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Louisiana Head Start State

Collaboration Project
12-Month Strategic Plan

November 2009

prepared by

The Block Marketing & Consulting LLC

for

The Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Project


State of Louisiana Department of Social Services
Introduction
Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Project

The Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Project (LHSSCP) strives to create and
offer support to state to statewide partnerships among Head Start program, child care
programs and public school pre-kindergarten programs. By identifying gaps and overlaps
in service delivery to low-income families and initiating strategies that result in improved
access, delivery and coordination of services for families with young children, the
LHSSCP plays a vital role in improving the developmental, social and economic
conditions for low-income children and families.

Head Start Collaboration offices were created by the 2007 Head Start Act, in which
Section 642B contains provisions for the award of a collaboration grant to each State,
including the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and to each
national administrative office serving American Indian Head Start programs and Migrant
and Seasonal Head Start programs. The purpose of these grants is to facilitate
collaboration among Head Start and Early Head Start agencies and entities that carry out
activities designed to benefit low-income children from birth to school entry and their
families.

Head Start and Early Head Start

Louisiana Head Start and Early Head Start programs serve more than 22,000 children and
100 pregnant women in the State of Louisiana. These 43 programs are operated by
several different types of grantees, including community action programs, public school
districts and non-profit organizations.

Louisiana Head Start programs provide quality, comprehensive services to low-income


children three to five years of age and their families in all 64 Louisiana parishes. Head
Start 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. There are 41 Head Start programs in Louisiana that
serve more than 21,000 children.

Louisiana Early Head Start programs serve pregnant women and children birth to three
years of age. Early Head Start programs promote healthy prenatal outcomes, enhance the
development of infants and toddlers, and promote healthy family functioning. There are
11 total Early Head Start programs in the state of Louisiana, and only 2 are stand-alone
Early Head Start programs. The remaining 9 Early Head Start programs are run in
conjunction with Head Start programs.

State of Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Project Strategic Plan 2


Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Project
12-Month Strategic Plan
This strategic plan will serve as a guidance tool over the next 12 months for the Louisiana
Head Start State Collaboration Project in an effort to increase the effectiveness of its
activities in the creation and support of statewide partnerships between Head Start
programs, child care programs, public school pre-kindergarten programs and other
entities that can help deliver coordinated services to children and families in nine priority
areas. Those nine priority areas are

1. Education

2. Child Care

3. Health

4. Welfare and Child Welfare

5. Family Literacy

6. Community Services

7. Children Experiencing Homelessness

8. Children with Disabilities

9. Professional Development

This plan was developed from a cursory needs assessment evaluation conducted by The
Louisiana Head Start State Collaboration Project and an in-depth analysis of needs
assessment data by The Block Marketing and Consulting LLC. Five goals for the next 12
months have been identified, and supporting objectives, action steps, outcomes and
measurements have been included to increase the likelihood that each goal is met within
the proposed timeframe.

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Goal #1: To increase public understanding of early childhood education, health and school
readiness as major contributors to student academic success and the overall economic vitality of
the State of Louisiana.

Objective #1 Action Steps Outcomes Measures


Improve and increase Identify, create and More educated citizens Number of educational
awareness and understanding distribute educational in Louisiana on the materials distributed to
of the achievements of Head materials on Head Start Head Start and Early elected officials, parents,
Start and Early Head Start and Early Head Start to Head Start programs by key stakeholders, state
Programs in priority areas of elected officials, parents, providing relevant and agencies, policy makers
education and health. key stakeholders, state state specific and others over the next
agencies, policy makers information on Head 12 months
and the child care and Start and Early Head
early education Start to assist parents,
community for reference service providers, policy
and guidance. makers, state agencies,
advocacy groups and
other stakeholders with
information and data for
reference and/or
planning purposes.
Make Head Start and The Head Start and LHSSCP Needs
Early Head Start-specific Early Head Start brand Assessment Report
data and information will become
available through website synonymous with Louisiana Head Start
services and early quality early childhood Association website
childhood related links. education in the State of updates and traffic
Louisiana. counts
Conduct and create Parents, service LHSSCP Needs
educational opportunities providers and the Assessment Report
for the general public, general public will have
elected officials, state access to resources Documentation of
agencies and the early (documents, websites increases in the number
childhood community on and links) that can assist of families inquiring
the comprehensive with identifying and about Head Start and
services of Head Start and locating Head Start and Early Head Start
Early Head Start and the Early Head Start Services
contributions of Head programs and other
Start programs in quality early child care Louisiana Head Start
Louisiana. and education Association website
information and data. traffic count

Number of mailers and


palm cards disseminated

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Goal #1: To increase public understanding of early childhood education, health and school
readiness as major contributors to student academic success and the overall economic vitality of
the State of Louisiana.
Objective #1 Action Steps Outcomes Measures
Improve and increase Educate and encourage Increased opportunities LHSSCP Annual Report
awareness and understanding collaborations between for public education on
of the achievements of Head Head Start, the the comprehensive Documentation of
Start and Early Head Start Department of Education, services provided by number of opportunities
Programs in priority areas of child care providers, Head Start and Early for public education
education and health. advocates and state Head Start programs and facilitated by LHSSCP
agencies on joint efforts the importance of early
(QRS, Early Learning child programs and
Guidelines and shared services in the success
professional development of Louisiana’s children
opportunities) to achieve and families.
common goals and
outcomes for children and
families in the areas of
education and health.
Develop organizational Increased effectiveness LHSSCP Needs
websites and links for of early childhood Assessment Report
public access to education and health
information on Head Start services provided in Documentation of the
and Early Head Start, Louisiana through number of collaborative
child care, Quality Rating collaborations with state relationships between
System, EITC and agencies, policy makers, Head Start and Early
educational and parents, and child care Head Start programs and
professional development providers, Head Start state agencies, policy
opportunities. and Early Head Start, makers, child care
advocacy groups and providers, advocacy
other key stakeholders. groups and other key
stakeholders
Promote the importance Increased number of LHSSCP Needs
of health in school educated citizens on the Assessment Report
readiness and the importance of overall
comprehensive services health as an indicator of Louisiana Head Start
provided by Head Start success in the success of Association website
and Early Head Start children. traffic counts
programs in the areas of
nutrition, health, social Number of materials
emotional, parent delivered/distributed
involvement, education (palm cards, mailers,
and disabilities. etc.)

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Goal #1: To increase public understanding of early childhood education, health and school
readiness as major contributors to student academic success and the overall economic vitality of
the State of Louisiana.
Objective #2 Action Steps Outcomes Measures
Improve and increase Serve on the Louisiana Continued participation Number of Louisiana
awareness and understanding Children’s Cabinet on Louisiana Children’s Children’s Advisory
of the achievements of Head Advisory Board by Cabinet Advisory Board meetings attended
Start and Early Head Start supporting and addressing Board. by LHSSCP staff
Programs in priority areas of issues related to
education and health. children’s health and Louisiana Children’s
preventive health Advisory Board meeting
measures through a series minutes and initiatives
of monthly meetings.
Serve on the Louisiana Increased ability to LHSSCP Needs
Partnership for Children educate policymakers by Assessment Report
and Families Board of engaging partners and
Directors and assist with local champions in Documentation on the
framing messages and policy dialogue introduction of State
creating dialogue with concerning vital issues legislation and/or new
policy makers, advocacy related to the success of policies
groups and associations children and families in
on issues that are vital to the State of Louisiana.
the success of children
and families in the State
of Louisiana.
Research and promote The development of LHSSCP Needs
policies that support state policy and initiatives Assessment Report
agencies related to child that has the support of
care and welfare, state agencies and that Documentation on the
children, families and are in the best interest of introduction of policies
communities. children, families, and
communities.

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Goal #2: To improve the ability of families to access quality preschool and early childhood
learning programs that meet the needs of families.
Objective #1 Action Steps Outcomes Measures
Improve coordination and Support collaborative Development of an LHSSCP Needs
policy development between working relationships inclusive and Assessment Report
Head Start and Early Head between local Head Start comprehensive Early
Start programs and the Pre-K and Early Head Start Childhood Education Documentation of
System (local education programs and the System consisting of the meetings focused on the
agencies, and the Department corresponding local Department of development of an
of Education) concerning education agencies, Education, Head Start inclusive,
special education preschool, primarily on the issues of programs and child care comprehensive
data tracking and transitions. Pre-K and transition. providers focused on the Childhood Education
successful transition of System in the State of
Develop a Memorandum children from Head Start Louisiana
of Understanding between and child care to the
Office of Superintendent state funded Pre-K Status of Memorandum
of Public Instruction program. of Understanding
(OSPI), the Louisiana between OSPI, the Head
Head Start Association, Start Association,
LHSSCP, and the Region LHSSCP and the Region
VI Office that focuses on IV Office focusing on
Special Education and Special Education and
transitions. transitions

Minutes from meetings


conducted with the
aforementioned parties
Support coordinated Development and/or LHSSCP Needs
efforts between the revision of Assessment Report
Department of Education, Memorandums of
Head Start and Early Understanding (MOU) Developed or revised
Head Start and child care to provide participants Memorandums of
to track children and and their respected Understanding between
students statewide, to agencies with the Department of
collect basic demographic opportunities to Education, Head Start
information, special understand the roles that and Early Head Start,
services obtained, and test each agency performs and child care programs
scores. related to the needs and
services available to
families and children
with disabilities.
Support parent Increased opportunities LHSSCP Needs
involvement in planning for families to be Assessment Report
and decision-making on actively and effectively
Testimonials from parents
policies related to the involved in policies
needs of children and related to education and Minutes from policy
families in Louisiana child welfare. meetings involving parents

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Goal #2: To improve the ability of families to access quality preschool and early childhood
learning programs that meet the needs of families.
Objective #1 Action Steps Outcomes Measures
Improve coordination and Work with the Increased commitment LHSSCP Needs
policy development between Department of Education to the successful Assessment Report
Head Start and Early Head and school districts to transition of every Head
Start programs and the Pre-K support school readiness. Start and child care
System (local education child into the public
agencies, and the Department school system.
of Education) concerning
special education preschool, Increased parent
data tracking and transitions. involvement in the
planning and
implementation stages
of the program.
Support coordinated Development and/or LHSSCP Needs
efforts between the revision of Assessment Report
Department of Education, Memorandums of
Head Start and Early Understanding (MOU) Developed or revised
Head Start and child care to provide participants Memorandums of
to track children and and their respected Understanding between
students statewide, to agencies with the Department of
collect basic demographic opportunities to Education, Head Start
information, special understand the roles that and Early Head Start,
services obtained, and test each agency performs and child care programs
scores. related to the needs and
services available to Longitudinal studies
children and families comparing children
with disabilities. served by Head Start
and Early Head Start
Ability to monitor programs and children
longitudinal tracking of who did not receive
children and compare services.
Head Start/Early Head
Start and child care
children with low-
income students who did
not receive services.
Serve as a State Team Provide continued input LHSSCP Needs
Leader on SpecialQuest as a State Team Leader Assessment Report
Birth-Five to increase on SpecialQuest Birth-
collaboration, Five for early Documentation from
effectiveness and intervention and the SpecialQuest Birth-Five
coordination of service inclusion of children and state leadership team
providers for early families with meetings
intervention and the disabilities.
inclusion of children and State Interagency
families with disabilities. Coordinating Council
for Early Steps (SICC).

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Goal #2: To improve the ability of families to access quality preschool and early childhood
learning programs that meet the needs of families.
Objective #2 Action Steps Outcomes Measures
Improve coordination and Serve on the BrightStart Support collaborative LHSSCP Needs
policy development between Initiative Steering working relationships Assessment Report
Head Start/Early Head Start Committee and assist with between Head Start and
programs and State Education the development of policy Early Head Start Documentation of
programs. and collaborative systems programs and their local progress toward a
to support and maintain childcare programs working partnership
the development of the around common policy agreement between child
state’s Early Childhood areas and early care, Region VI,
Comprehensive System. childhood systems. LHSSCP, and the
Louisiana Head Start
Develop a working Association.
partnership agreement
between child care, Development and/or
Region VI, LHSSCP, augmentation of dual
and the Louisiana Head enrollment practices
Start Association that within the State.
focuses on blended
funding for programs
and common policy
areas.
Explore the roles of Head Legislation that Documentation of
Start and child care in the encourages publicly introduction of and/or
expansion of Pre-K funded local education advocacy for legislation
services to allow access to systems to partner with
all four-year-olds and Head Start and child
coordinate early care to provide pre-k
childhood programs to services through a
establish one high-quality diverse delivery system
system. which includes Head
Start and child care.

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Goal #3: To increase the availability of appropriate and coordinated mental health services for
children served by Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
Objective #1 Action Steps Outcomes Measures
Improve coordination and Recruit Head Start and Increased opportunities LHSSCP Needs
policy development between Early Head Start for Head Start and Early Assessment Report
Head Start/Early Head Start Directors and/or staff to Head Start Directors,
programs and State Education participate on statewide Head Start staff and State Committee
programs. committees. child care providers to appointments
participate on statewide
committees.
Support programs and Enhanced ability of LHSSCP Needs
curricula that have been teachers and caregivers Assessment Report
proven to enhance teacher to provide adequate
and caregiver knowledge services around the
of social, emotional and social, emotional, and
mental health of young mental health of
children. children and families.
Support and promote Development of Developed assessment
assessment strategies that effective assessment strategies and tools
include social, emotional, strategies and tools that
and mental health include social,
components and outcomes emotional, mental health
that are measured, components.
reported and used as a
tool for improvement.

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Goal #4: To increase the awareness of public and private partners on the use of Early Learning
Guidelines and the promotion of Quality Start Child Care Rating System.
Objective #1 Action Steps Outcomes Measures
Promote the use of Early Distribute the Early Increased knowledge LHSSCP Needs
Learning Guidelines to public Learning Guidelines and and understanding of the Assessment Report
and private partners. information on QRS to state’s Early Learning
child care providers, Head Guidelines and the Documentation of the
Start programs and the Quality Start Child Care distribution of literature
general public via the Rating System among and posting on the
Internet and literature. the public, child care Internet.
providers, Head Start
and Early Head Start
programs and the early
education community.
Increase public Increased understanding LHSSCP Needs
knowledge of the Early of Quality Start and the Assessment Report
Learning Guidelines and Early Learning
QRS while illustrating the Guidelines and
implications for Head collaborations focused
Start and Head Start on achieving expected
programs and child care. outcomes for children
and families in the State
Use meetings, of Louisiana.
conferences and public
forums to maximize
educational opportunities
to educate public officials,
the early childhood
community, state
agencies, and the general
public about the Early
Learning Guidelines,
QRS and the
comprehensive services
provided by Head Start
and Early Head Start
programs.
Facilitate collaborative Effective coordination, LHSSCP Needs
working relationships by implementation, and Assessment Report
encouraging local execution of newly
collaborative processes accepted strategic Documentation of
with action outcomes initiatives to increase results of meetings
focused on opportunities alignment and
to increase alignment and integration, reduce Development of policy
integration, reduce duplication of efforts, and plan
duplication of efforts, and and maximize resources.
maximize resources.

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Goal #5: To improve the governance, functional operations and perceptions of the LHSSCP to
be an inclusive, neutral and objective leader in supporting and promoting policies that help early
learning programs better serve the needs of children and families.
Objective #1 Action Steps Outcomes Measures
Secure appropriate level of Work with the LHSSCP will have the Documented changes in
autonomy to conduct LHSSCP Department of Social level of autonomy the autonomy of the
mandated functions. Services Child Care required to conduct the LHSSCP.
Division and the state functions mandated by
Civil Service Department the School Readiness
to restore the HSSCO Act of 2007.
Director’s position to its
original Civil Service
status prior to relocating
the LHSSCP to the Child
Care and Early Education
Division.
Identify the contact Development of a Documentation of
person responsible for formal working contact with the person
early childhood education relationship between the responsible for early
related issues on behalf of LHSSCP and the Office childhood education
the Governor’s Office to of the Governor. issues in the Governor’s
schedule a meeting. Office.
Identify and share contact Development of a Documentation of
information with the formal working contact with the person
person responsible for relationship between the responsible for early
early childhood education LHSSCP and the childhood education
related issues on behalf of Department of issues in the Department
the Department of Education. of Education.
Education to schedule a
meeting.
Communicate widely the Improved perception of Number of opportunities
ability of the LHSSCP to the LHSSCP as an entity to serve as an
promote and represent that engages all potential advocate/partner for
diverse viewpoints on partners and minority non-traditional partners
various levels. voices, concerns and and underrepresented
issues that have an voices.
Maximize flexibility of impact of the lives of
the LHSSCP by engaging children and families in
non-traditional partners Louisiana.
and underrepresented
voices.

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Program Enrollment Information
Enrollment

According to the 2006-2007 PIR, the total actual enrollment in Head Start and Early
Head Start programs was 22,812.

Enrollment by Eligibility
3,685 Recipient of Public Assistance
17,947 Income Eligibility
985 Over Income
195 Foster Children

Enrollment by Age
243 Under One Year
388 One Year Old
641 Two Years Old
11,098 Three Years Old
10,154 Four Years Old
184 Five Years Old

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Enrollment by Program Option
14,864 Full Day (5 days per week)
17 Full Day (4 days per week)
4,672 Part Day (5 days per week)
0 Party Day (4 days per week)
261 Home Based
0 Combination Program
0 Family Child Care
0 Locally Designed Options

184
63 Pregnant Women Included Above

Five Years Old

Enrollment by Race
70 American Indian/Alaskan
82 Asian
18,201 African-American
6 Native Haw./Pac. Islander
3,739 White
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493 Bi-Racial or Multi-Racial

Four Years Old


10 Other
211 Unspecified
Unspecified

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