Community Resources

Colorado Head Start State Collaboration Office
The intent of the Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) is to facilitate Head Start's involvement in the development of state policies and plans that affect low-income families, as well as to encourage Head Start agencies to collaborate with entities at the state level. The HSSCO serves as a state liaison between the Head Start Regional Office and the local Head Start grantees.

Early Intervention Colorado
Any child, under the age of 3 years, with a suspected developmental delay may be referred to Early Intervention Colorado for a free developmental evaluation. All services provided by Early Childhood Connections are provided at no cost to families. Services are usually provided in the family's home or child care center based on the developmental needs of the child and the desires of the family. To connect with Early Childhood Connections in the county where the child resides, call the toll-free statewide number at 1-888-777-4041 or visit their website.

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center - ECLKC
The ECLKC offers relevant, timely information, knowledge and learning to Head Start programs and the early childhood community in an easy-to-use format. It will grow and evolve over the next several years and is designed to be a comprehensive resource for anyone involved with or interested in early childhood education.

National Head Start Association
The National Head Start Association is a private not-for-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families. It represents more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 2,700 Head Start programs in the United States. The Association provides support for the entire Head Start community by advocating for policies that strengthen services to Head Start children and their families; by providing extensive training and professional development to Head Start staff; and by developing and disseminating research, information, and resources that enrich Head Start program delivery.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.

Office of Head Start/Administration for Children and Families
Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. Head Start is administered at the Federal level by the Administration for Children and Families, part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Qualistar
Qualistar Early Learning is a statewide non-profit organization working with child care providers, parents, and communities to improve the quality of early childhood education in Colorado.

Early Childhood Colorado
The Early Childhood Colorado Information Clearinghouse (ECCIC) is one part of the effort to carry out the vision of the Early Childhood Colorado Framework, which is that all Colorado children will be valued, healthy, and thriving. This website was developed by a multitude of partners across the Colorado early childhood community (including the Lt. Governor's early childhood team, who led the development of the ECC Framework), and is hosted by the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy at the University of Denver.