Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Project

Based on President Obama's commitment to early learning and the groundswell of investments in states and local communities, the National Head Start Association has been working to realize the vision of a high-quality continuum of care for our country’s most vulnerable children, with a particular focus on the role of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships in this continuum.

The National Head Start Association and the California Head Start Association worked together to create the EHS-CC Partnership Project, which convened several groups of national practitioner and leadership groups to inform the design of the partnerships and their successful implementation.

NHSA's recommendations emerged from a year’s worth of discussions and research and are grounded in what child care and Head Start practitioners believe is necessary for the partnerships to become a strong and effective component of the early learning continuum of care. Recommendations were submitted jointly to the Administration for Children and Families with the National Association for Family Child Care and state and regional Head Start Associations representing more than 25 states.

The National Head Start Association and our collaborators applaud the Administration’s commitment to increasing investments in high-quality early learning experiences for the children and families who most need this window of opportunity for success both in school and throughout their lives.

Partnership Project Members

Rick Mockler, California Head Start Association

Yasmina Vinci, National Head Start Association

Barbara Sawyer

National Association of Family Child Care

Gina Ruther Illinois Head Start State Collaboration Office

Biz Steinberg

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County

Joel Ryan Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP

Caren Calhoun

Tulsa Educare

Judy Williams Early Learning Ventures

Celia Sims

Knowledge Universe

Kim Cosgrove Kennedy Krieger

Chad Dunkley

New Horizon Academy

Leslie Falconer Mother Goose Time

Charlotte Brantley

Clayton Early Learning Early Head Start

Linda Broyles Southeast Kansas CAP

Claire Dunham

Ounce of Prevention Fund

Linda Meredith Community Partnership for Child Development

Dayvenia Chesney

Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc.

Linda Zang Maryland Head Start State Collaboration Office

Debi Schwid

Next Door

M.-A. Lucas Early Childhood Education Consortium

Deborah Hampton

Ounce of Prevention

Maureen Hussey Martin Luther King, Jr. Early Head Start

Diane Schilder

Education Development Center, Inc.

Portia Kennel Ounce of Prevention Fund

Eva Daniels

National Association of Family Child Care

Rachel Demma Early Childhood Education Consortium

Gayle Kelly

Minnesota Head Start Association

Roger Neugebauer World Forum

Genevia Gano

Lutheran Services of Florida

Sandy Simar Child Care Resource and Referral
Stacey Scarborough Venice Family Clinic Sue Renner Merage Foundations
Tiffany Menard Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Tommy Sheridan National Head Start Association
Emmalie Dropkin National Head Start Association