Collaboration on behalf of children and families is one of Head Start’s highest priorities. Since 1990, the Administration on Children and Families (ACF) has awarded Head Start State collaboration grants to support the development of multi-agency and public/private partnerships at the State level. These partnerships:
• assist in building early childhood systems and access to comprehensive services and support for all low-income children;
• encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs, services, and initiatives; and to augment Head Start's capacity to be a partner in State initiatives on behalf of children and their families; and
• facilitate the involvement of Head Start in State policies, plans, processes, and decisions affecting the Head Start target population and other low-income families.