State Collaboration Office
To impact the lives of low-income children and families by influencing state and local policy and the effective delivery of services, while linking Head Start Programs and communities through collaborative relationships.
Head Start and all low-income families will have access to high quality child care services and programs for their children.
The Montana Head Start/State Collaboration Office recognizes the need to develop policies and practices that promote the collaboration and coordination that is essential to improving child care availability, quality and affordability. The Collaboration Office and some HS/EHS programs are involved in the STARS Quality Improvement System. In order to support programs and families, The Collaboration Office:
- Housed in the Early Childhood Services Bureau of DPHHS.
- Member of the Best Beginnings Early Childhood Advisory Council.
- Member of the Board of the Montana Association for the Education of Young Children (MtAEYC).
- Conducts training and information sessions for any interested entities.
Head Start and all low-income families will have access to high quality services for their children with disabilities.
HS/EHS programs offer an ideal setting for the integration of young children with disabilities. Partnerships that bring service entities together enhance and strengthen available services. At the state level we work with the following entities.
- Office of Public Instruction – Preschool Special Education (Part B), Comprehensive System for Personnel Development (CSPD), Montana Behavior Initiative (MBI).
- Developmental Disabilities of DPHHS – Part C – Infant/Toddler services, Family Support Services Advisory Council.
- Child Care plus+ of the Rural Institute on Disabilities at the University of MT.
Head Start and all low-income families will have access to high quality education services for their children.
High quality education includes adult training preparation so that young children have the best opportunities to succeed. The Collaboration Office supports Higher Education partnerships that train HS/EHS staff and potential staff. We work with the Technical Assistance system that is provided through the federal Office of Head Start. In 2006, we initiated the Montana School Readiness Initiative and now work with 20 community teams across the state.
- Early Childhood Partnership for Professional Development (ECPPD).
- EC Career Development Advisory Council & Early Childhood Project at MSU.
- Technical Assistance providers for HS/EHS.
- Office of Public Instruction.
- Early Childhood Higher Education Consortium.
- 20 community Early Childhood Coalitions that address school readiness.
- HS/EHS Education and Child Development Managers.
Head Start and all low-income families will have access to high quality family literacy programs as they move toward self-sufficiency.
The Collaboration Office recognizes the need to form community partnerships that support families in the attainment of literacy and other life and job skills. At the state level, the Collaboration Office works with:
- Montana Association of Families Touched by Incarceration (MAFTI).
- Domestic Violence training initiative.
- Montana Children’s Trust Fund.
- Parent Information and Resource Center of WORD, Inc.
- Head Start Day at the Capitol.
- HS/EHS Family and Community Partnership Managers and Family Advocates.
Head Start and all low-income families will have access to high quality services in the area of Health Care, which includes insurance, medical and dental homes, mental health services and health literacy.
The Collaboration Office focuses on assisting programs in their quest to develop a network of providers that will actively address the needs of children and families in their health care needs. We work with and collaborate with all state government agencies involved in the various aspects of health care.
Head Start and all low income families will have access to meaningful community services and programs will form multiple community service partnerships.
The Collaboration Office is committed to seeking community partnerships that support the programs and families. We work with national, state and local entities that foster the values and practices of volunteerism and skill building. We work with:
Head Start and all low-income families will be appropriately supported as they move toward self-sufficiency.
The Collaboration Office is committed to assisting families, programs, agencies and organizations in the collaboration process as they build and strengthen the support services available for families participating in welfare programs. We work with:
Head Start and all low-income families will have access to affordable and adequate housing.
The Collaboration Office encourages and helps program seek meaningful and relevant community partnerships that best serve families with young children. We work with:
If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of race, national origin, ethnic background, sex, religious affiliation, or disability, you have a right to file a complaint.
To file a complaint of discrimination contact:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
999 18th Street, Suite 407
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 844-2024; (303) 844-3439 (TDD)
(303) 844-2025 FAX
Patty Butler, Chief
Early Childhood Services Bureau
DPHHS, P. O. Box 202925
Helena MT 59620-2925
or call toll free (866) 239-0458
For more information, contact Caitlin Jensen, Head Start Collaboration Director at (406) 444-0589 or CJensen@mt.gov.