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Arkansas Head Start

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Roles of Collab Director

Jackie Govan serves as the Collaboration Director for the Arkansas Head Start State Collaboration Office. In Arkansas, the Collaboration Director focuses on enhancing collaboration and coordination within ten key activity areas:1) Health Care, 2) Services for Children Experiencing Homelessness, 3) Welfare/Child Welfare, 4) Child Care, 5) Family Literacy Services, 6) Services for Children with Disabilities, 7) Community Services, 8) Education (Publicly Funded Pre-K and Public School), 9) Professional Development, and 10) Outreach and Public Awareness

 

The State Director of Head Start Collaboration shall fulfill the following roles as defined by Public Law 110-134 "Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007":

(A) conduct an assessment that--

  • addresses the needs of Head Start agencies with respect to collaboration, coordination/alignment of services, and alignment of curricula/assessments used in Head Start programs with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and State early learning standards;
  • shall be updated on an annual basis; and
  • shall be made available to the general public;

(B) develop a strategic plan that is based on the assessment that will—

  • enhance collaboration/coordination of Head Start services by Head Start agencies with other entities providing early childhood education/development, health care, mental health care, welfare, child protective services, education/community service activities, family literacy services, reading readiness programs, services relating to children with disabilities, other early childhood education/development for limited English proficient children/homeless children, and services provided for children in foster care/children referred to Head Start programs by child welfare agencies;
  • assist Head Start agencies to develop a plan for the provision of full working-day, full calendar year services for children enrolled in Head Start programs who need such services;
  • assist Head Start agencies to align curricula/assessments used in Head Start programs with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and, as appropriate, State early learning standards;
  • enable Head Start agencies to better access professional development opportunities for Head Start staff, such as by working with Head Start agencies to enable the agencies to meet the degree requirements, including providing distance learning opportunities for Head Start staff, where needed to make higher education more accessible to Head Start staff; and
  • enable the Head Start agencies to better conduct outreach to eligible families;

(C) promote partnerships between Head Start agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector to help ensure that children from low-income families, who are in Head Start programs or are preschool age, are receiving comprehensive services to prepare the children for elementary school;

(D) 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;

(E) promote partnerships between Head Start agencies, schools, law enforcement, relevant 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;

(F) promote partnerships between Head Start agencies and other organizations in order to enhance Head Start program quality, including partnerships to promote inclusion of more books in Head Start classrooms;

(G) identify other resources and organizations (both public and private) for the provision of in-kind services to Head Start agencies in the State; and

(H) serve on the State Advisory Council in order to assist the efforts of Head Start agencies to engage in effective coordination and

collaboration.

For more information, please contact Jackie Govan at .

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