Increasing Local Capacity of the Head Start Model of Services

Head Start

Head Start ECHO sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to noon the third Wednesday of the month. Click below to register. Click here to download the ECHO flyer.


How Does It Work?

Participants will join an interactive online video conference once per month. They will share and discuss cases related to such topics as: parent advocates, the role of community health workers, Head Start in public school systems, trauma in young children, challenging behaviors and medications.

What Does This ECHO Offer?

  • No cost continuing education for professionals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with specialist educators and other experts
  • Students get better care in their community
  • No cost to participating sites or individuals

Goals and Objectives

The Head Start ECHO will provide a forum for conversation, expertise and collaboration to:

  • Showcase best practices and promising approaches.
  • Increase awareness of and access to local and state resources.
  • Improve professional collaboration and community partnerships.

Topics for Care-Based Learning and Discussion:

  • Parent Advocates
  • Community Health Workers in Head Start
  • Head Start in Public Schools
  • Trauma in Young Children
  • Challenging Behaviors and Medications

Meet the Expert Team

Tina Bernskoetter, Director/Executive Services, Missouri Head Start Association

Leslie Luchene, PhD, Psychiatry/Trauma Specialist, University of Missouri

Lynette Fowler, BS, Family and Community Engagement Specialist, Mid-America Head Start

Tammie Benton, BS, Rural Head Start/Early Head Start Director, Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation (JFCAC)

Tracy Stroud, DO, Developmental Pediatrician, University of Missouri

Rhodanne Schiller, MS, ED, Developmental Disabilities Expert, Early Childhood Consultant

Maria Aubuchon, Parent Advocate