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