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Maine Head Start State Collaboration Office Personnel:

Linda Labas

Linda Labas

Linda Labas, M.Ed., serves as the MHSSCO Director and oversees the administration of the Head Start State Collaboration grant to ensure that the work consistently meets the needs and expectations of internal and external partners. Ms. Labas provides leadership and coordination for all CCIDS early childhood initiatives and has more than 35 years of professional experience in the area of early childhood. She currently coordinates state and federally funded early childhood projects and has extensive experience in early childhood policy-making, project managements, facilitation and strategic planning.


Jill Downs

Jill Downs

Jill Downs, M.Ed., serves as the MHSSCO Coordinator. Ms. Downs has more than 30 years of professional experience in the early childhood field, providing community education, technical assistance and facilitation to teachers in preschool, Head Start, Early Head Start, public school Pre-K programs, child care and other early childhood community settings. She provides expertise in research, data collection, report writing, information/resource sharing and meeting facilitation.