Alabama's Head Start State Collaboration Office

The Alabama Head Start State Colllaboration Office (AHSSCO) is located within The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education and is administratively placed to help ensure a unified early care and education system that supports low-income families.

AHSSCO is a federally funded office that represents Head Start children and families in Alabama's policy and decision making process. The Office facilitates coordinating services and developing partnerships with other state and local agencies inthe following 10 priority areas:

  • Health Care
  • Child Welfare
  • Disabilities
  • Professional Development
  • Homelessness
  • Child Care
  • Community Servides
  • Early Childhood Systems
  • Family Literacy
  • Education/School Transition

The AHSSCO works closely with

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Head Start
Early Childhood Learning and Knowldge Center (ECLKC)

The Alabama Head Start Association 
Head Start and Early Head Start Grantees
Head Start Training and Technical Assistance System



The following documents are from Belinda Rinker, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Head Start, presentation to the Alabama Head Start Association on February 18, 2016 in Montgomery at the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education.

Maximizing Multiple Funding Sources

Fiscal Updates and Uniform Guidance