Head Start Collaboration Project

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.



For information on current projects and activities, choose a topic area below:


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.

The January 2019 poverty guidelines are calculated by taking the 2017 Census Bureau’s poverty thresholds and adjusting them for price changes between 2017 and 2018 using the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U).   The poverty thresholds used by the Census Bureau for statistical purposes are complex and are not composed of standardized increments between family sizes.  Since many program officials prefer to use guidelines with uniform increments across family sizes, the poverty guidelines include rounding and standardizing adjustments.

HHS Poverty Guidelines for 2020

The 2020 poverty guidelines are in effect as of January 15, 2020


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.