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Montana Head Start State Collaboration Office

Collaboration is critical to the development of policies, systems building, and process implementation on behalf of children and families. Due to the structure of Head Start and the need to increase multi-agency and public/private partnerships, the 2007 Head Start Act defines specific provisions for the award of a Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) grant to each state serving Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The HSSCOs were originally developed in 1990 by the Administration on Children and Families (ACF) who awarded Head Start State collaboration grants to support the development of multi-agency and public/private partnerships at the State level. These partnerships were intended to:

  •  Assist in building early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services and support for all low-income children;

  • 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; and

  • Facilitate the involvement of Head Start in State policies, plans, processes, and decisions affecting the Head Start target population and other low-income families

The Head Start State Collaboration Office is commissioned to work with Head Start, State Government and other key partners in building effective and integrated Early Childhood Systems. The goal is to design policies that will support low-income children, close the achievement gap, and assure children and families have the tools to succeed. The Collaboration Projects are mandated to focus in the following areas: School Transitions, Professional Development, Child Care and Early Childhood Systems, Family and Community Partnerships, Disabilities, Support to Military Families, as well as Health, Social/Emotional Mental Health, and Oral Health.
If you have ideas, dilemmas, success stories or questions, please contact the program director:

Montana Head Start State Collaboration Office
P.O. Box 202925
111 N Jackson Street Arcade Building- 5th Floor
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: 406-444-0589
Fax: 406-444-2547

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Montana State Training & Technical Assistance

Lisa Murphy
ECE Specialist/Center Manager
(406) 439-0565

American Indian/Alaska Native Training & Technical Assistance for Montana

Serving Tribal Head Start and Early Head Start programs at Blackfeet Nation; Crow Nation; Fort Peck Tribe; Fort Belknap Tribe; Northern Cheyenne Tribe; Rocky Boy Tribe and Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribe.  American Indian Alaska Native Training and Technical Assistance Network for Montana is committed to assisting Head Start grantees in achieving their mission to improve the quality of life for American Indian and Alaska Native children and families.

Region 8/Region XI AIAN TA Team:

Melissa Windyboy – Grantee Specialist

Arnold Ramirez – Grantee Specialist and Fiscal

Yasmine Daniel Vargas – AIAN T/TA Coordinator
Regional Office in DC

Mike Richardson – AIAN Collaboration Director

Helpful Links

Main Head Start website:

National Head Start Association:

Montana Dept of Health and Human Services:

Montana state Child Care Office and the Head Start Collaboration Office and Child Care Resource and Referral information:

Early Childhood Project at MSU for professional development and practitioner registry for staff:

Center for Social/Emotional Foundations for Early Learning:

National Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for young children:

Montana Association for the Education of Young Children and the 2013 Early Childhood Conference – Honoring Our Children.:

Information for teachers and parents on babies and toddlers:

Information that promots children’s well-being by learning how their bodies grow, what diseases or disorders to look out for and how to identify risky products.

Montana Head Start Association

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