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CHSSCO Work Plan


California Head Start-State Collaboration Office (CHSSCO)
Strategic Plan July 1, 2007–June 30, 2012

The Work Plan was originally developed based on the recommendations of the CHSSCO Advisory Committee at its March 26, 2007, meeting. Additional tasks and other changes were made at subsequent meetings in 2008, 2009, 2010 and February 28, 2011. The changes made based on the results of the February 2011 advisory committee meeting are shown in italics. The plan reflects tasks by activity, indicates primary staff that will be involved, and targeted completion dates.

Staff reflected in this plan are:

Director, CHSSCO (position vacant as of January 2014)
Stephanie Myers, Coordinator, CHSSCO

The California Head Start Association (CHSA) CHSSCO subcontracts a portion of the federal collaboration grant funding to the CHSA to assist with collaborative activities as indicated.

Desired Outcomes

Goals and Objectives

A. Improve access to health care services.
Strategic Plan Entity Time Frame
  1. Continue collaboration with DHS & DPHS Early Childhood Comprehensive Services (ECCS) grant and other divisions to work with various State departments & First Five to identify best practices in early childhood screening and develop strategies to reduce duplication and enhance collaboration.
CHSSCO & CHSA Completed in 2009. Best practices shared with grantees via listserv.
  1. Continue participation and facilitate grantee representation in the Head Start Dental Home Project partnership between the Office of Head Start and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Strategize continuation of initiative with state and federal staff and CHSA now that contract with AAPD has been cancelled by the Office of Head Start (March 2011).
CHSSCO & CHSA

2010-12

  1. Explore future collaboration with Women; Infants and Toddler (WIC), particularly to update sample local Memorandum of Understanding between Head Start and WIC programs.
CHSSCO 2010-12
  1. Work with CHDP to increase CHDP health provider compliance in completing required lead and other blood screenings.

CHSSCO 2010-12
  1. Continue Head Start participation in Center on the Social & Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) initiative. Train-the-Trainer events began April-May 2010 and continue through 2011.
CHSSCO & CHSA 2010-11
  1. Research resources that grantees can access as they serve children with social/emotional issues that are not eligible for special education or other services, such as: non-public schools, regional centers, therapeutic preschools, proposition 63 (Mental Health Services Act), First Five, EPSDT, new Early Education and Support Division (EESD)-funded behavior specialist network. Possible Ad Hoc group to include Mike Fuller, Pamm Shaw, Pam Quiroz, Kay Wernert (begin when CSEFEL initiative is completed).
CHSSCO & CHSA 2010-12
  1. Work with the California Department of Public Health Home Visiting Program and other stakeholders such as the Early Learning Advisory Committee to integrate the new home visiting initiative into the existing early care and education system.
CHSSCO & CHSA 2011-12

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B. Improve accessibility, availability, quality of child care.
Strategic Plan Entity Time Frame
  1. Continue CCL – Head Start Workgroup, complete development of “white paper” on infant-toddler age/transition requirements by finishing descriptive work to accompany diagram of license categories.  Continue to explore waivers, exceptions. Explore possibility of adding Head Start requirements to CCL handbook (as Title 5 is included presently). Strategize how to ease burden on programs regarding staff moves between sites.

CHSSCO & CHSA

2010-12

  1. Continue to facilitate Head Start-State Desired Results Workgroup as necessary to ensure integration of Head Start requirements into DRDP-R.

CHSSCO & CHSA

Short-intermediate term. Completed 2010

  1. Ensure Head Start representation via activities of CA Early Learning Quality Improvement System Committee and State Early Learning Council.

CHSSCO & CHSA

Ongoing

  1. Facilitate alignment of Head Start Child Development & Early Learning Framework with CA Early Learning Foundations, including alignment with assessments and curriculum.

CHSSCO & CHSA

2011-12

  1. Convene Braided Funding workgroup to develop products, agreements to reduce barriers to collaboration/braiding of EESD & Head Start funds. One issue to explore: strategies to ease burden due to state or federal budget delays.

CHSSCO

2011-12

  1. Develop listservs for content areas/communities of practices.

CHSSCO & CHSA

2011-12

C. Improve collaboration with welfare systems.
Strategic Plan
Entity Time Frame
  1. Work with County Welfare Directors Association, CDE, DSS and CHSA on strategies to increase referrals from welfare departments to Head Start and state preschool programs and explore opportunities for collaboration regarding shared families.
CHSSCO & CHSA 2010-12

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D. Expand and improve education opportunities in early childhood programs.
Strategic Plan
Entity Time Frame
  1. Continue coordination with, and use of, the California Preschool Instructional Network by Head Start programs, TA providers. Ensure Head Start input as Preschool Learning Foundations and Curricular Frameworks are rolled out via invitations to CPIN input sessions and/or add training to CHSA cluster/conference events.

CHSSCO & CHSA

Ongoing

  1. Publish 2010-11 issue of Bridges in concert with Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC), on educational resources for early educators.

CHSSCO

2010-11
Completed 3/11

  1. Bring together an ad hoc workgroup (CDTC, Head Start State-Based T/TA Office, CHSA Board member Pamm Shaw, CAEYC reps, First 5, others) to review Head Start professional development requirements and state needs, impact of lack of professional development days in EESD programs, etc., and develop action items based on workgroup recommendations

CHSSCO & CHSA

2010-12

E. Expand community service activities.
Strategic Plan Entity Time Frame
  1. Work with California Department of Community Services, California/Nevada Community Action Association to share resource information on Community Action Agency services to all Head Start programs.

CHSSCO & CHSA

2010-12

F. Improve access to family literacy.
Strategic Plan Entity Time Frame
  1. Continue dissemination of family literacy products and activities through multiple means including:
  • Roundtables for Head Start clusters, regional events with CHSA, Region IX TAN, consider one focus on dual language learners and family literacy.
  • Bridges articles.
  • Collaboration with Migrant Even Start and CDE Even Start.
  • Connections with AB 172 programs.

CHSSCO & CHSA

2010-12

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G. Improve opportunities for children with disabilities.
Strategic Plan Entity Time Frame
  1. Continue to collaborate with Department of Developmental Services, Region IX TAS and other training and technical assistance providers from entire children's services field, concerning service issues related to children with disabilities.

CHSSCO

Ongoing

  1. Serve as a link to the State Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention, Early Start family resource centers, regional centers; and provide updates to the CHSSCO Advisory Committee, CHSA, and other groups as appropriate.

CHSSCO

Ongoing

  1. Via Inclusion Workgroup:
  • Work with Department of Developmental Services and Region IX TAN to review/update Part C – Head Start Memorandum of Understanding. Focus on issues revolving around new Prevention Program and other changes to Early Start Program.
  • Focus on difficulties grantees having meeting 10% mandate.

CHSSCO & CHSA

2010-12

  1. Continue to facilitate discussions, information exchange between CDE and Head Start regarding:
  • implementation of Response to Intervention in preschool programs;
  • research possible waiver of EESD program “need” criteria for children with disabilities
  • inform grantees that part-day CSPP allows 15% over income and local priority for children with disabilities

CHSSCO

2010-12

  1. Continue to distribute current disabilities, literacy, health and other relevant information via the Head Start technical assistance network listservs.

CHSSCO

Ongoing

H. Improve access for homeless children and families.
Strategic Plan Entity Time Frame
  1. Work with CDE’s State Homeless Coordinator to disseminate list of LEA homeless liaisons and LEAs with the special McKinney-Vento Act funding to Head Start directors. On a yearly basis, share resources via Collaboration Update, participate in training of the McKinney-Vento Act coordinators in new Head Start requirements to serve homeless children, dialogue with State McKinney-Vento Act coordinator.

CHSSCO

Ongoing

  1. Explore licensing issues with DSS, Region IX, and grantees with homeless programs:
  • Possible one license for children ages 0-5 to serve homeless children.
  • Possible federal/state waivers (i.e. allow programs to serve over 20 children IF one or more are homeless).
  • Continue dialogue with McKinney-Vento Act liaison and CHSA on best practices and acceptable models.
  • Share information on homeless coordination with grantees (e.g. part of their State prekindergarten MOU requirements).

CHSSCO & CHSA

2010-12

I. Grant Management
Strategic Plan Entity Time Frame
  1. Attend two national ACF meetings for collaboration projects and quarterly meetings in San Francisco.
CHSSCO & CHSA Two times per year
  1. Ensure evaluation process is maintained. Repeat partner & Bridges surveys per evaluation protocol. Complete required 5 year evaluation via short-term consultant contract and ad hoc workgroup.
CHSSCO & CHSA Ongoing

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