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Washington, D.C.
2014 Fall Leadership Institute
50 Years of Innovation

About the Institute

Head Start is nothing if not innovative. From involving parents in program governance in 1965 to the strategies that raised millions in private funds to help offset the effects of sequester budget cuts in 2013, Head Start has innovated to make the most of opportunities and meet the most troublesome challenges.

Between September 28 and October 2, nearly 500 Head Start, Early Head Start, and other early learning professionals will gather in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 NHSA Fall Leadership Institute. We will explore how we can leverage Head Start’s 50-year history of innovation to address emerging challenges and opportunities.


50th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration on the Capitol grounds! (Wednesday, 10/1 at 9:30 a.m.)


Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Kristof

We're thrilled to announce that the Keynote Speaker for this event will be two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times and Head Start Champion, Nicholas Kristof!

Nicholas Kristof is an extraordinary thinker, human rights advocate, and chronicler of humanity. A bestselling author, in his most recent book, A Path Appears, Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn look around the world at people who are working to make it a better place, and show readers the numerous ways this work can be supported.

Kristof is also a champion of Head Start - his most recent article on early childhood education, Pre-K, the Great Debate, explores the long-term impacts of Head Start and early education on parents and the invaluable opportunity it provides to our nation’s at-risk children.