Head Start is a federally funded, comprehensive preschool program designed to meet the emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs of children aged 3 to 5 and their families. Head Start helps develop social competencies in children and promotes self-sufficiency through a comprehensive family-focused approach.
The Office of Early Learning houses the NC Head Start State Collaboration Office (NC HSSCO) through a grant from the federal Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Head Start supports collaboration through grants to states to create a visible partnership at the state level to support the development of multi-agency and public/private partnerships that will enhance early childhood services for children and families. Collaboration of Head Start programs with the state-funded pre-kindergarten program is one of the highest priorities of the Head Start State Collaboration Office. Despite its federal-to-local program structure, Head Start recognizes that the states play an important role in the formulation and implementation of policies and initiatives that affect low income children and their families.
For more information, contact Khari Garvin, Director, NC HSSCO, Office of Early Learning, at (919) 807-3618 or firstname.lastname@example.org