Leaders of the Head Start community will come together this January in the nation’s capital for a unique opportunity to plan for Head Start’s future. Our Winter Leadership Institute offers the Head Start community informative sessions, innovative panels, and invaluable networking events. Together, we will strategize on how to build upon a successful 2017 and prepare to tackle new challenges in 2018.
Of course, all of us in Head Start know that the most concerning challenge facing every program across the nation is the crisis facing our workforce. This year’s Winter Leadership Institute will hit this challenge head-on by focusing on supporting and strengthening Head Start’s workforce. Without the program administrators, home visitors, classroom teachers, bus drivers, cooks, and everyone else who creates a warm and welcoming environment for our nation’s youngest learners, Head Start would not exist.
And yet programs are faced with impossible choices: Serve more children or increase staff wages? Invest in infrastructure or professional development? Spend resources on employee morale and retention, or on classroom supplies? Join us in tackling these issues through hard conversations with your peers and experts from across the country.
Above all, WLI offers an opportunity to make Head Start’s voice heard in Congress. Through meetings with members of Congress and their staff, you can help grow and maintain the strong relationships with lawmakers that are critical to influencing decisions that will affect Head Start now and in the years to come. Your stories, ideas, and concerns are the most effective advocacy tool Head Start has, and provide the inspiration that galvanizes our allies in Congress to take action.
Together, we can channel our momentum into results for Head Start’s future in 2018 and beyond.
Right across the street:
The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Across the street and up one block:
Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
0.3 mile / 6 minute walk:
Phoenix Park Hotel
520 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001