National Head Start Association


Your Voice Matters.


29th Annual Head Start Parent Conference and Family Engagement Institutes

December 1, 2012 - December 5, 2012

Dallas, TX

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This is the only national conference to deliver high-quality training and educational opportunities to Head Start parents and those who work with or on behalf of parents.

  • Four Head Start National Resource Centers will share best practices, practical resources and information in two institutes, a presentation series, and several sessions.
  • Opportunities for intense exploration in Pre-Conference Sessions and Special Tracks,
  • More than 100 educational sessions,
  • a special Directors Series
  • Abriendo Pueretas Train the Trainer
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Registration & Rates

An individual who is a staff member or parent of a current NHSA program member is eligible for the NHSA member rate. To receive the discounted rate, member organizations must complete the membership renewal process before registering for the event. For assistance with membership questions, refer to the Membership FAQs or contact

For assistance with registration please refer to Registration FAQs or contact

Registration Rates

 Early Bird Registration for NHSA Members* $310 
 Early Bird Registration for Non-Members* $360 
 Regular Registration for NHSA Members $415 
 Regular Registration for Non-Members $475 
 Co-Presenter Registration $150
 1-Day Pre-Conference Special Tracks $130
 2-Day Pre-Conference Special Tracks $230
 Additional Badge for Exhibitor $50

*Early Bird registration is available until November 9th.

Event Tickets

 Parent Policy Council Recognition Dinner and Dance $80 
 Special Event at the Austin Ranch $40 
 Special Event - Downtown Grapevine Experience $15 

Family Engagement Institutes

To attend an institute, registration is required prior to the conference

Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors National Facilitator Training*
Family Development Credential Instructors' Institute (PDF)*
Family Services Institute (PDF)

*Application also required

Closing Session Preview

Yvette Sanchez-FuentesClosing our 29th Parent Conference and Family Engagement Institute are two very special guests: Yvette Sanchez Fuentes – Director Office of Head Start and Debbie Clement – Author, Musician, & Educator.

Debbie Clement

Director Sanchez will present to parents the road ahead for Head Start, the critical role they play and opportunities to support their children, local agency and the larger Head Start community.

Debbie Clement brings her very special gift of music and love of parents to help us close our time together. Our closing session will be a high spirited, fun filled time you do not want to miss!

Hotel and Travel

Gaylord Texan Hotel

Gaylord Texan

1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051-1945
(866) 782-7897

NHSA Room Rates
The Gaylord Texan is currently full. Please see the overflow hotel information below. 

Reserve your room by November 14th for the conference rate.

Single: $140
Double: $140
Premium: $200
Applicable taxes will be added to room rates (currently 12% occupancy tax)

Airport Shuttle

Reserve your discounted Super Shuttle transportation to & from DFW Airport and the Gaylord Hotel

Grapevine, Texas

Check out this video from our gracious hosts in Grapevine, Texas!


Overflow Hotels

The Gaylord Texan is currently full. The following hotels are offering blocks of rooms at special NHSA rates. There will be complimentary shuttles to and from each to the Gaylord Texan during the conference.

SpringHill SuitesSpringHill Suites Grapevine

2240 West Grapevine Mills Circle
Grapevine, TX 76051
(972) 724-5500


Rates and Reservation:

King Suite: $149

Double Suite: $149 


Hyatt Place Hyatt Place

2220 Grapevine Mills Circle West
Grapevine, TX 96051
(972) 691-1199

Rates and Reservation: 

Single/Double: $159 In the field for "Corporate/Group #" enter: G-NGCA

Fairfield Inn and Suites Fairfield Inn and Suites

2050 State Highway 121
Grapevine, Texas 76051
Direct: 972-304-9611
Toll Free: 800-489-0923

Rates and Reservation: (Includes Breakfast) 

Double: $129

King: $129


Conference Sponsors

Discount School Supply PreschoolFirst
Acelero Frog Street

Volunteer Information

NHSA is currently seeking volunteers for the 29th Annual Parent Conference and Family Engagement Institutes. Volunteers are needed for pre-conference preparation and assistance with the education sessions and other conference events. In return for 2 days of service, you will receive a complimentary conference registration, which gives you access to 100+ educational workshops on a wide range of topics and other non-ticketed events.

Download and fill out the application (PDF) to become a volunteer.

Questions about volunteering can be sent to Sharon Kirksey-Walcott,

Exhibitor Information

View and purchase an available exhibit booth.

For more information regarding exhibit and marketing opportunities please visit Marketing Opportunities.

Quick Links
Schedule at a Glance
Conference Program Guide
Registration and Rates
Registration FAQs
Family Engagement Institutes
Pre-Conference Sessions
Special Tracks
Conference Sessions
Information for Speakers
Exhibitors and Vendors
Hotel and Travel

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