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Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Office 12-Month Strategic Plan

Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Office 12-Month Strategic Plan

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Louisiana Head Start StateCollaboration Project
12-Month Strategic Plan
November 2009
prepared byThe Block Marketing & Consulting LLCfor The Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration ProjectState of Louisiana Department of Social Services
Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Project
The Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Project (LHSSCP) strives to create andoffer support to state to statewide partnerships among Head Start program, child care programs and public school pre-kindergarten programs. By identifying gaps and overlapsin service delivery to low-income families and initiating strategies that result in improvedaccess, delivery and coordination of services for families with young children, theLHSSCP plays a vital role in improving the developmental, social and economicconditions for low-income children and families.Head Start Collaboration offices were created by the 2007 Head Start Act, in whichSection 642B contains provisions for the award of a collaboration grant to each State,including the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and to eachnational administrative office serving American Indian Head Start programs and Migrantand Seasonal Head Start programs. The purpose of these grants is to facilitatecollaboration among Head Start and Early Head Start agencies and entities that carry outactivities designed to benefit low-income children from birth to school entry and their families.
Head Start and Early Head Start
Louisiana Head Start and Early Head Start programs serve more than 22,000 children and100 pregnant women in the State of Louisiana. These 43 programs are operated byseveral different types of grantees, including community action programs, public schooldistricts and non-profit organizations.Louisiana Head Start
 programs provide quality, comprehensive services to low-incomechildren three to five years of age and their families in all 64 Louisiana parishes. HeadStart promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other servicesto enrolled children and families. There are 41 Head Start programs in Louisiana thatserve more than 21,000 children.Louisiana Early Head Start programs serve pregnant women and children birth to threeyears of age. Early Head Start programs promote healthy prenatal outcomes, enhance thedevelopment of infants and toddlers, and promote healthy family functioning. There are11 total Early Head Start programs in the state of Louisiana, and only 2 are stand-aloneEarly Head Start programs. The remaining 9 Early Head Start programs are run inconjunction with Head Start programs.
State of Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Project Strategic Plan
Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Project12-Month Strategic Plan
This strategic plan will serve as a guidance tool over the next 12 months for the LouisianaHead Start State Collaboration Project in an effort to increase the effectiveness of itsactivities in the creation and support of statewide partnerships between Head Start programs, child care programs, public school pre-kindergarten programs and other entities that can help deliver coordinated services to children and families in nine priorityareas. Those nine priority areas are
1.Education2.Child Care3.Health4.Welfare and Child Welfare5.Family Literacy6.Community Services7.Children Experiencing Homelessness
Children with Disabilities9.Professional Developmen
This plan was developed from a cursory needs assessment evaluation conducted by TheLouisiana Head Start State Collaboration Project and an in-depth analysis of needsassessment data by The Block Marketing and Consulting LLC. Five goals for the next 12months have been identified, and supporting objectives, action steps, outcomes andmeasurements have been included to increase the likelihood that each goal is met withinthe proposed timeframe.
State of Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Project Strategic Plan

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