What is the purpose of this service?

The Head Start State Collaboration Office is a federal-state partnership organized to support and encourage collaboration with Head Start and various other state and local stakeholders that serve low-income families with young children.

Who can receive these services?

Various state and local stakeholders that serve low-income families with young children.

What services are offered?

The Collaboration Director works to educate the larger community about Head Start and provide information and ideas to support partnerships in eight federal priority areas which include education, child care, welfare, disabilities, homeless, health, family literacy, and community service activities. One of the programs administered by this office is the Child Care Collaboration program, implemented in 2004 to encourage and facilitate collaboration between child care and other early care and education programs, including Early/Head Start and State Pre-K.

How to Apply?

To become an approved Child Care Collaboration Provider call (217) 785-2559 and ask for the Head Start Collaboration Manager.

More Information

DHS Office Locator

DHS Help Line

  • 1-800-843-6154
  • 1-800-447-6404 TTY