Head Start Collaboration Project

Child Care Stabilization Grant and Head Start Funding: Cost Allocation Webinar

This technical assistance virtual session provided a brief overview of the Child Care Stabilization grant, along with training on how to properly allocate your different funding streams to make sure that stabilization funds are not supplanting or duplicating Head Start or other funding.

This webinar was hosted by the NYS Head Start Collaboration Office and NYS Council on Children and Families (CCF) in partnership with NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).

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The American Rescue Act Child Care Stabilization

As the American Rescue Plan Act Child Care Stabilization funds for child care providers start to roll out, it is important to know that these funds can be used to support mental health and social and emotional services for staff and children in care. Here is a Social and Emotional Mental Health Supports and Services Menu / Apoyos y Servicios Sociales y Emocionales de Salud Mental para la Primera Infancia that lists resources currently available in New York state. This menu has six different categories of services: Mental Health Consultation, Coaching, Reflective Supervision, Early Childhood Technical Assistance, Training and Other. Each service includes a short description along with contact information and web addresses for further information. If you choose to use the Stabilization grant to pay for these mental health or social and emotional services, you will need to reach out to the contact person listed for more information and to arrange the service for your program.

Please note that this menu is not all inclusive and will be updated as new information and resources become available. If your agency provides mental health or social and emotional services and would like to be listed in this menu, please fill out the Google Form here.



The New York State Head Start Collaboration Project is a federally-funded grant designed to build partnerships between Head Start programs and a wide range of state and local programs that provide quality early childhood education and family support to low-income children and their families. These partnerships are important for maximizing resources and developing comprehensive, efficient, and effective service delivery systems.

Through funding from the federal Office of Head Start, the Collaboration Project serves as a vehicle for including Head Start in policy discussions regarding young children and their families. In partnership with the New York State Head Start Association, other state agencies and early childhood organizations, the Head Start Collaboration Project works to address a variety of issues in federally identified topic areas.


Prekindergarten and Head Start Collaborations

This is an incredibly exciting time in early childhood in New York State, with historic investments in early care and learning. In 2021, New York State will be creating and expanding prekindergarten programs in hundreds of school districts.

Below you will find some helpful resources to support you as you build new collaborative partnerships in your community.

1 - RECORDED WEBINAR June 8, 2021 PreK CBO/Head Start Collaboration Process

PreK CBO/Head Start Collaboration Process Webinar Evaluation Survey

Please fill out this survey after you watch the webinar. There is an area at the end of the survey to submit any outstanding questions about this webinar. Thank you!

2 - PreK/CBO/Head Start Collaboration Process Slides

3 - PreK/Head Start/CBO Questions and Answers (updated 7.15.2021-page 9)

4 - Sample PreK/Head Start/CBO Contract

Here is a sample contract for a school district and a Head Start program to use as a guide to establish a collaborative agreement.

5 - PreK Sample RFP

6 - PreK/Head Start/CBO Tip Sheet

This is a helpful tool that lists the things to consider before entering into a prekindergarten and Head Start partnership.

7 - NYS PreK Collaboration Resources

8 - NYS PreK Learning Standards

9 - All About StartwithStars

Here you can learn all about Start with Stars, a QUALITYstarsNY initiative, and how it works.

10 - All About QUALITYstarsNY

Here you can learn all about QUALITYstarsNY and how it works, and what can Start with Stars offer your school.

11 - 2021-2022 UPK Allocation List

12 - 2021-2022 UPK Expansion Grant Allocations $90-Million


Learn the Signs, Act Early:  Free Milestones resources for you to use with parents

View: PDF | Webinar. Presented by Melissa Passarelli. Hosted by Patty Persell.

High School Equivalency for Head Start Parents webinar

How to support EHS and Head Start parents in accessing WIC, SNAP and Summer Meals

Watch Recorded Webinar

PDF version


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Summer 2020 will bring a new federal funding opportunity to expand Early Head Start and Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships in NY.

Don’t wait for the funding opportunity to be posted to start working on it, you can view a past FOA and get started now.

You can find 5 NY specific webinars about how to set up an EHSCCP application here.


Poverty Guidelines and Determining Eligibility for Participation in Head Start Programs 

U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines Used to Determine Financial Eligibility for Certain Federal Programs

There are two slightly different versions of the federal poverty measure: poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines.

The poverty thresholds are the original version of the federal poverty measure.  They are updated each year by the Census Bureau.  The thresholds are used mainly for statistical purposes — for instance, preparing estimates of the number of Americans in poverty each year.  (In other words, all official poverty population figures are calculated using the poverty thresholds, not the guidelines.) Poverty thresholds since 1973 (and for selected earlier years) and weighted average poverty thresholds since 1959 are available on the Census Bureau’s Web site.  For an example of how the Census Bureau applies the thresholds to a family’s income to determine its poverty status, see “How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty” on the Census Bureau’s web site.

The poverty guidelines are the other version of the federal poverty measure. They are issued each year in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The guidelines are a simplification of the poverty thresholds for use for administrative purposes — for instance, determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs. 

The poverty guidelines are sometimes loosely referred to as the “federal poverty level” (FPL), but that phrase is ambiguous and should be avoided, especially in situations (e.g., legislative or administrative) where precision is important.

Key differences between poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines are outlined in a table under Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). See also the discussion of this topic on the Institute for Research on Poverty’s web site.

HHS Poverty Guidelines for 2022

The 2022 poverty guidelines are in effect as of January 12, 2022


Select the link for the guidelines and additional information: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines


Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships - NEW INFO!

Summer 2018 it is anticipated that the Office of Head Start will release a new funding opportunity for the Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships. Some family child care providers have contacted the NYS Head Start Collaboration Office for more information and to connect with potential partners. A list of interested Family Child Care providers can be found here: EHSCC_Possible_Partners_Summer_2018

To find out more about Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships, please go here:  www.nysecac/news.