Each state’s Head Start Collaboration Office (HSCOs) mission is to be a voice for Head Start in state government as well as to help Head Start programs work with other agencies that share VHSA’s mission.
The Office of Head Start funds HSCO in every state. The Vermont Head Start Collaboration Office (VHSCO) is located in the Child Development Division, Agency of Human Services.
To learn more click on these links.
- Head Start Collaboration Offices: National Priorities
- Head Start Collaboration Offices: Regional Priorities
HSCOs – working for you. Please watch this video to explore HSCO’s history, goals and objectives.
VHSCO produces state-level reports about Head Start and Early Head Start programming. These reports include information from all seven Vermont Head Start programs. Examples include:
- Annual VHSCO Needs Assessment — This report helps to identify gaps in partnerships and potential strategies to support collaboration. Head Start programs provide information about working with Reach Up — Vermont’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Family Services (e.g., child protection, foster care and adoption); schools, Local Education Agencies (LEA) and AOE; and Child Development (e.g., licensing, child care subsidy, and specialized child care). For more information read the 2019 Vermont Head Start and Early Head Start Needs Assessment Report.
- Program Information Report — The Office of Head Start collects information from every Head Start program in the United States. The information includes staff educational qualifications and program outcomes. This information, in turn, is used to generate reports about how, for example, Vermont is doing compared to national and regional data.
- Vermont Early Childhood Education Wage and Fringe Benefit Comparability Study 2021 — The aims of the study were to define and classify the key positions in Vermont’s early childhood workforce, and to describe and compare wages and fringe benefits of the workforce across program type and funding streams, including center-based (Head Start, Universal Pre-K, and Private), home-based (Universal Pre-K), afterschool, and Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) programs. For this study, SRC conducted a web-based survey in spring 2021 that collected data on employee compensation and benefits from 165 randomly selected programs in Vermont. This final report summarizes the findings and recommendations from the study.
- Vermont Head Start Association Wage and Fringe Benefits Comparability Report 2017 – This report compares Head Start wages and benefits to similar jobs in other organizations.
For more information contact Renee Kelly, VHSCO Director at (802) 585-8088.