The Office of Head Start is accepting applications for the Public Schools Collaboration Demonstration Project.
Ten to 12 districts will work together with the U.S. Office of Head Start to address connections among school districts and Head Start programs. The Office of Head Start will select teams from around the country to represent diversity in size, geography, home language of students, among other attributes. The approved four-person teams will have travel and expenses paid for a summer 2019 meeting and spring 2020 meetings.
“I am delighted to invite you to apply to participate in an important opportunity to define a plan to improve the relationship between local Head Start and community schools in a scalable way, and to identify indicators to be addressed for children transitioning from Head Start to school. As a former public school principal and the current Director of the Office of Head Start, I have identified improved connections between Head Start programs and their receiving elementary schools as a critical pathway to better child outcomes. I know this is a mutual concern. Ten to twelve school system teams will be selected to attend this meeting where they will work with colleagues from their local Head Start program. We will invite you back the Spring of 2020 to describe your efforts. My goal is to learn from your local experiences as I work to improve national policy and professional development.” – Dr. Deborah Bergeron, Director of Office of Head Start.