Pennsylvania Department of Education

The Pennsylvania Department of Education provides $37 million of state funding to provide Head Start services to children and families in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL)

The Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL) promotes opportunities for all Pennsylvania children and families by building systems and providing supports that help ensure access to high-quality child and family services through the Bureau of Certification Services, the Bureau of Early Learning Services, and the Bureau of Subsidy Services.

More information may be found at these Web sites:

US Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families funds the Office of Head Start (OHS).  All information regarding Head Start and Early Head Start can be found on the Office of Head Start website.  This includes announcements, resources and program performance standards.

Pennsylvania Head Start Association

The Pennsylvania Head Start Association functions as an advocacy organization for Head Start programs, families, staff and administrators in Pennsylvania.

Berks County Intermediate Unit

The Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) provides programs and services to public school districts, nonpublic schools, and other human service organizations of Berks County, Pennsylvania. The BCIU also acts as a liaison agent between the schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The BCIU serves as the fiscal agent for the PA Key, the PA HSSCO, and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.

PNC Grow Up Great

PNC Grow Up Great is a 10-year, $100 million investment in preparing children ages birth to 5 for school and life, so that an entire generation won’t just grow up… but grow up great.

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. 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.


The mission of ZERO TO THREE is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families. It is a national, nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization that advances its mission by informing, educating, and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.

ESSA Early Learning Coordination

To help young children transition to pre-K and kindergarten, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires local education agencies (LEAs) receiving Title I funding to sign a written agreement coordinating with Head Start and other early learning programs on students’ transition to the LEA in pre-K or kindergarten.:

  1. Establish channels of communication between school staff and Head Start staff;
  2. Receive and transfer children’s records, enrollment, parent communication;
  3. Conduct parent meetings with Head Start teachers and kindergarten or elementary school teachers;
  4. Organize and participate in joint transition-related training of Head Start staff, school staff, and early childhood education staff, as appropriate; and
  5. Link LEA educational services with Head Start agency services.

Documents for ESSA Early Learning Coordination: