for NC's early care and education system, with a focus on Head Start. This alliance has promoted statewide trainings related to this area at Head Start conferences and other early childhood meetings in 2007. Furthermore, the alliance has received funding from the Head Start Region IV Office to conduct an Outdoor Learning Institute for Head Start programs in 2008. Participation with this alliance is also one of the stated goals of the 2007-12 funding application.

Oral Health

The HSSCO conducted a dental services needs-assessment among Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the State, and created a pilot agreement with a mobile dental unit to increase the availability of services to Head Start programs. The agreement ensures that dental screenings and follow-up services will be provided to Head Start children with Medicaid, as well as to uninsured children in under-served parts of the State. The agreement further provides that Head Start programs will be charged a discounted rate of 20 percent less than the Medicaid fee schedule for services rendered to uninsured children. A listing of oral health partners is provided at the end of this report.

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Welfare

The HSSCO purposes to assist Head Start programs with developing strategies to serve all eligible children and families that are TANF participants. This includes partnering with the Division of Social Services to the extent that the Division actively promotes Head Start as an option to families with young children who currently receive welfare benefits. As stated previously, the HSSCO Director serves on the state CCR&R Advisory Council, which has served to increase Head Start's visibility to TANF participants in NC. In Year 2, the HSSCO will develop cross-training opportunities for Head Start family support staff and DSS staff in understanding the potential that exists for the two entities to provide seamless services to consumers.

Child Care

See the section on Head Start/child care/pre-kindergarten collaborations above.

Education

The HSSCO has developed several initiatives in 2007 to address this priority. The first is a joint venture project with the HSSCO and the NC Campus Compact civic organization. The "NC-ACTS! ­ Head Start Project" is the initiative in which students pursuing degrees in Early Childhood Education will provide a minimum of 300 volunteer service hours at a local Head Start program. Their volunteer hours will provide "release time" for Head Start teaching staff who are currently in school to further their own professional development. In 2007, the HSSCO began planning a similar initiative in collaboration with AmeriCorps and Smart Start. Once again, "release time" opportunities will be created for Head Start teaching staff who are returning to school to earn higher levels of education. The planning for this initiative began in 2007 and will be implemented in 2008. Another 2007 education initiative is a joint effort between the HSSCO, the NC Community College System, the Head Start T/TA Network, and the Division of Child Development. The effort centers on the development of a state equivalent to the national CDA credential. In August 2007, a proposal was sent to Washington, D.C., to develop both a preschool and infant-toddler state equivalent to the national CDA credential. Each proposal is based on a collection of six classes offered by the Community College system that, when completed, will: 1) train students in accordance with CDA competencies, and 2) satisfy about one-third of the requirements for an AA in early childhood education. The increased Head Start/MAF collaborations referenced in an earlier section have also helped to raise the education levels of Head Start teachers in the State. MAF requires lead teachers to have a birth ­ kindergarten certification and assistant teachers to have an AA degree. The requirements and supplemental funding of MAF have helped Head Start programs in NC to achieve these goals. In 2007, the HSSCO partnered with the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship initiative to convene a series of regional meetings to promote the participation of Head Start and Early Head Start programs. This program helps support the early care and education workforce by providing compensation incentives intended to strengthen teacher retention. The HSSCO Director serves on several advisory boards convened to address the professional development needs of early care and education staff in the State. These include the Community College system's Curriculum Improvement Project; the Education and Compensation Advisory Group; and the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Grant Planning Committee. All of the initiatives named in this section reflect the goals and proposed outcomes of the 2007-12 funding application.

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Community Services

As noted previously, the HSSCO has developed two partnerships with AmeriCorps, consistent with the 2007-12 refunding application. The HSSCO has also developed a partnership in 2007 with Teach For America, Eastern North Carolina as a hub to recruit Head Start teachers consistent with the "Alternative Credentialing" provision of the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act 2007. The HSSCO has also provided support and resources to the NC Head Start Association (NCHSA) with respect to its annual training conference. This was a stated goal of the 2007-12 funding application.

Family Literacy Services

The HSSCO worked in 2007 to arrange for an expert researcher on language development in young children (Dr. Todd Risley) to present a workshop at the National Smart Start conference targeted to Head Start staff. The HSSCO also partnered with the NCHSA to expand its newsletter to a Spanish audience and to increase its frequency from a semi-annual to a quarterly publication. The objective was to disseminate information in a more timely fashion and to expand readership opportunities to parents and partners in North Carolina who are dual language learners. This effort reflects a goal and proposed outcome of the 2007-12 funding application.

Services to Children with Disabilities

The HSSCO has addressed this priority in 2007 by participating in several activities related to this area. The first is involvement with the planning group for the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion. The focus of the group was to prepare for a 2008 submission of a grant proposal to Frank Porter Graham research institute that will impact the quality of inclusive classrooms across the State. The HSSCO Director is a required signatory of the grant. Planning meetings were typically held monthly at the Division of Child Development. The second activity involved the NC Partnership For Inclusion. Specifically, the HSSCO Director served on the advisory committee of this group and helped to guide its direction and planning. As previously referenced, the HSSCO was active in the CSEFEL grant planning in 2007. This included an intentional collaboration with the Head Start Training and Resource Specialists of NC as stated in the 2007-12 funding application. Finally, the HSSCO remains an active member of the NC Interagency Coordinating Council ­ also the fulfillment of a goal in the 2007-12 funding application.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Consistent with the goals of the 2007-12 funding application, the HSSCO Director attended the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) in 2007. Since that time, the Director has partnered with the National Center on Homeless Education in North Carolina and has begun to convene trainings for Head Start programs on the McKinney-Vento Act on homelessness and the impact of Head Start reauthorization for services to homeless children. Additional trainings and plans are in development for 2008. The HSSCO has also joined the Wake County Community Conversations group that seeks to coordinate services for homeless children and families in Raleigh and the surrounding areas.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO has significant involvement in the development of state policies and decisions. First, the placement of the HSSCO in the North Carolina Office of School Readiness has helped to build an important comprehensive early care and education system for the State into which Head Start has been given the opportunity to contribute. This system includes Title I pre-kindergarten, Even Start Family Literacy, MAF, and Exceptional Children pre-kindergarten.

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Second, the HSSCO represents the interests of Head Start on nearly 20 state-level advisory boards and committees in the early care and education field. Some of these have been named in previous sections of this report, however many are listed below: Early Childhood Data Managers Workgroup National Professional Development Center on Inclusion Leading Early Educator Development Advisory Committee NC Outdoor Learning Environment Early Learning Resource Gallery Advisory Committee Partnerships for Inclusion Advisory Board NC Community College System EC/ED Curriculum Improvement Project North Carolina Institute for Early Childhood Prof Dev CCSA Education & Comp Advisory Committee 2008 Nat'l Smart Start Conference Planning Committee NC Early Childhood System Advisory Council NC T/TA Network NCHSA NC CCR&R Advisory Council EC Collaboration Council TA Provider Standards Planning Group Parents as Teachers Advisory Board

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

In 2007, the HSSCO began extensive work on the development of an international cooperative exchange between Head Start in North Carolina and England's comprehensive early childhood program called Sure Start. The purpose of the exchange was to provide the Sure Start delegation learning experiences with regard to: Head Start family support services Program Governance Blended funding Inclusive classrooms Services to English Language Learners The HSSCO solicited support from the NCHSA, Head Start T/TA Network, and the Region IV Head Start Office to create a week-long exchange between Sure Start officials and Head Start "programs of excellence" across NC in 2008.

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Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The HSSCO has undertaken three initiatives to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families. The first two initiatives are based on partnerships with NCHSA. First, the HSSCO has provided funding to translate the NCHSA newsletter into Spanish and to expand its circulation. Second, the HSSCO is funding an initiative (that also includes the East Coast Migrant Head Start program) to promote better communication between migrant and regional Head Start programs and to promote a better means of tracking families that may leave one system but that could be served by the other. The third effort involves working with the Curriculum Improvement Project (CIP) of the Community College System to provide more course-offerings in ECE for Spanish-speaking students. This will increase the opportunities for Head Start programs to hire Latino teachers who can be trained through the community college system.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The responses given to the questions above inform the current and anticipated work plan for upcoming years. Areas from 2007 that were not completed (or are still in development) will become priorities for the next year. For example, increased focus will need to be given in the "Welfare" area, as the need in NC continues to grow and HSSCO interventions are just beginning to take root. In other areas where great strides have been made (e.g. "Education"), it will be critical to maintain the strength of existing alliances and collaborations.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are support Head Start/Child Care/Prep-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Purpose To assist in building early childhood systems and continue access to comprehensive services and support for all children with low-income. Goal 1 Adapted and integrated the appropriate goals from the HealthyND Early Childhood Alliance (HNDECA) State Plan into an aligned cross-sector system that coordinates services and information concerning early care and education; mental health; child care; health insurance; medical and dental home; parent education; and family support. Action Step 1.1 The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) will continue to participate on the HealthyND Early Childhood Alliance (HNDECA) State Team, the Steering Committee, the Early Care and Education Subcommittee, the Family Support Subcommittee, and the Access to Health Insurance and Medical Home Subcommittee. The HSSCO Director identified selected goals from the HNDECA State Plan, and then prioritized the activities that address the eight priorities of the HSSCO with data analysis report from the HSSCO Needs Assessment, which will be integrated into the HNDECA Strategic Plan. Outcome The HSSCO supported the state-level alignment of

Collaboration Director

linda Rorman nD Department of Human Services Children & families Services 600 east Boulevard Avenue Division #325 Bismarck, nD 58505 Phone: 701-328-1711 fax: 701-328-3538 [email protected] http://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/ childfamily/headstart/

Lead Agency Contact

Carol K. Olson Phone: 701-328-2538 fax: 701-328-1545 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Ross Weaver ACf Region VIII 1961 Stout Street 9th floor Denver, CO 80294 Phone: 303-844-1154 fax: 303-844-3642 [email protected]

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systems and helped to build the early childhood systems development for early care and education, family support, parent education, mental health, and social and emotional development, and access to health insurance and medical home to promote school readiness. The HSSCO Director will distribute the 2007-08 Head Start and Early Head Start Fact Sheets to other state agencies, community partners, and the North Dakota Head Start Association (HSA). In November, the most current Head Start Fact Sheets were posted on the Department of Human Services Web site. The HSSCO Director will share the 2007 Program Information Report (PIR) data with the North Dakota Department of Health, the North Dakota Department of Human Services Research Division, the North Dakota State University Data Center, and the HSA Governing Board. Action Step 1.2 The HSSCO Director will continue to participate in the development and design of the North Dakota Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and collaboratively implement the "Growing Futures" Early Childhood Professional Development Plan addressing the components needed to activate a cross-sector systems approach (addresses Head Start/child care partnership). The HSSCO integrated the Early Learning Guidelines and the early implementation phase of the "Growing Futures" Early Childhood Professional Development Plan into the North Dakota Early Childhood Higher Education Consortium Strategic Plan. This was done to enhance and initiate statewide training on the adopted Minnesota Core Knowledge using cross-sector approach throughout the early care and education field. The State of Minnesota has given North Dakota permission to adopt the Minnesota Core Knowledge document. The initiative is now awaiting approval from the North Dakota Department of Human Services. Outcome The HSSCO Director co-authored and will disseminate the North Dakota Early Learning Guidelines 3 through 5. The Early Learning Guidelines may be downloaded in their entirety for printing, copying, and distribution at: http://www.nd.gov.dhs/info/pubs/docs/cfs/nd-early-learning-guidelines-for-ages-3thru-5.pdf. North Dakota has received permission from the State of Minnesota to adopt the Minnesota Early Learning Guidelines Birth-Three. The Minnesota Early Learning Guidelines will be reformatted and then placed on the North Dakota Department of Human Services Web site for public comment once approval is given by the department. The HSSCO will begin a crosswalk grid between the Early Learning Guidelines 3 through 5 and the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework. The Region VIII and the Region XI Head Start directors have been asked to participate in this alignment process. Many local Head Start programs have integrated the Early Learning Guidelines and the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework with their curriculum. The Early Learning Guidelines have been integrated into the "Growing Futures" Early Childhood Professional Development Plan, enhancing teacher/caregiver preparation in supporting their knowledge and skill in school readiness and comprehensive child development. The Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Network will implement the Events Pro Software, which will assist with crafting the professional development system components: career categories, core competencies, training registry, career advising, curriculum approval process, trainer registry, training clearinghouse, specialized credentials, training articulation, incentives and scholarships.

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The "Growing Futures" Early Childhood Professional Development system has been implemented. The HSSCO Director will provide input to the CCR&R State RFP process and the development of the Department of Human Services contract with the two CCR&R nonprofits (addresses Head Start/Child Care partnership). The HSSCO will participate in the North Dakota Early Childhood Higher Education Consortium (ECHEC) meetings to annually review the status of the Early Childhood Articulation Agreement between the four-year institutions of higher learning, two-year colleges, and Tribal colleges. The North Dakota University System, Office of Articulation and Transfer, is the lead agency for updating and expanding the current Early Childhood Education Articulation Agreement. The ECHEC will continue to review and update the Strategic Plan; acknowledge that North Dakota has received permission to utilize Minnesota's Core Knowledge document; and review the requirements for Early Childhood Education and kindergarten endorsement in relation to an elementary prepared teacher. All Head Start programs will receive a current listing of all colleges and universities and the programs/degrees each offers. The ECHEC will be investigating how to allow the CDA coursework to be articulated and accepted as transferable credits through the higher education system. Action Step 1.3 The HSSCO will continue to review, revise, and/or develop State Interagency Agreements with Part B, Part C, Title V, and Medicaid partners inclusive of the HSA, HSSCO, and Tribal Nations as signatories when appropriate. Outcome The HSSCO will continue to participate in the development of the first drafted state-level Intra-agency Agreement inclusive of input from the Head Start and EHS community, and the North Dakota Department of Human Services Children and Family Services Division (lead entity for Children's Mental Health, Family Preservation, and the HSSCO), Developmental Disabilities Division (lead agency for Part C), Medical Services Division, and Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. The Intra-agency Agreement will address the provisions for screenings, referrals, and delivery of services for children's mental health. The HSSCO will work toward a state-level Inter-agency Agreements with Part B partners, Part C partners, and inclusive of input from the HSA.

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Purpose To encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs, services and initiatives and to augment Head Start's capacity to be a partner in state initiatives on behalf of children and their families with low incomes. Goal 3 To create linkages with and a more coordinated approach to planning and service delivery in child care, welfare, health care, education (include reading readiness programs including such programs offered by public

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and school libraries, services offered by museums, other early childhood education and development for limited English proficient children, partnerships to promote inclusion of more books for Head Start classrooms), community service activities (include promotion of partnerships between Head Start agencies, schools, law enforcement, community-based organizations, and substance abuse and mental health treatment agencies to strengthen family and community environments and to reduce the impact on child development of substance abuse, child abuse, domestic violence and other high-risk behaviors that compromise healthy development), family literacy services, activities related to children with disabilities, and services for children without homes in order to strengthen and support North Dakota's families.

Health Care

Action Step 3.1 The HealthyND Early Childhood Alliance is a component of the Governor's HealthyND Initiative. For current minutes, reports, activities, HNDECA State Plan, and updates, please see the HealthyND Early Childhood Alliance Web site www.ndhealth.gov/eccs. Outcome The HSSCO Advisory Council was assimilated into the HealthyND Early Childhood Alliance (Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems) and meets on a quarterly basis, as well as the five subcommittees: Early Care and Education, Parent Education, Family Support, Access to Health Insurance and Medical Home, and Mental Health and Social Emotional Development. The HSA Governing Board representatives have been integrated into this structure. Attend national, regional, Tribal, and state conferences and meetings to acquire information and guidance for building, strengthening, and extending the network of services on behalf of children and families with low incomes. Action Step 3.5 Improve access to Health Care services continuing partnerships with the health community. (See the HNDECA State Plan for the Access to Health Insurance and Medical Home Subcommittee). Outcome The HSSCO Director will continue to serve on the Governor's Initiative Healthy North Dakota Coordinating Committee, convened every other month by the HealthyND Manager, Melissa Olson, and Dr. Terry Dwelle, M.D., MPHTM ­ North Dakota State Health Officer. Action Step 3.6 Improve access to mental health services by continued participation with state and local partners. Outcome The HSSCO Director will continue to support the North Dakota Children's Social, Emotional, Development Alliance (NDSEDA) through local Head Start and EHS staff representation serving on the

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NDSEDA. The NDSEDA is the lead entity for the development of the first State Intra-agency Agreement for Children's Mental Health. The HSSCO Director attended the Region VIII Head Start Conference and followed the Mental Health Track focusing on the strengths and challenges unique to the Region VIII states. The HSSCO Administrator and local Head Start staff participate on the Region VIII Mental Health Conference calls sharing information and best practices. Head Start staff will continue to participate on the HNDECA Stakeholders and the Mental Health and Social Emotional Development Subcommittee.

Oral Health

The HSSCO Director and the HSA representative are represented on the North Dakota Oral Health Coalition and the Oral Health Coalition Prevention and Intervention Subcommittee. Head Start and Early Head Start programs will continue to participate locally and through their involvement in the Oral Health Coalition for increased access to services. For those not having a "dental home," matches will be made with participating dentists. The HSSCO Director participated in the statewide P.A.N.D.A. (Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness) training sponsored by Delta Dental of Minnesota, North Dakota Dental Association, and the North Dakota Department of Health Oral Health Program. The HSSCO will provide the P.A.N.D.A. Workshop training manual to the TA Consultants to extend the training to all of the local Head Start programs. The HSSCO Director will continue to serve on the Oral Health Surveillance System Committee, which collects and monitors the statewide oral health data. The HSSCO will continue to monitor and share the PIR data with this committee. The local Head Start programs have been invited to participate in the statewide oral health assessment and fluoride varnish program, which allows local programs to receive Medicaid reimbursement for fluoride varnish application and establishing a baseline for the number of Head Start children receiving the fluoride varnish treatment.

A listing of North Dakota local oral health partnerships, along with a complete listing of members of the ND Oral Health Coalition can be found at the end of this report.

Child Care

Action Step 3.2 Promote Head Start involvement in forming child care partnerships to provide full-year, full-day quality child care services for Head Start families. Outcome The HSSCO Director and the Early Childhood Services Administrator work collaboratively on many of the Federal and state early care and education initiatives. The HSSCO will review the informal child care/Head Start/Early Head Start partnership within the Office of Economic Assistance (OEA), Division of the Department of Human Services to enhance full-year, fullday quality child care services for the Head Start and Early Head Start families as part of the new TANF

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work requirements. The HSSCO has begun to investigate which TANF Work Options committee to become involved with.

Welfare

Action Step 3.3 Collaborate with the Child Welfare systems and the Office of Economic Assistance systems (TANF) to increase economic self-sufficiency and employability of families with low incomes. Seek involvement on the appropriate state-level committee. Outcome The HSSCO will continue to provide TANF and TANF Transition monthly and quarterly distribution lists to all Region VIII and Region XI Head Start and Early Head Start programs to enhance recruitment efforts. Continue to work with pertinent agencies to extend program eligibility guidelines and/or standards to better meet the needs of the scattered, rural, and Tribal populations within the state. The 2008 version of the "A Connection - Resource Directory for Families and Agencies" will be disseminated to all the local Head Start and Early Head Start programs, families, public health units, clinics, hospitals, and state agencies with the updated Department of Health additions. The feedback from local service providers has been very positive. The directory is also available on the Department of Human Services Web site. Action Step 3.4 Collaborate with child welfare systems in the program improvement processes when identified areas for concern effecting children and families with low incomes are addressed through a self-assessment process for the North Dakota Department of Human Services to expand collaboration efforts with external partners. Outcome Improve Access to Health Care Services for children and families with low incomes.

Education

Expanding and Improving Education Opportunities in Early Childhood Programs Action Step 3.7 Continue to provide information and expand public-awareness and education reform to inform early childhood education experts, economists, business leaders, and policymakers of the early care and education investment returns and benefits -- social, educational, and economic -- involving Head Start/Early Head Start/ child care/pre-kindergarten.

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Outcome The HSSCO Director serves on the State PIRC Advisory Committee representing children and families with low incomes. The HSSCO will continue to incorporate the PIR data into the public policy discussions, statewide initiatives, strategic planning processes, Pre-K Now Study, the ND KIDS COUNT data publication, and NDHSA Policy Brief into the production of the 2008 Annual State Head Start and Early Head Start Profile and the Annual Children and Families Statistical Bulletin in 2008 on behalf of children and families with low incomes. Print and dissemination the "Best Start is a Head Start" (and Early Head Start) brochure to enhance statewide public awareness of the Federally-funded comprehensive child development program.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Action Step 3.8 Review and revise statewide agreements to enable Head Start and Early Head Start programs to plan seamless services and transition into public school programs. Outcomes Facilitate the Interagency Agreement process to enhance services to children with disabilities that affect the service delivery systems for children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions. Purpose To facilitate the involvement of Head Start in state policies, plans, processes, and decisions affecting the Head Start target population and families with low incomes. Goal 2 The HSSCO Director will conduct a needs assessment that addresses the needs of Head Start agencies (grantees) in the State with respect to collaboration, coordination, and alignment of services, and alignment of curricula and assessments used in Head Start programs with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and as appropriate, the State Early Learning Guidelines. The assessment will be updated on an annual basis and will be made available to the general public within the State. Also the HSSCO will develop a Strategic Plan based on the results of the needs assessment that will: Enhance collaboration of Head Start services by Head Start agencies with other entities providing early childhood education and development. Assist Head Start agencies to develop a plan for the provision of full-working day, full-calendar year services of children enrolled in Head Start programs.

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Assist Head Start agencies to align curricula and assessments. Enable Head Start agencies to better access professional development opportunities for Head Start staff. Enable the Head Start agencies to better conduct outreach to eligible families. Promote partnerships between Head Start agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector. Consult with the Chief State School Officer, local educational agencies, and providers of early childhood education and development, at both the state and local levels. Promote partnerships between Head Start agencies, schools, law enforcement. Promote inclusion of more books in Head Start classrooms. Identify other resources and organizations for the provision of in-kind services. The objectives of the above Goal 2 will be facilitated through the Education Improvement Commission Pre-K Subcommittee as described under the Education Priority Action Step 3.7. Action Step 2.1 The HSSCO has contracted with the North Dakota State University Data Center to develop the Needs Assessment instrument addressing the level of cooperation, coordination, and collaboration within local Head Start programs and with community partners as indicated in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. Outcome Prepare to initiate the 2008 Statewide Needs Assessment of the Head Start agencies and to include goals, objectives, and activities for developing the needs assessment instrument for conducting and analyzing the needs assessment including goals, objectives, and activities for accomplishing the requirements of Section 642B (4), C-H. Upon completion, the needs assessment results and the strategic plan will be made available to the public on the ND Department of Human Services Web site. The NDSU Data Center will produce a number of hard copies for statewide dissemination. Action Step 2.2 The HSSCO will prepare a final draft report detailing the HSSCO Needs Assessment findings. The final report and Five Year State Plan will be posted on the Department of Human Services Web site and other partners' Web sites. Outcome Contact and consult with the appropriate stakeholders and state agencies in the revision of the 2007-08 HSSCO grant application to reflect the continued involvement in the direction of the HSSCO in the planning process and the preparation of the Five Year State Plan reflecting the goals, objectives, outcomes, and evaluation of progress. The HSSCO Needs Assessment results provided in the final report will be rolled into

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the ECCS State Plan. The needs assessment will also help identify specific other goals and objectives from appropriate state agencies and their specific state plans that can maximize efficient and effective cooperation, coordination, and collaboration across the State.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Continue to participate in the policy changes, programmatic administrative rules process, and public information sharing resulting from the 2007 Legislative Session impacting the development of state policies, plans, processes, and funding decisions affecting the low income targeted population. Track proposed legislation during the 2007 Legislative Session. Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State. All minority populations, including Hispanic children and families, are included in the HSSCO work plans and processes.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Many of the responses and questions are represented in the HSSCO Work Plan and are currently being addressed based on the goals and priority areas mandated by the Office of Head Start. The HSA guides and directs the workload. Each of the Head Start directors is assigned the lead on each of the portfolios and work hand-in-hand with the HSSCO Director. The North Dakota Head Start directors are responsible for the following portfolios: Pre-K School Nurses Child Welfare Growing Futures/Growing Futures Summits State Chip/Medicaid Oral Health/AAPD Head Start Dental Home Initiative Co-Parenting Bill Child Care Licensing Kindergarten Eligibility State Legislation MOUs Early Childhood Higher Education Consortium State ICC (Interagency Coordinating Council/Committee) Center for Rural Health E-Rate Mental Health

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NDAEYC Medicaid/TANF Children and Families without Homes Child Care/CCR&R

Professional Development

The HSA Governing Board manages the operations through standing and ad hoc committees. The standing committee structure includes the following: Professional Development Public Relations Current Topics The HSSCO meets quarterly with the NDHSA and the Region VIII North Dakota Head Start directors, as well as the Northern Plains Native American Head Start directors, to assist in the cooperation, coordination, and the collaboration with state agencies and various other potential partners and stakeholders.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) is located in the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Office of Early Learning and School Readiness. ODE collaborates with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to fund and administer the Early Learning Initiative (ELI). ELI consists of 102 contracted agencies (Head Start, Pre-K, and Child Care) and more than 700 sub-providers who provide services to 12,000 children ages 3-5. The ELI program is funded with TANF dollars and family eligibility is up to 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. In July 2007, the State funded 64 new school districts to provide Early Childhood Education (Pre-K) services to eligible children ages 3-5. The funding was awarded to districts based upon eligibility for Poverty Based Assistance. Districts could receive funding for up to two classrooms (20 children per classroom) at a cost per child of $4,987. The HSSCO continued to work with ODE staff to provide updates and support for Head Start agencies that are ELI contractors or who partner with Pre-K agencies. The HSSCO also attends bi-monthly state Head Start Association meetings to provide updates, and meets with specific local programs when early childhood systems technical assistance is needed. The HSSCO continued to attend regular meetings of statewide and national committees that conduct planning and implementation of initiatives that support the building of early childhood systems in Ohio. Listed below are some of the committees:

Collaboration Director

James A. Scott, Jr. Ohio Department of education 25 South front Street Mail Stop 305 Columbus, OH 43215 Phone: 614-466-0224 fax: 614-728-2338 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Same as above

ACF Regional Contact

Michael Butler ACf Region V 233 north Michigan Avenue Suite 400 Chicago, Il 60601 Phone: 312-353-5165 fax: 312-353-5544 [email protected]

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Build Ohio, Administrative Board member Ohio Professional Development Network, Co-Chair Child Care Advisory Council, Ad Hoc member State Early Childhood Comprehensive Services System Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Oral Health Services, Early Childhood Committee Ohio Department of Mental Health, Early Childhood Mental Health Advisory Council Ohio Head Start Association Futures Group

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Contracted with the Ohio Head Start Association (OHSA) to provide five regional early childhood parent health institutes. The institutes provided participants (56 parents and Head Start health and/or parent coordinators) with information about vital health issues in early childhood. The events provided parents with information and tools that they can share with other parents at their program. Continued to attend quarterly meetings facilitated by the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Early Childhood Mental Health Advisory Council. The Build Administrative Board created a Social-Emotional Work Group to maintain a connection between the coordination, planning, and professional development activities related to social and emotional development and early childhood mental health. The SocialEmotional Work Group is exploring the development of publications that will assist early childhood professionals (mainly teachers). Contracted with the OHSA to provide a series of Early Childhood Mental Health sessions at the OHSA Leadership and Professional Development Conference in June 2007. The sessions were attended by 85 early childhood professionals.

Oral Health

Coordinated with the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Oral Health Services to conduct an Oral Health Curriculum Guide professional development session for teachers and health staff at the Ohio Head Start Association conference in June 2007. The HSSCO worked with the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness (OELSR) to provide guidance to Early Learning Initiatives (ELI) programs to provide children with dental screenings within 60 days of the child's entrance into the program and provide referrals when additional services are needed within 90 days of the identification of need. In 2007, the second year of funding for the ELI program, 62% of children who were authorized for ELI services received a dental screening, and 10% of those children were referred for additional testing or dental services. State-level

the Ohio Coalition for Oral Health Mark D. Siegal, DDS, MPH, Chief the Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Oral Health Services 246 n. High Street Columbus, OH 43216-0118 Phone: 614-466- 4180

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Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland CAC Head Start laurel etzwiler, Director Phone: 740-622-9801

Additional information Ohio Head Start Oral Health Work Group Mark D. Siegal, DDS, MPH, Chief Shannon L. Cole, RDH, BS, Maternal and Child Oral Health Coordinator Carrie Farquhar, RDH, BS, Access Program Administrator The Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Oral Health Services See address and phone above.

Welfare

Continued to serve as an Ad-Hoc member of the Child Care Advisory Council. The Child Care Advisory Council is chaired by the Department of Job and Family Services and consists of members representing state agencies, community professionals, family child care providers, parents, and not-for-profit and proprietary providers. The Council reviews and provides comments on current and pending legislation pertaining to child care program licensing, foster care, and child protective services, and provides feedback regarding the implementation of current state funded early care and education grants. The HSSCO provides bi-monthly updates to the Head Start community and reviews current and pending legislation related to child welfare. The council meets monthly.

Child Care

Contracted with OHSA to conduct an Ohio Early Childhood Forum to facilitate and promote relationships and participation at the state and local levels to increase collaboration between Head Start and pre-kindergarten programs. The forum also served to coordinate the collaboration between Head Start and pre-kindergarten with the state School Readiness Solutions Group initiative and the implementation plan. The forum occurred at the OHSA conference in June 2007 and included state agencies, child care providers, Head Start, pre-kindergarten, the Governor's Office, and ACF Region V administrators. The two-day event was attended by 125 participants. Continued to collaborate with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Child Care and Resource and Referral Association to co-chair the Ohio Professional Development Network. The network met bi-monthly to plan for the development of information publications related to an Instructor Guide for individuals providing professional development, and a publication that identifies social and emotional knowledge and competencies that early childhood professionals need to know and understand. The network plans, evaluates, and discusses the progress of the many child care initiatives occurring in the State. Some include: T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Ohio

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Step Up to Quality (Quality Rating System) First Steps (Technical assistance for Infant & Toddler Programs) The Professional Development Registry Core Knowledge and Competencies document for early childhood professionals

Education

The Early Learning Initiative (ELI) continued to provide services for children and families. During 2007, more accountability data were collected. The HSSCO continued to meet with Office of Early Learning and School Readiness (OELSR) administrative team to plan and implement the program. The data below include facts related to the ELI program: 102 contracted agencies and over 700 sub-providers provide service to 12,000 children. 681 hours of leadership meetings conducted by OELSR staff; an average of 72 contact hours per agency. 102 onsite monitoring visits by OELSR staff. 63% of ELI teachers have an associate's degree as of June 30, 2007; 23% teacher turnover rate. 15 languages other than English reported as native languages of children. 961 teachers in ELI programs participated in ODE-approved seminars. The HSSCO continued to work with ODE and other committees to implement activities and strategies set forth in ODE's School Readiness Solutions Group report, implementation plan, "Giving Children a Chance."

Community Services

Continued to partner with the Ohio State University, College of Education, Quality Network (Q-net) to provide a Parent Information Web Site. The Parent Information Network (www.oh-pin.org) continued to maintain the average number of daily hits and provide parents with needed information related to child and family development for children ages birth to six. Coordinated a meeting with OHSA and the Ohio Pediatric Association to provide presentations at OHSA events to promote community service materials that are available for families and pregnant women.

Family Literacy Services

The OELSR and the ELI continued to offer family literacy professional development opportunities for ELI staff. Below are data related to seminars, workshops and courses provide by OELSR. All seminars are free, and college credit is offered whenever possible. 2,656 teachers participated in one or more of seven unique language and literacy workshops (12 hour workshops). 334 participants completed a year-long course in language and literacy delivered by one of 16 Early Language and Literacy Specialists.

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Coordinated a writing team that completed the document Health and Developmental Services Birth through Age 5: Relationships to Support Children with Special Needs. The guide was designed to provide all services and educational personnel with information needed to assist families of children with disabilities ages birth to five. The publication was disseminated throughout the State and is available on the ODE and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Web sites.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Continued to communicate with the ODE Homeless Coordinator and other local coordinators regarding available activities and programs for Head Start agencies serving the homeless population.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

No activities reported.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Coordinated and partnered with OELSR and the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC) to conduct an Excellence Awards luncheon for NAEYC accredited centers and centers receiving Step Up to Quality (Quality Rating System) star awards at the annual Early Childhood Conference. The HSSCO has forged a collaborative partnership with the Governor's Early Childhood Cabinet. In 2008, the HSSCO will begin serving on an advisory group that will make policy recommendations to the Cabinet.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The HSSCO includes the Texas Migrant Council (TMC) in the statewide listserv and in HSSCO and OELSR professional development activities. OELSR Special Education staff entered into a $15,000 contract to TMC to locate and recruit local agencies to provide summertime special education support and related services for preschool age children with an IEP.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The HSSCO has submitted an addendum to the current work plan that describes goals, objectives, strategies, and resources needed to integrate new HSSCO requirements as identified in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. The HSSCO will continue to explore and secure special education funding for the Texas Migrant Council.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Goal Serve as facilitator to improve and expand services for lowincome children in Head Start, child care, and state preschool programs. Desired Outcome # 1, # 2 Collaborative partnerships among Head Start, child care, and state preschool will be documented; types of Head Start partnerships with public schools and child care will be identified for each collaboration. Actual Outcomes The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) initiated collaboration with Smart Start Oklahoma to use the National Partners' Meeting supplemental funds to facilitate the work of the Smart Start Oklahoma Collaboration Team in collecting data on collaborations among Head Start, state pre-kindergarten, and child care. This team collected data on the types and locations of Head Start collaborations with public schools and child care. The HSSCO Director held an initial meeting with Head Start directors to identify initial parameters for the collaboration data collection project that is a follow-up project of the January 2007 Partners Meeting in Washington, D.C. The HSSCO Director worked with the State Department of Education, an American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN)

Collaboration Director

Kay C. floyd Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies 2800 nW 36th Street Suite 221 Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Phone: 405-949-1495 fax: 405-949-0955 [email protected] www.okacaa.org

Lead Agency Contact

Vaughn Clark Office of Community Development Phone: 405-815-5370 fax: 405-815-5344 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Susan Johnston ACf Region VI 1301 Young Street Room 937 Dallas, tX 75202 Phone: 214-767-8844 fax: 214-767-2038 [email protected]

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Head Start grantee, a local public school district, and the AIAN Head Start TA specialist to work out the contractual details of a new collaboration between a local public school and an AIAN Head Start program. The HSSCO Director served on the Smart Start Oklahoma action team working with the State Department of Education and child care on the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant strategic plan. The HSSCO Director met regularly with the ECCS "Ready Schools Team" to work on implementation of the ECCS plan to encourage and assist schools to be ready for children when they enter public schools. Desired Outcome #3 Local Head Start programs will have improved access to health care services and model programs will be identified. Actual Outcomes The HSSCO Director met with Oklahoma State Department of Health Dental Service staff members who are implementing a Dental Services grant to work with a local Head Start program in educating Head Start children and parents about good oral health practices. This model can be duplicated in other programs. The HSSCO Director edited the final action plans from the Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs Oral Health Forum so that the plans can be implemented by the Children's Oral Health Coalition. These action plans have been shared as models for states and local programs to improve oral health services to Head Start children. The final report (with action plans) of the Children with Special Health Care Needs Oral Health Forum was published and distributed to forum participants and the Children's Oral Health Coalition. The report is posted on the OKACAA Web site: www.okacaa.org.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Oral Health The HSSCO Director co-chaired the Children's Oral Health Coalition; served as a member of the Mental Health Endorsement System Work Group, the Tobacco Disparities Action Team, the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring Survey Advisory Board, the Childhood Lead Poisoning and Prevention Program Advisory Board, and the Oklahoma Dental Loan Selection Committee; and was appointed to the Child Health Task Force of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (Medicaid Agency) to address issues related to the Medical Home concept, and child health screening and immunization rates. Local-level Oklahoma Head Start and AIAN Head Start programs have a number of local dental partnerships, including partnerships with dentists who provide services and education. A complete listing of these partnerships is provided at the end of this report.

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Welfare

The HSSCO Director, representing the low-income disparate population, was appointed to the Tobacco Disparities Action Plan Team to continue work on implementation of the action plan that addresses the effects of tobacco and cessation efforts on disparate populations.

Child Care

The HSSCO Director participated in the groundbreaking activities of the new Educare Center in Oklahoma City, developed by a state partners-supported local partnership that includes Early Head Start, Head Start, the Oklahoma City Public Schools, child care, the local Community Action Agency, and private partners. The goal of this initiative is to provide a very high-quality, full-day, full working-day collaborative and inclusive early childhood program.

Education

The HSSCO Director met monthly with the work group developing the Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals and worked with public school, child care, and higher education partners to improve the coordination of training and professional development for early childhood practitioners.

Community Services

The HSSCO Director worked with the Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies (OKACAA) and the Head Start TA Specialist to include training on Asthma and the Oklahoma Certified Health Business Program in the OKACAA Summer Conference. The HSSCO staff arranged for sponsorship of a Webinar on the reauthorization of Head Start during the Winter Conference.

Family Literacy Services

The HSSCO Director met with WGBH (Boston) Public Television Station representatives, the Oklahoma Indian Head Start Directors Association, and the Oklahoma AIAN T/TA Specialist with regard to a literacy curriculum (English) designed specifically for AIAN Head Start programs. The HSSCO arranged for a conference call with the University of Oklahoma Center for Early Childhood Professional Development and WGBH television with regard to collaborative development of this curriculum in order to share that culture with all early childhood programs. The HSSCO Director worked with OETA (Oklahoma Public Television Station) to meet with WGBH, state private foundations, Tribal representatives, state education representatives, and child care partners to explore potential funding availability for development of the curriculum.

Services to Children with Disabilities

The HSSCO hosted and the director chaired a Disabilities MOU Partners meeting that included: Three State Department of Education IDEA Parts B and C staff; three Region VI ACF staff members and the Head Start Disabilities TA Specialist; Head Start local program disabilities coordinator; State Department of Health Early Intervention coordinator; and the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth Interagency Coordinating Council Coordinator. The HSSCO Director continued throughout the year to follow up with this workgroup to update and sign the MOU by June 2008.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

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ness (GICH), co-chaired the GICH Access to Mainstream Resources Committee, and presented a segment on Community Action Agencies and Head Start/pre-k during the State Department of Education statewide video conference for school district homeless liaisons and other local partners.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Desired Outcome #1 Head Start data will be compiled and analyzed, and the Project report distributed. Actual Outcomes The HSSCO compiled and prepared the Head Start Fact Sheet for the 2005-06 Program Year, and distributed it to partners including all state legislators and other appropriate officials. Later in the year, the HSSCO Director requested the PIR database and funding information necessary to begin compiling information for the 2006-07 Program Year Head Start Fact Sheet. The HSSCO Director met with Head Start directors to identify potential parameters for the collaboration data collection project contracted to the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness (Smart Start Oklahoma). A workgroup was identified to develop the survey questions used in the collaboration survey of Head Start programs, public school pre-k, and child care programs. The data were collected, analyzed, and presented in a statewide stakeholders meeting. Desired Outcome #2 The best possible linkages will be made between local and community based Head Start programs and state early childhood initiatives and policies. Actual Outcomes: The HSSCO Director made a presentation on "Collaborating with Head Start" at the First Annual Early Childhood Leadership Conference sponsored by the University of Oklahoma, College of Education ­ Tulsa, K20 Center, and Tulsa Technology Center. The HSSCO Director jointly planned with State Department of Education, University of Central Oklahoma, and child care partners the Early Childhood Association of Oklahoma Summer Conference focused on "PLAY: Discovering, Exploring, Learning" to be held in July 2008.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO Director researched the role of the HSSCO in the E-Rate application process, and provided information to Head Start grantees. The HSSCO researched Oklahoma law with regard to the definition of a "school" and worked with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Oklahoma State Department of Education to submit a revised letter to the Universal Service Administration Company declaring Head Start programs in Oklahoma eligible to apply for the E-rate. HSSCO Director facilitated the proposal of the University of Oklahoma Center for Early Childhood Professional Development to develop the curriculum and evaluation protocol for the American Indian Early Literacy Curriculum.

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Migrant Head Start services were introduced in Oklahoma, and the HSSCO worked with the Texas Migrant Council to facilitate location of the services and coordination with existing Head Start programs.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The HSSCO disseminated to all Head Start directors and partners information prepared by a Community Action Agency with regard to a new state immigration bill affecting access to services in the eight priority areas for eligible and undocumented families. The HSSCO monitored and will continue to monitor emerging issues with regard to the new state immigration law. The HSSCO Director communicated with the new Oklahoma Migrant Head Start program grantee, and added the contact to the Head Start Collaboration electronic communication group. The HSSCO worked with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care, in order to research the numbers of eligible Hispanic children for Head Start and child care subsidy to determine trends in Hispanic enrollment and utilization of child care subsidy funds with a goal of increasing the numbers of eligible children and families served.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The activities of the HSSCO will focus in on completing priorities identified in the work program. These include: Completing the collaboration data collection project activities contracted to the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness. Convening additional meetings of the HSSCO Advisory Board, the Oklahoma Head Start Early Childhood Collaboration Advisory Board. Convening a meeting with MOU partners. Completing and signing the Disability Interagency MOU Agreement. Focusing on creation of a cross-sector professional development system as well as a state-based Head Start system of training and professional development. Continuing to work with partners on the Oklahoma Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. Leading the activities surrounding implementation of new requirements of HSSCOs under the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

See eight priority areas.

Collaboration Director

Dell ford Oregon Department of education Public Service Building 255 Capitol Street northeast Salem, OR 97310 Phone: 503-947-5810 fax: 503-378-5156 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

erinn Kelley-Siel, liaison Head Start Collaboration Office of the Governor Phone: 503-378-6549 fax: 503-378-6827 [email protected] nancy Johnson-Dorn, eCe Director Oregon Department of education Phone: 503-947-5703 fax: 503-378-5156 [email protected]

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Sustainable System for Children's Social and Emotional Health Objective To access on-site mental/behavioral health consultation for Head Start, child care, and other early childhood staff to improve and promote children's social and emotional health in early childhood settings. Priority Area Health Care, Children with Disabilities Activities The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) Director continues to be the point person for implementation and support of the Blueprint for Action and the Oregon Model for Supporting Young Children's Social and Emotional Development. These efforts were led by the HSSCO Director and supported with HSSCO supplemental funds. Both documents are on the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Web

ACF Regional Contact

nancy Hutchins ACf Region X Blanchard Plaza 2201 Sixth Avenue Suite 1330 Seattle, WA 98121 Phone: 206-615-3661 fax: 206-615-2575 [email protected]

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site. The HSSCO Director made presentations regarding these efforts at the Foundations Learning Circle (a coalition of private foundations) and a statewide conference sponsored by DHS Addiction and Mental Health Division. These documents were used by the Early Childhood Council in planning for the Governor's Conference on Early Childhood. Currently, discussions regarding multi-agency and multi-funding strategies to support the concepts outlined in the Blueprint for Action and Oregon Model are underway as possible legislative packages. Additionally, the community action planning tool kit was developed. In coordination with the Oregon Model, the Department of Education provided Positive Behavior Supports training for consultants on a pilot basis in some Head Start and Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ ECSE) classrooms. A plan to expand these efforts is in process. Accomplishments Development, completion, and dissemination of two related documents: Blueprint for Action and Oregon Model for Supporting Young Children's Social and Emotional Development. A community action planning tool kit to assist with implementing recommendations in the Oregon Model was developed. Training in Positive Behavior Supports was implemented.

Oral Health

The HSSCO Director participates in conference calls and meetings whenever needed and has consistent ongoing contact with the Region X Office of Head Start. Through this contact, the HSSCO Director responds and assists with national and regional priorities, initiatives and emerging issues, and/or concerns as needed. Examples of areas that have been addressed are: the Program Information Report (PIR) results, monitoring system, under-enrollment, Head Start and State pre-k collaboration, Head Start/child care collaboration, oral health and dental services, and the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007.

Welfare

See "Child Care" and "Education."

Child Care

Head Start/Child Care Collaboration Objective To support and maintain collaboration between Head Start and child care for promotion of full day/year service delivery models, shared training, problem-solving and policy development. Activities The HSSCO Director continues to lead and facilitate ongoing work of the Head Start/Child Care Work Group. The purpose of the work group is to support local efforts to integrate and implement best practices for comprehensive child development services that address the needs of working parents. The work group provides ongoing support and problem-solving for local programs regarding child care contract issues, collaborative program models, and funding and policy issues. The work of this group supports the requirements in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 regarding promotion of child care partnerships. The work group has identified the need to promote continuity of quality for all children in all settings throughout the system as the top priority for its work. As a first step, the work group is creating a cross walk among the different early childhood regulations and standards for children including settings such as child care, Head

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Start pre-kindergarten, family child care, and private preschool. From this baseline information, the work group will identify gaps and provide service and policy recommendations. A secondary priority is to address child care issues related to services for children in foster care such as lack of funding for child care, coordination of placements in Head Start, and provision of services to foster parents. This is a work in progress. Accomplishments Accomplishments of the work group include: Sponsorship, planning, and implementing of three Head Start/Child Care Summits ("Together We're Better") to address emerging collaboration issues. Policy development regarding categorical eligibility for Head Start families participating in programs under the authority of TANF. Development and dissemination of a document that addresses Head Start and Child Care policy and other contract issues titled, "Frequently Asked Contract Questions." Development of written descriptions of local Child Care/Head Start partnership approaches/models titled, "Supporting Low Wage Workers and their Children." DHS contracts support comprehensive full day/year Head Start/child care services. The Head Start/child care partnership model descriptions have been disseminated to local Head Start and child care programs. Trainings have been provided at the annual Oregon Head Start Coordinators Meeting and other trainings to encourage more partnership models across the State.

Education

State Pre-kindergarten and Head Start Collaboration Objective To support, improve, and maintain a Head Start and State pre-kindergarten collaborative system. Activities The HSSCO Director worked with the State/Federal Collaboration Team to revise and update the Region X Office of Head Start /Oregon Department of Education Intergovernmental Agreement. The Agreement was put on hold until the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 was passed to ensure relevant requirements were included in the Agreement. The HSSCO Director provides ongoing support for implementation of mutually agreed upon responsibilities outlined in the Agreement by participation in regularly scheduled meetings, conference calls, and ongoing communication. The Intergovernmental Agreement includes identification of Federal and state membership on the State/ Federal collaboration team, articulation of a monitoring process, joint guidance on regulation interpretation, coordination of calendar and events, coordination of funding and service areas, coordination and sharing of training, joint planning for special initiatives and priorities, and joint problem-solving. Additionally, a state/Federal service area coordination policy and process is included to assist local state pre-kindergarten and Head Start programs with coordination and collaboration during expansion and/or

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reductions in funding. Revising and updating the Agreement is a work in progress. Accomplishments Development and completion of an Agreement template that is updated and renewed each biennium, and is signed by the ODE Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Region X Program Manager, Office of Head Start. The Agreement is also endorsed by the Oregon Head Start Association, representing state prekindergarten and Head Start grantees. Oregon Head Start Pre-kindergarten Expansion Objective To expand access to comprehensive services for low-income children and families using the Head Start Program Performance Standards as the standard of quality for all children. Activities The HSSCO Director served as a resource person for the Children's Institute/Ready for School Campaign, Moving Research to Action, the group that spearheaded the Head Start pre-kindergarten expansion efforts in 2007. Campaign membership consists of business, philanthropic, and civic leaders and organizations. As its first action step, the coalition focused on getting the Legislature to fully fund Head Start pre-kindergarten. The HSSCO Director also served as the resource person for other partners supporting expansion efforts such as Fight Crime, Invest in Kids (law enforcement), private advocacy groups and foundations, state agencies, local agencies and advocates, Head Start Association and other early childhood associations, Governor's Office, Region X Office of Head Start, and others. Requested information such as early childhood and Head Start research, statistical data, cost and budget projections, and responses to the media were provided. The HSSCO Director participated in overall planning for concept development and implementation strategies for expansion. Other expansion activities provided by the HSSCO Director included writing the partnership section of the Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFP partnership section provides a definition of collaboration and examples of partnerships that could provide the applicant with ten priority points. The January 2007 publication of the Head Start Collaboration newsletter focused on Oregon's Plan for Universal Prekindergarten and features both Gov. Kulongoski and Superintendent Castillo. The newsletter highlights support from government, private sector, law enforcement, and the general public. Oregon's successful Head Start and State pre-k partnership and relevant research are included. The Head Start Collaboration newsletter was distributed to public schools, the early childhood community, the Oregon Legislature and other policy-makers. Accomplishments The Oregon Legislature approved a $39 million expansion of the Oregon Head Start pre-kindergarten. As a result, approximately 3,100 additional children will receive Head Start pre-kindergarten services during the 2007-09 biennium. Early Childhood Systems Development/Early Childhood Council Objective

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To develop a statewide responsive, effective, collaborative, and well-articulated early childhood system of services and supports for young children and their families. Activities The HSSCO Director continues as an active participant on the state Early Childhood Team since its inception on 1999, currently known as the Early Childhood Council. ODE is formally linked to other state agencies through a bill passed by the legislature requiring the Department of Education, Department of Human Services, Commission on Children and Families, and Department of Employment/Child Care Division to jointly lead in the development of policies necessary for a voluntary statewide early childhood system. The cross-agency State Early Childhood Council was developed in response to this legislation and continues to work on projects related to early childhood systems development. Work of the Early Childhood Council has centered around planning and preparing for a Governor's Summit on Early Childhood. Oregon was one of ten states to receive a $10,000 grant from the National Governors Association to support a Governor's Summit on Early Childhood. The HSSCO provided $3,200 and the Head Start Association provided $1,000 to support this effort. The Early Childhood Council was designated as the planning body for the Governor's Summit scheduled for March 20, 2008. Oregon's Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Plan was used as the foundation to assist with planning and materials for the Summit. A framework for a statewide birth through five early childhood system was developed, titled "Early Childhood Matters." The Early Childhood Matters document is divided into three sections: Early Learning Matters, Family Matters, Health Matters. Three issue briefs were developed as companion documents for the three sections of the Early Childhood Matters document. The HSSCO Director was designated as Co-Chair with Child Care for the Early Learning Matters Committee and served as the lead writer for the Early Learning Matters section of the framework document and the issue brief that was included as a companion piece. The HSSCO Director continues as Co-Chair for the Early Learning Matters Committee for Summit follow-up activities, development of the final Summit report and other agenda items of the Early Childhood Council. Accomplishments Development, completion, and dissemination of Early Childhood Matters and issue briefs in the areas of early learning, family supports, and health. Additionally, the Early Childhood Council planned and implemented the Governor's Summit on Early Childhood. Collaborative Statewide Professional Development System Objective To lead partnership efforts in developing a collaborative training and professional develop system, and increase child care quality. Activities In 2007, the HSSCO Director resigned as Co-Chair of the Training Quality Committee (TQC), serving in this capacity from 2002-07. The TQC is responsible for planning and policy recommendations regarding training and professional development for the Child Care Division. Components of the professional devel-

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opment and training system have been identified and a work plan has been developed. The following work groups are actively working to address the various components of a statewide professional development and training system: Oregon Registry/Trainer Standards/Mentor Standards Professional Development Data System Articulation Evaluation/Diversity Training Gaps Family, Friends, and Neighbors Training Review Coordination The HSSCO Director continues as an active member of TQC. The development of a statewide collaborative training database system is under discussion through the TQC Professional Development Data System Subcommittee. The HSSCO Director is involved in this effort to ensure that Head Start, state pre-kindergarten and special education trainings are included with other early childhood partners. Accomplishments Accomplishments include the development of a training resources mapping project, modeled after the Financial Resources for Training model developed by Wheelock College's Center for Professional Development. The report was published in 2001 titled, "Oregon's Training Neighborhood Map." Additionally, the following training materials have been developed: Social and Emotional Handbook, Health and Safety Handbook, and Infant/Toddler Training. The Oregon Registry has been revised and disseminated. Articulation among Community Colleges has been established. Community Colleges have agreed that students can send credits from any Community College to a designated Community College that will accept credits for an AA degree in Early Childhood Education. Early Learning Guidelines for Children Ages Birth to Five: Early Childhood Foundations Objective To develop research-based state early learning guidelines for children ages birth to five, that align with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and Oregon's K-12 standards. Activities Early learning guidelines are known in Oregon as Early Childhood Foundations (ECF). The Three to Five Early Childhood Foundations were completed and posted in the ODE Web site in 2005. During 2006-07, the HSSCO Director worked with the ODE Early Childhood Director to develop and finalize the Birth to Three Early Childhood Foundations and companion training manual, Born to Learn. The Birth to Three Early Childhood Foundations and the Born to Learn training manual were completed and posted on the ODE Web site along with the Three to Five Early Childhood Foundations. The HSSCO Director continues working with the ECF Implementation Work Group to develop a statewide plan and approach for implementing the Early Childhood Foundations and the training manual, Born to Learn. The implementation plan includes

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a PowerPoint presentation that will be used across the State to send a consistent message about the Early Childhood Foundations -- what they are, how they can be used and how they link with other standards. Each partner agency will develop its own implementation plans that fit its needs. This is a work in progress. Accomplishments Oregon's Birth to Five Early Childhood Foundations and companion training manual, Born to Learn, were completed and posted on ODE's Web site. The Early Childhood Foundations are posted as two documents: Birth to Three and Three to Five. Summaries of both documents are also on the Web site.

Community Services

See "Education."

Family Literacy Services

See "Child Care," "Education," and "Services to Children with Disabilities."

Services to Children with Disabilities

Objective To support, maintain, and promote collaboration between EI/ECSE and Head Start and other placement sites for provision of quality services to children with disabilities and their families. To provide ongoing support for emerging disability issues, problem-solving, and policy guidance. Activities The HSSCO Director updated and finalized the Oregon Department of Education and DHHS Office of Head Start Intergovernmental Agreement for Services to Children with Disabilities Ages Birth to Five. The Agreement includes Region X Head Start, Region XI AIAN Head Start, and Region XII Migrant and Seasonal Head Start. The Agreement was signed by all parties during Summer 2007 and is effective until 2011. The HSSCO Director works on emerging issues related to services for children with disabilities and their families. The Director works with the ODE Early Childhood Team, Head Start Association, and Child Care Division to address two critical areas identified in the ODE EI/ECSE State Performance Plan: (1) increase the percentage of infants and toddlers referred for Early Intervention services, and (2) increase the percentage of preschool age children with IFSP's served in natural environments. The Head Start Association has identified over-representation of children with disabilities in Head Start classrooms as a related concern to be addressed. In July 2007, the HSSCO Director participated as a member of the cross-agency Oregon Team that attended the Expanding Opportunities conference and National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute. Oregon was one of eight states to be selected to receive technical assistance from Expanding Opportunities, a national Interagency Inclusion Initiative that assists states with strategic planning focusing on policies and operations to increase inclusion opportunities for children with disabilities and their families. Oregon was also selected to work with the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion to create a cross-sector professional development system for early childhood personnel to support inclusion practices.

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In order to meet these goals, Oregon developed an Early Childhood Inclusion Collaborative. The HSSCO Director serves on the Steering Committee and Policy Work Group for this Collaborative. This is a work in progress. Accomplishments The Disabilities Agreement template has been completed and is used on an ongoing basis. The Agreement is updated every four years and is signed by representatives from the Office of Head Start for Region X, American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and the Department of Education for EI/ECSE. The Agreement is endorsed by Tribal governments that have Head Start grantees, Oregon Head Start Association, Head Start and state pre-k grantees, and the Executive Director of the MSHS grantee.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Homeless Children Objective: To support access to services for children from homeless families. Priority Areas Children from Homeless Families, Education, Child Care, and Health Care. Activities The HSSCO Director surveyed Oregon Head Start pre-kindergarten programs to find out how programs are addressing the needs of children from homeless families, focusing on partnership models. Descriptions of homeless partnership models were written and sent to all Head Start pre-kindergarten programs to assist local programs increase partnerships for services to children from homeless families. In November 2007, Oregon's partnership models were presented at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Conference (NAEHCY): Giving Homeless Kids a Head Start in Oregon. Oregon partnership models were posted on the NAEHCY Web site as a follow-up to the conference. The HSSCO Director included homeless partnership models in the RFP during the recent Oregon Head Start pre-kindergarten expansion. Homeless partnerships models were one of the types of partnerships that applicants could provide for which they could receive priority points during the expansion effort. Accomplishments Homeless partnership model description were completed and disseminated. Homeless partnerships were eligible for priority points during the recent expansion effort. Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions. Oregon Head Start Association Objective

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To ensure the involvement of Head Start in state policies, plans, processes, and decisions effecting the Head Start population and other low-income children and families, and to provide resources and information as requested. Priority Areas: All, as needed Activities The HSSCO Director serves as a partner and resource person for the Oregon Head Start Association. Primary work with the Head Start Association centered around Head Start pre-kindergarten expansion efforts. Refer to the Head Start Pre-kindergarten Expansion section of this report for a description. On an ongoing basis, the HSSCO Director ensures that Head Start representatives are assigned and appointed to state-level advisory boards and committees, commissions, councils, and work groups that have an impact on state policy and services for Head Start eligible and other low-income children and families. Currently, Head Start Association representatives are active on approximately 20 state-level boards and commissions. The former President of the Oregon Head Start Association and the Executive Director of the statewide MSHS program are members of the state Early Childhood Council. Additionally, the HSSCO Director reviewed legislation, worked with ODE on a Temporary Rule, and drafted a letter for the Superintendent to support Oregon as an E-Rate eligible state. This is a work in progress. Accomplishments Refer to the Oregon Head Start Pre-kindergarten Expansion section of this report for accomplishments. Office of the Governor/Department of Education Objective To ensure the involvement of Head Start in state policies, plans, processes, and decisions effecting the Head Start population and other low-income children and families, and to provide resources and information as requested. Priority Areas: All, as needed Activities Gov. Kulongoski has designated the Oregon Department of Education as a "co-lead partner" with the Office of the Governor for the HSSCO and has appointed a Governor's liaison to the Project. The HSSCO is housed and administered by the Oregon Department of Education. The HSSCO Director meets monthly with the Governor's liaison. The HSSCO Director serves as a resource person to the Governor's Office and Department of Education on funding and operation of state pre-kindergarten, Head Start, and early childhood collaboration projects, initiatives, issues, and concerns. The HSSCO Director provides support for both during legislative sessions as needed. Accomplishments The Universal Head Start Pre-K Initiative, a Federal/state partnership approach, was used as a foundational

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document for the 2007 legislative session. The HSSCO Director provided information and resources for this Initiative; developed and kept a legislative notebook during the Session; provided support for legislative questions and requests, and was the lead writer for the Oregon Head Start Pre-kindergarten Legislative Report. Additionally, she provided expertise and resources as needed on early childhood collaboration initiatives, projects, issues and concerns. For expansion, the HSSCO Director wrote the Partnership section of the ODE Request for Proposal for the Head Start pre-k. Applicants proposing partnerships meeting the criteria for collaboration were eligible for priority points in the selection process.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The Children's Institute/Ready for School Campaign continues as an important private partner that has been very successful in bringing state expansion funding for Head Start pre-kindergarten eligible children and families and attention to the needs of at-risk children ages birth to five and their families. The HSSCO Director continues to serve as a resource person for the Children's Institute by providing information and expertise about Oregon's Head Start and state pre-kindergarten programs, the State/Federal collaborative system, service statistics, costs, infrastructure issues, child care partnerships, and the Universal Head Start Pre-K Initiative, and funding plan. Work with the Children's Institute continues as the campaign moves forward with next steps in building a comprehensive early learning investment strategy for at-risk children ages birth to five and their families. The Early Childhood Council continues to be an important activity of the HSSCO Director to support crossagency early childhood systems development and the Governor's Early Childhood agenda.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

In 2007, the HSSCO Director helped with the roll-out of the national report on Hispanic services. The Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction participated in the development of this document. Children from the MSHS program came to the State Capitol to sing as part of the "kick-off " for the report. A video of the "kick-off " was shown at the Oregon Head Start Association, and copies of the report were distributed. Dual language was addressed as part of the Early Learning Issue Brief for the Governor's Early Childhood Summit.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Participation on the Early Childhood Council and Early Learning Co-Chair Committee responsibilities will continue. Follow-up activities resulting from the Governor's Summit on Early Childhood and other work of the Council will need to be addressed. Ongoing work with the Oregon Head Start Association and Governor's Office will continue. Additionally, work in the following priority areas will continue: professional development, Head Start/child care partnerships, support for children's social and emotional health, Head Start/state pre-kindergarten collaboration, early learning guidelines, and support for children with disabilities. Work with the Children's Institute/Ready for School Campaign will continue as they move forward with next steps in developing strategies for supporting at-risk children ages birth to five. New work required in the recent Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 for HSSCO Directors will need to be added to the work plan, primarily requirements for a needs assessment and strategic plan. Additionally, oversight of Even Start grants as required by the ODE will need to be added to the work plan.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

In 2007, Pennsylvania's State Legislature approved Gov. Edward Rendell's budget, which included a $75 million investment in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts. This investment funded classroom experiences for 11,000 at-risk children. The primary eligibility for children's at-risk determination was living at or below 300 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. Additional risk factors were eligibility for early intervention, English language learners, homelessness, and children who live in areas with a high concentration of poverty. Funds were awarded through a competitive grant process. To be eligible, programs had to be one of the following: School District, Child Care, Licensed Academic Preschool, and Head Start agencies. Thirty-five Head Start agencies applied successfully. As part of the Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO), the Early Childhood Project Manager participated on the PA Pre-K Counts Steering Committee. The committee drafted program requirements, selected applicants, and provided a forum to refine program policies. The EC Project Manager provided the Head Start perspective on this committee. The HSSCO Director recommended members of the Head Start community to participate on the PA Pre-K Counts Advisory Committee, which develops and refines policy. Four Head Start directors, the PA Head Start Association Executive Director, and the HSSCO Director attend quarterly meetings of the Advisory Committee. In addition to supporting Head Start involvement in PA Pre-K Counts, the HSSCO provides feedback to Head Start

Collaboration Director

Susan Mitchell Office of Child Development and early learning 333 Market Street, 6th floor Harrisburg, PA 17126 Phone: 717-787-7489 fax: 717- 783-8230 [email protected]

Collaboration Project Manager

tracey Campanini PA Key 301 Market Street, 9th floor Harrisburg, PA 17101 Phone: 717-213-2066 fax: 717- 213-0584 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Harriet Dichter Deputy Secretary Office of Child Development and early learning Phone: 717-346-9320 fax: 717-346-9330 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Debbie Gillan-Shaw ACf Region III Suite 864 150 S. Independence Mall West Philadelphia, PA 19106 Phone: 215-861-4009 [email protected]

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grantees that choose not to apply for PA Pre-K Counts. During the initial set-up, the Head Start community expressed a concern over competition for children. In response, the HSSCO distributed a list of all PA Pre-K Counts grantees to Head Start directors. The list included contact information for the Local Community Engagement Groups (CEG). One CEG is located in each county, and each is charged with coordinating and developing collaborations among the members of that county's early care and education community. CEGs provide a forum at the local level for Head Start and PA Pre-K Counts to meet and discuss recruitment, enrollment, and referral strategies.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

In 2007, the HSSCO worked in collaboration with the Department of Health, Department of Education, Office of Child Development and Early Learning, and Region III staff to align I am Moving, I am Learning (IMIL) with the Pennsylvania-sponsored Keystone Color Me Healthy (KCMH) Campaign. At the local level, programs reported that they believed that they must choose one approach or the other. The HSSCO worked to demonstrate that these two approaches to addressing childhood obesity were complimentary. The HSSCO participated on the KCMH Work Group. Through this involvement, the work group updated its train-the-trainers workshop, kit materials, and media campaign to reflect the principles of IMIL. The KCMH work group connected with Dr. Linda Carson and Amy Requa, who provided input in the materials. Now the KCMH trainers are versed in both approaches and provide participants with information on both IMIL and KCMH. The HSSCO continued its support of Mind in the Making, created by the Family Work Institute. A trainthe-trainers institute was conducted in July 2007. Ten Head Start program staff attended. They shared strategies for effective classroom management through a combination of social and emotional development with cognitive learning. The HSSCO supported the Pennsylvania Head Start Association's (PHSA) application for an Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors grant. This grant allows the PHSA to convene meetings to further evaluate the current level of services to Head Start and Early Head Start in Pennsylvania. It is a follow-up from the Dental Summit held in Pennsylvania to ascertain the progress made and determine remaining needs across the Commonwealth. The HSSCO collaborates with the PA Key's Infant Toddler Mental Health Project. This project was designed as a consultative model aimed at bringing providers and specialists together to develop goals and strategies to enhance the provider's ability to promote positive behaviors in young children. A goal for 2007 was to collaborate to increase the number of regions served in the Commonwealth from three to six, which would cover all of Pennsylvania. This will be accomplished in FY 2008-09.

Oral Health

In 2007, the HSSCO supported the Pennsylvania Head Start Association's (PHSA) application for an Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors grant. This grant allows the PHSA to convene meetings to further evaluate the current level of services to Head Start and Early Head Start in Pennsylvania. It is a follow up from the Dental Summit held in Pennsylvania to ascertain the progress made and determine remaining needs across the State.

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Welfare

The HSSCO provided communication to Head Start and Early Head Start administrators regarding a change to the Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check Policy. Presented at two administrators meetings, the HSSCO discussed a new requirement effective July 1, 2008, that any person working or volunteering with significant likelihood of contact with children must obtain FBI fingerprint clearances in addition to other required background checks.

Child Care

No activities reported.

Education

The HSSCO assisted with the dissemination to the PA Early Learning Standards and the PA Infant Toddler Standards. The Standards were developed in a committee, facilitated by the HSSCO Director, which also included representatives from all provider types in Early Care and Education. The Standards were cross-walked with NAEYC and Head Start Program Performance Standards. As a companion to the Standards, several professional development activities were made available to providers across Pennsylvania. The HSSCO conducted an orientation on the PA Keys Professional Development (PD) Calendar and the Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS). The PD Calendar is an Internet-based tool that can be used to announce PD events. It also allows participants to register, and complete rosters and training certificates. The PQAS was developed to assure that trainers providing professional development within Pennsylvania meet a rigorous standard for content and expertise. Many programs funded through PA state funds, including Head Start and Early Head Start, are required to have a minimum number of PQAS-approved training hours. The HSSCO provided an overview for how Head Start and Early Head Start programs can apply for "organizational approval" to offer their professional development as PQAS hours for staff and community partners. More than 25 Head Start and Early Head Start programs have been approved for Organizational PQAS. Additionally the HSSCO supported the ICF PA TA group in qualifying their technical assistance as PQAS hours for Head Start programs.

Community Services

No activities reported.

Family Literacy Services

The HSSCO continues to be an active member of the Pennsylvania Family Literacy Consortium. The Consortium is comprised of agencies throughout Pennsylvania that have an interest in promoting interagency collaboration at the state level with expectations that policy to support family literacy will extend to local agencies or partners. The Consortium meets quarterly to discuss issues pertinent to the improvement of family literacy through collaboration and development of quality indicators and performance standards. The HSSCO also continues to work with the commonwealth libraries to support the continuation of the "One Book Every Young Child" campaign that originated in Spring 2006. This statewide initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy through a series of family-based activities and experiences, including the widespread distribution of a children's book by a Pennsylvania author. Head Start and child care centers throughout the State received the featured book, "A Splendid Friend Indeed," in Spring 2007.

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Services to Children with Disabilities

The HSSCO EC Project Manager continues to participate in the quarterly meetings of the State Interagency Coordinating Council. Participation in the Coordinating Council enables the EC Project Manager to remain informed of the ongoing status of programs for children with special needs in the State and to seek new opportunities to promote collaborative inclusive programs involving Head Start. The HSSCO EC project manager participated on the Pennsylvania SpecialQuest team in Summer 2007. Additionally the HSSCO Director participates on the Pennsylvania National Center for Professional Development Inclusion Team. Both teams are cross-disciplinary and are striving to consistent approaches regarding inclusion for all Early Care and Education Providers. Information is disseminated annually to all Head Start directors regarding the PA Department of Health Barrier Elimination Grants. Programs can apply for up to $3000 to promote inclusion at their sites.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

No activities reported.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO Director and Project Manager participated on the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) Leadership Team. The team also included Early Intervention, Subsidy, Child Care Certification, Early Learning Services, and PA Pre-K Counts. The OCDEL Leadership Team works to frame a system of early care and education services in Pennsylvania. This system continues its efforts to increase accessible, quality child care, Head Start, early intervention services, voluntary pre-kindergarten, and full-day kindergarten. The team works to better coordinate and integrate these and other related early childhood programs throughout the Commonwealth.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

A success has been the success of the Head Start community in the PA Pre-K Counts initiative. Of the 145 successful applicants, 35 were Head Start and an additional three were listed as partners in this new initiative. The HSSCO Director has been involved in meetings with Higher Education. Pennsylvania has revised its Early Childhood Teacher requirements. The HSSCO Director is involved with a committee that is discussing these changes with the state colleges and the community colleges. The goal is articulation agreements across entities. Related to professional development, Pennsylvania hosts Governor's Institutes for early educators annually. Head Start has been included in these week-long summer professional development opportunities. The Governor's Institute counts as three credits in ECE if follow-up work is completed.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

HSSCO participates in the Family Literacy Consortium, which support programs for English Language Learners. The "One Book" initiative provided books in Spanish to all children identified by the local programs as in need of Spanish-language books.

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How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The HSSCO has accomplished much to be proud of in 2007. As part of the preparation for the refunding application and work plan, the HSSCO and the PHSA have reconvened an ongoing work group to guide activities. Presently the work group is completing a mini-survey of priorities from Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These results will guide the 2008 application and will allow for Head Start community input until the work group has an opportunity to finalize the PA HSSCO Needs Assessment and create the HSSCO strategic plan.

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Rhode Island

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Rhode Island Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) is a charter member of a Pre-kindergarten Exploratory Work Group established in Rhode Island. Members of this group are early childhood, public school, various department leaders, including the Commissioner of Education and the Chairperson of the Board of Higher Education. In April, a consensus was established, and legislation was filed to begin the process of creating a pre-kindergarten system in Rhode Island. The preliminary design calls for Head Start, child care, and school districts to be eligible for recognition as pre-kindergarten sites if they can meet a set of standards currently under development at the Department of Education. The Head Start community is making every effort to align these new standards with the Head Start Program Performance Standards. Already, the Standards are being used as the foundation for Rhode Island's Comprehensive Child Care Networks, created through legislation in 1998. Approximately 350 children in child care have access to a full-range of comprehensive services through this program.

Collaboration Director

lawrence G. Pucciarelli Rhode Island Department of Human Services 600 new london Avenue Child Care Office Cranston, RI 02920 Phone: 401-462-3071 fax: 401-462-6878 lpuc[email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Donalda Carlson Phone: 401- 462-6833 fax: 401-462-6878 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

tom Killmurray ACf Region I JfK Building Government Center Boston, MA 02203 Phone: 401-565-1104 fax: 401-565-2403 [email protected]

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

The HSSCO works closely with the Department of Health

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and other agencies in the promotion of child and family health. The HSSCO continues to serve over 90 percent of the eligible children, despite cutbacks in eligibility.

Oral Health

State-level Improvements in the capacity to provide dental care have been accomplished. Funding for a dental van and the introduction of dental interns to St. Joseph's Hospital have had an impact statewide. Local-level Dental Partnerships: Community Action Programs "The Molar Express" is a mobile van providing services in Rhode Island.

Contact: toni enright, Head Start Director Cranston Community Action Agency (CAA) www.riheadstart.org

St. Joseph Hospital for Specialty Care expanded its capacity to serve low-income children.

Contact: Phone: 401-456-4054 www.specialtycareri.com

Welfare

Welfare benefits and policies are under review as the State moves to close a budget deficit. The Welfare Implementation Task Force meets monthly to advise the Department of Human Services. Efforts are being coordinated to use Head Start family workers and others to provide hands-on information about coming changes in benefits. We have worked closely with departmental administrators to address confidentiality requirements as we move to a new level of partnership.

Child Care

Rhode Island has not filled its child care administrator position. As a result, the HSSCO Director works closely with the Administrator of Family Support Services to ensure the successful operation of a number of quality set-aside programs funded by the Department of Human Services and important to overall goals of the HSSCO. The Quality Rating System (QRS) is in its second year piloting a template for program evaluation. The Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children (RIAEYC) was awarded the grant to implement QRS in Rhode Island. Together with the Department of Health, the HSSCO are funding partners in the Child Care Support Network. The Network provides technical assistance to child care centers, primarily around health issues. The HSSCO has launched a new program that pools health practitioners to be available to centers, especially those centers with infants and toddlers.

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Child care has experienced a decrease in the eligibility threshold for subsidy and the loss of health care supports for employees. Potential future cuts are on the table for 2009. The continuation and strengthening of quality initiatives such as QRS, CCSN, Apprenticeship, Comprehensive Child Care, and the Early Learning Standards Project will require careful analysis and close cooperation among all the players, including the HSSCO.

Education

Prior to the passage of the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, the HSSCO and the Department of Education began a conversation about a possible new governance structure for all early care and education programs, an Early Learning Council. This proposed council would link the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Children, Youth and Families, all of which fund critical activities for young children and their families. The HSSCO anticipates planning for a fall 2008 retreat and council roll-out by January 2009. Early Learning Standards were promulgated in Rhode Island and more than 600 teachers and administrators have been trained, many for credit through this partnership. A SAMSA PEP/PBIS grant to strengthen the mental health supports capacity now includes preschool and Head Start programs, which have been folded into the training.

Community Services

AmeriCorps volunteers located in Providence are attached to Ready to Learn, a community organization. Ready to Learn has a partnership with Providence Head Start, our largest grantee. AmeriCorps volunteers are part of a research project focusing on language and literacy outcomes at Providence Head Start.

Family Literacy Services

In addition to the training partnership between the Department of Human Services and the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE), materials specifically aimed at parents, created by a team which included numerous Head Start parents, have been widely distributed. These Family Fun Activity books are durable, family-friendly, and are keyed to the learning domains. They can be downloaded at www.ride.ri.gov/els.

Services to Children with Disabilities

The HSSCO is on the advisory committee for Project Connect, a Department of Human Services program that creates opportunities for children with disabilities to be placed in child care settings. Medicaid funds are used to hire additional staff and lower ratios.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Homelessness meets monthly in Providence. Families are moved through a series of step-down scenarios toward independence. Family workers have received training, and there are new challenges due to the increasing rate of home foreclosures.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

There are limited opportunities to influence state policies and plans because of the unfavorable economic picture in the State.

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Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The HSSCO is on a very good track to expand the relationship and seamless design of an early care and education system with quality safeguards for the future.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The HSSCO makes every effort to include the needs of Hispanic providers in order to recruit potential family child care providers who can become licensed and deliver quality services. Advocacy organizations, Progresso Latino and the Center for Hispanic Policy and Advocacy (CHisPA) have invited our staff to planning groups and conferences.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The establishment of an Early Learning Council will only be successful if there is wide support for its mission and function. Hopefully, national organizations such as the National Governors Association (NGA) will promote the concept broadly and network with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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South Carolina

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

During the 2007 calendar year, the South Carolina Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) continued membership and work with the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Grant. Progress with at least ten early childhood partners was made in the areas of agreement to support a statewide technical assistance system. This technical assistance system: Ensures training access for staff serving special needs children and their families. Encourages the seven medical home components of pediatric primary care. Supports implementation of a statewide 4K preschool program and the creation of a professional development and family support work plan to ensure Medicaid information. Supports parental knowledge and location of quality child care. Ensures that partners share knowledge of and support the South Carolina Child Care Development Fund's Advocates for Better Care (ABC) program standards. The year ended with a draft of recommendations to be considered for the State ECCS implementation plan. In conjunction with this effort, South Carolina was awarded a $10,000 planning grant from the National Governors Association (NGA) by way of the Buffet Foundation. Head Start and Community Action Agencies (CAA) were included.

Collaboration Director

Mary lynne Diggs South Carolina Department of Social Services 1535 Confederate Ave., 3rd floor Columbia, SC 29202 Phone: 803-898-2550 fax: 803-898-4458 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Kathleen M. Hayes, State Director South Carolina Department of Social Services P.O. Box 1520 Columbia, SC 29202 Phone: 803-898-7360 fax: 803-898-7277 [email protected] (leigh Bolick, State Child Care Administrator-Immediate Supervisor)

ACF Regional Contact

Bobby Griffin ACf Region IV 61 forsyth Street SW, Suite 4M60 Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404-562-2874 fax: 404-562-2983 [email protected] Beverly A. taylor Head Start Program Specialist Health and Disabilities Services 61 forsyth Street SW, Suite 4M60 Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404-562-2847 fax: 404-562-2982 [email protected]

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The HSSCO Director was a speaker at the kick-off breakfast featuring Dan Pederson of the Buffet Foundation. South Carolina continues to maintain a set-aside in the State Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) fund. As a result of an August training session, 15 of the 21 grantees became eligible to serve children through a wrap-around. From October 1, 2006, to September 30, 2007, South Carolina Head Start grantees expended $594,697 of the $1.4 million set-aside. In November, in partnership with the South Carolina Community Action Partnership, the South Carolina Head Start Association (SCHSA), and the South Carolina CAA Directors Association, the HSSCO participated in negotiations for a new agreement with the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS), addressing the usage of the CCDF set-aside as well as the roles and responsibilities of noted partners. During 2007, South Carolina pre-kindergarten was administered based on a two-year proviso affecting 38 of the 85 school district service areas, focusing on children at the 185 percent poverty level or below. South Carolina pre-kindergarten services can be accessed through public school expansion or through South Carolina First Steps for School Readiness. Eight South Carolina grantees are affected by the proviso. Head Start is approved as a public school expansion and a private-setting provider. Five South Carolina Head Start grantees participated. A January 2008 report from the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee will identify the numbers of children served, as well as how much of the State allocated $23 million was expended. The HSSCO staff, Head Start leadership, and other early care partners have been included in a South Carolina Senate Select Committee. This committee focuses on the expansion and statewide service legislation. A milestone event was a two-day retreat in September that included Head Start directors, Head Start executive directors (CAA directors), grantee fiscal officers, and 4K implementation partners. The focus was fiscal implementation of 4K. This event was made possible by the Office of Head Start 4K supplemental funds. The HSSCO also participated in and hosted the Director of the Office of Early Childhood and the President of the State Head Start Association at the National Collaboration Network 4K Partners Meeting in Washington, per supplemental funds.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

During 2007, the HSSCO in partnership with the South Carolina Head Start Health Network completed an Asthma 101 train-the-trainer initiative. The trainers from the South Carolina Lung Association trained South Carolina Head Start health coordinators. Twenty grantees were represented. Trainees received 4.5 child care licensing training hours. The 2007-08 plan includes accessing implementation materials for each South Carolina Head Start center. South Carolina Head Start moved forward with the South Carolina Obesity Prevention Efforts (SCOPE) partnership by responding to the State goal of 20 percent of child care centers by 2007 participating in the Color Me Healthy train-the-trainer series. In 2007, seven grantees participated in training and have implemented the curriculum that utilizes music and senses exploration to teach children that health, food, and physical activity can be fun. This initiative is funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and material purchase expansion through Blue Cross Blue Shield. The State Department of Health and Environmental Control is the lead partner.

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Consistent with the Region IV Office of Head Start's obesity focus, the HSSCO, along with representatives from two Head Start grantees and Region IV Head Start technical assistance staff, received intense training to implement I Am Moving, I Am Learning. Similar to Color Me Healthy, this initiative focuses on movement for children, teachers, staff, and family. Both initiatives were highlighted during the October Head Start Association/Health Network, Collaboration Office Oral Health Summit as a nutrition focus. In addition, I Am Moving, I Am Learning was introduced to the South Carolina Head Start/CAA community as a part of the fall managers' training. Upon recommendation from the HSSCO, all South Carolina Head Start statewide events begin and end with I Am Moving, I Am Learning activities, including line dances. Students and teachers from the two Region IV designated grantees introduced activities to the more than 1,200 attendees at the October Head Start Awareness Day in Columbia. The SCHSA has implemented health walks and a weigh down competition where staff are recognized at the two statewide training conferences. The HSSCO partnered to access seven scholarships for the March 30 statewide conference, "Changing the Shape of South Carolina." Presentations focused on approaches to combating obesity and advocating for food/nutrition policy implementation. The American Heart Association joined SCORE program partners for this event. All of the activities noted above are in line with working to change South Carolina's ranking as 6th in the nation in obesity.

Oral Health

The HSSCO continues to work toward the goal of assisting and encouraging Head Start programs to continue quality health services through coalitions and partnerships. One objective includes implementation of the South Carolina Oral Health Plan. The 2007 activities included continued membership in the State Oral Health Coalition. Further efforts included accessing oral health training for each of the two South Carolina Head Start training conferences, as well as accessing training opportunities for the initiative at partner conferences ­ the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (SCAEYC), grandparents summits, and Head Start Awareness Day. In partnership with the South Carolina Dental Association (SCDA), 2007 Oral Heath Awareness posters were distributed to all South Carolina Head Start centers for children's dental health month, along with participation in the February cavity-free month activities. In addition, the HSSCO partnered with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Voices for South Carolina's Children, and the SCDA to sponsor the South Carolina Seventh Annual Oral Health Forum, May 31-June 1, 2007. The more than 100 attendees assisted with focus groups affecting the early childhood social marketing section of the Oral Health State Plan and critiqued a rural health documentary produced by the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health. Other topics included oral health for children with special health care needs and oral cancer and tobacco cessation. The HSSCO partnered with the SCHSA to access supplemental funding from Region IV. The funds allowed for parenting materials, classroom kits of mouth models, timers, dental health books, laminated first aid sheets, Flora and Floppy Go to the Dentist videos and coloring books, oral health stickers, large puppets, and toothbrushes. Head Start classes from around the State traveled to Columbia's EdVenture Children's Museum to view the exhibit From Brushes to Bristles made available through the American Dental Association's Harris Award. Head Start is included in SCDA's yearly Harris Award submission.

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Welfare

The present host agency, the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) is dedicated to Administration for Children and Families-funded programs. The placement provides opportunities for welfare issues.

Child Care

The first section of this report noted the ongoing partnership through CCDF. During 2007, 14 grantees provided wrap-around services to 467 children. This is a 40% increase in grantee participation and a more than 50% increase in the number of children linked since 2006. South Carolina Head Start programs continue to lead in National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation (NAEYC) in South Carolina. Seventy Head Start centers have achieved this status and will continue to be considered at the top tier of the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECCERS) driven top tier under the CCDF rating system. There are just fewer than 130 NAEYC centers in the State. The HSSCO and the SCHSA continue to partner and encourage the NAEYC centers, through technical assistance and scholarships. The HSSCO was co-sponsor for a presentation by Dr. Wendy Valerio at the SCAEYC conference in October. The presentation focused on approaches through music. Work continues to embrace the unfolding South Carolina Technical Assistance Program for Preschoolers (TAP). Four Head Start staffers wear the TAP pen, signifying 15 field hours beyond a required graduate course and are available to assist the early care community. Head Start programs had access to the five domestic violence trainings across the State for child care centers offered through a grant to the University of South Carolina. More than 30 Head Start staff received training in 2007.

Education

The HSSCO Director continues to serve on the TEACH Advisory Council. Head Start received 136 scholarships during 2007, including 17 for the B.A. level. After three submissions, South Carolina is one of four entities in the nation, to receive the U.S. Department of Education's grant focusing on teacher mentoring. Head Start is a leading partner in the "Bridges" grant. The HSSCO continues partnerships with the Child Care Quality section of CCDF, as well as the McKinneyVento Homeless Education Office, offering graduate credit and teacher re-certification opportunities. A total of 19 Head Start staff received the scholarships focused on infant toddler or serving homeless children. The South Carolina Early Learning Standards were rolled out September 25-26. Sixty Centers for Child Care Career Development (CCCD) certified trainers shared the good news. The Standards, a part of No Child Left Behind, the Good Start/Grow Smart section, include training guides and videos. The HSSCO has been part of this learning and development project for five years. Early care partners pooled time, talent, and resources. Seven Head Start staff persons along with the two Head Start technical assistance specialists are trainers. Both state-level Head Start training meetings served as overview opportunities. Each director and each Head Start education coordination received copies of the Standards in preparation for classroom training and implementation in 2008.

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Community Services

As shared yearly, 98 percent of the South Carolina Head Start grantees are sponsored by Community Action Agencies. The HSSCO is part of a planning team with the South Carolina Community Action Partnership Office (State Head Start Association and CAA Associations headquarters) along with the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). The team assists in planning a fall managers' training and joint spring conferences. In addition, efforts are underway for a joint technology system. The South Carolina Head Start Collaboration Committee is chaired by a CAA Executive Director. The OEO director and the HSSCO access professional development opportunities for each other.

Family Literacy Services

The National Head Start Family Literacy Center at Sonoma State University provided training and information during the spring all-state conference. Parents were included in this training. Another literacy focus was the HSSCO's inclusion in the SCAEYC conference. A relationship has been forged with the State Library, including co-sponsorship of the November celebration of National Family Literacy Week. With the assistance of Kohl's Department stores, hardback books and plush stuffed animals were made available to education coordinators for the literacy week events.

Services to Children with Disabilities

The HSSCO co-sponsored the attendance of the two South Carolina Head Start Resource and Training Specialists to the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPCDI) training in Chapel Hill. This is in preparation of the South Carolina's submission for state technical assistance. The HSSCO partnered with resource specialists for an autism track at the fall managers' training. Head Start technical assistance staff assisted with the social and emotional video production of the South Carolina Early Learning Standards. Head Start Social and Emotional Performance Standards were adopted for this statewide effort. After more than four years of efforts, education and Head Start came to the table to work toward an updated disabilities transition agreement. A Summer 2008 target date is awaited.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

All statewide Head Start trainings and activities include updates from the South Carolina McKinney-Vento Office. The HSSCO partnered with the Association to access 11 scholarships to the March 1 Connecting the Pieces McKinney-Vento Conference focusing on the causes of poverty, issues around unaccompanied youth and preschool homeless issues. Community services staff were included. In addition, seven staffers received scholarships for the summer course, Promoting School Success in Homeless and Other High-Risk Students. The HSSCO and the SCHSA extended access to in-kind contributions from the Cooperative Ministries to the Children's Garden, a child care center for homeless children. In addition, the HSSCO accessed assistance from the South Carolina Federation of Women and Girls' Clubs to join the SCHSA in assisting the Family Shelter, Inc., a family transition program. Federation members provided toothbrushes and toothpaste, and Head Start provided oral health kits.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO has worked to ensure the SCHSA's voice in legislative planning meetings and hearings around 4K. The HSSCO continues to yield its voting seat on the Child Care Coordinating Council to the SCHSA. The Head Start Health Network is represented on the State Oral Health Coalition. The Collaboration advisory group meets on a regular basis, reviews grant progress, and participates in formulating the direction of the Collaboration grant. The HSSCO Director provides updates at Head Start Association meetings, directors' forums, and the CAA directors' meetings.

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Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The HSSCO partnered with the SCHSA for a fall Hispanic/Latino conference. In addition to serving as a co-sponsor, the HSSCO presented sessions on the history and purpose of Head Start, and provided in-kind items from Kohl's Department stores for literacy activities. The HSSCO also presented during the South Carolina Commission on Minority Affairs Hispanic/Latino conference. The HSSCO accessed awareness training for statewide conferences focusing on interpreting verses translation. The National Migrant Collaboration Office continues to assist with statewide programs in an effort to further involve Migrant Head Start. The HSSCO Director accompanied the Migrant Collaboration Director on site visits in the State.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

All of the above descriptions of the HSSCO's activities are consistent with the approved South Carolina Head Start Collaboration grant.

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South Dakota

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Goal 1 To promote the development of access to comprehensive services through quality Head Start programs by supporting Head Start quality improvement efforts. Outcomes Early Learning Guidelines (ELGs) were presented and discussed during workshop sessions at the State No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Conference sponsored by the Department of Education ­ Title programs. The participants included Local Education Agencies (LEAs) staff, including teachers and administrators. Work continues to complete additional materials to supplement the Early Learning Guidelines. These items include ELG posters for each domain and a calendar coordinated with activities related to the ELGs. The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) Director assisted with plans for professional development through the University of South Dakota and regional ECEs (through Child Care Services) by notifying grantees of the training and providing feedback to the coordinator in Child Care Services on how many Head Start staff will be participating. The HSSCO Director attended a policy discussion that was part of the Early Childhood Summit. The National Governors Association awarded South Dakota a grant for an Early Childhood Summit that is part of the work of the 2010E (Starting Strong) initiative. The HSSCO Director also attended the

Collaboration Director

Steph lebeda South Dakota Department of education Office of educational Services and Support 700 Governors Drive Pierre, SD 57501 Phone: 605-773-4640 fax: 605-773-3782 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Janet Ricketts Phone: 605-773-4689 fax: 605-773-3782 [email protected]e.sd.us

ACF Regional Contact

Ross Weaver ACf Region VIII 1961 Stout Street 9th floor Denver, CO 80294 Phone: 303-844-1154 fax: 303-844-3642 [email protected]

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Pre-kindergarten Summit. The HSSCO Director assisted in providing information to the coordinator of the Early Childhood Summit to invite participation of all Head Start directors in this meeting. Several Head Start/Early Head Start directors/representatives attended the meeting and provided valuable input to planning future legislation and collaborations. The HSSCO Director met with TA Specialists to continue working on the Medicaid Agreement process. Contacts have been made with staff in the Department of Social Services to resume the process for the Medicaid work group.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Goal 3 To create linkages with a more coordinated approach to planning and service delivery in child care, welfare, health care, education, community service activities, family literacy services, activities related to children with disabilities, and services for homeless children in order to strengthen and support South Dakota's families. Outcomes Planning had begun to reconvene the South Dakota Early Childhood Council. This was put on hold pending reauthorization. Discussions have begun within the Department of Education regarding the State Advisory Councils as defined in reauthorization. Some information has been shared within the State through various reports and discussions. South Dakota has been offered technical assistance connected to Pre-K Now, and the HSSCO Director participated in a conversation with the consultant to South Dakota and the Deputy Secretary of Education regarding the State Advisory Council and how it may evolve in the State.

Health Care

The HSSCO Director participates in the Oral Health Steering Committee meetings to work on improved oral health services for low-income families across the State. The South Dakota Dental Association has received a new grant to fund a second mobile dental unit with funds to pilot a voucher program for children whose dental work cannot be completed in the care mobile and must be treated at a dental office. The HSSCO Director, as well as many program representatives, also participates in the Region VIII monthly mental health calls/discussions. The HSSCO Director met with the State Agencies and Head Start to discuss a collaborative agreement between Medicaid and Head Start programs for improved coordinated Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) services. Final agreement is pending.

Oral Health

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South Dakota Oral Health Coalition Steering Committee Paul Knecht, Executive Director South Dakota Dental Association P.O. Box 1194 Pierre, SD 57501 Phone: 605-224-9133

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The Head Start programs complete quarterly oral health activity reports as part of the participation with the South Dakota Dental Association. These reports are sent to and compiled by the South Dakota Head Start Association (SDHSA) and distributed to the Oral Health Coalition. The information is used by various entities. Through a grant, a Ronald McDonald Dental Care Mobile was purchased and travels throughout the State. Dentists and other staff volunteer their time to provide services to children. This is a joint venture between Delta Dental of South Dakota and the South Dakota Dental Association, coordinated by Delta Dental of South Dakota. This past year, more grant funding was awarded to allow the purchase of a second dental mobile. This second mobile is expected to be ready in Fall 2008. It will expand services to treat some adults as well. Local-level Below is a sample of programs that provided information on their partnerships. A more detailed listing can be found at the end of this report. Interlakes Community Action Head Start Dr. Speiker and Dr. Hattervig provide free initial exams for Hutterite children, apply fluoride varnish, and order it for the rest of the year. Dr. Speiker and Dr. Crump educate families in oral health by speaking in the classroom and at parent meetings. The HSSCO uses the Care Mobile with a different dentist each time. We also work with the South Dakota Oral Health Strategies Coalition and with Delta Dental. Dr. Crump's dental hygienist will also be educating staff on the use of the oral health education flip chart. Drs. Hanson, Elpert, Schuurmanns, Crump, and Hattervig all are on our Health Advisory and help with education of children and parents. Oglala Lakota College Head Start/Early Head Start The Oglala Lakota College Head Start Program has a partnership with the Indian Health Service Dental Clinic through Delores Starr, whose position is partially funded through the Head Start Program with Indian Health Services (IHS), along with the IHS dental program's employees, Nicole Glines and Amy Dayhoff. They have gone into the centers to apply the fluoride varnishes and complete dental screenings. We also partner with the Healthy Smiles Program, which is a Tribal program through the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman's Health Board. Oahe Child Development Center Head Start/Early Head Start Eight local dentists provide in-kind services for children's initial exam at Head Start. Sioux Falls Head Start Sioux Falls Head Start partnered with the Care Mobile and the University of South Dakota Dental Hygiene Program (dental varnish and education). The Head Start program has worked with the University of South Dakota student nurses, who have provided dental education in classrooms. The program also partners with Sioux River Community Health, which reserves dental days for Head Start exams and treatment. The Children's Dental Center is represented on the Health Services Advisory. Youth and Family Services The Ronald McDonald Care Dental Care Mobile visits the site twice a year. Volunteer dentists treat children, including those in Youth and Family Services Area dentists also volunteer to see children on Give Kids a Smile Day.

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Additional information The HSSCO serves as the liaison between the South Dakota Dental Association (which through a Wellmark grant provides oral health supplies to local programs) and the Oral Health Coordinator with the South Dakota Department of Health and local programs. The HSSCO Director is a member of the South Dakota Oral Health Coalition and the Steering Committee.

Welfare

The South Dakota Head Start Association is revising the Resource Directory for all programs. It is located on the South Dakota Head Start Association Web site. The HSSCO Director is a member of the Statewide Advisory Board for the South Dakota Parent Information Resource Center. This is a newly formed group that is looking at ways to get parents more involved in their children's education, among other areas. Per the agreement between the HSSCO and the Department of Social Services (DSS), current data regarding eligible participants are shared with appropriate programs as requested. Head Start recruitment flyers were published and inserted in Food Stamps and TANF mailings.

Child Care

This was a topic for one of the Networking Sessions coordinated with the SDHSA meetings. The HSSCO Director has been in contact with the State Child Care Administrator. Discussions will continue. The HSSCO Director participated in the South Dakota Alliance for Children work group/meeting.

Education

Expanding and Improving Education Opportunities in Early Childhood Programs. Early Learning Guidelines were presented and discussed during workshop sessions at the State NCLB Conference sponsored by the Department of Education -- Title programs. The participants included LEA staff, including teachers and administrators. Work continues to complete additional materials to supplement the Early Learning Guidelines. These items include ELG posters for each domain and a calendar coordinated with activities related to the Early Learning Guidelines. Plans for professional development continue through the University of South Dakota and regional ECEs (through Child Care Services).

Community Services

The SDHSA developed a resource directory of services. It is being revised to be able to sort information by county.

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Family Literacy Services

A proposal was written with collaboration between Special Education 619 Coordinator, Child Care Services and the HSSCO Director on statewide technical assistance for early literacy interventions. Notification was received that South Dakota will be receiving this. This will come through the Center for Early Literacy and Learning (CELL) which is funded through a grant from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The technical assistance will be at no cost to the State, and a resource team (including Head Start staff ) will be formed to determine the statewide needs of the partners. Head Start programs continue to partner with Even Start Family Literacy programs in communities that have Even Start programs. Typically, Head Start provides quality early childhood services for the preschool-age child and jointly plans parenting education for parents.

Services to Children with Disabilities

The agreement was completed. Plans are currently underway to revisit and continue a previous discussion on coordination and transition with Head Starts and LEAs.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

A meeting was held regarding the State's homeless families, including those who receive Head Start services. The intended outcome is to strengthen the statewide system of support for homeless families among the several agencies working with these families. Work continues in this area.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Goal 2 To maintain the structure of collaborative policy making, resource planning, coalition building and information exchange among Head Start, state and Federal programs serving young children and their families and across the broader early childhood system, in order to improve and expand services of low-income children served in Head Start, child care, and other state programs and initiatives. Outcomes The Head Start Fact Sheets for Health and Family Services are completed. They have received positive response from organizations and agencies across the State. They are also posted on the SDHSA Web site as well as the Kids Count Web site through the University of South Dakota. Statewide PIR information was reviewed and distributed for inclusion in the Annual Head Start Profile. The Head Start Association updated and printed a program information brochure and distributed it to the South Dakota Legislature and the public. The HSSCO Director maintained ongoing contact and communication with the Head Start Association by attending its board meetings. The HSSCO Director continued to represent Head Start on various committees or work groups as requested.

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Since the beginning of May 2006, the HSSCO Director has worked to build and maintain relationships with Head Start programs. The HSSCO Director participated in the joint Region VII and Region XI South Dakota Head Start Directors' Meeting and the Northern Plains Tribal Head Start Directors' Meeting (South Dakota, Nebraska, and North Dakota Region XI directors). A series of Round Tables was planned and will be continued. The participation has increased from directors, and both Region VIII and Region XI directors have expressed an interest in continuing these meetings. The meetings are proving to be beneficial to all attending.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines were translated into Spanish and are available online in Spanish.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

Efforts to meet with the Region XI directors have proved successful. All directors have been supportive and try to make the outreach contacts as well. The follow-up meeting (to the January Partners and Pre-kindergarten meeting January 2007) was successful. Discussion included a more focused approach for South Dakota's Children's Cabinet to take. A more focused direction for the Starting Strong group is one outcome of this ongoing activity. The Medicaid work group (the DSS and the Medicaid Director) is working to correct issues from their Federal review. The final draft is awaiting changes based on this.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services Janet Coscarelli, Director of the Tennessee Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO), is on the Executive Advisory Board and Planning Committee of the Tennessee Early Childhood Comprehensive Services (ECCS) project and participates in all meetings. The ECCS project is funded to the Maternal and Child Health section of the Tennessee Department of Health. ECCS's project goals and objectives are in keeping with the medical, dental, and mental health Head Start Program Performance Standards. Coscarelli and Lesa Byrum, the previous ECCS Director, participated in the National Head Start/ECCS meeting in January 2007 and presented two papers, Work with Children's Cabinets and Governor's Task Forces and Assuring a Medical and Dental Home for Every Young Child. Both presentations were well-received and encouraged good discussion for participants. Coscarelli works cooperatively with the newly appointed director, Rosie Wooten, in meeting ECCS responsibilities. Tennessee Pre-kindergarten Many Head Start programs are collaborating and partnering with Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to increase enrollment in quality early childhood pre-kindergarten programs. Total funding for state pre-kindergarten programs is $85M ($60M from the State and $25M from excess lottery funds). Out of the 137 Tennessee LEAs, 136 have pre-kindergarten classrooms resulting in 934 classrooms statewide. Tennessee Head Start programs lead the state in providing classroom opportunities for pre-kindergarten; 62 percent of the pre-kindergarten classrooms not in LEAs are in Head Start.

Collaboration Director

Janet Coscarelli Andrew Johnson tower 9th floor 710 James Robertson Parkway nashville, tn 37243 Phone: 615-741-4849 fax: 615-532-4989 [email protected] www.tnheadstart.org

Lead Agency Contact

Bobbi lussier, Executive Director Office of early learning tennessee Department of education Phone: 615-253-3167 fax: 615-532-4989 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Marsha lawrence ACf Region IV Regional Program Manager 61 forsyth Street, Suite 4M60 Atlanta GA 30303 Phone: 404-562-2841 fax: 404-562-2982 [email protected] Bobby Griffin, Branch Manager State Collaboration Office Contact [email protected] Gail Maynard Program Specialist State Representative for tennessee [email protected]

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The HSSCO Director was appointed to the State PreK Advisory Coalition (SPAC), an advisory group that advises Department of Education Office of Early Learning on the statewide operation of the pre-kindergarten program. SPAC has been expanded to become the State Advisory Council specified in the new Head Start Act. Seven Head Start program directors have been appointed to SPAC. They represent urban, rural, suburban, and Hispanic settings. SPAC held its first meeting on January 9, 2007. The Tennessee HSSCO cosponsored with the Department of Education, Office of Early Learning, PreK Alliance and Pre-K Now, the 2nd Annual Early Childhood Summit Collaboration Conference on May 3-4, 2007, with more than 600 participants. Carmen Bovell, of the Office of Head Start, was invited to speak at the conference and made a presentation to the group on Head Start policy and its commitment to quality early childhood programming. Atlanta Region IV Head Start program specialist Gail Maynard also attended.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Tennessee has a statewide health system called TennCare. The 2006-07 Program Information Report (PIR) revealed outstanding accomplishments in health for Tennessee's Head Start programs with 99% of children having an ongoing medical home, 93% having appropriate immunizations for their age, and 86% having an ongoing source of continuous, accessible dental care. CoverTN and CoverKids are new state health insurance plans for adults and children that can help families not eligible for TennCare. CoverKids uses State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) monies for health care, including oral health care for children birth to 18. Oral health care was added through legislation in 2007. The HSSCO Director advocated with state legislators for this oral health inclusion in the State plan. Tennessee received a $5,000 grant from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) to hold an Oral Health Dental Forum in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Health, Oral Health Services; TennCare Oral Health Division; and the Tennessee Head Start Association (THSA). The Oral Health Forum was conducted in concert with the annual Tennessee Dental Association conference May 17-18, 2007 in Nashville. The full-day forum had 75 dentists in attendance with several signing onto TennCare contracts to accept TennCare patients.

Oral Health

State-level

Statewide Oral Health Sub-Committee Contact: Jacqueline Clouse tennessee early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and treatment (ePSDt) Coordinator for Doral Dental tennCare Oral Health Advisory Board Contact: Jim Gillcrist

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Local-level All Head Start programs have contacts with dentists in local areas to provide oral dental services to children. Tennessee Head Start programs have remarkable oral health data. Additional Information The HSSCO Director participates on the statewide Oral Health Sub-Committee, which was a by-product of the Tennessee Head Start Oral Health Forum, funded by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and held in May 2007. Jacqueline Clouse, Tennessee EPSDT for Doral Dental is the chairperson for this sub-committee that meets on a regular basis. Doral Dental administers the TennCare statewide oral health program. The sub-committee recently held a full-day meeting with professionals interested in quality oral health services to children and young adults and able to influence oral health policies and pending state legislation.

Welfare

TANF and child care funding will probably be cut based on current Federal allocations. To date, the TANF Reauthorization Bill has not been signed, so final state allocations are uncertain. The HSSCO was a co-sponsor of the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare annual conference on April 3-5, 2007, held in Nashville with approximately 400 participants. This event provided training and technical assistance to Head Start staff and others in the social service arena.

Child Care

The Tennessee Department of Human Services for the past six years has administered the Infant-Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITERS) and Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) for all licensed child care centers in the State. Scoring is on a STAR rating system with a 3-star rating as the highest. Head Start classrooms are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and consistently score in the 3-STAR level, with approximately 90 percent of the Head Start classrooms scoring at the 3-STAR level. The HSSCO and the Department of Education Office of Early Learning and the Office of Safe School held a joint train-the-trainer session on child safety using the Talk About Touching curriculum; 38 prekindergarten and Head Start staff attended. This training session has sparked the utilization of this curriculum in all pre-kindergarten classrooms and Head Start programs. The HSSCO was a co-sponsor of the 5th Annual Leadership Conference for Early Childhood Professionals on June 29-30, 2007, in Memphis, with approximately 250 participants. This event provided professional training for participants and focused primarily on staff working with children birth to five. The HSSCO Director serves on the Advisory Board for the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Child Care Referral and Resource Centers that provides training and technical assistance to child care centers and Head Start programs across the State.

Education

Advancement in the Tennessee public education system has been a cornerstone in Gov. Phil Bredesen's administration with pre-kindergarten education as a highlight. Currently 934 pre-kindergarten classrooms are

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operational across the state, with Head Start programs being the primary partner. The Tennessee pre-kindergarten budget is at $85M with a possible increase of $25M for 2008. The Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards (ELDS) are being implemented in the pre-kindergarten classrooms; staff development is being implemented in using the ELDS document in the classroom. ELDS is in keeping with the Head Start Program Performance Standards, so compliance for Head Starts and pre-kindergartens in partnership is easy. The HSSCO Director serves on the Advisory Board of the Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children (TAEYC), a statewide group of professionals serving young children. TAEYC is the state arm for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Community Services

Head Start has always been a community-based organization that revolves around community needs. Activities that involve families have been important for the HSSCO. Each year, the Week of the Young Child (WOYC) has been a unified event in Nashville, spearheaded by the Nashville Area Association for the Education of Young Children. The HSSCO has always been an active co-sponsor of the WOYC event. The HSSCO also participates and helps in co-sponsoring Children's Advocacy Days (CAD), a legislative event for advocates to meet legislators and discuss state issues prevailing in the State Legislature. The HSSCO Director participated in the Children's Advocacy Days held March 13-14, 2007. CAD is a "Day on the Hill" for advocates to meet legislators and discuss prevailing bills being considered for passage. Advocating for inclusion of oral health dental care in CoverKids, the state-level insurance plan was a priority. The HSSCO Director participated in the Week of the Young Child and served on the overall Planning Committee and the Cultural Diversity Sub-Committee. WOYC events were held April 2-7, 2007.

Family Literacy Services

Increasing literacy skills for children is high focus in Tennessee through the Governor's Books From Birth Foundation that distributes the Imagination Library throughout the State, county-by-county. Gov. Bredesen, through the Dolly Parton Foundation, has created a partnership that seeks to bring the joy of appropriate books to every child, age birth to five in the State. Membership in the Imagination Library provides an ageappropriate book that arrives in the mail each month to each registered child. All 95 Tennessee counties are involved in Imagination Library. Head Start program staff register Head Start children and siblings into the Imagination Library upon initial contact and have been instrumental in making Imagination Library successful across the State. The HSSCO Director serves on the Even Start Advisory Council. Even Start, funded through the U.S. Department of Education, promotes family literacy in children, birth to seven. Many Head Start programs collaborate with Even Start centers. Continued Federal funding for Even Start programs is uncertain at this time.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Tennessee's Program Information Report (PIR) data for 2005-06 indicated that of the funded enrollment of 16,397 children in Head Start, 13.2% (2,180) had diagnosed disabilities recognized by the Local Education

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Agencies (LEAs) for services. Of the 2,180 children with disabilities, only 1,107 had the diagnosed disability coming into Head Start. The remaining 1,073 children (51%) were identified in Head Start as having a disability due to the comprehensive and thorough screening and assessment procedures completed by Head Start programs. This collaboration assists LEAs in meeting the Federal requirement of child find implementation that is part of the Special Education Act. A Memorandum of Agreement between Head Start and Tennessee Department of Education/Special Education has been signed. It was distributed to all Head Start programs, LEA special education sections, and signatory parties. The Tennessee Department of Education/Special Education's program, Tennessee Early Intervention Services, which is Part C of the Special Education Act, has gone through a comprehensive review by an outside consulting firm for management and fiscal integrity. A Core Team was appointed to assist and spearhead the review; the HSSCO Director served on the Core Team. Significant changes in policy, management, and personnel in the program were started in September 2007. As a result, services to children with disabilities have become more uniform and consistent statewide, with reliable data being collected. Contracts for services are now uniform with a consistent fee basis statewide.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

The HSSCO Director was appointed to serve on the Advisory Board of the Interagency Council on Homelessness, which was established by Gov. Bredesen in 2004. This council meets on a quarterly basis.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO Director participates on numerous boards, Steering Committees, task forces, and committees that are detailed within the text of this document. Serving on these entities allows the HSSCO Director to provide input into policies, plans, legislation, processes, and decisions that benefit young children.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The actual number of collaborative partnerships between Head Start and State pre-kindergarten in implementing pre-kindergarten classrooms increased significantly during 2007. Most of the classrooms not in LEA buildings are located in Head Start facilities. Tennessee was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors to conduct an Oral Health Forum. The HSSCO Director wrote the grant in cooperation with the Tennessee Head Start Association and worked with Region IV oral health dentist consultant, E. Joseph Alderman.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Worked cooperatively with the Telamon Corporation, located in Knoxville, that manages the Migrant Head Start program throughout Tennessee. Telamon staff is included in all Head Start activities supported by the HSSCO. Assisted and co-sponsored with the Tennessee Head Start Association the Latino Summer Institute on June 4-6, 2007, in Nashville. Presenters included Luis Hernandez, Laura Ashkazari, Maria Clara Mejia, and Carmencita Espada speaking on language development for ELL children, cultural sensitivity, internal and institutional biases, and health care for Latino families.

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Participated on boards, task forces, committees. This participation allowed the HSSCO Director to encourage that all informational documents for families to be translated in Spanish for clarity. How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year? Activities for 2008 will remain similar as 2007 with the implementation of more partnerships with early childhood pre-kindergarten programs being paramount. The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 has given the HSSCO several new responsibilities in addition to responsibilities outlined in the original RFP. New responsibilities will be incorporated into existing work plan and time table for completion.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Texas Head Start-State Collaboration Office's (HSSCO) accomplishments in early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children, to include a description of support to Head Start/child care/pre-kindergarten collaborations, with connections to the Five-Year Approach and Plan of Action, follows:s In Texas, the HSSCO continues to focus on providing seamless, integrated services that address all of the Head Start/Early Head Start priorities. The HSSCO believes that providing for Head Start/Early Head Start children and families in Texas will benefit all low-income children and families in the State. Consequently, Texas' answer to providing the best education possible for all children, is demonstrated through the Texas Early Education Model (TEEM). Priority Area 1: Collaboration Objective: Strengthen communication to enhance collaborations through TEEM, mandated by HB 76 and HB 23 to integrate Head Start programs, child care programs, and public schools. All Head Start programs have been visited to date, with the exception of 20, which will be visited in 2008. Priority Area 3: Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten Objective: Education Standards -- Increase collaboration and integration to strengthen partnerships among Head Start, Child Care and pre-kindergarten. Head Start program directors were encouraged to learn more about the process of strengthening their ability to engage the expansion dollars with pre-k programs through collaborations.

Collaboration Director

Dorothy J. Calhoun, ed.D. Children's learning Institute (ClI) university of texas Health Science Center 7000 fannin Street, Suite 2355 Houston, tX 77030 Phone: 713-500-3835 fax: 713-500-0386 [email protected] Http://cli.uth.tmc.edu/thssco www.uth.tmc.edu/tececds

Lead Agency Contact

Susan H. landry, Ph.D., Director Children's learning Institute university of texas Health Science Center 7000 fannin Street, Suite 2300 Houston, tX 77030 Phone: 713-500-3710 fax: 713-500-3705 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Shannon Hills, MPA ACf Region VI 1301 Young Street, Room 925 B Dallas, tX 75202 Phone: 214-767-2796 fax: 214-767-2038 [email protected]

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Brief Update on TEEM: The Texas Early Education Model (TEEM) School Readiness Project is in its 5th year of implementation. The project has grown from 110 classrooms during the pilot year to more than 2,600 classrooms this school year. The model has demonstrated that community partnerships can successfully collaborate across service delivery models and that Head Start, Title I pre-kindergarten classrooms, and Texas-licensed child care providers can come together and work collaboratively to support the most at-risk children in a community. Various agencies have taken the lead within each of the 38 community partnerships, including several large child care providers, Head Start agencies, school districts, and education service centers. Through these collaborations, the Texas State Center for Early Childhood Development (SCECD) has worked to support these integration efforts and to identify the barriers to continued efforts to better sustain these partnerships. As legislation is crafted for the next legislative session, the SCECD hopes to inform policymakers around these identified barriers so that state agencies and organizations can continue to work to better serve the needs of the State's growing at-risk population of 3- and 4-year-olds, their families, and their teachers. The TEEM Project has continued to support a model of cognitive instruction that encompasses the professional development of teachers; their planning of instruction based on feedback from student observation and assessment conducted on a handheld device; and the implementation of a curriculum and instructional activities designed to accelerate the literacy and language development of young children. Findings from the first two years of the study can be found in an article entitled "An Experimental Study Evaluating a State Funded Pre-Kindergarten Program: Bringing Together Subsidized Childcare, Public School, and Head Start," written by Dr. Susan Landry, Ph. D., the Director of the Children's Learning Institute and the TEEM School Readiness Project, and others, at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. The article can be found online at: http://cli.uth.tmc.edu/documents/TEEM-2year.pdf. During the third year of the TEEM Project, the Texas Legislature supported the development of a Webbased system to certify school readiness. The SCECD has worked, using the TEEM classrooms and volunteer sites across the State, to help design and test the system. The design allows a school to describe in some detail the educational experiences of teachers and the school in which they teach and work. Student information is collected in such a way that the system is able to locate the children the following year in kindergarten and obtain their beginning of the year reading screening scores from the Texas Primary Reading Inventory or its Spanish version, the TejasLEE. Working to certify some 483 classrooms in the pilot year, this year's potential for certifying classrooms is over 2,500. As pre-kindergarten sites are entering data into the system, they are capturing data on all preschool classrooms so that the system certifies at the building or site level next year, achieving its goal of certifying at the site level. As more early care and education providers become aware of the system and the potential for certification as a Texas School Ready! Site, interest is growing in the system. Sites within Texas that are interested in learning more about the Texas School Readiness Certification System can access information at the following link: http://cli.uth.tmc.edu/our-programs/program-overview/TX-school-ready/default.html Priority Area 2: Children with Disabilities Objective: Continue encouraging all programs to improve service to children with disabilities through the Raising Texas State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (SECCS) Grant, Texas Association for Infant Mental Health (TAIMH), Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Agency.

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Meetings initiated by the HSSCO with the Region VI Disabilities Content Specialist, the Office of Head Start, the T/TA Council Representative, ECI, Texas Migrant/Seasonal Representative and Texas Head Start Association. The new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was completed and signed by representatives from the Department of Assistive Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Regions VI and XII Office of Head Start, Texas Head Start Association, and Texas Migrant Council, Inc. The revised MOU will available to Early Head Start personnel in early 2008. Priority Area 4: State-Level Representative Objective: Increase representation of Head Start issues to related state agencies.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

The results of the Texas Head Start Save Our Smiles oral health project, which was supported by Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Dental Association, Texas Dental Hygienists' Association, Head Start grantees, and personnel from Region VI staff and T/TA Specialists, were outstanding. The four Head Start sites were Dallas, Georgetown, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio. A total of 1,071 children were examined, given fluoride varnish, and determined for urgency of treatment: routine, attention soon, or attention urgent. The professional value of services totaled $55,281.49. Plans for 2008 are to include rural area programs and Early Head Start. Baylor College of Medicine's collaborative partnership, addressing obesity and nutrition, with the four grantees in Harris County continues to be productive and resourceful. Work continues with Texas Lead Poisoning Control and Prevention Council to eliminate lead-related incidents in our state. Met with Texas Infant Mental Health Association to develop a training plan for Early Head Start personnel. Baylor College of Medicine's intentions to expand the research to include rural Head Start programs.

Oral Health

The HSSCO Director is a Board Member of the Texas Oral Health Coalition. The HSSCO Director chairs the Texas Head Start Save Our Smiles (S.O.S.) Oral Health Group, which includes the Texas Department of State Health Services (Oral Health Group), Texas Dental Association, Texas Academy of General Dentistry, Texas Association of Pediatric Dentists, Texas Dental Hygienists' Association, and staff and students from the dental schools. Dentists, dental hygienists, dental school professors, Region VI T/TA Network, dental students, parents, and volunteers from many parts of the State participated in and supported the Texas Head Start S.O.S. initiative.

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Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout the State have developed and continue to develop partnerships with local dentists who support their efforts in meeting the needs of Head Start/Early Head Start children.

Welfare

Texas became the first state to determine how well public preschools, child care, and Head Start programs prepare children for kindergarten. State officials hope the new School Readiness Certification System will transform a parent's search for a good preschool from a game of chance into more of a science. The system was launched under an education law sponsored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo. The goal is to improve teaching in public and private pre-kindergarten programs and boost the odds that children will enter kindergarten ready to learn. "We are the only state in the nation that now links the certification or rating of an early childhood classroom to what's happening in that classroom and how it predicts kindergarten readiness," said Susan Landry, director of the Texas State Center for Early Childhood Development, which created the certification system using about $4 million in state money. Texas has become the first state to make every child who has ever been in foster care eligible for prekindergarten. When school started this Fall, hundreds of newly eligible children were enrolled in prekindergarten classroom across Texas for the first time. Texas 2-1-1 system helps to ease the transition of military personnel returning from war. Continue to educate Head Start/Early Head Start staff and parents about the (Earned Income Tax Credit) EITC program.

Child Care

Activity detailed earlier.

Education

Continued involvement with Sen. Zaffarini's staff to present a bill requiring trainers of teachers who teach children birth to five to become a Texas Registered Trainer. Online Trainer Orientation should go live in June 2008. Working with the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System (TECECDS) Council to develop the teachers' career development system. Will attend the 2nd Annual State Professional Development Leadership Team Work Day in June 2008 with a Texas Team to work on developing the system. Hosted, with The State Center for Early Childhood Development, "One Beat One Sound," a two-day gathering of Regional VI personnel, Texas T/TA Specialists, and TEEM Education Coordinators to discuss the need for more mutual support and a better working relationship between TEEM Education Coordinators and T/TA Specialists. Successful "Pre-kindergarten Day at the Texas Capitol" in collaboration with the Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition (TECEC) and many legislators, parents, and press conference speakers.

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College credit is being given to non-traditional teachers who take the Child Development Associate (CDA) course through a pilot program. Four higher education colleges are participating in a grant to help non-traditional Early Childhood Education personnel become more professional, and that allows for the transferability of college credits among the four colleges.

Community Services

The HSSCO Director is actively involved with the Texas 2-1-1 call in and Web site to ensure that correct information is given to those in need of social benefits, Head Start/Early Head Start, child care, and prekindergarten information. Texas 2-1-1 call in and Web site are of tremendous benefit to veterans returning to Texas after military service. Collaboration with Mental Health America of Texas, which championed Operation Healthy Reunions, a first-of-its-kind program, focused on the mental health of soldiers and their families. Ensures that all Texas Head Start/Early Head Start programs are aware of 2-1-1 capabilities and resources.

Family Literacy Services

Combined efforts and meetings with the Even Start Director to encourage collaboration between Even Start and Head Start programs, especially those located near each other or in the same buildings. Communication with Even Start directors to encourage involvement with Head Start. Promote collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations/agencies.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Revised the 2007 Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)/Early Head Start Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Copies and information will be presented to Head Start/Early Head Start directors at the 2008 Texas Head Start Association (THSA) Conference and the South By Southwest Summer Training Institute. Secured presenters from ECI to present to speak on the Revised ECI/Early Head Start MOU.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Continued participation on the Texas Interagency Homeless Council (TICH), working to integrate the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act as applicable to Head Start programs as authorized in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. Secured presenters from the Texas Homeless Network to speak on the McKinney-Vento Act as related to Head Start/Early Head Start.

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Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO Director continues working with legislative groups that are involved with improving the lives of children, especially low-income children, in Texas. These groups include but are not limited to: Children Learning Center Parents As Teachers Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition Texas Infant Mental Health Association Texas Child Abuse Prevention Association Texas Interagency Coalition for the Homeless Texas Association for the Protection of Children Mental Health America of Texas Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC)

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

The State Legislation funded research through the State Center for Early Childhood Development to work on a three-year project, which will facilitate increased participation in professional development by early childhood educational professionals and encourage those professionals to seek additional education. Online Texas Trainer Registry Orientation. Inclusion of Early Head Start and rural Head Start programs in Texas Head Start S.O.S. (oral health initiative). Invitation to involve Texas Head Start/Early Head Start children in Texas Project WILD. Continued research with Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, throughout the State.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Everything the HSSCO Director does in the State of Texas describes her efforts and focus on all low-income Head Start/Early Head Start children, the majority of whom are Hispanic, representing 68% of Head Start/ Early Head Start children being served in the State.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

All activities reported are congruent with and impact favorably the current work plan for this year. Adjustments will be made to the work plan to come into compliance with the mandates of the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 as applicable to this position.

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Utah

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The Utah Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) promotes the development of coordinated early childhood systems and services for children in Utah (from birth through age eight) and their families and collaboration among agencies, organizations, service providers, and parents. Worked with Utah's State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant Director to support and coordinate early childhood systems development efforts with the Utah Kids Link Project. Provided technical support for the Community-Based Services for Children Age Birth to Eight Grants. Maintained and updated the Utah Early Childhood Connections Web site (http://earlychildhoodconnections.weber. edu) as a vehicle to form linkages and partnerships for all early childhood providers. Created parent support section on the Utah Early Childhood Connections Web site to assist parents in accessing resources and services for young children and their families. Developed Utah Early Childhood Coordination Bulletins and distributed to all early childhood programs and state agencies to keep them informed of current initiatives and assist them in how they can get involved. Worked with the Utah Child Care Professional Development Institute to coordinate cross-sector professional development planning and implementation activities.

Collaboration Director

Janna forsgren utah Department of Health Division of Community and family Health Services Child, Adolescent and School Health Program P.O. Box 142001 Salt lake City, ut 84114 Phone: 801-538-9312 fax: 801-538-9409 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

George Delavan, MD Phone: 801-538-6901 fax: 801-538-6591 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Debbie Hedin ACf Region VIII federal Office Building 1961 Stout Street Denver, CO 80294 Phone: 303-844-1154 [email protected]

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Served on the Utah Family Partnership Network Advisory Board to include Head Start in local Utah Parent Information Center (Utah PIRC) activities to support and educate families. Continued to assist the Early Intervention Research Institute at Utah State University with the inclusion of Head Start programs in Utah's Universal Application System, Utah Clicks. Utah Clicks is a Web-based application process designed for Utah families that have young children, especially those with special needs. Continued to facilitate Head Start representation on state-level committees through working with the Utah Head Start Association. Head Start was represented on the following state-level committees by either a Head Start program staff person or the HSSCO Director: Utah Family Partnership Network Advisory Board Utah Interagency Coordinating Council Governor's Early Childhood Commission Office of Child Care Advisory Committee Utah Oral Health Coalition Child Care Conference Planning Committee Covering Kids Utah Early Childhood Conference Planning Committee Special Education Preschool Conference Planning Committee Utah Issues Child Care Professional Development Institute: Steering Committee, Core Competencies Work Group, Mentor Certification Work Group, Trainer Certification Work Group Child Abuse Prevention Task Force Utah Fetal Alcohol Prevention Committee Early Childhood Alternative Teacher Preparation (ECATP) Advisory Committee The HSSCO promotes collaborations at the local level between Head Start, child care and pre-kindergarten programs and involves Head Start programs in state pre-kindergarten initiatives. Provided information to six community-level early childhood interagency coordinating councils to provide opportunities to implement locally determined collaborative projects. Local Child Care Resource & Referral agencies and school districts serve on the early childhood council in their region.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Worked with the Department of Health's Children's Mental Health Promotion specialist to address mental health issues impacting Head Start and child care centers with a focus on providing programmatic consultation meetings.

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Involved the Mental Health Promotion specialist in the Region VIII Mental Health Initiative, which resulted in a presentation at the Region VIII Head Start Association Conference in South Dakota. Continued to provide technical assistance and follow-up activities with Head Start programs on the impact of the lead screening/testing requirements of Medicaid.

Oral Health

State-level

Utah Oral Health Coalition Peggy A. Bowman 801-538-6026 [email protected]

Local-level All of the local health coordinators have formed oral health partnerships. The HSSCO does not have the specific names and contacts. Additional Information Identifying specific program needs and following through with technical assistance requests.

Welfare

Partnered with the Utah Domestic Violence Council and the Child Care Professional Development Institute to provide a Domestic Violence Train-the-Trainer Event to create a statewide network to support children and families affected by domestic violence in child care and Head Start programs.

Child Care

Worked with the Utah Child Care Professional Development Institute (CCPDI) to continue to implement strategies outlined in the Utah's Blueprint for Cross-Sector Early Childhood Professional Development. Served on the CCPDI Steering Committee and Training Approval Sub-committee to promote and implement early childhood cross-sector training opportunities.

Education

No activities reported.

Community Services

Funded early childhood coordinating councils in six communities throughout the State.

Family Literacy Services

Collaborated with the State Office of Education to read Even Start proposals and award grants.

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Services to Children with Disabilities

No activities reported.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Served on the Supportive Services Subcommittee of the Homeless Coordinating Committee to include Head Start programs in providing preventive services to families.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Worked with Voices for Utah Children and Head Start Education specialists to create a template for Head Start programs to report their child outcomes. The outcomes will be aggregated into state-level data to educate legislators and policymakers on the impact that Head Start has on children and school readiness. Worked with Voices for Utah Children to include Utah Head Start PIR data in the 2008 Utah KIDS COUNT Data Book. Assisted the Utah Head Start Association in understanding the legislative process and educated state agencies and legislators as they prepared to submit a bill during the 2008 Utah Legislative Session to receive state funding for Head Start programs in Utah. Researched state-funded Head Start models and shared information with Utah Head Start programs. Assisted with adding state funding for Head Start programs in the Utah Department of Health Building Block submitted to Gov. Huntsman. Developed and distributed a Head Start Issue Brief in partnership with Voices for Utah Children. Represented Head Start on Gov. Huntsman's Early Childhood Commission and assisted in creating an early childhood strategic plan for Utah that will be presented at the Governor's Early Childhood Summit in April 2008. Attended Gov. Huntsman's Child and Family Cabinet Council meetings and shared updates with Head Start programs. Represented Head Start on the Utah Policy Matters Project to assist in reviewing current early childhood policies and setting goal policy levels based on Utah political and policy context. Summarized Head Start Program Performance Standards into a document to use in discussions during meetings with the Utah Policy Matters Project and the Governor's Early Childhood Commission. Educated the Utah Department of Health's Community and Family Health Services Division Director, MCH Bureau Director, and the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Director on the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 and the impact on Head Start programs and the HSSCO. Educated Gov. Huntsman's Education Director on the Head Start Reauthorization and the mandates related to the State Advisory Councils.

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Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Facilitated the inclusion of staff from Centro de la Familia de Utah Migrant Head Start program to represent the Hispanic population on the Utah Policy Matters Project.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The HSSCO will continue to assist with implementing two major objectives of Utah's Early Childhood Blueprint for Progress: 1) promoting new and supporting existing local interagency early childhood councils through providing funding and technical assistance; and 2) providing support to early childhood professionals and promoting shared training opportunities through maintaining and managing the Utah Early Childhood Connections Web site along with a partnership with the Utah Child Care Professional Development Institute and the Utah Office of Child Care.

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Vermont

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Following many years of hard work with constituents, legislators, and administration officials, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 62, a law related to pre-kindergarten education, in 2007. This was signed into law by the Governor and came into effect on July 1, 2007. Act 62 codified what has been a longstanding practice in some school districts to include their 3and 4-year-olds in their student count in order to access public funds for pre-kindergarten. From the Vermont Head Start-State Collaboration Office's (HSSCO) view, the most important elements of this legislation are: The requirement for a community discussion and needs assessment prior to a school district's establishment or expansion of a pre-kindergarten program. The promotion of partnerships between school districts and qualified community providers, including Head Start. The pre-kindergarten legislation opens the door for Head Start and other community providers to enter into negotiated agreements with their school districts to provide pre-kindergarten services and to be reimbursed for a portion of their actual costs. While the HSSCO continues to promote full-day/full-year services for families who need them, Act 62 provides funding for only 10 hours a week for 35 weeks a year, the approximate length of the school year. It should be used as one of several funding streams, including Head Start, to support the operations of quality, comprehensive pre-kindergarten programs.

Collaboration Director

K.C. Whiteley Agency of Human Services 103 South Main Street Waterbury,Vt 05671 Phone: 802-241-2705 fax: 802-241-1220 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Kim Keiser Deputy Commissioner Phone: 802-241-1209 fax: 802-241-4676 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

tom Killmurray ACf Region I JfK federal Building Room 2000 Boston, MA 02203 Phone: 617- 565-1104 fax: 617-565 -2493 [email protected]

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HSSCO Activities to Support Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten Collaborations The HSSCO was, and continues to be, a lead player in the planning and implementation phases of Act 62. During the 2007 year, the HSSCO Director was asked to represent the Department of Children and Families with the Deputy Commissioner on a four-person team representing the two lead agencies: the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Education. The HSSCO is committed to working with seven Head Start programs to help ensure their active partnership in their Building Bright Futures community planning processes. During 2007, the HSSCO kept the Vermont Head Start Association (VHSA) well-informed about the rulemaking process for Act 62 and worked closely with Head Start directors and the VHSA to present and advocate for Head Start interests throughout the process. As part of the interagency team, the HSSCO developed three technical guidance documents for parents, providers, and schools summarizing the legislation and recommending next steps for those three stakeholder groups. The HSSCO developed a statewide inventory of individual program partnerships. From this inventory, a baseline report was prepared on the status of Head Start/pre-kindergarten partnerships in Vermont. This information was shared with a facilitated discussion at the VHSA Retreat in Fall 2007. At that time, directors had the opportunity to explore how individual partnerships were structured and to learn how each program developed their partnerships. The directors indicated an interest in developing a partnership template for future use. Building Bright Futures (BBF) Over the past 14 years, the HSSCO has focused its resources on building an early care, health, and education system in Vermont that achieves the Federal goal to assist in building early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services and support for all low-income children. Building Bright Futures is Vermont's public/private partnership designed to assure that all Vermont children are healthy and successful by improving the quality, affordability, and accessibility of services for families with children under the age of six in the areas of health, early care, and education. It is Vermont's approach to assuring a formal structure for the early childhood system that links local communities and state government in the design, delivery, and evaluation of the continuum of services that comprise the early childhood system. The Governor established Building Bright Futures in 2006 under an executive order. The order calls for the hiring of regional directors who are responsible for assuring regional program coordination and accountability; data collection and analysis to track outcomes for children and families; establishing a formal plan for addressing service gaps and eliminating duplication; and raising private funds for direct services. The 12 regional directors were hired in July 2007. The 19-member State Building Bright Futures Council meets bi-monthly and includes the heads of state agencies serving young children, as well as business and community leaders. A few of the 2007 accomplishments are: Hired Executive Director ( January 2007). Approved a committee structure ( January 2007).

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Approved fiscal agent for BBF (February 2007; effective July 1, 2007). Approved the regional director Job Description (April 2007). Statewide Planning Conference convened with national expert Charlie Bruner (May 17, 2007). Implemented BBF Early Childhood Regional Planning Process. Hired 12 regional directors ( June - July 2007). BBF regional directors trained in Results Based Accountability ( July 2007). Regional plan format finalized (August 2007). System Design and Finance Committee -- recommended an action plan addressing the following indicator be created by the State and Regional Councils (September 2007). Outcome: Children are ready for school. Indicator: Percentage of children ready for kindergarten in all five domains. Approved infrastructure standards for the Regional Councils (November 2007). Council approved receipt of funding from the Vermont Community Foundation -- $200,000 over 3 years (November 2007). The HSSCO and ECCS are active members on five of the six Building Bright Futures committees: Parent Committee -- Assure that parents are essential and valued partners in shaping Vermont's services and programs for young children. Professional Preparation and Development Committee -- Ensure a comprehensive and coordinated system of quality learning opportunities to promote ongoing professional development of professionals (direct service and administrators) working with young children and their families. Public Engagement Committee -- Develop a coordinated, comprehensive public engagement plan that builds upon existing efforts and is designed to generate increased commitment and resources for BBF. System Design and Finance Committee -- Propose to the State Council three major priority areas of progress over the next two years. Guide department actions to integrate efforts toward those priority areas. Develop a multi-year budget proposal related to these three priority areas for consideration by the State Council. Ad Hoc Kindergarten Readiness Survey Committee -- Address issues related to the Kindergarten Readiness Survey (review/revise the survey(s), teacher training, system for survey distribution and data collection and analysis, recommend funding needs to the State Council).

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Ad Hoc Regional Planning Committee -- Support the design and implementation of the early childhood regional plans. Children's Integrated Services (CIS) Last year, the HSSCO reported on the early stages of integrating Part C services, early childhood and family mental health services, and maternal/child health services. This effort continues, with considerable progress made this year. The State team (including the HSSCO) clarified its vision, developed a technical guidance document, disseminated it with technical assistance to all regions of the state, and selected three regions to pilot a performance-based grant. The HSSCO is an active player on the State team and provides technical assistance to three regions of the State. HSSCO Activities to Support CIS for 2007 Planned and facilitated the CIS State Team Summer Work Days and Fall Technical Assistance Guidance Document Training. Wrote the chapter on professional development for the CIS Technical Assistance Guidance Document. Clarified the role of Head Start/Early Head Start in regional CIS teams, demonstrated the comparable responsibilities and purposes between Head Start/Early Head Start and CIS, and stressed the importance of communicating that role to regional team members. Led the refunding process to consolidate prevention and early intervention services (Part C) as CIS in the Northeast Kingdom section of Vermont, including writing the Request for Proposal (RFP), organizing a bidder's conference, and facilitating the proposal review process. Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Vermont's ECCS grant is administered by the Child Development Division in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health. Day-to-day operations are supervised and supported by the HSSCO Director to ensure close coordination and alignment of the ECCS grant goals with the Federal HSSCO goals and with the Building Bright Futures statewide work. The ECCS grant resources are focused on the Building Bright Futures system development. The ECCS grant resources have added capacity to the ongoing systems development work with a specific focus on strengthening the health role and representation at both the state and regional levels. These efforts have been successful in building a stronger role for health and mental health within Building Bright Futures. ECCS Activities in 2007 Provided technical assistance and consultation to the 12 regional Building Bright Futures councils on regional planning and the Results Based Accountability (RBA) process. Organized two statewide conferences for all 12 regions; one featuring Charlie Bruner, Executive Director of the Child and Family Policy Center and national evaluator of the nine-state Build Initiative, and one led by Kay Johnson, National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University. These conferences were designed to support regions in developing comprehensive plans for their early care, health, and education systems using the RBA process.

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Infant Toddler Early Learning Guidelines The HSSCO took the lead on a project to develop Infant Toddler Early Learning Guidelines for Vermont. After attending the 2007 NAEYC Professional Development Institute, the HSSCO decided to postpone plans to develop an infant-toddler credential until the guidelines were in place. The guidelines create the foundation for the credential. There is widespread support for this project from within the Early Head Start community, child care, Children's Integrated Services, and education. HSSCO Activities to Support Infant Toddler Guidelines for 2007 Recruited over 40 individuals representing the geographic, programmatic, and expertise diversity in Vermont to participate in the development of the infant toddler early learning guidelines. Participants elected to be involved in three different functions: writing, determining overall structure and advisory, and review of final drafts. Secured technical assistance from ZERO TO THREE's Infant Toddler Child Care Initiative for technical support and assistance throughout the development period. Planned and facilitated a kick-off meeting bringing together the writers and overall structure advisory groups for a daylong work session.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Oral Health for the prenatal to 5-year-old population continued to be a focus for the Collaboration Office in 2007. The HSSCO continued to provide information and coordination between the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and Head Start programs. In partnership with the Department of Health and Head Start health managers and directors, a collaborative foundation has been built to advance the issue of access to dental care for young children. The HSSCO serves as liaison between Vermont Head Start programs and the Department of Health. HSSCO Activities to Support Oral Health in 2007 Convened and facilitated a meeting with Head Start health managers to discuss finding dental homes for children, improving access, continuing funding for the Tooth Tutor Program, providing oral health services to Head Start families, and other related oral health issues. As a result, a statewide 2008 meeting is being planned to include all health managers, tooth tutors, and the Department of Health staff. Funded oral health initiatives through the mini-grant program

Oral Health

State-level Vermont HSSCO ( Jill Spiro) and the Vermont Department of Health, Office of Oral Health (Rebecca MacDonald)

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Vermont HSSCO, Vermont Department of Health, Head Start health managers, Tooth Tutors Vermont Head Start Association and the HSSCO Building Bright Futures and Head Start Programs Urgent Needs Committee and Early Education Services (EES) Vermont Dental Hygienists' Association and Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) Vermont State Dental Society and CVOEO Vermont Department of Health, Office of Oral Health, and all Head Start Programs Vermont Department of Health, Office of Oral Health: Rebecca MacDonald and Robin Miller WIC -- Donna Bister Coordinated School Health -- Emily Pastore AAP -- Laura Murphy ADHA/VDHA -- Tina Marshall BBF MCH Coordinators Children's Integrated Service Team; HBKE, VNA, CUPS, FIR Agency of Human Services, Department of Children and Families, CDD Other Vermont Department of Health, Office of Oral Health activities include: Collaboration with the VSDS in the Workforce Grant, a 3-year grant to increase the numbers of dentists in Vermont with a variety of strategies. Collaboration to present and offer continuing education credits for a 3-hour course, Welcoming the Young Child into Your Practice, with additional 1-hour presentations for 1 credit, presented in the dental office. Collaboration with OVHA (Office of VT Health Access) with the Dental Dozen, 12 initiatives to increase access to dental care for MC/DD recipients. Assisting with fluoridation efforts.

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Local-level Some partnerships include a dental hygienist in a medical pediatric practice, dental hygienists at WIC clinics, Saturday dental clinics for Head Start families, and private/public partnerships. A partial list of dentists and programs that are currently serving Head Start children can be found at the end of this report. Additional information The HSSCO offers continual support and acts as a liaison between the Department of Health, Office of Oral Health and Head Start programs. The HSSCO organized and supported the Head Start Oral Health Forum in 2005 and continues to support activities from that Oral Health Action Plan. The HSSCO provided support for the Head Start programs to obtain their Oral Health Initiative funding in 2005. The HSSCO is providing support in the current Oral Health/Health Head Start Improvement and Innovation Grant, which the directors will submit this summer. The HSSCO has hosted, coordinated, and facilitated the state-wide review of the Oral Health Action Plan and update and review of the Tooth Tutor program. This full-day meeting allowed tooth tutors to receive continuing education credit and provided the information to update and plan the continued state-wide efforts to support every child in finding a dental home. The HSSCO continues to support oral health programs for Head Start families through its mini-grant program. Contact information by Head Start, including Head Start health managers, the HSSCO, Department of Health, tooth tutors, and others can be found at the end of this report.

Welfare

In 2007, the Vermont Legislature passed an Act Relating to Child Poverty in Vermont, establishing the Vermont Child Poverty Council. One of the strategies employed by the Council to examine child poverty in Vermont was to hold public hearings in each of Vermont's 14 counties. The HSSCO facilitated Head Start involvement at these public hearings and worked with the VHSA Chair on a presentation to the Council specifically geared to issues of Head Start families. The Council will submit a working plan to legislative committees in 2008.

Child Care

The HSSCO continues to provide leadership and coordination to 14 state-funded infant and toddler child care programs. The purpose of this network is to increase capacity of the child care system to serve infants and toddlers, enhance the quality of care, and increase opportunities for infant toddler professional development throughout the state. Topics addressed with the grantees in 2007 included family support within child care settings, ongoing child assessment practices, professional development needs of infant toddler teachers, advocacy for funding increases, and retaining staff. The HSSCO was instrumental in acquiring data from the Bright Futures Information System, the child care management information system, for each Head Start grantee on the number of children enrolled in child care in the communities they serve. Previously this data was unavailable at the community level, but as the Bright Futures system capacity is more fully developed, the HSSCO is able to mine data that meet the reporting needs of Head Start.

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Education

In 2006, the HSSCO produced and distributed a document called Guiding Your Child's Early Learning: A Parent's Guide to the Vermont Early Learning Standards. In 2007, the HSSCO responded to requests throughout the State for more copies of the guide and continued to ensure adequate distribution through Head Start grantees, Building Bright Futures Regional Councils, public pre-kindergarten programs, early childhood special education programs, and family literacy programs. The HSSCO is involved in two initiatives to increase the number of licensed early childhood educators so that Head Start and other community early childhood programs can participate in public pre-k partnerships with their school districts. HSSCO provides expertise and information to ensure the success of these initiatives, and is the primary coordinator for one of the initiatives. The HSSCO Director is the co-chair for Vermont's Professional Preparation and Development Committee (PPD) on early childhood and afterschool care and education. Vermont's PPD Committee is a standing committee of Building Bright Futures. Accomplishments in 2007 include: Secured consistent participation from the Head Start TA specialists. Produced a matrix of teacher qualifications required by Head Start, NAEYC, and state programs, from present to 2015. Provided input to revamp the CDA support system within the State. Sponsored a small-scale statewide professional development needs assessment with plans to expand it statewide in 2008. Disseminated information about the Loan Forgiveness Program embedded in the 2007 Higher Education College Cost Reduction Act. Produced a compendium of small grants and other resources available for professional development from the Child Development Division. The HSSCO provides leadership to a collaborative grant review committee for two state-funded professional development grants. In 2007, grants have gone to programs and communities for trainings in Touchpoints, child care health promotion, early literacy, home visiting, working with afterschool programs, and the Incarcerated Women's Initiative. There is an active Touchpoints Initiative in Vermont, which has been supported by the Collaboration Office since 2002. The Touchpoints approach -- strengthen families by helping them understand their child's development and enhancing parent/child relationships -- is a unifying theme for the Child Development Division Children's Integrated Services Teams, child care programs, and Head Start. The HSSCO provides faculty for one Touchpoints training per year, serves on the Touchpoints State Advisory Council, and developed and taught one Touchpoints Reflective Practice workshop in 2007.

Community Services

No activities reported.

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Family Literacy Services

The HSSCO Director served on a review team to award continuation funding to two Even Start programs in 2007. The HSSCO worked with the Department of Education's Even Start Coordinator to ensure that Head Start grantees are a key partner in an Even Start grant. Vermont's two Even Start programs have active and successful partnerships with Head Start.

Services to Children with Disabilities

The HSSCO responded to the VHSA request for data on numbers of children with disabilities for use in Head Start community needs assessments by accessing relevant data from the Department of Education. The HSSCO Director met with Vermont's 619 coordinators to agree on ways to increase communication and collaboration between Vermont's Essential Early Education program and Head Start disabilities managers. This resulted in an invitation to attend a VHSA meeting with disabilities coordinators and directors, and an individual session with the disabilities managers and the 619 coordinators. All parties agreed to meet at least annually.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

No activities reported.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Quality Rating System: The HSSCO has been a lead player in its development and has a seat on the STARS Oversight Committee. The charge for this committee is to advise and assist the Child Development Division in the development, promotion, and evaluation of STARS, Vermont's quality rating system. In 2007, the Oversight Committee reviewed and recommended changes to the STARS rules. One noteworthy change is a five-star rating (the highest) for Head Start/Early Head Start programs that achieve a blue or gold certificate after their Federal monitoring review. As of December 2007, 12 Vermont Head Start centers were enrolled in STARS; six at the 4-STAR level, and six at the 5-STAR level. A minimum STARS rating of 3 is required by the Pre-kindergarten Legislation (Act 62) as a condition of partnering with a school district. Quality Incentive Bonuses: Since 1999, the Child Development Division has awarded Quality Incentive Bonuses to individuals who obtain credentials or degrees in early childhood development or education and are working in regulated child care and Head Start settings. Data from professional development surveys and anecdotal information suggest that these bonuses are not as effective as they could be to promote continued advancement toward higher credentials and degrees. The HSSCO Director serves on a committee to recommend policy changes with recommendations due in 2008. Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals: The HSSCO took part in a five-year scheduled review of the Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. This was done under the direction of the Northern Lights Career Development Center. Building Bright Futures: In 2007, the HSSCO worked to have a Head Start director appointed to an open seat on the Building Bright Futures State Council. Efforts were not successful. However, the HSSCO plans to include a Head Start representative in the council membership when enabling legislation is drafted in 2008.

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Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Vermont was the recipient of two technical assistance grants from nationally renowned training centers in 2007: the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL). With guidance from these two centers, Vermont will integrate the two approaches into the project named Foundations for Early Learning (FEL). FEL is a 5-year training program for Vermont's Head Start and early childhood community that will support the social and emotional development and early language and literacy learning of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The HSSCO plays a key role in this professional development initiative as a training coordinator on the State Leadership Team. A kick-off event and train-the-trainer institute will take place this July and September. Head Start participation is required, and the HSSCO is instrumental in making sure Head Start is actively engaged with FEL.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

The HSSCO has no targeted outreach to this extremely small population in the State.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The responses above are in alignment with the work plan. However, the new HSSCO responsibilities and requirements as outlined in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 will have a direct impact on the work that is, as yet, not clearly defined. The HSSCO will be making adjustments and revisions accordingly.

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Virginia

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

The goal of the Virginia Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) is to represent or promote Head Start programs at the state level and to serve as a catalyst and facilitator in working with all programs that serve low-income preschool children in Virginia. Virginia is developing a cohesive early childhood system under the guidance of Gov. Timothy Kaine. The Governor convened a working group to coordinate executive branch efforts on early childhood programs and strengthen public and private programs. The Governor's Working Group (GWG) brings together high-level staff from cabinet offices and state agencies in the area of education, health and human services, economic development, finance and policy. Gov. Kaine also convened the Start Strong Council to study the expansion of preschool in Virginia. Over the past year, the Council met to study the existing network of public and private providers and look at ways to remove barriers to access and increase service to at-risk 4-year-olds. The Start Strong Council concluded their meetings on July 18, 2007, and finalized the Comprehensive Early Childhood Strategic Plan (Virginia's Plan for Smart Beginnings). The major focus of Virginia's Plan for Smart Beginnings is to build and sustain a system in Virginia to support parents and families as they prepare their children to arrive at kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed. Another comprehensive initiative is the alignment project to develop documents to help align children's growth and development across settings and sectors and to articulate the skills and competencies adults need to best support children's optimal growth and learning. Head Start was on the team that

Collaboration Director

Denise Branscome Virginia Department of Social Services 7 north 8th Street Richmond, VA 23219 Phone: 804-726-7807 fax: 804-726-7655 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

Kathy Glazer Phone: 804-371-4018 fax: 804-726-7655 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Diane Kendall ACf Region III 150 S. Independence Mall West Suite 864 Philadelphia, PA 19106 Phone: 215-861-4024 fax: 215-861-4070 [email protected]

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developed two resource documents, The Milestones of Child Development and The Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. The Milestones of Child Development is a set of child development indicators and strategies for adults to support the growth and development of young children from birth to five. The Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals outlines standards of competent practice, identifying what early childhood professionals must know, be able to do, and care about to provide quality early care and education. The HSSCO is working to build a better relationship with the Department of Education. Throughout the year there have been numerous opportunities to collaborate on the Governors initiatives. One goal of the HSSCO is to provide direct technical assistance to Head Start programs experiencing difficulties. The Collaboration Office, along with the Department of Education support, provided such assistance to seven Head Start centers. After feedback from initial visits, the Executive Director of the GWG recommended developing a reference guide for the preschool community to highlight best practices. Collaboration will be the focus of the document.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Obesity Prevention -- The HSSCO in collaboration with the Department of Health offered the I Am Moving, I Am Learning training to all Head Start centers, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program offices, and community partners. Eight regional trainings were held across the State. Oral Health -- The HSSCO continued to partner with the State Dental Director at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to improve the availability and accessibility of oral health care for Head Start children. The HSSCO and the VDH participate in the Region III Oral Health quarterly conference calls and Web casts. The Home Visiting Consortium (HVC) -- The HSSCO devoted time and resources to the statewide home visiting initiative. The HVC is studying the State's home visiting programs, reviewing national research, and considering alternative designs with the goal of improving effectiveness and efficiency in home visiting. Coordinated data collection and evaluation and training are two areas of focus for the HVC. Mental Health -- The HSSCO Advisory Committee recognized the need for a committee to study mental health. A statewide committee was formed to ensure all children will receive a social and emotional development screening, increase support and services for families, and develop support network and training opportunities for teachers. The HSSCO sponsored a state-by-state comparison of current policy, regulations, and guidance to gain an understanding of current practices in the mental health field. The Head Start Health Advisory Committee -- The HSSCO continues to support the efforts of the Virginia Head Start Health Advisory Committee by attending quarterly meetings and providing state-level updates in the area of health. This committee has proved to be a strong group of health professionals from around the State.

Oral Health

State-level The Virginians for Improved Access to Dental Care (VIADC) is a statewide group that includes Virginia dental directors and meets regularly. The HSSCO was invited to serve on this committee.

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Contact: Barbara Rollins Virginia Dental Association 7525 Staples Mill Road Richmond, VA 23228 804-261-1610 www.vadental.org

In July 2007, a dental summit on Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) was held in Richmond. Funded by a grant from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), the Summit brought together 50 diverse stakeholders, who developed a plan for the Commonwealth for improving oral health education and oral health care for CSHCN. The HSSCO helped in the development of a plan for the Commonwealth to improve oral health education and oral health care for CSHCN. The dental summit was organized by Parent to Parent of Virginia, (804) 795-1481, www.ptpofva.com. Local-level The Southeastern Mobile Dental Services (SMDS) will begin delivering on-site dental services in parts of Virginia during school year 2007-08. There are seven programs in the southwest region, two in the northwest, and one each in the northeast and the southeast that have signed contracts for provision of dentistry services. In this arrangement, SMDS brings a fully-equipped dental van to Head Start sites. They provide routine dental services, including the services of dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and other qualified personnel. The SMDS bills Doral Dental of Virginia for services provided according to an established fee schedule.

Contact: Bryan Wilson Southeastern Mobile Dental Services 1195 Old Hickory Blvd, Ste 203 Brentwood, tn 37027

Additional information The HSSCO continues to support the Fluoride Bright Smiles for Babies program. Now in its second year, the program includes screening and application and a questionnaire for parents. Program coordinators have collected data on the children and have also worked with the Dental Hygiene Association to adopt a Head Start program. They have applied for funding to expand the fluoride program to include migrant populations and completed a new brochure in English and Spanish for pregnant women. They are also completing state-wide training of the Head Start home visitors for screening. Welfare Head Start Wrap-Around -- The HSSCO works with the State subsidy system to ensure that families have access to extended care. Head Start Wrap-Around funds may be used to pay for child care for eligible siblings of an enrolled Head Start/Early Head Start child. A co-payment is assessed for the siblings. If there is no local agency waiting list, child care for the siblings of the enrolled Head Start child will be paid. Head Start WrapAround funds may be used for child care services for the summer prior to attendance in a part-year Head Start/Early Head Start program for families with a child enrolled in a Head Start/Early Head Start program.

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Department of Social Service Listing -- The HSSCO provided a listing of potentially eligible recipients of Medicaid, TANF, and Food Stamps to allow Head Start programs to recruit income eligible children. In addition, foster care children in custody have been included. A confidentially agreement has been signed by every program requesting the information. Local departments of social services collaborated with local Head Start programs to facilitate applications for child care subsidies for Head Start families.

Child Care

Early Head Start Grants -- The Division of Child Care and Development sponsored $471,500 for quality improvement activities statewide for Early Head Start (EHS) programs. The HSSCO partnered with the State Association to provide a summer summit training event for EHS staff that included high level training. Community partners were also invited to attend. EHS programs were also given the opportunity to apply for up to $35,000 in program improvement funds. Some of the activities proposed were internal mentoring that would include the Virginia Quality Rating Improvement System, college course development, compensation incentives, evaluation initiatives, and inclusion activities that promote access to child care for children with special needs. Virginia Child Care Resource and Referral Network (VACCRRN) -- The HSSCO continued to collaborate with the VACCRRN by providing up-to-date information to parents. The VACCRRN director is an active participant on the HSSCO board and provides a voice for child care providers. The HSCCO, in collaboration with the State Division of Child Care and Development, supplied a copy of the Milestones to each Head Start classroom and a copy of the Competencies to each Head Start center.

Education

Professional Development Task Force -- The HSSCO participated on a statewide professional development taskforce convened by the GWG to address the growing needs of early childhood professionals. Regional Forums -- As a follow-up to the grants funded in 2006 by the Region III Office to promote the blended classroom model and encourage single point of entry for recruitment, the HSSCO partnered with the State Head Start Association to host four collaborative forums held across the Commonwealth. Representatives were invited from Head Start, state pre-kindergarten, and child care programs. The forums were held in part to highlight the work and the progress made, as well as to share lessons learned by the grantees that had received the single point of entry grants. Virginia's Plan for Smart Beginnings -- The HSSCO Director served as a goal group leader for the Education goal in the Smart Beginnings Plan. Leaders from each group consist of a State Representative and a private partner leader. The Family Service Credential -- A team from Virginia developed a credential for Head Start family service workers. The Family Development Associate (FDA) credential is awarded to individuals who have completed a process involving demonstrated competence in working with families of young children through on-the-job training and mentoring, related classroom instruction, and the completion of a professional portfolio.

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Community Services

Head Start Web Site -- The HSSCO sponsored and helped maintain the Virginia Head Start Web site. The Web site is a useful tool to provide resources and information to the Head Start and early childhood community. Parents and families also use the Web site. Mini-grants -- The HSSCO funded eight mini-grants for Head Start programs to improve collaboration and build networks. Some of the approved activities consisted of partnering with other early childhood programs to develop single point-of-entry applications and hold joint recruitment, provide training opportunities with community partners, and coordinate community public relations campaigns.

Family Literacy Services

Read-A-Book is a distance learning self-study program for early childhood professionals to earn training credit hours by reading children's literature and books on early childhood education and child development. The Virginia Department of Social Services' Division of Child Care and Development collaborated with the Library of Virginia to place sets of books in each of the 350 public libraries across Virginia. Read-ABook focuses on the importance of incorporating children's literature across the curriculum, reading to and with young children daily, understanding early brain development, fostering language and literacy development, and communicating successfully with young children.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Priority Project -- The HSSCO participated on the Early Childhood Special Education Priority Project Team consisting of representatives from the Department of Education and the Training and Technical Assistance staff from area colleges. The team works collaboratively on initiatives that benefit children with special needs, including the planning of and presenting at the Shining Stars Conference held in Virginia Beach each summer. Head Start programs are informed of these activities. Oral Health Summit -- see response above in the Oral Health section. SpecialQuest -- Virginia received one of ten SpecialQuest grants to support professional development on inclusive practices. The grant will help Virginia identify a team and develop a statewide professional development plan and incorporate the SpecialQuest approach.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

The HSSCO staff attended the Project Hope -- Virginia Annual Seminar and presented with a representative from the Department of Education on collaboration. The HSSCO also sponsored the attendance of a child care representative at the event.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

State-level leadership is provided by the GWG in the public sphere and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) in the private sphere. Virginia's Plan for Smart Beginnings provides an avenue to many state policies and decisions. The five goal areas of the plan span key areas: governance and finance, parent support and education, early care and education, health and public engagement. The plan is designed to build and support an early care system that includes increasing access to comprehensive services.

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Public and private agencies work collaboratively in each area to develop goals, strategies, activities, and outcomes. Head Start is involved in all goal areas including representation by the HSSCO Director on the GWG. Many state initiatives fall under the umbrella of the GWG including: the home visiting consortium, the professional development task force, the alignment project and early childhood grant opportunities

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Virginia is making great progress in the field of early care and education. Virginia's Plan for Smart Beginnings, a definition of school readiness, and a new office of early childhood development will support children, their families, schools and communities for success. There is a true statewide collaborative effort to support early care and education and that momentum will continue to drive the HSSCO to succeed.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

In order to support the Hispanic children and families of Virginia, data were analyzed to determine grantees in need of support. From this assessment, a plan will be developed to meet the needs of the Head Start grantees and the Hispanic children and families.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

By reviewing the work of last year, the areas needing additional attention are revealed. The work plan will be altered to reflect additional support to Hispanic families. Activities will be added to address the needs in the priority areas of family literacy and community services. The work plan will also focus on the Office of Head Start's selected priority areas and address the needs of Head Start grantees.

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A Building Year In 2007, the Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) in the Department of Early Learning (DEL) continued to assimilate to the ever-changing early learning context in Washington State. Despite ongoing transformation at the state level, the HSSCO has continued to serve as a leader and catalyst in facilitating the development of multi-agency and public/private partnerships across the state. The HSSCO accomplished a number of goals and objectives over the last year, continuing to play a significant role in developing and supporting initiatives that improve opportunities and outcomes for children and families in Washington State.

Collaboration Director

Kelli Bohanon, M.ed. Department of early learning P.O. Box 40970 Olympia, WA 98504 Phone: 360-725-4940 fax: 360-413-3482 [email protected] www.del.wa.gov

Lead Agency Contact

Jone Bosworth, J.D. Phone: 360-725-4877 fax: 360- 413-3482 [email protected]

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Rivers of Culture/Rios de Cultura Coalition -- In partnership with the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office, the HSSCO assisted in the Rivers of Culture/Rios de Cultura Coalition, a group of early learning leaders based in a culturally diverse region of Washington State, in developing a plan for building a community-based early learning system. The Coalition involves a number of community partners dedicated to early learning, from Head Start programs (Head Start/Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start) to school districts to Child Care Resource and Referral, with a specific focus on building an early learning system grounded in culture and language. The HSSCO has assisted the coalition by providing contracts for group facilitation processes and for the implementation of a professional development needs assessment in partnership with New Perspectives Consulting, Education Service District 105, and Heritage University.

ACF Regional Contact

Julianne Crevatin ACf Region X 2201 6th Avenue, MS-70 Seattle, WA 98121 Phone: 206-615-2615 [email protected]

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In 2008, the Rivers of Culture/Rios de Cultura Coalition plans to develop a comprehensive early learning strategic plan to forward the work of the group over the next few years. The HSSCO will continue to support the coalition by: 1) facilitating an official introduction to the Kids Matter framework (Washington Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) framework) as an optional tool in supporting the development of a strategic plan and in communicating to the larger community about early learning; 2) coordinating a presentation to the coalition from an early learning coalition based in the Spokane area of Washington; and 3) fostering relationship-building between coalition leaders early learning foundations throughout the State. Kids Matter -- In 2007, the HSSCO continued its partnership with the Department of Health, ECCS Grant and the Foundation for Early Learning to facilitate the ongoing development and implementation of the Kids Matter framework. The HSSCO participated in and provided guidance to the following: Kids Matter Advisory Group Meetings -- Monthly meetings established to address ongoing plans and approaches to Kids Matter efforts at the state level. The HSSCO participated in these meetings as one of three core partners involved in the ongoing implementation of Kids Matter in Washington. DEL Early Learning Advisory Council Presentation -- The HSSCO participated with other Kids Matter partners and communities in presenting the Kids Matter framework to the Department of Early Learning's Early Learning Advisory Council. Kids Matter Survey -- The HSSCO participated in the planning, development, and implementation of a statewide Kids Matter survey, designed as an element of evaluation of Kids Matter implementation across Washington.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care Oral Health

State-level

Washington State Oral Health Coalition leeAnn Hoaglin Cooper Chair 2007-2008 Phone: 425-339-5230 [email protected] Dr. Chris Delecki Immediate Past Chair [email protected]

Activities Washington State Collaborative Action Plan on Oral Health Access for Special Populations -- This report, released by the Washington Department of Health in February 2007, contains a statewide action plan for addressing the specific oral health needs of children with special needs. The report can be accessed at http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Oral_Health/Documents/actionplan_cshcn.pdf

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The Impact of Oral Disease on the Lives of Washingtonians: The Washington State Oral Disease Burden Document This document, released by the Washington Department of Health in July 2007, contains summarized statewide data on oral diseases, preventive measure, workforce, and dental services. The appendices contain more detailed information, including technical notes and data sources, a glossary of terms, additional data tables, and county oral health profiles. For the two activities above, contact:

Joseli Alves-Dunkerson, DDS, MPH, MBA Senior Oral Health Consultant MCH Dental Health Program WA Department of Health Phone: 360-236-3524 [email protected]

Local-level In Washington, there are currently 33 county oral health coalitions (out of 39 counties). The HSSCO does not currently have data regarding specific Head Start involvement in county oral health coalitions. However, a number of programs also have local partnerships/contracts with area dentists to provide ongoing oral health care to children in the programs. One recent example of a major oral health partnership between Head Start programs and other entities is the University of Washington Fluoride Varnish Study (2003-2005), a partnership with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), University of Washington, The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Enterprise for Progress in the Community (EPIC), and Washington State Migrant Council. (The latter two are Head Start programs.) This study involved regular fluoride varnish applications to Head Start preschoolers in an effort to determine the long-term benefits of fluoride to children's oral health. Additional activities At this time, the HSSCO is not involved in any specific initiatives or activities with regard to oral health. The HSSCO maintains contact with the Dental Program Manager at the Department of Health for the purpose of obtaining new information and updates regarding oral health in Washington and ways to involve Head Start programs in those efforts. Head Start programs across the State appear to have close involvement at their community levels with oral health coalitions, and they have not shared any immediate needs with the HSSCO. Following the statewide needs assessment process with Head Start programs in 2008, the HSSCO should be able to obtain a clear picture of specific needs, which may result in statewide, regional, or local support of efforts.

Welfare

Head Start/Early Head Start Data Share Agreements -- The HSSCO has 31 data share agreements to provide the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) client data to Head Start/Early Head Start programs in Washington for recruitment and enrollment purposes. Four data share agreements are with Tribal Head Start programs. This past year, the HSSCO amended several data share agreements to allow for Early Childhood Education and Assistance (ECEAP) recruitment. The Department of Early Learning currently holds responsibility for maintaining the data share agreements.

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DEL Child Welfare Work Group -- The HSSCO Project Manager led the initial work of the Department of Early Learning's Child Welfare work group, a team charged with defining common language and communication mechanisms in coordination with Children's Administration, a division of DSHS that oversees foster care and early learning issues related to child welfare. To date, the Department of Early Learning is awaiting a response from DSHS regarding further development of this project, designed to foster a shared approach to DSHS and Department of Early Learning's ongoing work with issues related to child welfare. Children and Families with Incarcerated Parents-Data Sharing -- The HSSCO provided relevant Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start PIR data to a state-level task force addressing issues related to children and families with incarcerated parents. In addition, the HSSCO connected an Early Head Start manager to the task force who operates an Early Head Start program within the Washington Women's Correctional Center.

Child Care

The HSSCO provided information to the Department of Early Learning's Public Works Survey regarding issues impacting Head Start programs with regard to subsidy policy. The HSSCO solicited feedback from a variety of Head Start program staff regarding subsidy issues, which was consequently shared with the Public Works team.

Education

Collaborative Leadership Institute -- The HSSCO continued to support the Collaborative Leadership Institute (CLI), the 10-month intensive training institute for growing leaders in the early learning and care field. The goal of the CLI is a renewed and lasting network of leaders prepared to advance innovative approaches that benefit children and families in Washington. Now embarking on its third year, the CLI has continued to represent highly positive results, though more recent follow-up with graduates is needed to assess outcomes. All participants have a greater understanding of their own leadership style and potential and developed a network of colleagues from other disciplines and types of organizations that will help them as they work to improve early learning and help children in Washington. In 2008, the CLI will host its first Early Learning Leaders Panel, which will be comprised of leaders from a variety of early learning entities across Washington. The purpose of the panel discussion is to support CLI participants in increasing their understanding of the complex system of organizations and efforts involved in early learning, and provide an opportunity for the 24 cohort members to explore new and changing directions taking place in early learning with leaders throughout the State. Head Start Outcomes Work Group -- The HSSCO, in partnership with the Washington Head Start Association (WHSA) and ECEAP, convened a group of Head Start staff, Head Start T/TA staff, Region X staff, and state pre-kindergarten partners for the purpose of developing a statewide approach to gathering and representing child and family outcomes data for programs in Washington. In 2008, the group plans to hire a contractor to facilitate the process, which will involve the development of a plan to collect outcomes data from all Head Start programs in Washington to represent in a statewide picture. The group will work closely with experts from Washington institutions of higher education with regard to data collection, analysis, and representation.

Community Services

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Family Literacy Services

The HSSCO Project Manager served on the panel for reviewing grant proposals and selecting grantees for the Thrive By Five/Department of Early Learning Reading Readiness grants distributed in September 2007. Proposals were submitted from a variety of early learning programs with plans to support parent/child literacy services and included partnerships between several Head Start programs and other community entities across Washington.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Early Intervention Collaboration Meetings -- The HSSCO Project Manager participated in quarterly meetings with the Department of Early Learning (including Department of Early Learning's Assistant Director of Systems, Partnerships, and Collaboration, the State Pre-K Administrator, and the Infant/Toddler Early Intervention Program. The purpose of the meetings was to maintain an ongoing schedule for communicating about relevant issues regarding the care of infants and toddlers in Washington. State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) Meetings -- The HSSCO Project Manager represented the Department of Early Learning at SICC meetings throughout 2007, serving as a communication liaison between the Infant/Toddler Early Intervention Program (ITEIP) and the Department of Early Learning. Infant/Toddler Early Intervention Program (ITEIP) Listserv -- The HSSCO coordinated with ITEIP to establish a contact list for Early Head Start programs across Washington to receive ongoing, weekly newsletters and updates from ITEIP.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

The HSSCO provided publication resources to Head Start programs regarding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act following the changes in the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 related to serving homeless children and families.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO has continued to serve as a single point of contact for Head Start within the State and worked closely with the state association with recruiting Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and American Indian/Alaska Native participation in state planning efforts. The HSSCO connected groups working on related issues and assured local Head Start representation on various state work groups and committees. Some efforts in 2007 included: Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) School District Transportation regulation clarification -- The HSSCO facilitated communication between OSPI and a few Head Start programs with regard to state school district transportation reimbursement regulations. Children and Families with Incarcerated Parents--Data Sharing (see Welfare section for details). Child Care Subsidy Study (see previous in Child Care section for details).

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Head Start Program Visits -- In 2007, the HSSCO conducted four Head Start program visits for the purpose of building relationships with programs, increasing the visibility of the HSSCO with programs, and communicating with programs at a local level to assess needs and current context. Reoccurring themes that resulted

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from the visits included programs sharing their successes and challenges with regard to child care subsidies, community mobilization, pre-kindergarten expansion, and family literacy approaches. DEL Early Learning Partnership Strategic Action Plan Team -- The HSSCO Project Manager led a Department of Early Learning team assigned to develop a strategic action plan for the dissemination of onetime funds to communities across the State for the purpose of building early learning partnerships. The Early Learning Partnerships appropriations served to support the continued efforts of existing early learning coalitions and other emerging community mobilization endeavors across the State in identifying future directions and resources for sustaining local efforts in building effective early learning systems. Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, American Indian/Alaska Native Conference Call -- The HSSCO coordinated a conference call at the Region X Leadership Conference in September that involved all four Region X Collaboration Directors, the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Director, and the American Indian/Alaska Native Collaboration Director. The purpose of the call was to check in and assess issues specific to the needs of American Indian/Alaska Native and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs in all four Region X states.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

In 2007, the HSSCO had the opportunity to partner with the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office in supporting the ongoing development of the Rivers of Culture/Rios de Cultura Coalition in the lower Yakima Valley of Washington. These efforts specifically focused on the needs of Hispanic children and families in Central Washington, both immigrant and non-immigrant, with the primary goal of the coalition to ensure the preservation of children's language and culture throughout their early learning experiences. In one specific effort, a community-based needs assessment was conducted to identify trends and issues among child care providers and Head Start programs with regard to professional development. As stated in the 2006 annual report, it is important to emphasize that the HSSCO will continue to support action that creates opportunities for improving early learning systems and processes that serve to be inclusive of all populations within the State (i.e., children with disabilities, homeless children, children representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, children in foster care, etc.).

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The HSSCO will continue to evolve and adapt in 2008, largely based on its new context within the Department of Early Learning. In early 2008, the Department of Early Learning presented four new strategic goal areas, all of which have been aligned with the HSSCO's Continuation Application for FY2008-09. Further, the HSSCO will examine its role in promoting action and providing leadership to projects related to all eight priority areas -- particularly those that may not have been addressed to the extent that others were in 2007. In summary, the HSSCO's work plan and grant funds for the coming year will be greatly influenced by and aligned with the Department of Early Learning strategic planning, results of the statewide needs assessment of Head Start programs, and existing projects and initiatives.

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West Virginia

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are support Head Start/Child Care/Prep-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

West Virginia's pre-kindergarten program has continued to grow with more collaborations occurring between Head Start grantees and Local Education Agencies (LEAs). Technical Assistance was provided to local county teams to promote effective collaborations that are inclusive of low-income children and allow for the provision of Head Start services across settings (LEA, Head Start, and child care). The State's policy governing WV pre-kindergarten (State Board of Education Policy 2525) was revised this year and went into effect August 13, 2007. The revisions were developed through a process of including state and local level representation from child care, education, and Head Start. The revisions will promote further collaboration with community partners to allow for children to receive services in the most appropriate setting for their needs.

Lead Agency Contact

Charles Young Phone: 304-558-5204 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

nancy elmore ACf Region III Suite 864 150 South Independence Mall, West Philadelphia, PA 19106 Phone: 215-861-4048 [email protected]

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Oral Health The Oral health project wrapped up its first phase with the delivery of grantee training events, which were facilitated by oral health educators for each grantee.

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Welfare

The WV Head Start for Safety project delivered training to each grantee in the State through support from the WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence, child protective service workers, substance abuse counselors, and Head Start staff who were trained in the curriculum. The project will begin phase two with training events for a wider audience (teachers, child care, pre-kindergarten staff, etc.). Work began with WV WIC to improve partnerships to ensure that WIC staff are able to inform families of Head Start services and vice versa. A training module for WV DHHR staff is being developed; phone operators for WV DHHR are being trained to help provide better information to families seeking assistance.

Child Care

The WV pre-kindergarten program has been at the center of child care issues. The State is beginning to focus energies on improving support to child care programs. Part of this effort will be to implement a quality rating and improvement system for child care centers. This system will not include Head Start or education at this time. The HSSCO Director has been involved in numerous work groups to work out the details of how this system will be delivered and phased in. It is part of overall work from an Executive Order issued by the Governor. That report is due June 30, 2008.

Education

WV's pre-kindergarten program continues to be a priority as issues arise as a result of further blending of resources. Meal service delivery has been an issue to overcome in collaborative classrooms. The HSSCO Director has been involved in discussions with the State Office of Child Nutrition, the WV Head Start Association Health Services Advisory, Region III staff, and the Office of Head Start. Work continues on this issue. Another issue that has arisen is requiring partners in collaborative settings to verify income of families that are seeking pre-kindergarten services. There is a fear that if income verification is not required in counties, it will be impossible to include Head Start as a partner once WV pre-kindergarten becomes universal in school year 2012-13. This could be detrimental to Head Start enrollment across the State. The HSSCO continues to address this issue through attorneys at WV Department of Health and Human Resources and WV Department of Education. The Region III Office is also aware and involved in these discussions.

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Family Literacy Services

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The HSSCO Director continues to be involved in the WV Birth to Three Interagency Coordinating Council. As this group awaits regulations, consideration is being given to revised eligibility criteria. This is due in large part to the strain on funds for the Birth To Three system. Services have expanded a great deal in the past three years without additional Federal funding. The HSSCO Director and local Head Start staff continue to be involved in the State's Transition Steering Committee. Work is being finalized to revitalize local early childhood partners and focus on productive transition procedures for children exiting birth-to-three services into preschool special needs classrooms.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

No activities reported.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

The HSSCO Director continues to participate on the State's early learning council PIECES (Partners Implementing an Early Care and Education System). Work is underway to examine early childhood systems issues concerning finance, governance, and quality standards from an executive order by the Governor. The HSSCO Director has been named co-chair for the governance committee. The HSSCO Director will also participate on the other two groups.

Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

West Virginia has a very limited Hispanic population. It is localized to the eastern section of the State.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The HSSCO will continue with the work outlined in the work plan and attempt to begin work with the homelessness issues that face the State.

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Wisconsin

Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners (WECCP) WECCP is a network of state, regional, and community, public and private organizations, state departments, agencies, associations, and individuals working together to positively impact the lives of young children and their families. A WECCP priority this year has been implementation of the revised organizational structure designed to include the five Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) components and to improve ongoing communication across state, regional and community levels. WECCP now encompasses early care and education, health, mental health, parent education, and family support through a state action team, regional networks, and evolving communications systems. Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards The first edition of the Standards was disseminated in Fall 2003. Since then, support for implementation of these Standards has included development of training curriculum, sponsorship of a three-day training for trainers, community-based training and technical assistance, revision/expansion of the Standards to include ages birth to three, and efforts to develop statewide accountability guidelines related to the Standards. The revised Standards were completed and printed in 2007. Strongest Links Collaboration Events The 2007 Strongest Links Economic Summit (Building the Case for Investments in Early Education) was held on April 23. The Committee for Economic Development and the United

Collaboration Director

linda leonhart Department of Workforce Development P.O. Box 7946 Madison, WI 53707 Phone: 608-261-2137 fax: 608-267-7952 [email protected]

Lead Agency Contact

JoAnna Richard Department of Workforce Development Phone: 608-267-3200 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

terry lechner ACf Region V 233 north Michigan Suite 400 Chicago, Il 60601 Phone: 312-353-7796 fax: 312-886-5373

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Way of Wisconsin hosted the summit for 15 community leadership teams from around the State. The community teams included business and economic development leaders interested in improving quality and access to early learning programs and services. Guest speakers included representatives from the Committee for Economic Development (CED), the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIERR), the Miami Herald, the Illinois Early Learning Council, and the Minnesota Business for Early Learning. Summit outcomes included increasing understanding of the importance of economic development/early childhood connections; increased awareness of successful strategies for engaging business and community leaders in support of early childhood development; and enhanced networking among individuals, programs, communities, institutions and systems to improve the lives of young children and families. Preserving Early Childhood Collaboration Conference This annual conference was held March 13-14 in Madison for communities interested in exploring and implementing four-year-old kindergarten using community approaches. Highlights included tours of a number of selected 4K community sites and a keynote address by James Autry. Additional speakers included representatives from Pre-K Now, the Children's Defense Fund, Child Care, Inc., of New York, and the Maine Department of Public Instruction. Strengthening Families through Early Care and Education Wisconsin was one the first seven states to pilot the Strengthening Families through Early Care and Education Initiative, designed to prevent child maltreatment by building on the strong relationships that parents typically have with their Head Start/child care providers. Strengthening Families-Wisconsin is continuing to work in three main areas: increasing the number of Head Start/child care programs in the State that build protective factors with families; enhancing relationships between child welfare and early care and education; and improving coordination across fields that work with young children and their families. Wisconsin is one of three states selected to receive continuing support in implementation from the Center for the Study of Social Policy. The HSSCO director serves on the state leadership team for Strengthening Families.

Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Worked closely with the Wisconsin Infant Mental Health Alliance. Served on the Professional Development Initiative's Health Systems work group. Worked to increase the number of low-income children and families who have access to developmental screening opportunities through a statewide videoconference on screening and issues relating to the concept of medical home. Assisted in the development of guidelines to support fluoride varnish applications for Head Start children. The guidelines were developed as a result of the ongoing oral health partnership involving the HSSCO, the Wisconsin Head Start Association, and the Department of Health and Family Services. The primary purpose of this partnership is to develop strategies for improving access to oral health services to Head Start children and families.

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Information on Wisconsin's state- and local-level partnerships can be found at the end of this report.

Welfare

Participated in development of the Strengthening Families state plan. Supported efforts to apply a service integration approach to the early childhood community in Wisconsin (consistent with the NGA Partnership Academy's recommendations). Worked closely with the Governor's KidsFirst policy advisor in the Secretary's Office at the Department of Workforce Development through the HSSCO Advisory Committee and regular communication.

Child Care

Continued to support a Tribal child care liaison position contracted through the Wisconsin Child Care Resource and Referral Network to strengthen partnerships among Tribal Head Start and Tribal child care programs. Worked closely with the State Child Care Administrator through the HSSCO Advisory Committee and regular communication.

Education

Continued to serve on the State Superintendent of Public Instruction's Forces for Four-Year-Olds Advisory Committee. Participated in planning for the annual Preserving Early Childhood collaboration conference in March. Completed revision of the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. The goal is to improve quality in programs and services for children from birth through kindergarten. Supported development of a course focusing on the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards within the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Community Services

Worked closely with the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Community Action Association through the HSSCO Advisory Committee and regular communication. Supported and participated in planning for the regional Economic Summit (Forward with Our Children: Investing Early in Our Future Workforce) held in Green Bay. Over 350 participants attended this event. Provided funding for the regional collaboration coaches in order to support a variety of early childhood partnership efforts at the community level. Provided support for expansion of the regional websites on www.collaboratingpartners.com to become more effective as an information-sharing tool.

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Family Literacy Services

Served on the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards steering committee. Participated in efforts to align professional competencies across early childhood systems. Met periodically with representatives from public library services to explore opportunities for partnership. Partnered with the Head Start TA specialists and Wisconsin Head Start Association in facilitating family literacy training sessions for Wisconsin Head Start programs.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Served on the Governor's Birth to Three Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC). Participated in efforts to increase preschool options for young children with disabilities. Participated in an inter-Tribal gathering intended to strengthen connections among Tribal Head Start programs and other early childhood programs, especially those serving young children with special needs.

Services to Homeless Children and Families

Worked closely with the Department of Public Instruction's liaison to public school programs serving children affected by homelessness. Included representation from services to homeless children and families on the HSSCO Advisory Committee.

Facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions.

Continued to serve on the Steering Committee for the Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners, a state network of Wisconsin organizations, agencies, and individuals concerned with young children and families. Served on the leadership committees for T.E.A.C.H., R.E.W.A.R.D., the Registry, the Professional Development Initiative (PDI), Strengthening Families, and other statewide early childhood initiatives. Participated in ongoing activities in support of the Department of Public Instructions' work plan for revising a number of key interagency agreements.

Describe additional activities and successes in the past year.

Continued to provide funding to support extended contracts for five regional collaboration coaches (plus Milwaukee). Regular planning calls were held for the regional coaches and representatives from the funding organizations. Facilitated state-level planning to strengthen partnerships between the business and early childhood development communities.

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Briefly describe your efforts to support the coordination of Head Start services to Hispanic children and families in your State.

Participated in the development, training-for-trainers curriculum, and ongoing revision of the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, including printing and dissemination in Spanish. Continue to serve on the T.E.A.C.H. Advisory Committee, which provides higher education scholarship support to early childhood professionals, including those from culturally diverse populations.

How do your responses to the questions above impact your approved work plan for the current or upcoming year?

The focus of the HSSCO will continue to build on current efforts across the priority areas, and to strengthen early childhood partnerships. In particular, efforts are expected to focus on the following areas: Continuing to refine the redesign of the Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners to include all five components of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems initiative. Building and sustaining cross-sector community collaboration and use of regional coaches. Increasing engagement and support within the business community for early childhood development as an economic development strategy. Facilitating policies that support collaboration, community approaches, and blended funding. Continuing cross-sector professional development. Revising/developing of selected state-level interagency agreements. Transition planning for the new state Department of Children and Families.

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Briefly describe your accomplishments in the following areas. Where possible, indicate the goals from your work plan and the desired and actual outcomes.

Help build early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services for all low-income children. Include a description of how you are supporting Head Start/Child Care/Pre-kindergarten collaborations at the local level, as well as your efforts to involve Head Start programs in State Pre-kindergarten initiatives.

Through collaborative relationships developed via membership on the Wyoming Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) Advisory Board and participation in the Wyoming Head Start Association (WHSA) meetings and other early childhood work groups, statewide early childhood care and education organizations and state agencies representing the Governor's Office, Department of Family Services, Department of Health, Department of Education, Child Development Centers/Developmental Preschools, WHSA, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, Tribal Head Start, and early childhood education advocacy groups have provided advice, guidance, and input into the development of the Wyoming Head Start statewide strategic plan. This plan outlines, along with numerous other strategies, Head Start/child care collaborations at the state and local levels and the facilitation of Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies, plans, processes, and decisions. The HSSCO also participates in the regular meetings of the WHSA and is an active part of relevant subcommittees to maintain a link with local service delivery issues and other issues effecting Head Start grantees. The HSSCO also continues to play an active role in all relevant legislative committee meetings and hearings, governmental agency, state board and council, advisory group, and private organization meetings to keep abreast of statewide policy issues that effect low-income children and families. The HSSCO has been, and will continue to be, involved in conversations concerning the formation of a State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Care as outlined in the recent reauthorization of Head Start.

Collaboration Director

Rick Hufnagel university of Wyoming Wyoming Institute for Disabilities Department 4298 1000 east university Avenue laramie, WY 82071 Phone: 307-766-2454 fax: 307-766-2549 [email protected] http://wind.uwyo.edu/headstart/

Lead Agency Contact

laurie Westlake Phone: 307-766-2456 fax: 307-766-2549 [email protected]

ACF Regional Contact

Debra Hedin ACf Region VIII 1961 Stout Street Office 926 Denver, CO 80294 Phone: 303-844-1154 fax: 303-433-4288 [email protected]

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Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs. Describe your accomplishments and outcomes in the eight priority areas.

Health Care

Goal 3: Support efforts to improve access to comprehensive health services (medical, dental, vision, hearing, mental health, and nutrition) across the full continuum of preventive, early intervention and treatment services for low-income pregnant women and children. Objective 3.2: Support efforts to increase the availability of comprehensive health services to families and providers in Head Start and other early care and education programs. Task 3: Continue collaboration with the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) program. The HSSCO attended the Early Childhood System Building Partnership Meeting as a member of the Wyoming ECCS State Team. This meeting focused on system building activities in two of the five key components of the ECCS Early Childhood Development System: Social and Emotional Development and Early Childhood Mental Health and Family Support. The team reviewed the ECCS State Plan as it addressed the two key components identified above, including a discussion of system-building activities that are taking place in these two areas. The ECCS Program Manager has been appointed to the HSSCO Advisory Board. Supported partnership with the Child Development Centers to conduct comprehensive developmental screenings that include hearing, vision, and dental screenings. Objective 3.3: Support efforts to increase the availability of infant/child mental health resources to families and providers in Head Start and other early care and education programs. Task 1: Support efforts to collaborate with Child Development Centers and regional clinicians working on the Positive Social-Emotional Development Project. Attended the 2007 Positive Social-Emotional Development Project training conference. Developed an understanding of the project and how it fits into the Head Start system. This project involves training early childhood care providers using a train-the-trainer model. Presentation consisted of an overview of the project, the program requirements, and the core training modules. This project represents Division of Early Childhood (DEC) best practices and has increased support available for Head Start programs incorporating Response to Intervention (RTI) processes and developing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) strategies. The HSSCO Advisory Board has appointed the Director of the Child Development Center of Natrona County to the Board. The HSSCO Director regularly attends the Child Development Services (CDS) Board meetings and provides updates on the activities that result from collaborative efforts between the two groups. The CDS board represents a statewide system of child development centers that provide developmental screenings and children's mental health and intervention services to Wyoming Head Start programs. Task 5: Facilitate Head Start involvement in preschool Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

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Head Start staff from programs receiving State TANF Preschool funding have attended PBIS training. The HSSCO will continue to inform Head Start programs when additional training is being offered. Objective 3.4: Facilitate Head Start input toward the development of state policies/procedures and participate in system-building efforts that improve access to comprehensive health services. Task 1: Ensure all Head Start and Early Head Start children receive a comprehensive developmental screening that would include lead testing. Additionally, through collaboration with the ECCS grant and the Department of Health, Public Health Office, the HSSCO is working to improve the lead testing process for Wyoming children.

Oral Health

State-level The Wyoming Department of Health, Community and Rural Health Division, Dental Health Program has started a pilot program and contracted with four dental hygienists to do dental screenings and educational presentations in selected counties. Presentations and screening are being done in preschools, Head Start programs, and elementary schools. The counties included in the pilot program are Albany, Carbon, Sweetwater, Sublette, Sheridan, Johnson, Hot Springs, and Fremont. Program contact person is Trish O'Grady, RDH, at 307-777-7947. The Wyoming Oral Health Coalition has been inactive for over a year and will not be meeting in the foreseeable future. Local-level The HSSCO is not aware of any local oral health partnerships. Questions will be developed within the upcoming program assessment that should help the HSSCO increase understanding of any local partnerships. Additional Activities The HSSCO Director participates on the National Head Start-State Collaboration Office Oral Health Committee. The HSSCO disseminates the booklet Tooth Truth from Gilly the Gator to early care and education facilities to promote the importance of oral health practices.

Welfare

Goal 2: Support efforts to improve the opportunities for Head Start and other low-income families to achieve long-term self-sufficiency, as well as safe and stable families. Objective 2.1: Increase the understanding and knowledge of Head Start program staff concerning the ability of low-income families to achieve long-term self-sufficiency. Task 1: Planning for statewide Bridges Out of Poverty training is on hold due to resource limitations. It will be addressed during the 2008-09 refunding period.

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Child Care

Goal 1: Support efforts to increase the availability, accessibility, and quality of full-day, full-year early care and educational services for children in Head Start and Early Head Start in collaboration with other early care and education programs. Objective 1.2: Support efforts to improve the quality of early care and education programs through licensing, technical assistance, or other program quality initiatives. Task 2: Facilitate Head Start participation in professional development articulation meetings. Participated in two University of Wyoming/Wyoming Community College professional development articulation meetings. The purpose of these meetings was to gain a clear understanding of what the options are for awarding professional development scholarship monies and understanding the paths for professional development to meet the needs and interests of early childhood professionals. Participants included representatives from the University of Wyoming, Wyoming community colleges, Wyoming Department of Education, Head Start, early childhood education providers, Wyoming Children's Action Alliance, Child Nutritional Services, and Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

Objective 1.3: Support efforts to inform state and Federal policies/procedures and participate in system-building efforts that increase availability, accessibility, affordability, and quality full-day, full-year, child care and preschool services. Task 5: Develop a statewide Head Start branding campaign. Organized the 2007 Wyoming Head Start Visioning Conference. The overall purpose of the Visioning Conference was to develop a shared vision of Head Start in Wyoming with a plan for achieving the vision that identifies existing and potential resources and enhances our capacity to work together. The outcome of this conference was a set of strategic visions and goals for the HSSCO and the Head Start State Association, along with a concrete plan for implementation. One of the goals focused on public relations and branding. Currently in the planning stages for the follow-up April 2008 Visioning Conference. Developed and printed the Wyoming PIR data book. Distributed this resource to Head Start programs, state agencies, Wyoming Congressional delegation, and the early childhood education community. Participated in the Equality State Policy Center seminar on understanding and influencing the legislative process. Topics included insights and tips for understanding how the citizen legislature works and how to get the attention of legislators and affect policy deliberations.

Education

Goal 4: Support efforts to improve planning for seamless services (transition to public school) for children and families in Head Start and other early care and education programs. Objective 4.1: Support efforts to establish shared child outcome expectations for children in Head Start and other early care and education programs. Task 1: Support efforts to develop a statewide Head Start educational outcomes database.

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Organized an educational outcomes sub-committee of the Wyoming Head Start Association. Members included all eight Head Start program education coordinators. Data were collected on 4-year-olds using The Creative Curriculum® Developmental Continuum and the High Scope Child Observation Record. This data reported the number of children who had achieved Level III at the beginning of the school year and the number of children who had achieved Level III at the end of the school year. Level III is considered kindergarten ready in Wyoming. Results demonstrated the effectiveness of Head Start in preparing children for public school. Information was disseminated to the WHSA and at the Wyoming Department of Education spring school improvement conference. Task 3: Collaborate with the Department of Education to define preschool readiness, revise Wyoming Early Childhood Readiness Standards, and develop preschool program outcomes. The Wyoming Department of Education Early Childhood consultant is currently revising early childhood readiness standards. The WHSA has been involved in developing standards and pre-testing readiness measures. The HSSCO is continuing to work with the WHSA and grantees to refine the child outcomes database. In collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education Early Childhood Consultant, the HSSCO facilitated a roundtable discussion addressing transition issues at the Fall School Improvement Conference. The Transition Roundtable was a dialogue among preschool and public school leaders to discuss the successes, challenges, and barriers to improving educational opportunities for preschool children in Wyoming.

Community Services

Goal 5: Support efforts to facilitate the collaboration between Head Start and other community service programs at the state and local levels. Objective 5.1: Strengthen joint planning and collaborative activities between Head Start staff and other community service programs. Task 2: Develop collaborative strategies for placement of community service volunteers in Head Start or other early care and education programs. The HSSCO is still developing opportunities to partner with community service programs. The HSSCO Advisory Board has recruited the Community Action Agency State Director to be a member of the board to help identify future collaborations. On a local level, questions will be developed for use in the program assessment survey that will shed light on the opportunities that exist to collaborate with community service volunteers and on the involvement of Head Start grandparent volunteers.

Family Literacy Services

No activities reported.

Services to Children with Disabilities

Goal 7: Collaborate with ongoing efforts to expand the opportunities for inclusion of children with special needs in Head Start, Early Head Start, and other early care and education programs.

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Objective 7.1: Strengthen opportunities for joint education, training, and mentoring of Head Start and other early care and education program staff to understand the intent of inclusion. Task 2: Support efforts to identify barriers to inclusion. Applied for and received a SpecialQuest Birth­Five: Head Start/Hilton Foundation Training Program grant. This grant is designed to support inclusion of infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families by expanding support for inclusive services and exploring new ways of using the SpecialQuest approach, materials, and resources to promote and sustain inclusive practices across the State. The HSSCO has been invited to participate on the SpecialQuest Birth-Five: Head Start/Hilton Foundation Training Program National Advisory Committee to represent Head Start collaboration grants. The purpose of this and future meetings is to review the plans for the next three years and to gather input on key elements of the program.

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Collaboration with Regional Offices

Describe how you have supported and collaborated with the Regional Office on national and regional priorities (e.g. Fatherhood, Faith-Based and Community, Healthy Marriage, Youth and Rural Initiatives and TA Network, professional development, Community Action Agencies, State Head Start Association, and other activities). Alabama

Faith-based and community organizations have partnered with Head Start to address healthy marriage and male involvement. Thirty-four Head Start staff received scholarships to participate in the Alabama Healthy Marriage Initiative through Auburn University. The HSSCO regularly distributes information, resources, and training opportunities for Head Start staff and parents. A Valentine's Day wedding was held at the Lauderdale County Head Start with children, staff, and parents participating as a result of this initiative. The third annual Fatherhood Conference resulted from a partnership with the Alabama Departments of Human Resources, Children's Affairs, and Health; Children's Trust Fund, State Attorney General's Office, and the Governor's Faith and Community-based Agency. Twenty-five Head Start fathers received training, resources, and networking opportunities. A written agreement was established between the HSA and the Community Action Agencies of Alabama to assist Head Start grantees with conference planning, public relations, and advocacy activities, and oversight of $950,000 in state funds. The funds are allocated from the Legislature for all Head Start grantees based on the Federal formula. This has resulted in additional funding for Head Start to offset Federal cuts and matching grant funds STG International, the Region IV TA contractor and the HSSCO jointly developed a state plan that included long- and short-range goals, strategies, indicators, timelines, and cost estimates. Representatives attend state-level professional development and disability service meetings. Alabama's Disaster Preparedness Plan includes the TAs as the first responders to grantees. A model plan was shared with all grantees and a system is in place for local, state, and regional reporting.

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Alaska

Both Region X and AIANPB have collaborated with the HSSCO to address Alaska-specific issues, as well as ACF priorities. Aside from addition resources (both human and monetary), they have continued to aid the HSSCO's work on issues around differences among regional grantees, state structural changes, changes in the structure of the HSA (outcome 5 goal 3), and TA changes. All issues have been met with open dialogue and face-to-face involvement (a rarity in Alaska due to geography). The state office support has been strong around rural initiatives as that is the nature of Alaska. Fatherhood has continued a strong focus with the inclusion of a Fatherhood strand in the 2006 Alaska Head Start Leadership Conference. This year has seen the continued development of a close and responsive working relationship between the HSSCO and the TA system. They developed and implemented strategies to allow greater involvement in ACF priorities, as well as a strengthened link to both regional offices in the planning of the 2006 Alaska State Head Start Leadership Conference. Professional Development continues to be an issue of concern and high involvement. The HSSCO continues involvement in Alaska's System for Early Education Development (SEED) to a variety of distance delivery projects with the Alaska University system and to cross-educational agency shared training projects.

American indian/Alaska Native

Worked under the auspices of the Region XI TA network to learn about collaboration-related needs of AIAN grantees and provide requested support to Local TA Specialists and/or to individual grantees. Conducted database queries, researched relevant documents, and provided materials developed by AIAN-TAN. At cluster gatherings, provided forums for discussion of collaboration-related concerns. Worked with members of the National Indian Head Start Directors Association, some state Head Start Associations, and several state-level Tribal Head Start Associations to support collaboration-related needs and concerns. (For example, met with Arizona Indian Head Start Directors association to learn of their collaborative concerns and share information on LEA collaboration, 619 coordinators, and IDEA legislation.)

Arizona

Of these organizations, and for this reporting period, the HSSCO has focused work on the AHSA, with work focused on strategic planning, projects, and the AHSA contracting relationship with the HSSCO. This work has taken the HSSCO through a very thorough, lengthy, and time-consuming process in defining and reestablishing the HSSCO role with AHSA. Together, the HSSCO and AHSA, and with assistance of an outside consultant, examined the existing sub-granting, the balance of HSSCO funding, and the direction for AHSA. The AHSA Strategic Plan will be of good use in terms of project planning, positioning as a state-wide entity, and in fiscal growth and management. The new contracting structure between the HSSCO and AHSA will be mutually beneficial and create the best opportunity for real outcomes targeted to benefit the children of Arizona.

Arkansas

MOU Workgroup established annual priorities and signed updated MOU agreement among HSSCO, HSA, Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association, Office of Community Services, and Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education. The group worked in coordination with the Region VI TA Network in hosting training on leadership, finance, and governance held in Little Rock in November. Served on the Arkansas Early Childhood Professional Development Steering Committee; working to

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implement changes in professional development system, including registry process for child care and early childhood education staff. Participated in monthly conference calls with Regional Office and Region VI HSSCO Directors and in routine meetings with liaison from Booz-Allen-Hamilton, contractor for Region VI TA Network. Maintained routine communication with HSA, including bi-monthly Association and Class meetings; assisted with HSA Annual Institute held in Batesville in July. Participated in panel discussion on "Collaborative Partnerships" with representatives of Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education, Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, and Department of Education. Reviewed proposed IM for Head Start Emergency Preparedness; submitted comments to the Office of Head Start. Participated in Region VI training for I Am Moving, I Am Learning held in Dallas in November.

California

The HSSCO has a very successful working relationship with the Region IX Office, the Regional Office TA staff and CHSA. Besides the planning and communication that occurs at regularly scheduled quarterly meetings, the HSSCO has worked on an ad hoc basis to pull together other important activities and products such as upcoming roundtables with Community Care Licensing, which is a joint venture between the Regional Office, HSSCO, CHSA, and the TA Network.

Colorado

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Works Division, was awarded a $10 million Federal grant over five years to strengthen father/child relationships and improve parenting. The Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative awarded several grants to Head Start programs, as well as the HSA, to promote awareness and understanding of the availability of assistance to fathers and increase the number of fathers requesting and receiving mentoring assistance from community organizations. Staff from this initiative joined the HSA in planning a parent/staff training conference. Professional development has emerged as a theme around which the HSSCO's work seems to be focused. As mentioned previously, the Director is a member of the CSEFEL State Partnership, which is a national training and technical assistance initiative to foster the professional development of the early care and education workforce for dealing with children with challenging behavior. The Colorado initiative is moving into its second year and focusing on five goals to sustain this effort. The HSSCO Director has assisted staff from Head Start grantees in attending the various trainings that have been offered. Colorado was selected as one of ten Special Quest/Hilton Head State Leadership Teams. The HSSCO Director coordinated the inception of the team, a well as the development of the grant application. Again, the goal of this T/TA initiative is to support cross-department professional development around the inclusion of children with disabilities, birth to five. The relationship between the HSSCO and the HSA has become strong this year. The HSSCO attends each of the HSA meetings and meets regularly with the HSA president and join the Executive Committee for a portion of their meetings. The Director has helped coordinate several training activities to meet needs identified by Head Start programs.

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Connecticut

Participated regularly in OHS and Region I meetings and on scheduled conference calls. Maintain regular contact with Regional Office staff. At the October 23 CT Early Care and Education Providers' Summit, the HSSCO engaged Carmen Bovell from the Office of Head Start as the Keynote Speaker and Louise Eldridge of Region I as a panel presenter to share OHS priorities with state and local partners across sectors of early care and education. Worked with Region I Head Start program manager to build dialogue with State Agency Commissioners. Meetings with new Commissioners of the Departments of Social Services and Children and Families were held, and a meeting with new Commissioner of the State Department of Education is planned. Continued to work with OHS and the Region I HSQI on coordination of training and technical assistance activities as needed to meet the needs of grantee agencies, including co-hosting Special Quest reunion in October. Attended Head Start Health and Nutrition Managers meetings and Head Start Education and Disabilities Managers meetings to support the work of Head Start and Early Head Start programs and to exchange information regarding pertinent state initiatives.

Delaware

Worked on the National Initiative Strengthening Operations for Learning and Results (SOLAR) This national initiative is focused on building a Web-based system for creating individualized and program professional development plans and lends itself to aggregate data on professional development needs at a state and regional level. The Web-based system has been designed and will be unveiled in Summer 2008 to Regional Offices and selected grantees. Voluntary participation will be offered. The model has been introduced to the leaders of Delaware's PD system as a tool that could produce individual PD plans and provide data on statewide PD needs. Partners in this initiative are the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), EDC Advisory Committee, Office of Head Start

District of Columbia

The HSSCO worked diligently to ensure that Region III priorities are reflected in the planning and implementation of District HSSCO programming. The Men in Action (MIA) project in collaboration with the D.C. Department of Human Services National Fatherhood project grantee has tried to keep communication and joint planning processes open for all D.C. Head Start local Fatherhood groups and project. When planning the District of Columbia Annual Citywide Universal School Readiness conference, the HSSCO invited Region III staff and TA providers and conducted a number of well-attended workshops for District residents. Historically, the conference attracted over 1,000 early care and education staffers annually. Regional office staff is involved in all of the monthly gatherings of D.C. Head Start programs to review programming and reporting issues. Regional office staff has a seat on the HSSCO Subcommittee of the MACECD. Planning for FY08 seeks to involve more Regional input in both planning and implementation most of the community-based objectives.

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Men In Action (MIA) worked to plan a presentation given by the DCFI at the Region III Fatherhood Conference. An outcome of the conference was the need for increased collaboration among the DCFI and the Head Start programs. As a result, the DCFI asked MIA/HSSCO to facilitate the coordination of the Head Start programs (grantees and delegates) and selected community-based organizations. MIA is serving as the technical assistance branch of the DCFI, and continues its work by holding monthly meetings and developing parent-oriented materials for networking and sharing of best practices, as well as troubleshooting challenges. This role allows MIA to further strengthen the system of fatherhood initiatives that exists in the city, while enriching collaborations amongst service delivery agencies. The HSSCO Director was invited to bring greetings and to facilitate a workshop at the DCFI Fatherhood Conference in 2007. The session was on collaboration and continuity, and over 100 participants were in attendance. The Chair of the Fatherhood Committee and the HSSCO Director attended the International Fatherhood Conference (9th Annual). The ECEA Administrator presented on the role of men in the academic success of their children. HSSCO attended the 24/7 Dads Training Institute, which was sponsored by the National Fatherhood Initiative. HSSCO distributed information on relevant issues at the monthly Men In Action meetings.

Florida

The Memorandum of Understanding in support of Florida's Strengthening Families Initiative and representing Head Start at the Governor's Healthy Marriage Day at the Capitol both served to improve collaborations and enhance relationships and marriages. The HSSCO Director developed a Technical Assistance and Planning calendar with the TA Network in conjunction with the Region IV Office of Head Start. Quarterly meetings to communicate and plan with the TA Network were held to work on the three priorities in the TA and Planning calendar. The TA Network is included on the listservs maintained by the HSSCO and is an integral part of the HSSCO Disaster Preparedness Plan. Quarterly meetings were held with the executive director of the Florida Association of Community Action (FACA) to plan for more collaboration between Head Start and community action agencies. The HSSCO and FACA exchanged information for each other's listservs, and the HSSCO presented at their annual training conference. The HSSCO worked with the CCBG agency on LIHEAP and other Community Action projects. The HSSCO worked very closely with the FHSA on a wide array of activities. This collaboration ensures that grass roots Head Start input is provided in policy discussions. The work of the HSSCO would not be possible without this relationship. The following are some of the collaborations between the HSSCO and FHSA: One of the main collaborative efforts between the HSSCO and FHSA was the production and distribution of the 2006-07 Portrait of Our Head Start Children's Outcomes. The HSSCO also supports the work of the FHSA Research Committee and its annual Research Conference.

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The HSSCO partnered with the FHSA and the TA Network in planning the 10th Annual FHSA Training Institute. The HSSCO worked with the FHSA to coordinate a training session comprised of Head Start directors who have successfully incorporated Florida's VPK program and other child care programs into their Head Start program. This session resulted in an increase of Head Start programs offering VPK. The HSSCO also collaborated on a FHSA Health Forum.

Georgia

Served as a contact and resource for dissemination of national and regional ACF initiatives. Provided regular updates by attending association board meetings (attended three regional association board meetings and attended five state association board meetings). Sent listserv and email information. (Three messages sent in October, November, December), responded to questions and answers as necessary.) Participated in as many joint-activities as possible. Participated in, and solicited support for, the Region IV Office of Head Start T/A Network that conducted a collaboration survey. Participated in all major early care and education professional development initiatives in Georgia with Head Start, pre-kindergarten, child care, and Department of Education partners (two meetings). Attended collaboration meetings to clarify information and offered alternative solutions to existing problems or concerns throughout Georgia. (Two meetings: The Connector Early Head Start troubleshooting staffing situation and meeting with Georgia Military College to provide information about Head Start and discussed possible opportunity to collaborate on articulation and other linkages for teachers and degrees).

Hawaii

The HSSCO Director and the TA Specialist for Hawaii met on a monthly basis, as much as possible, to share information (Federal, regional, and local) and to coordinate efforts to support individual grantees and the Head Start Association. The HSSCO Director attended quarterly Head Start Association meetings, provided written and oral reports on SCO activities, and shared resources and information that would benefit the grantees and their staff.

idaho

In addition to participation in Regional conference calls and Region X TA conference calls, the HSSCO Director attended the Region X Leadership Conference in September 2007. Specific work with the TA staff centered on the Pre-Conference day with Program Health Coordinators before the Oral Health Summit. This effort included development of the agenda, arranging speakers, presentations, materials, meeting arrangements, and preparation of specific Head Start concerns to take to the Summit. The three Interagency Agreement Cluster meetings required extensive work, drawing together materials,

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mandates, recommendations, and outcomes from the process. Meeting arrangements and invitations were coordinated between the TA Disabilities Coordinator, the HSSCO, and the Part B-619 Coordinator. Day-long meetings were held in the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's hotel, the Head Start center in Pocatello, and the Meridian School District's Administration Building. The HSSCO Director met monthly with the Executive Director of the IHSA. The HSSCO Director attended two Head Start Association meetings, met with Program Directors, and presented the Early Learning Guidelines and Early Mental Health information to the Association.

illinois

Worked ongoing with the IHSA, participating in all board meetings and strategic planning and contributing collaboration information and articles for the newsletter. Worked with the IL Head Start TA network to implement the IHSA/TAS/HSSCO coordination plan, and participated in regular meetings of the collaborative work group. Presented statewide virtual collaboration training for one of the grantee liaisons. Assisted one grantee with an E-Rate application. Participated on the IL Professional Development Advisory Council (www.ilgateways.com) and helped develop the pilots for core and infant/toddler credentials. Distributed information on fatherhood grants and activities and worked on parent summit planning.

indiana

The HSSCO worked with the Regional Office regarding the annual grant and supplemental funding. The HSSCO Director worked with Karen Yoder, Region V Oral Health Contractor from Indiana University, to define oral health needs in Indiana and how they might best be met. The HSSCO Director participated in monthly conference calls with the Region V Collaboration Directors. The HSSCO contracted for services with the IHSA. Contracted services included: Maintenance of Web site; Quarterly IHSA Newsletters; Professional Development; and Policy, Research Development. The HSSCO Director met monthly with IHSA Directors and attended many of the Board and Cluster meetings. The HSSCO Director attended quarterly meetings with the Booz Allen Hamilton TA staff.

iowa

The HSSCO worked closely with the Regional Office in 2007, meeting at least twice for face-to-face meetings. Regional Office priorities have included addressing the increase in state-funded preschools. The HSSCO supported national and regional priorities for Professional Development. The HSSCO

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worked with the Professional Development System Component Group of Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) that hosted three meetings with an outside consultant to develop a plan for a statewide early childhood professional development system. The HSSCO also managed the grant that encouraged Iowa community colleges develop a set of common core courses and study accreditation through the Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation. The HSSCO worked with Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children to assure it successfully managed its T.E.A.C.H. license and continued its scholarship services. T.E.A.C.H. developed a Bachelor of Arts model, anticipating the future need for more B.A. teachers, as is the case with the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. T.E.A.C.H. also developed new models to better address Head Start participation barriers of personnel policy that restrict bonuses and payment for release time. The HSSCO Director serves as chair of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Iowa advisory committee. The HSSCO also issued guidance on how Head Start teachers can convert an initial license into a standard State of Iowa teacher's license when they lack supervision requirements from trained administrators.

Kansas

Collaborated with the Regional Office on fatherhood activities by including them on plans and projects of the Kansas Fatherhood Coalition. Region VII staff received meeting notices and summaries, as well as invitations to participate in the annual Kansas Fatherhood Summit. Participated with the Kansas Community Action Programs in planning and implementing the Kansas Conference on Poverty. Collaborated with KHSA on many projects, including the Parent Health Literacy Project using the book What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick, the annual Parent Leadership Conference, the Kansas Fatherhood Summit, oral health projects, and Home Visitor training. Participated in six day-long meetings with the Kansas Early Head Start Manager, Region VII ACF, ICFTA Specialists, KHSA, and Head Start/Early Head Start directors. Discussion and planning on national and regional priorities occurred at these meetings.

Kentucky

The HSSCO attended the National Head Start Collaboration Directors' Meeting in December 2007 and served on the planning committee for that meeting. The HSSCO was a sponsor for the 2007 Infant-Toddler institute and served on the Institute's planning committee.

Louisiana

The HSSCO provided support to these priorities through participation in various meetings, conference calls, and the distribution of materials in support of ACF initiatives and priorities at the national, regional, and state levels. Fatherhood activities received the most support from agencies and state government through funding and program opportunities. Fatherhood activities also received support from faith-based and community

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organizations as they implemented programs designed to support and encourage Louisiana fathers to play a more active and supportive role in the lives of their children. The HSSCO maintains an active ongoing relationship with the T/TA Network currently providing services in Louisiana. The HSSCO participates in regional meetings and serves as a resource for information and collaboration opportunities. The Pathways agency is responsible for approving all trainings required by the State of Louisiana related to licensing and Head Start's continuing education requirements. The HSSCO has a direct line of communication and provides assistance on a regular basis for the timely approval of trainings prior to Louisiana Association of Community Action Partnerships (LA CAP) and LHSA Training Conferences. The HSSCO plays an active role in both the LHSA and LA CAP through participation in regularly scheduled meetings (providing updates) and supporting annual conferences (providing trainings and serving on the conference committees), and by serving as a conduit for direct access to State Child Care Licensing and the Quality Rating System (QRS).

Maine

The HSSCO provided space for the Region IT/TA meeting on Fiscal Management and for a statewide training of teachers and staff on I Am Moving, I Am Learning.

Maryland

The HSSCO provided relevant information on state and national fatherhood activities through Head Start and Judy Center Partnerships. Shared and discussed information on fatherhood programs and initiatives at MHSA administrator meetings. Faith-based grantees/delegates in Catholic and Baptist churches actively participated in state projects and provided leadership in community partnering and planning. Discussed outreach and embracing community services, including Faith-based efforts, at MHSA administrator meetings. Catholic Charities Head Start/Early Head Start programs provided leadership in working with their parents on healthy marriage strategies. Shared relevant state and national information and strategies on the benefits of marriage at workshops at the annual MHSA and Maryland Community Action Partnerships (MCAP) Conference. The HSSCO worked with Brenda Coakley, the AED Migrant and Seasonal Program Specialist, to insure that the interests of children in migrant and seasonal families are included in state policies and decisions. Met regularly with Maryland TA Specialists to discuss grantee needs and strategies for addressing those needs. Shared information on a variety of professional development opportunities with Head Start and Early

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Head Start grantees and staff via an email distribution list and a training calendar from the resource and referral network. The TA Specialists provide information and assistance to the HSSCO to facilitate opportunities for meeting identified professional development needs. As previously noted, information on available funding opportunities was shared with Head Start and Early Head Start programs to support staff instructional skills. Served on the planning committee for the annual joint conference by the MHSA and MCAP. Workshops, meetings, and other activities promoted joint learning and mutual outcomes for children and families. MCAP and MHSA developed and signed an agreement to further state and local partnerships, including planning and referrals for at-risk families. Worked with the MSDE adult education specialist to offer information on adult education to Head Start and other Judy Center partners. Presented information and opportunities frequently via email and at regular MHSA meetings. Input was solicited on relevant issues. Worked with MHSA to achieve the objectives of its 3-year strategic plan. As previously noted, the HSSCO played an important role on MCAP/MHSA conference planning committee. Regularly scheduled meetings/calls were held with the President of the MHSA and other contacts occur as needed.

Massachusetts

See activities related to the Massachusetts Head Start Association and information on I Am Moving, I Am Learning.

Michigan

The Michigan HSSCO collaborated with the Region V Office on a number of initiatives including: Fatherhood. The Region V Office sponsored monthly fatherhood conference calls. The HSSCO has supported access to these conference calls. Social and Emotional. The Region V Office and the Region V TA team have assisted Michigan as needed. TA Network. The HSSCO held monthly update meetings with the TA Network Specialists. Head Start Association/CAP Agencies. The HSSCO Director attended the joint quarterly meetings of the MHSA and the Community Action Agency events upon request. The HSSCO Director served as a liaison among Federal, state, and local initiatives.

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Migrant and Seasonal Head Start. The HSSCO Director worked extensively with Brenda Coakley (Migrant and Seasonal Head Start), Susan Rohrbough (NCCIC), and other Michigan partners on early childhood and care issues for migrant and seasonal children. Federal Initiatives. The Region V Office listserv offers information about grant opportunities, professional development around priority areas, and conference information.

Migrant and Seasonal Head Start

MSHS programs are administered from the national level ­ Office of Head Start (OHS)/Migrant and Seasonal Program Branch (MSPB).The MSHS Collaboration Office, a division of the MSHS Technical Assistance Center (TAC-12), continued to be housed in the Academy for Educational Development (AED). Co-location supported the efforts of the MSHS Collaboration Office to increase availability of training and technical assistance to the grantee and delegate programs, as well as improved visibility. The Collaboration Office also benefited from the direct relationship with MSPB and grantee and delegate agencies in the Region. These advantages, coupled with AED, a nationally/internationally recognized incorporated nonprofit, created an effective working relationship.

Minnesota

Held quarterly meetings with the Booz Allen Hamilton Training and Technical Assistance staff serving the state, state monitors, and the Minnesota Head Start Association to discuss common issues and coordinate activities that will support Head Start programs. Attended the quarterly meetings of the Minnesota Head Start Association to give updates on statewide initiatives, listen to the needs of local programs, and to support professional development. Facilitated the annual meeting of the Health Coordinators, a leadership retreat for directors, and responded to questions regarding state policy and procedures. Attended clusters meetings in southern Minnesota and central Minnesota whenever possible to learn about local challenges and successes and to provide support and information. Facilitated the attendance of Early Childhood Special Education staff to provide information and listen at the cluster meeting in southern Minnesota. Recruited presenters on supporting fathers at the Early Childhood Administrators and Strong Foundations conferences.

Mississippi

Region IV Head Start Association Board Meeting. The HSSCO Director is a member of the Region IV Head Start Association Board and attended quarterly meetings. State-Based Teams/TA Network. The HSSCO Director is a member of the State-based Team in Branch A and met quarterly with the Region IV State Lead and State TA. Rural Initiatives. The HSSCO Director worked in collaborative partnership with the Director of the Mississippi Rural Early Childhood Institute.

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Mississippi Head Start Association. The HSSCO Director reported on activities and provided legislative updates and announcements regarding early childhood state policy at quarterly meetings of Mississippi Head Start Directors and was included in the planning of all state and local Head Start Association functions and events.

Missouri

Participated in executive planning meetings with the professional development system for the state of Missouri-Opportunities in a Professional Educational Network (OPEN). In concert with Region VII Office of Head Start and Region VII Head Start Association, assisted in planning, organizing, and supporting a Directors Caucus for Head Start directors. The HSSCO serves in an ad-hoc position on both Region VII Board and MHSA Board of Directors. The HSSCO and MHSA planned and implemented regular peer-to-peer networking sessions designed to give Head Start staff an opportunity to network and receive information based upon national, regional, and state priorities. Collaboration Offices from Region VII, Region VII OHS staff, and T/TA network staff partnered to share information on ACF regional priorities and how the three entities could partner to support Head Start grantees in the states, including pre-kindergarten. Region VII T/TA participated in child care/Head Start/pre-kindergarten regional meetings throughout the State, including facilitating a Head Start Partners panel featuring successful child care, Head Start, and pre-kindergarten partnerships. The HSSCO Advisory Council membership includes representation from Missouri Head Start Association, Region VII T/TA, Region VII OHS, and Missouri Association for Community Action. These organizations aid in the ongoing direction of the HSSCO.

Montana

Past reports have summarized these many activities when they were specific to the work of the HSSCO. Most activities have become part of the conceptual framework for the HSSCO's efforts. For example, when the Fatherhood initiative was funded and prominent, most programs had a Fatherhood Coordinator, and the HSSCO took part in some of the common planning and training efforts. Now because of funding issues, most programs no longer employ a coordinator. But the incorporation of fathers into Head Start work has continued because what was learned and accomplished became part of the improvement of the particular program and its practices. The HSSCO worked closely with the Region VIII TA Network, meeting with them in person or via monthly conference calls, and was included in many the clusters that were held.

Nebraska

The primary connecting point for collaboration with the Regional Office on these priorities has been through partnership with the Region VII Head Start Association. The Region VII Head Start Association has developed opportunities for distance learning via the GoTo Meeting format. This has been made accessible to the Nebraska Head Start Association for networking opportunities, of which the HSSCO Director facilitated a session on health for Head Start Health Coordinators. Region VII HSA has also developed a comprehensive Management Accelerated Program (MAP) training program for new Head Start directors that was done with support from the Region VII Head Start Technical Assistance and the Regional Office. The proposal will go

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to the Office of Head Start for review with plans to launch the two-year intensive training plan by mid-2008. The HSSCOs in Region VII will be able to provide support as needed to help with access to materials and information about state-specific initiatives that may inform the content. The State Fatherhood initiative has been integrated with Nebraska's Parent Information Resource Center (PIRC) project administered by Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. PIRC resources are available to school districts, 21st Century Community Learning Centers network, and a small number of infant/toddler pilot initiatives in northeast quadrant of the State.

Nevada

Attended Region IX HSA training day on systems development. Participated in quarterly Region IX meetings of T/TA assistance staff, Region IX staff, HSSCO Directors, and State Head Start Association Presidents.

New Hampshire

New England Head Start Association. Participated in the New England HSA conference in December 2007 and supported a meeting of the HSSCO Directors and Region I Program Specialist. State Head Start Association and Community Action Agencies. Participated in monthly meetings with the NH Head Start Association and Region I Program Specialist. One meeting was held at the Community Action Agencies' annual conference. All of NH's Head Start grantees are part of Community Action Agencies. Healthy marriage, fatherhood, faith-based and community partnerships. Strengthening Families Initiative provides specific strategies and methods early childhood programs can utilize to enhance family engagement including attending to healthy marriage, fatherhood, and community partnerships. One of the ten Exemplar Programs is a faith-based shelter for homeless families, and three of the ten are based in rural communities where formal family assistance resources are scarce. Professional Development/Regional TA Network. Collaborated with the Head Start Quality Initiative TA providers to plan a major childhood obesity initiative in NH. She also had quarterly meetings and telephone conferences with the two TA specialists for NH. E-Rate. Worked with the Head Start Directors Association and regional and national Head Start TA professionals on NH Head Start's eligibility for the national E-Rate program. A letter was mailed to the Commissioner of Education, followed by a meeting to discuss his support for the effort. Despite the Commissioner's support to move forward, NH was not eligible based on the State's definition of schools. NH made a recommendation to the National Head Start Association to pursue this issue at the national level.

New Jersey

Attended the Healthy Marriage Summit held in Philadelphia, sponsored by Regions II and III. Region II invited State Head Start Association Presidents and HSSCO Directors to discuss their perspectives regarding the implementation of state pre-kindergarten initiatives and to identify barriers for Head Start. The HSSCO Directors were part of the Region II Head Start Association planning committee and also presented at the Region II Head Start Association conference.

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New Mexico

Provided information and follow-up support about a Healthy Marriage grant opportunity for grantees, which was funded for a state grantee. Maintained communication with T/TA network staff assigned to the HSSCO through emails, phone calls, and meetings. Attended New Mexico Head Start Association quarterly meetings and New Mexico/Southern Colorado Indian Head Start Directors Association meetings. Attended an Early Childhood Higher Education meeting to discuss and begin revising course work, including special education.

New York

www.earlychildhood.org -- Maintained and improved www.earlychildhood.org. This Web site provides a one-stop location for information on early childhood career development. A new database of registered and credentialed trainers will soon be added to other resources found on the Web site. Trainers' Credential -- New York State has taken several steps (i.e., Educational Incentive Program, New York State Association for the Education of Young Children's credentialing programs) to emphasize college credit bearing coursework and credentialing programs as the preferred forms for early care and education career and professional development. However, there remains a significant role for non-college based training in both program quality improvement and individual provider's professional development. In response to this need, a wide array of training opportunities has been developed. Unfortunately, the quality of these training opportunities varies as much as the type of training available. To help programs and providers identify high-quality training opportunities, work has begun, under the auspices of the HSSCO, to establish a trainers' credential and registry. The New York State Trainers' Credential is a competency-based program for people providing training in early care and education. The credential program will validate the trainer's education and experience with children and/or families or in a specialized content area, and evaluate the trainer's competence in preparing and implementing professional development experiences that result in increased knowledge, improved professional practice, and eventually in higher quality programs for children and families. It is a voluntary, competencybased credential that is divided into three levels to accommodate trainers with varying degrees of education, expertise, and training experience. The Trainers' Registry will make it easier for individuals and organizations seeking program and professional development training to locate trainers. The Trainer's Credential and the Trainer's Registry are being piloted in New York City. Once the pilot test is completed, the credential and registry will be made available statewide. Community Action Agencies -- Worked closely with the Director of the Division of Community Services who oversees the Community Services Block Grant and with the Executive Director of the NYS Community Action Agency Association. Head Start Association -- Worked closely with the members of the NYS Head Start Association. This included frequent communication with the Association Executive Committee and attending state and regional meetings of the Association. Developed and maintained an e-mail list of all Head Start program directors in the

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State and used that list to provide information on project activities, state programs and policy changes, and funding information.

North Carolina

The HSSCO's support of the national priorities in collaboration with many of the entities named above is imbedded in the previous sections of this report and described at length. Absent from the previous narrative is the following: NC Head Start Association Conference ­ April 2007 Office of School Readiness Regional Planning Meetings ­ April 2007 Minority Male Mentoring Conference ­ April 2007 National Smart Start Conference ­ May 2007 CC Health Collaboration Meeting ­ May 2007 Emergency Preparedness Training (Atlanta) ­ May 2007 NC Head Start Association Board Meeting ­ June 2007 T.E.A.C.H./Head Start Regional Meetings ­ August 2007 Region IV Head Start T/TA Partners Meeting (Atlanta) ­ August 2007 NC-AEYC Conference ­ September 2007

North Dakota

The Healthy Relationship (Marriage) Initiative has been integrated into the Dakota Fatherhood Initiative, through the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Parenting Education Centers, across the eight regions in the State. The NDSU centers extend outreach to fathers in strengthening their role in the family and in the education of their children, especially in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Attended all of the HSA Governing Board meetings, as well as most of the Head Start director's meetings and the Northern Plains Head Start director's meetings. Made 12 Head Start and/or Early Head Start site visits. The HSSCO Director will continue to convene the Early Childhood Higher Education Consortium quarterly meetings addressing the following items: updates on the Professional Development Plan, the Early Learning Guidelines, the Early Care & Education Organizational Chart, the Early Childhood Articulation Agreement and review of requirements for the ECE and Kindergarten Endorsement in Relation to an Elementary Prepared Teacher. North Dakota will have full-day kindergarten by 2008. The Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) is responsible for ensuring that teachers are appropriately prepared and highly qualified to teach in a kindergarten class. The ESPB Executive Director will continue to consult with the ECHEC on how to address that requirement. Served on the North Dakota Reading First Leadership Team representing Head Start. The Department of Public Instruction is considering writing for an Early Reading First grant when the opportunity presents itself. The HSSCO will continue to participate in the Rural Health Networks -- a collaborative organization

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formed to integrate systems of care and strengthen the rural health care delivery system. A Rural Health Network is formed as a nonprofit business that provides services/benefits to members and other agencies and is sustained by selling services or providing members with cost-savings. The HSSCO will write a letter of support for the North Dakota Integrated Services Project. The North Dakota Integrated Services (NDIS) project is a three-year grant funded by the Department of Health and Human Services-Maternal and Child Health Bureau to the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) at Minot State University. The NDIS project will assist state agencies, local medical providers, and families of children and youth with special health care needs, ages birth to 21, to develop the knowledge and infrastructure to assure that all youth receive the coordinated care they need. The HSSCO will participate on the HealthyND Healthy Eating and Physical Activity State Plan Policy Committee to combat and eliminate the childhood obesity epidemic.

Ohio

Collaborated with the Regional Office in meeting with urban grantees that are collectively seeking additional full-day/full-year slots to meet the demand of local families. Continued to meet bi-monthly with the OHSA board and attend the bi-monthly professional development conference. The HSSCO met face-to-face, by conference call, or submitted a monthly update to the Region V TA Network. The HSSCO continued to share weekly information related to OHS and ACF Information Memorandums, news updates, and other communications related to Regional Office ACF priorities via a statewide listserv.

Oklahoma

The HSSCO Director, Region VI ACF, and Oklahoma TA specialist received I Am Moving, I Am Learning training, and planned to work with Oklahoma early childhood partners to coordinate and integrate I Am Moving, I Am Learning into Oklahoma professional development opportunities. Met with Mathematica researchers to provide information about and history of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative with regard to Head Start in Oklahoma. Worked with the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative to disseminate training information on relationships/marriage, fatherhood, and family formation to Head Start programs and their partners. Participated in monthly conference calls with Shannon Hills, ACF Region VI Head Start Program Specialist and other Region VI HSSCO Directors to discuss the E-Rate; oral health updates on Washington, D.C. Partners' Meeting follow-up plans; and the Region VI HSSCO Annual Meeting. Provided monthly information packets to Head Start directors and participated in all state and regional Head Start Association meetings and reported on collaboration activities at each meeting.

Oregon

National and Regional Priorities: Participated in conference calls and meetings whenever needed and had consistent ongoing contact with the Region X Office of Head Start. Through this contact, the HSSCO Director responded and assisted with national and regional priorities, initiatives and emerging issues and/or concerns as needed. Examples of areas that were addressed are:

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Program Information Report (PIR) results monitoring system under-enrollment Head Start and State pre-kindergarten collaboration Head Start/Child Care collaboration oral health and dental services the recent Head Start Reauthorization Act Shared information about national and regional priorities such as Healthy Marriage, Faith-based opportunities, Youth and Rural needs, and Fatherhood with the Head Start and early childhood community on a regular basis through email and reports at various partner meetings, conferences, commissions, etc. Served as a resource person for state and local programs and communities for these initiatives. The work of the Oregon Head Start/Child Care Work Group has been highlighted at Region X ACF Child Care Conferences on a regular basis. TA Network: The Oregon Head Start TA Specialist participated on two important efforts led by the HSSCO Director: The Training Quality Committee and the Head Start/Child Care/TANF Work Group (previously described in this report). The presence of Head Start's TA Specialist provided credibility and has been of great benefit to both of these statewide collaborative efforts. The TA Specialist was helpful in providing resources and materials for emerging questions regarding facilities and child care.

Pennsylvania

In support of the PA Head Start Association, the HSSCO Project Manager and or the Director met monthly to discuss current areas of interest. Quarterly the HSSCO staff presented HSSCO updates to the PHSA Board of Directors. The PHSA also included time with HSSCO staff as a session during its fall and spring conferences. During 2007, much of the discussion with the PHSA was related to the new Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program. In support of the Region III TA network, a collaboration was developed between the ICF/TA staff and the OCDEL staff who provide TA to those agencies that receive both State and Federal funding. The collaboration is a result of a series of meetings called PA TAP that also include a representative from ACF Region III. The meetings allow the State TA to hear of Federal priorities and vice versa. Part of the collaboration is an agreement to defer to the Federal TA or program specialist when a program is having challenges that cut across sites that receive both types of funding. These meetings allow for the TAs to discuss strengths and challenges facing shared programs.

Rhode island

The HSSCO is a member of two Fatherhood organizations -- the Fatherhood Network and the Children's Cabinet Fatherhood Initiative. Accomplishments included conferences on child support, incarcerated parents, and gang violence. The HSSCO Director attended all meetings of the Rhode Island Head Start Association (HSA). These meetings are a way of linking HSA and state initiatives and also linking T/TA priorities and plans.

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South Carolina

The STG International, Inc. (STG) TA Network is included in all task force and committee work. STG is included in all training planning meetings. STG staff also serve as presenters at all conferences. Scholarships are available to STG staff. South Carolina Head Start addresses healthy family issues through fatherhood and grandparents initiatives. Father involvement is a specific activity of the October Head Start Awareness Day events. Fatherhood/male involvement staff and parents took opportunities to attend the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Conference in October. The HSSCO is working with the Association to maintain a statewide database of public and private fatherhood programs. In partnership with the State Department of Education and AARP, four grandparents' summits were held around the state in October. Topics and workshops included USDA for WIC clients, simplified food voucher applications, South Carolina Department of Education reorganization and new contacts, Medicaid changes, legal services opportunities, and the AARP Benefits Quicklink review and oral health 101. Health partners provided digital thermometers. The SCCAP received a grant from the State OEO to sponsor youth development programs at the local level. The HSSCO supported these efforts and participated in linking the State Afterschool Alliance with Head Start. A discussion of domestic violence training was noted earlier. Training opportunities were offered every six weeks on the campuses of two- and/or four-year state higher education institutions.

South Dakota

Supported South Dakota Head Start programs' development of a strategic plan for fatherhood activities. The 2007 joint conference was cancelled because of weather. The meeting was rescheduled for the Region VIII Conference in Rapid City in October 2007. Attended the Head Start Association Conference, South Dakota Head Start Association meetings, and Head Start Health Coordinators networking. Participated in several regional conference calls and a meeting in October. Also met with regional office staff in August in Denver. Distributed Head Start PIR data for the annual report. The HSSCO Director met with the South Dakota Head Start Association Executive Board to negotiate a new contract for services with the South Dakota Head Start Association.

Tennessee

The HSSCO worked cooperatively with the Regional Office staff on all requested activities. Participated in the Region IV Faith-Based and Community Event, sponsored by Tennessee State University. Met with Tennessee Head Start directors at their quarterly meetings; agenda time was always allocated to the HSSCO for review, updates, and Q&A. Assisted in the organization of the annual joint conference of Tennessee Head Start Association and Association of Community Action Agencies.

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Utilized TA staff in staff development activities. Participated on the Region IV Technology Committee. Organized the Emergency Contact list for Tennessee. Participated in all national and regional meetings as requested.

Texas

Fatherhood Continued involvement in Fatherhood Initiatives. Faith-Based and Community Encouraged the distribution of information through Head Start/Early Head Start grantees to appropriate sources in their communities. Continued involvement through the Healthy Marriage Initiative. Healthy Marriage Continued communication with the Office of Head Start and Region VI in the distribution of relevant information through the Head Start/Early Head Start Grantee Listserv. Youth and Rural Initiatives Included Head Start/Early Head Start programs, located in rural areas, into the Texas Head Start S.O.S. Visited Early Head Start programs that are located in high schools serving young and unwed mothers and their child/children. Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Network The successful integration of all collaborated efforts from this office is directly related to the involvement of the ten T/TA Specialists in Texas. Maia Shelby, T/TA Specialist assigned to the HSSCO, coordinated and solicited the ideas and cooperation of her colleagues. T/TA Network involvement has added to the success of the Texas Head Start S.O.S., TEEM, Children's Nutrition Research, and Texas Project WILD. Professional Development Worked with the State Center to develop the current School Readiness Certification System.

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Worked with Sen. Zaffirini staff to acquire funds to support the Higher Education Initiative. Texas Higher Education and Early Childhood Education Partnership Demonstration Project were involved in four institutions of higher learning around the state. Community Action Agencies The majority of the Head Start/Early Head Start programs in Texas are CAAs. Continued work with state, regional, and national staff to get non-public school Head Start/Early Head Start programs to receive E-Rate benefits. Texas Head Start Association Supported the THSA Conference. Attended and reported at Board meetings. Supported Conference Planning for THSA, South-by Southwest Training Conference, and WSS TriCounty CDC Council Cluster.

Utah

Maintained and updated the Utah Early Childhood Connections Web site with information on conferences and trainings for early childhood providers and institutions of higher education. Developed the Utah Head Start Programs Management Team and Sites List for the Utah Head Start Association to facilitate networking and partnerships. Attended national Head Start-State Collaboration Directors Network meetings in Washington, D.C., to receive updates on ACF priorities. Attended the National Forum on Head Start/Pre-K and the Head Start-Child Care-MCHB meeting held in Washington, D.C., to strengthen state systems to promote early childhood development. Collaborated and coordinated activities with the Utah Head Start Training and Technical Assistant Specialist. Participated in monthly conference calls with the Region VIII ACF Office. Attended quarterly Head Start Association meetings, provided HSSCO updates, and communicated on a regular basis with the Director Chair of the Utah Head Start Association to coordinate efforts. Attended the Region VIII Head Start Association Conference in South Dakota, and supported the Region VIII Training and Technical Assistance Network by involving the Utah Department of Health's Children's Mental Health Promotion specialist in the Region VIII Mental Health Initiative, which resulted in a presentation at the conference.

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Utah Head Start Bulletins: Shared resources and information on fatherhood initiatives and activities happening in Utah; faith-based and community initiatives; youth and rural initiatives; and healthy marriages resources.

vermont

TA Network: In 2007, the HSSCO met twice with Vermont's Region I TA Specialists. Both groups have agreed to meet semi-annually to keep each other abreast of initiatives and priorities and identify areas for collaboration. An example of this collaboration is the I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) initiative that Region I supports. The HSSCO attended a two-day training on IMIL last summer at the invitation of the TA Specialists. Later that year, the Collaboration Office invited the TA Specialists to do a workshop at the annual Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children conference. The HSSCO continues to discuss ways to increase integration of IMIL within the Head Start and early childhood community. Vermont Head Start Association (VHSA): Participated in the monthly VHSA meetings and supported and attended the annual strategic planning retreats. Responded to requests for information, made presentations, provided a monthly report at the VHSA meeting, and worked to address issues or highlight successes in Head Start partnerships with state programs, policies, and plans. Professional Development: In addition to previously mentioned co-chair responsibilities for the statewide Professional Preparation and Development Committee, the HSSCO participated in meetings and task groups to create more higher education opportunities that lead to degrees consistent with Head Start teacher qualifications for A.A. or B.A. degrees. In 2007, the HSSCO gathered PIR data for a presentation on the needs of the early childhood workforce for increased access to higher education for non-traditional students. Promising discussions have taken place with Springfield College that may result in a clear pathway from an A.A. to a B.A. in Human Services with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.

virginia

Worked closely with the HSA on many activities. The Executive Director and President of the HSA are important members of the HSSCO advisory board. The HSA and the HSSCO developed an annual report to share with stakeholders and staff. The HSA provided a direct link to the Head Start community and is a great resource for information. The HSSCO also served on the public relations committee. The theme of the campaign rolled out for 2006-2007 was Smart Communities Invest in Little Miracles. A PSA was developed and promoted across the State. Sponsored a joint meeting between Head Start and Community Action directors. The purpose of the joint meeting was to examine how to jointly promote a mission of leadership in building early learning networks. Also discussed was the revision of the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two programs and ways to extend formal agreements into new shared initiatives. A portion of the two day meeting focused on blended funding; the directors heard from Kent Dickey, the Department of Education's Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Craig Turner, Director of Policy and Budget at the Office of Head Start, regarding blended funding possibilities. The TA Network has been a valuable resource for the HSSCO. Before travel restrictions, the HSSCO met bi-monthly with the TA staff to address problems and collaborate on initiatives. TA staff also served on the HSSCO Advisory Board and provided great feedback and technical assistance in helping Head Start grantees.

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Continued to work closely with the Regional Office, the T/TA Network, and the Head Start Association as significant partners by involving them in a number of HSSCO projects and initiatives. Individuals from the Regional Office, T/TA Network, and the Head Start Association were invited to participate in many levels of the planning and implementation of projects and initiatives in 2007.

West virginia

The Region III Office continued to be an integral part of the work of the HSSCO. The TA Network also assisted a great deal in helping to accomplish the work of the HSSCO due to the issues being so inter-related in assisting Head Start programs (especially WV pre-kindergarten). The HSSCO continued to participate with Community Action Agencies in the State via providing information at their state conference, as well as individual Community Action grantees.

Wisconsin

Developed the Wisconsin TA Partnership Agreement in partnership with the Wisconsin Head Start TA consultants and the Wisconsin Head Start Association. Ongoing communication was accomplished through quarterly partnership meetings. Served on the leadership team for the Wisconsin Professional Development Initiative (PDI). The scope of this initiative was restructured to include components of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems. Participated in a state team attending an NAEYC-sponsored meeting in Pittsburgh focusing on development of cross-sector professional development systems. Served as a member of the Office of Head Start's Professional Education Network (PEN).

Wyoming

The HSSCO, in collaboration with the WHSA, organized the annual Wyoming Head Start Visioning Conference. The goal of this conference was to develop a unified yearly strategic plan that identified objectives that addressed statewide issues and developed action steps that seek to overcome barriers that affect all Head Start programs in Wyoming. This conference was facilitated by a neutral third party and included participation from the HSSCO, the HSSCO Advisory Board, the Office of Head Start Region VIII management staff, Head Start program directors and staff, and other relevant early childhood organizations and professionals. This conference also served to inform and provide direction for the development of the annual HSSCO strategic plan.

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Alabama

State-level

linda Hampton, Chair Children's Affairs/Head Start [email protected] Phone: 334-223-0714 Helen H. Jones extension Service [email protected] Phone: 334-567-6301 Holley Midgley Alabama Academy family Physicians (AAfP) [email protected] Phone: 334-263-6441 Gwendolyn lipscomb Minority Health [email protected] Phone: 334-206-5396 elizabeth lawlor Business Council [email protected] Phone: 334-834-6000 Kim Hammack Mental Health [email protected] Phone: 334-242-3200 Marsha D. Raulerson AAP-Alabama Chapter [email protected] Phone: 251-867-3608 Marchina toodle Alabama Department of education federal Program Section [email protected] Phone: 334-242-1991 Sandra Cooley Consumer Parent [email protected] Phone: 334-298-9383/cell 706-315-0315

Oral Health Coalition of Alabama

Subcommittee on Education & Awareness

Contact: leigh Ann Hixon Alabama Medicaid [email protected] Phone: 334-353-5263 Michele Waren Alabama Dental Association [email protected] Phone: 334-265-1684 Kim Swinney Morgan Alabama Hospital Association [email protected] Phone: 334-834-3477 Huw thomas uAB Dental School [email protected] Phone: 205-934-4720 David Savage Children's Rehab. Services [email protected] Phone: 334-613-2293 linda Bibb DHR [email protected] Phone: 334-242-1979 fax: 334-353-4990 teresa Stroud Al Assoc. of School nurses [email protected] Phone: 334-293-6531 fax: 334-241-5343

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Janet Adams Consumer Parent [email protected] Phone: 256-997-1003/cell 256-390-4595 Dr. trellis Smith Williams, Co-Chair emily Cumbie Office of School Readiness [email protected] [email protected] Phone: 334-223-0502 Rick Simpson AAPD [email protected] Phone: 205-758-3341

Aunita Keith Parent/Consumer [email protected] Phone: 334-874-4176 John thornton, Chair AlDA [email protected] Phone: 205-934-7016 Jim Carnes Alabama Arise [email protected] Phone: 334-832-9060 Donald norby AAPD [email protected] Phone: 256-238-9233 Rodney Kanini CCn Community Care network [email protected] Phone: 334-269-6251 Melissa Galvin uAB School of Public Health [email protected] Phone: 205-934-6088 linda lee AAP-Alabama Chapter [email protected] aap.net Phone: 334-954-2543

Oral Health Coalition of Alabama

Subcommittee on Availability & Access

Contact: Mary lynne Capilouto uAB School of Dentistry [email protected] Phone: 205-934-4720 Sharon Beech Consumer Parent [email protected] [email protected] Phone: 251-246-4025 Cathy Caldwell CHIP [email protected] Phone: 334-206-5568 Sydney Hoffman lisa Costaldo faith-based/Governor's Office [email protected] [email protected] Phone: 334-242.7110 Mary finch APHCA [email protected] Phone: 334-271-7068 Sophia Harris fOCAl [email protected] Phone: 334-262-3456 Cary Kuhlmann MASA [email protected] Phone: 334-263-6441

Oral Health Coalition of Alabama

Subcommittee on Surveillance & Monitoring

Contacts: Stuart lockwood, Chair ADPH [email protected] Phone: 334-206-2952 Charles lail Office of Primary Care & Rural Health [email protected] Phone: 334-206-5430 Robert Moon Alabama Medicaid [email protected] Phone: 334-242-5609 Debbie Meadows BCBS [email protected] Phone: 205-220-3779

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William Chesser AlDA Phone: 334-774-2534 Julia Hayes Minority Health [email protected] Phone: 334-206-5396 Sherry Goode, Co-Chair ADPH [email protected] Phone: 334-206-2904

Division of Public Health Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Section of Health Planning and Systems Development Section of Public Health nursing Section of Women's, Children's and family Health Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special education Office of Children's Services Alaska State Dental Hygienists' Association Alaska Dental Society Alaska Health education Consortium Alaska Mental Health Board Alaska Mental Health trust Authority Alaska native Health Board Alaska native tribal Health Consortium Cancer Information Services Dental Consultant Division of environmental Health and engineering Alaska Primary Care Association Alaska Public Health Association Alaska Rural Water Association All Alaska Pediatric Partnership American Association of Retired Persons, Alaska Chapter Anchorage neighborhood Health Center Denali Commission Head Start Grantees Interior neighborhood Health Center Rural Alaska Community Action Program Rasmuson foundation Region X and XI Head Start training and technical Assistance Office Southcentral foundation Dental Clinic Stone Soup Group university of Alaska Anchorage College of Health and Welfare School of Allied Health- Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Programs Contact: Brad Whistler, State Dental Officer 350 Main St, Ste 350 Juneau, AK 99811-0660 Phone: (907) 465-8628

Alaska

State-level The goals and recommendations for Alaska's Oral Health Plans and Initiatives are designed to improve the oral health status of all Alaskans. The development of these approaches would not have been possible without the involvement of the individuals and organizations participating in the Alaska Dental Action Coalition (ADAC), whose vision statement is: Optimizing Oral Health for All Alaskans. Value Statements Prevention and education are priorities in improving the oral health of Alaskans. Oral health services should be available, accessible, timely, culturally competent, and valued. Oral health should be recognized as part of total health and well-being. Responsibility for creating an environment to maximize oral health is shared by every Alaskan. Every adult takes responsibility for their own oral health and each family takes responsibility for their dependents oral health. ADAC Membership:

Alaska Department of education & early Development-HSSCO Alaska Department of environmental Conservation-Division of environmental Health Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Health Care Services

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Molly McGrath Health Program Manager 4701 Business Park Blvd Bldg J Suite 20 Anchorage, AK 99503-7123 Phone: (907) 269-3400

and partnerships to address the needs of Head Start/ Early Head Start children and families within their individual communities.

Aleutian/Pribilof islands Association, inc., Head Start Contact: Mary ellen fritz 201 east 3rd Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501 Phone: (907) 276-2700 fax: (907) 279-4351 [email protected] Dental Partners: Dr. Booth Iliuliuk Health Clinic unalaska/Dutch Harbor, AK Phone: (907) 581-1202 IHS-Southcentral Foundation Dental: (The following dentists are itinerant providers, but Aleutian/Pribilof has established a partnership with the organization.) tom Kovaleski Director of Dental Program Southcentral foundation Dental Phone: (907) 729-2000 [email protected] Dr. Demetrius latocha [email protected] Dr. Paul Johnson Phone: (907) 563-2662 Dr. Marshall [email protected] Dr. nathan lukes Phone: (907) 561-5154 inter-Tribal Council of Nevada Head Start Contact: Gloria Smith 680 Greenbrae Drive, Suite 265 Sparks, nV 89431 Phone: (775) 355-0600 fax: (775) 355-5206 [email protected] Dental Partners: Dr. Gilbert trujillo Phone: 775-824-2323 Dr. Michael Stoker Phone: 775-825-1000

American Indian/Alaska Native

State-level For American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start programs, the AIAN-TAN Health Specialist and the AIAN Collaboration Director have been working with the Region XI Head Start Oral Health Consultant to research and present information on oral health and oral health services to the AIAN Head Start/Early Head Start programs. Together, they sponsored a conference call on oral health services on February 6, 2008, where the subjects of early childhood caries, ECC prevention, oral health practices and services, and collaboration for oral health services were discussed. AIAN grantees were given the opportunity to ask questions. Because AIAN Head Start children (when compared with the national average) have had a lower percentage of an ongoing source of continuous, accessible dental care, the group will further investigate underlying reasons for barriers to accessibility and utilization of dental health services.

Contact: Helen Heymann AIAn-tAn Health Specialist Phone: (202) 884-8328 [email protected] Brian Richmond AIAn Collaboration Director Phone: (202) 884-8609 [email protected] Dr. Bonnie Bruerd Region XI Head Start Oral Health Consultant Phone: (503) 363-6770 [email protected]

Local-level Within AIAN Head Start programs, there are four grantees (Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association, Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Pueblo of San Felipe, and Yurok Tribe) that received oral health initiative grants and have developed novel programs

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Dr. Jade Miller Phone: 775-782-8199 Miles for Smiles eklo, nV Phone: 775-738-5850 Healthy Smiles Yerington, nV Phone: 775-463-1800 Yerington tribal Health Clinic Phone: 775-463-3335 Wild About Smiles Phone: 775-331-9477 fallon tribal Health Clinic Phone: 775-423-3634 Southern Bands Health Clinic elko, nV Phone: 775-738-2252 university of las Vegas Dental School university of nevada, las Vegas School of Dental Medicine 1001 Shadow lane Campus MS 7410 las Vegas, nV 89106-4124 http://dentalschool.unlv.edu/ Pueblo of San Felipe Head Start Contact: Myrna Dingman P.O. Box 4346 San felipe Pueblo, nM 87001 Phone: (505) 867-2816 fax: (505) 867-8831 [email protected] Dental Partner: Dr. David Hanson San felipe Dental Clinic Phone: (505) 867-5025 [email protected] Yurok Tribe Head Start Contact: Dana Miguelena 15900 Highway 101 north Klamath, CA 95548 Phone: (707) 482-2811 fax: (707) 482-5401 [email protected]

Dental Partners: Yurok is in the process of renewing MOus with uIHS and Americorp. united Indian Health Service Klamath Site Works with uIHS out of Smith River 501 north Indian Rd. Smith River, CA Phone: 707-487-1818 Ke'pel Site (Works with uIHS out of Weitchpec ) Weitchpec Rt Weitchpec, CA Phone: 530-625-4300 Home Base Option (Works with uIHS out of Potowot Village) 1600 Weeot Way Arcata, CA Phone: 707-825-5040

United Indian Health Services, at all sites: They work with Yurok to set up their dental screenings, complete the screenings and do follow-up on the children; they provide tooth brushes, dental floss, parent education, child education, and staff education. They meet the 45-day and 90-day deadlines. They provide materials for Yurok's monthly topics for Oral Health Project trainings with the parents.

Americorp tooth Program fortuna California Phone: 707-725-5106

They participate in the Oral Health Project, provide fluoride treatments, and supply toothbrushes, timers, parent education, and classroom education monthly to the children at different sites.

Hoopa literacy and Outreach Program Hoopa CA Patti Kelly Phone: 530-625-4223

They assist with the Angel Fund for children who need intensive dental work when the parents cannot afford it. Ms. Kelly assists with referring Head Start to programs to help with the Oral Health Project, and provides parent, staff, and child oral health preventive education. She also supports Head Start with outside resources for transportation and other related costs to assist children with receiving dental services.

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Additional Activities The AIAN-TAN Health Specialist and AIAN Collaboration Director are currently working with new Oral Health Consultant for Region XI, Dr. Chris Delecki, to follow up on investigating the barriers to accessibility and utilization of dental health services. A sample questionnaire has been drafted that uses a 4-point Likert scale to examine grantees' rating of possible barriers. Once administered, data can be collected and analyzed, and the results provide a greater understanding of how best to plan and target future interventions and collaborations to improve delivery of appropriate dental services to Head Start children and families.

California

Smile Keepers Dental Program Contact: erika Hagstrom-Dossi, Coordinator tuolumne County Office of education Phone: (209) 536-2014 ATCAA Head Start Contact: Susan Bowe Health Services 427 n. Hwy 49 #202 Sonora, CA 95370 Sierra Cascade Family Opportunities Contact: linda Margaretic, Health Services Manager Phone: (530) 283-1242 [email protected]

Local-level

Institute for Human and Social Development

San Mateo County Head Start and Early Head Start Contact: San Mateo County's Dental Coalition Rachelle Salvana Children's Dental Coordinator Phone: (650) 573-2248 Siva Cherukuri D.D.S Phone: (650) 369-4616 Provides dental exams to the majority of Head Start children. lisa Handa, BSDH, RDHAP Phone: (650) 570-3042 Working on plan to do dental education and screenings. lucile Packard Children's Hospital Community Advocacy Program Janine Bishop Community Advocacy liaison Phone: (650) 725-0923 Provides dental screenings to Head Start children.

In Lassen County, the program has dental partnerships with Banner Lassen Dental Clinic, Lassen Oral Health Task Force, and with Smiles for Life. In Plumas County, the program has partnerships with Plumas District Hospital Dental Clinic, Health Smiles, Dr.Troy Van Pelt, Dr. Stewart Gately, and Dr. Lee Walker.

northeastern Rural Health Clinic Dr. Sean Buehler Phone: (530) 257-8522 lassen Oral Health task force Phone: (530) 257-9600 Smiles for life Jeannie Huber Phone: (530) 257-9640 Dr. Stewart Gately Phone: (530) 283-3947 Does exams for free for Head Start Dr. troy Van Pelt Phone: (530) 283-9988 Does exams for free for Head Start Plumas District Hospital Dental Clinic Phone: (530) 283-3915 Health Smiles Phone: (530) 283-6300 [email protected] Dr. lee Walker Phone: (530) 993-4728 Does exams for free for Head Start

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Florida

State-level The State of Florida has a State Oral Health Improvement Plan called Oral Health Florida that meets two-three times per year. Within that committee are two sub-committees: the Early Childhood Caries work group and the Migrant Oral Health Committee.

Oral Health Florida Contact: Joyce Hughes [email protected] early Childhood Caries Dr. Douglas Manning [email protected] Migrant Oral Health Sub-Committee [email protected]

Contact: Dr. Carl Wright and Anna Church Sacred Heart Pediatric Dental Clinic 8390 north Palafox Street Pensacola, fl 32504 Phone: 850-494-7150

Contractual Agreement between Wayne D. Bradley and Tricia E. Hess, DMD, of Pensacola, and Community Action Program Committee Head Start ­ provides out-patient surgery for Head Start dental needs.

Contact: Ms. Jobie and Ms. evelyn 6900 B. north 9th Avenue Pensacola, fl 32504 Phone: 850-476-5540 Pinellas County Head Start/Early Head Start Contract with Pinellas County Health Department for a capped cost per child per year for a set number of Head Start children. Contact: Juanita Heinzen [email protected] Kids incorporated Early Head Start Agreements with leon, Jefferson, and Madison County Health Departments. Program pays Medicaid rate for non-Medicaid eligible children. Contact: Pam Davis [email protected] Brevard County Head Start Contract with Brevard County Health Department. Covers exams, cleanings, and fluoride treatments. Dentist serves on Health Advisory Committee. Contact: Joanne Scaringe [email protected] Collier County School District Head Start Dr. Keith Riley represents Collier HS Healthcare on Head Start Advisory Council. naples Children and education foundation Naples Annual Wine Festival, a pediatric residency program and facility on the Naples campus of Edison College formed by partnering with the University of Florida College of Dentistry, CHS HealthCare, and Edison College.

Local-level

Escambia County Community Action Head Start Contact: Dorothy M. Robinson 710 north C. St. Pensacola, fl 32501 Phone: 850-432-2292 ext. 428

Memorandum of Agreement between Escambia County Health Department and Community Action Program Committee Head Start includes dental screening, examinations, oral prophylaxis, fluoride treatment, and oral hygiene.

Contact: Brenda Cadem Administrative Assistant Dr. William Rogers, Dr. Jijuo liu, Dr. larry Copenhaver, and Dr. tonya Pollard escambia County Health Department 1295 West fairfield Drive Pensacola, fl 32501 Phone: 850-595-6610

Cooperative Agreement between Sacred Heart Pediatric Dental Clinic and Community Action Program Committee Head Start ­ provides dental services for uncooperative children and pediatric dental services; also provides treatment plan.

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Contact: Jane Andrew Dental Department Manager Phone: (239) 348-8040 Marion e. fether Medical Center 1454 Madison Avenue Immokalee, fl 34142 Phone: 239-658-3198 Golden Gate Dental Clinic 5038 Coronado Parkway naples, fl Phone: 239-348-8040 Countryside Dental Center 1749 Heritage train #801 naples, fl 34116 Phone: 239-774-1850 Collier County Health Department Dental Clinic Dr. Hydee Aronda 3301 east tamiami trial naples, fl 34106 Phone: 239-530-5329 Lee County School District Head Start/Early Head Start Contact: Amy Barnes Health Coordinator [email protected] Dr. frank Mazzeo Chief Dental Officer family Health Centers Phone: 239-278-3600 Member of Health Services Committee and School Health Advisory Council. Gulf Coast Dental Hygiene Association Gwen Herron, President [email protected] Donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, educational materials, and parent education. Dr. Oliver favalli Phone: (239) 418-1444 Coordinates "Gives Kids a Smile" for Lee County. Provides educational and screening sessions. Barkley Circle Dental Phone: 239-939-0423 Provides pedodontal services and supports the parents and children who require extensive restorative services requiring sedation or hospitalization.

WIC Giomar Veloz Phone: 239-334-2025 Developing a collaborative relationship with WIC to incorporate oral health services as part of the WIC experience. edison College of Dental Hygiene Utilizing students during their community health experience as well as WIC.

Hawaii

State-level

Hawaiian islands Oral Health Task Force Contact: Dr. Mark Greer, Chief State Department of Health/Dental Health Division 1700 lanakila Avenue #203 Honolulu, HI 96817 Phone: (808) 832-5700 [email protected] Member Agencies include: American Academy of Pediatrics, Hawaii Chapter Community Case Management Corporation Hawaii Dental Association Hawaii Dental Hygienists' Association Hawaii Dental Service Hawaii Medical Service Association Hawaii Primary Care Association Hawaii Rural Health Association Hawaii State Dept. of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Hawaii State Dept. of education Hawaii State Dept. of Health/Dental Health Division Hawaii State Dept. of Health/family Health Services Division Hawaii State Dept. of Human Services/Head Start Collaboration Hawaii State Dept. of Human Services/Med QueSt Division Papa Ola lokahi university of Hawaii School of nursing and Dental Hygiene Hawaii (Big Island) Dental task force Kauai Dental task force Maui County Dental Health Alliance lanai Representative Molokai Representative

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Local-level

Honolulu Community Action Program

Oahu Head Start lynn Cabato, Head Start Director Kim Kang-Guieb Assistant Director Overseeing Health Services 33 So. King Street, Suite 300 Honolulu, HI 96813 Phone: (808) 847-2400 · Fax: (808) 847-2302 [email protected] [email protected]org Dr. Mark Greer, Chief Department of Health/Dental Health Division 1700 lanakila Avenue #203 Honolulu, HI 96817 Phone: (808) 832-5700 [email protected] Health Advisory Committee Member Dr. Karen Hu, Chief Department of Health Hospital and Community Dental Services Branch 1700 lanakila Avenue #203 Honolulu, HI 96817 Phone: (808) 832-5710 [email protected] Health Advisory Committee Member Susan tengan, Chief Department of Health/Dental Hygiene Branch 1700 lanakila Avenue #203 Honolulu, HI 96817 Phone: (808) 832-5720 [email protected] Health Advisory Committee Member Parents and Children Together (PACT) Early Head Start/Head Start Ben naki, Head Start Director Rosie Pacheco, Health Services Coordinator 1485 linapuni Street #105 Honolulu, HI 96819 Phone: (808) 842-5996 · Fax: (808) 845-2066 [email protected] Susan tengan, Chief Department of Health/Dental Hygiene Branch 1700 lanakila Avenue #203 Honolulu, HI 96817 Phone: (808) 832-5720 [email protected] Health Advisory Committee Member

Dr. Jason Hiramoto Kokua Kalihi Valley Dental Clinic 2239 no. School Street Honolulu, HI 96819 Phone: (808) 791-9428 Health Advisory Committee Member; dental provider for Head Start children Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council (HCEOC) Head Start Susan Pugliese, Head Start Director Betty Wagstaff, Health & Safety Specialist 47 Rainbow Drive Hilo, HI 96720 Phone: (808) 961-2686 · Fax: (808) 961-4796 [email protected] [email protected] Dr. Wallace Chong 74 Ponahawi Street Hilo, HI 96720 Phone: (808) 935-5651 Health Advisory Committee Member Dr. Cory Wakano 120 Pauahi Street, Suite 204 Hilo, HI 96720 Phone: (808) 961-5617 Health Advisory Committee Member; provider for Head Start children. Family Support Services of West Hawaii (FSSWH) Early Head Start ellen O'Kelly Head Start Director Krista Olson, Health Specialist 75-127 lunapule Road #11 Kailua Kona, HI 96740 Phone: (808) 334-4179 · Fax: (808) 328-4730 [email protected] [email protected] Richard taafe, Executive Director West Hawaii Community Health Center Children's Dental Clinic 75-5751 Kuakini Highway Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 Phone: (808) 326-5629 · Fax: (808) 329-5057 Health Advisory Committee Member Donna Alshar, Dental Hygienist West Hawaii Community Health Center Children's Dental Clinic Phone: (808) 756-4555

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Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) Head Start Debbi Amaral, Head Start Director Amy Kahula, Health Specialist 99 Mahalani Street Wailuku, HI 96793 Phone: (808) 249-2988 · Fax: (808) 249-2989 [email protected] Rene ulangca, Maui County Coordinator Community Case Management Corporation P.O. Box 2818 Aiea, HI 96701 Phone: (808) 792-1053 [email protected] Assists with case management for children Dr. Spencer Owades, Chair Maui Oral Health task force Phone: (808) 244-4559 Provider for Head Start children at the Maui Oral Health Center Maui Family Support Services (MFSS) Early Head Start Gail Raikes, Head Start Director edeluisa Baguio-larena, Health Specialist 1844 Wilipa loop Wailuku, HI 96793 Phone: (808) 242-0900 · Fax: (808) 249-2800 [email protected] [email protected] Dr. Shaun Wright 99 Market Street Wailuku, HI 96793 Phone: (808) 244-4595 [email protected] Health Advisory Committee Member Dr. Cally Adams 1847 South Kihei Road Kihei, HI 96732 Phone: (808) 874-8401 [email protected] Health Advisory Committee Member norine Wong Community Case Management Corporation P.O. Box 2818 Aiea, HI 96701 Phone: (808) 486-8977 [email protected] Health Advisory Committee Member

Child and Family Service (CFS) Kauai Head Start Program frank Ranger, Head Start Director Cherie lionz, Health and Safety Specialist 2970 Kele Street, Suite 203 lihue, HI 96766 Phone: (808) 240-2817 · Fax: (808) 245-8040 [email protected] Dr. Masahiro Satta P. O. Box 538 Hanapepe, HI 96716 Phone: (808) 335-3181 Health Advisory Committee Member; dental provider for Head Start children nancy Phillion Maternal & Child Health nurse Department of Health/family Health Services/ Maternal & Child Health Branch Kauai District Health Office 3040 umi Street lihue, HI 96766 Phone: (808) 241-3427 Health Advisory Committee Member & Chair of Kauai Dental Task Force

Maryland

State-level Dental Health Committee ­ The Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) formed the Dental Health Committee and charged it with making recommendations on increasing access to dental care for underserved children in Maryland. Six approved recommendations are being implemented by subcommittees. The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate to improve access to dental services. The HSSCO Director served on the Committee and now serves on a subcommittee. Members include dentists, pediatricians, and representatives of the Dental Health Society, Dental Hygienists' Association, Health Care Organizations, Academy of Pediatric Dentists, local health departments, and advocates. Some of the recommendations being developed include maintaining and enhancing the dental public health infrastructure.

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Contact: Jane Casper, RDH, Co-chair Public Health Hygienist [email protected] norman tinanoff, DDS, MS Health Promotion and Policy university of Maryland Dental School [email protected]

Local-level Community Access to Child Health -- The Maryland Academy of Pediatrics was awarded a Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) grant to train pediatricians on Maryland's Eastern Shore to promote oral health, perform oral health risk assessments before the age 1, and apply fluoride varnish to the teeth of patients ages 2-10 as a way of reducing dental carries. Working with the dental community, the ultimate goal is the provision of both a medical and dental home for increased numbers of children in an impoverished area where 80 percent of children are Medicaid and SCHIP eligible. The HSSCO Director is participating in this project.

Contacts: Daniel J. levy, M.D. [email protected] Brian Corden, M.D. [email protected]

Targeted State Maternal and Child Health Oral Heath Service Systems Grant ­ Maryland was awarded a Targeted State Maternal and Child Health Oral Heath Service Systems Grant. The Improving the Oral Health of Maryland's Children Advisory Committee was formed to oversee the development of an integrated service system model to increase access to oral health care among Maryland's infants and young children, including those with special health care needs. The HSSCO Director and the State Dental Director co-chair the committee.

Contacts: Harry Goodman, DMD, MPH DHMH Office of Oral Health [email protected] Katrina Holt national Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center [email protected]

Baltimore City Head Start was awarded a grant by the Abell Foundation to improve the oral health of Baltimore City's Head Start children. The HSSCO Director serves on the advisory committee with the local health department and other partners.

Contact: Burnette Rahmaan, Health Coordinator Baltimore City Head Start [email protected]

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD)--The HSSCO received an oral health forum follow-up grant from ASTDD to work with partners to train pediatricians and other health care professionals to provide oral health risk assessment and early intervention and to provide guidance to parents at well-child visits. Parent brochures on oral health practices and other information were distributed to DHMH for dissemination to local health departments, Maryland Chapter of AAP representatives, and Head Start programs. The brochures were entitled Access to Dental Care for Maryland's Young Children: A Guide for Parents and Lift the Lip To Check Baby's Teeth.

Contact: linda Zang HSSCO Director

Additional Information The HSSCO is working with the University of Maryland School of Pediatric Dentistry and the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Project to complete a survey of the oral health status of Head Start children in Maryland. The nurse consultant in the Office of Child Care and the HSSCO Director work together to share information and plan for joint projects, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, Head Start, and child care initiative. As a result of Congressman Elijah Cummings' interest in improving the dental resources for Medicaid children, dentists came to Head Start centers to perform exams. Partners in the project included the DHMH Office of Oral Health, the University of Maryland School of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Baltimore City Heath Department.

Memorandum of Agreement--An MOU between the University of Maryland School of Pediatric Dentistry and the HSSCO continues to increase the access of Head Start children with dental problems to treatment and increase the number of pediatric fellows willing to serve children covered by Medicaid.

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Massachusetts

Local-level

MA Early Childhood Oral Health Consortium members: lynn Bethel, RDH, BSDH, MPH Director, MA Office of Oral Health Corinna Culler, RDH, MPH B.u. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Mark J. Doherty, DMD, MPH, CCHP Director, Safety net Solutions, Catalyst Institute Kathryn M. Dolan, RDH, tufts university Dental facilities Special needs Community Dental Health Program ellen factor, Manager, MA Dental Society Mary e. foley, RDH, MPH Dean of forsyth School of Dental Hygiene Michelle Henshaw, DDS, MPH B.u. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Michael J. Monopoli, DMD Director of Dental Public Health Policy Catalyst Institute Man Wai ng, DDS, MPH Dentist-in-Chief, Children's Hospital Boston frank Robinson, Ph.D., Executive Director Partners for a Healthier Community Maureen Vosburgh, Health Manager Westfield Area Head Start MA Early Childhood Oral Health Consortium Ad Hoc Members: tom Killmurray ACF Region I Joanna Douglass American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Region I OHS Consultant Judith foley Oral Health foundation

State-level The Massachusetts Head Start Association has been awarded a grant by the MA Oral Health Foundation for a period of up to 3 years to establish the MA Early Childhood Oral Health Consortium. The group represents dental providers, educators, and leaders from the MA oral health community who are committed to developing a prevention-focused, systematic approach to eliminating disparities in oral health status and access to dental care services for MA Head Start and Early Head Start children. Recruiting is underway for a project manager for this initiative. The goals of this project are to: Promote oral health and increase awareness of the importance of oral health care services among Head Start grantees and families. Increase Head Start administrators' knowledge and skills in engaging the dental community. Increase knowledge and awareness among dental and medical providers regarding Head Start programming, early intervention, risk assessment, and preventive services. Establish a uniform data collection system that will promote accuracy in PIR reporting. Establish a program evaluation component to assess impact, efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of care.

Contact: nancy topping-tailby MHSA executive Director (781) 449-1856 [email protected]

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Michigan

The HSSCO Director is a member of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition. The HSSCO Director also is involved with numerous collaboration efforts. The contact information for the major partners in Michigan follows:

Sheila Semler, Ph.D., Oral Health Director Michigan Department of Community Health Division of family and Community Health P.O. Box 30195 lansing, MI 48909 Physical Address: Washington Sq. Bldg. 109 W. Michigan Avenue, 4th floor lansing, MI 48913 Phone: 517-335-8388 · Fax: 517-335-8697 [email protected] Susan Deming, RDH, RDA, B.S. education and fluoridation Coordinator MI Dept of Community Health Oral Health 201 townsend Street lansing, MI 48913 Physical Address: 109 West Michigan Avenue Washington Square Building, 4th floor [email protected] Phone: 517-373-3624 · Fax: 517-335-8697 Kacie Wiersma, Executive Director Michigan Oral Health Coalition 7215 Westshire Drive lansing, MI 48917 Phone: 517-381-8000 Ext. 218· Fax: 517-381-8008 www.mohc.org Christine M. farrell, RDH, MPA, Program Specialist Medical Services Administration Michigan Department of Community Health 400 South Pine Street PO Box 30479 lansing, MI 48909 Phone: 517-335-5129 · Fax: 517-335-5136 [email protected]

including local projects and the names of all of the participating dentists and will be kept on file at the HSSCO for any follow-up that is needed. Additional Information The HSSCO Director and Head Start community, in collaboration with other Michigan early childhood partners, are trying to make changes to the Medicaid laws that provide obstacles to low-income children and families having access to oral health care. The HSSCO Director has also been working with Chris Farrell from the Michigan Department of Community Health and Brenda Coakley (Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Director) on Medicaid issues.

Missouri

State-level Missouri Coalition for Oral Health