Established in 1981, the Head Start Sponsoring Board Council of the City of New York ("HSSBC," or the "Council") is the middle source between the City of New York's receivers of federal Head Start dollars and approximately 79 delegate agencies which operate over 200 Head Start direct service centers throughout the five boroughs. Any agency receiving Head Start funds from the New York City Administration of Children's Services are automatically members of HSSBC. The Council is a membership organization with 2500 unionized and 500 management (non-unionized) employees.
The Council exists as a vigorous advocate for the Head Start community, generally, and for its members, particularly. It represents the interests of its program managers to the City of N ew York and to the public at large. It encourages public visibility, influence and support for Head Start. The Council has prime responsibility to provide oversight on the Collective Bargaining Agreement, a binding legal contract between the member agencies and a local union. HSSBC is the trainer to agencies and their boards on labor management issues.
The Council is a federal non-profit tax exempt organization under the I.R.S. 501(c)(3) code. It is tax exempt under the laws of New York State.