From its earliest days, Head Start programs, rooted in diverse communities across the country, have had to make innovative adaptations based on local needs and resources. Many of those innovators and their innovations deserve national attention for their ingenuity and potential, yet most have remained unrecognized - in the Head Start community or outside in the larger early childhood community. Almost every one of the important innovations has not been scaled because of insufficient tools, resources, and entrepreneurial skills. Yet, at a time of great public interest in high quality early childhood education, Head Start’s “bright spots” have much to teach the nation.
From June 26 - 28, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the National Head Start Association will host a second-of-its-kind Innovation Summit.
This generative gathering will focus on bringing practitioners together to surface their brightest ideas and explore opportunities for accelerating performance across the entire early childhood landscape. Program leaders from across the country will be inspired by their innovative peers, learn about opportunities with traditional and venture funders, deepen their understanding of the landscape of entrepreneurship, and build their skills for creative thinking and program design.
Timing: the Summit will begin at 10 AM Monday morning and runs until noon on Wednesday.