Missouri Head Start - State Collaboration Office

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"Leading the Way in Building a Coordinated Early Childhood System"

Federal Purpose

  • Help build 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 augment Head Start's capacity to be a partner in State initiatives on behalf of children and their families;
  • Facilitate the involvement of Head Start in State Policies, plans processes and decisions affecting the Head Start target population and other low-income families.

Priority Areas

  • School Transitions
  • Professional Development
  • Child Care and Early Childhood Systems
  • Regional Office Priorities: Health Services, Services for Children with Disabilities, Homelessness, Child Welfare, Family Literacy, Welfare, Community Services, Military Families


Stacey Owsley Wright, Director
(573) 884-3080
(573) 884-0598