The Pennsylvania Head Start State Collaboration Office

The Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) in Pennsylvania is administered by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) a joint office between the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is located within the PA Key office and is staffed by a Director, Tracy Duarte. Click here to visit the PA HSSCO website.

PHSA values its partnership with the HSSCO and works closely with the office to improve the lives of Head Start children and families by assisting Head Start programs with information and resources.

For information about the work and overall goals of Pennsylvania’s HSSCO click here.

For information on the role of Head State State Associations in the work of HSSCOs click here.

PA HSSCO supports the effective implementation of the $35 million in Head Start Supplemental funding (HSSAP). The HSSAP allows Head Start grantees to apply for state funding to provide Head Start services.

Pennsylvania State Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP)


2012-13 HSSAP Competitive Grant Documents

HSSAP Grant Application

HSSAP Guidance Document


Fiscal Supplement

Budget Template



Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institute

The Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institutes are excellent opportunity for leaders of programs serving children birth through age 8 to learn together as part of a powerful professional development experience: NISL’s Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institute bridges the gaps between early learning programs and K-12 schools.  Head Start participation benefits Head Start leaders and is an excellent way to educate K-12 leadership about Head Start and Early Learning.