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CHSSCO Committees, Boards, & Liaisons

Committees, boards, and liaison groups associated with the California Head Start State Collaboration Office (CHSSCO).

CHSSCO Advisory Committee

The CHSSCO Director leads and directs the work of this committee. The committee is comprised of Head Start Directors and other partner agencies. The partner agencies provide updates and share information with the committee. Head Start Directors share what the needs of the field are and what’s working, needs and successes. In addition, this committee provides feedback and consideration regarding the work of the CHSSCO. 

California Department of Education (CDE) – Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD) Efforts

The CHSSCO works directly for the CDE-ELCD Director. Input and collaborative efforts to improving coordination with state programs by (examples):

  • Input and information to the Strategic Early Childhood Conversations with the Governor 
  • Grant writing and input
  • Invitations to meetings and short-term work groups on regulations and program requirements (i.e. Preschool Development Grant Stewardship group, Strategic planning)
  • Support and input into various state and federal reports
  • In-house Head Start partner and liaison

Early Childhood Policy Council

As a state representative for Head Start the CHSSCO Director is a member of the Early Childhood Policy Council. The efforts of the council are to:

  • Elevate the needs of young children and their families
  • Advise the Governor, Legislature and the Superintendent of Public Instruction on statewide early learning, care and child development
  • Provide recommendations on all aspects of the state’s early childhood system, including support for the demographic, geographic and economic diversity of the state’s children and families

California Head Start State Collaboration Office Licensing Workgroup

The CHSSCO Director plans and leads this workgroup. The workgroup is comprised of California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Community Care Licensing (CCL) state staff, CDSS CCL Advocates, Head Start Directors and the California Head Start Association. This group focuses on statewide system work between Head Start programs/agencies and licensing.

  • Meetings are held 2-3 times per year
  • Information sharing and continuous discussion regarding partnering and working to benefit programs and families

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Home Visiting State Interagency Team

The CDPH Home Visiting State Interagency Team Workgroup’s purpose is to support and promote the coordination, effectiveness, and alignment of high quality, evidence-based and culturally competent home visiting services to California families.

  • Participate in four face-to-face meetings and/or conference calls per year
  • Inform the respective agency or organization leadership on the implementation of home visiting programs, and linking home visiting activities to their agency’s goals and activities
  • Provide quarterly updates from their respective agency or organization on home visiting activities, linkages to programs and their agency’s goals
  • Review outcome measures and provide input on program implementation, using available data, for continuous quality improvement  
  • Provide input on training, technical assistance, and material development as appropriate within their area of expertise
  • Advise on strategies to address potential roadblocks to services including implementation of models, linkages and additional services and referral networks 

 Project HOPE Cross Sector State Team

Through a nationally competitive process, the CDE-ELCD and the Tribal Child Care Association of California were awarded a Project HOPE grant to focus on inequities in California. This project will provide opportunities for the leaders of both state and Tribal governments to build the capacity of local communities and cross sector state teams to address these inequalities and to promote child well-being for all children in California and California Indian Country. Forty-three states applied, 61 applications and the California team were one of the final 10 awarded the second phase. In the third and final phase, the California Project HOPE Leadership team moved on with two other states. Phase three of Project HOPE will focus on access and equity for all Tribal programs that are funded both through state and federal program providing early learning and care. These programs include Tribally funded programs, Tribal Head Start programs and Tribal Child Care programs.

  • Participate as a lead in the Project HOPE work
  • Attend Tribal Child Care Association meetings quarterly o Head Start representative o Project HOPE state team member

Quality Counts California (QCC) (Quality Improvement Rating System)

To strengthen and advance the quality of early learning and care services to California’s children and families, the QCC initiative was created.

  • The plan and team support the implementation of this initiative to focus on quality improvements, rating and improvement assessment structure, and integrating systems development. 
  • Training and Trainer Approval Process Task Team Member
  • State meetings (quarterly) attend, participate and present
  • QCC 3 Year Plan team member

Head Start California Board

Attends and presents at Head Start California (also known as California Head Start Association) Board meetings. Provides updates and information and listens to needs of the field to inform policy and practice.

  • State Liaison

Learn the Sign Act Early Advisory Board member

Learn the Signs Act Early improves early identification of children with developmental delays and disabilities by promoting parent-engaged developmental monitoring and facilitating early action on concerns.

  • Head Start State Liaison

State and Federal Coordinator and Liaison

Coordinates efforts and meetings between various California State Departments and the Office of Head Start Region 9 and the American Indian/Alaska Native Region XI Head Start Collaboration Office Director.

Other Memberships

California Department of Social Services Tribal Advisory Committee (newly formed committee)

Inclusive Early Education State Leadership Team Meeting (newly formed leadership team)

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Questions:   Stephanie Myers | smyers@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-9727
Last Reviewed: Friday, October 16, 2020
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