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May 16 - 20, 2016
43rd Annual National Head Start Conference and Expo
"The Next Generation of Opportunity"

Who Should Attend?

New Directors and Directors of new programs (1 - 3 years)

Is There an Added Cost?

No! NHSA is offering this to New Directors as an appreciation for undertaking this mission-intensive endeavor.

New Directors Orientation

When we speak with Head Start leaders all across the country, each and every one talks about how rewarding their work in the program has been. But when they’re asked if that’s always been the case, many are quick to admit that they had rough starts. They all wished they had been able to ask someone, “Where do I begin?” or “What are the first ten things I should master?”

NHSA’s New Directors Orientation was created to help inspire and empower new directors still getting their bearing in Head Start. Designed in collaboration with a team of veteran directors, this orientation aims to flatten Head Start’s learning curve by providing valuable hands-on experience and insight.

The orientation begins at 2pm, Monday, May 16 with a welcome by the Director of the Office of Head Start, Dr. Blanca Enriquez, and continues with a number of veteran voices throughout. Following the conference, attendees will have access to an exciting virtual network that will function as a vibrant community of peers where best practices can be shared – and failures commiserated.

This is a wonderful time to be a part of Head Start. Building on 50 years of success, Head Start is moving in exciting new directions. Directors are the change agents, driving our future. Participants in this orientation will leave with a clear vision of Head Start’s mission and the tools needed to become leaders in Head Start’s bright future.

There is no extra charge for the New Director’s Orientation - NHSA offers it to new Directors as an appreciation for undertaking this mission-intensive endeavor!


Schedule at a Glance

Monday, May 16, 2016

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Welcome Keynote

As a passionate leader in the field of early education, Dr. Blanca Enriquez affirms the essential role each Head Start leader plays in securing the high quality services children and families deserve. We are pleased to have her join us to inspire us in this critical moment.

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Our Selves – Our Journeys to Director
(small groups)

3:00 - 3:45 pm

Seize the Day - And How we Navigated the Journey

Leaders share how they have managed transitions in their local programs.

  • Ericka Newman, Neighborhood House Seattle, Washington
  • Denyse Cardoza, Placer Community Action, California
  • MaDonna Princer, Kent County, Michigan
4:00 - 4:30 pm

Ten Top Things a New Director Wants to Know
(small groups)

4:30 - 5:00pm

Advocacy – Our Mission, Our Future– Engaging Our Families and Our Communities

Leaders share how they have managed transitions in their local programs.

  • Ivette Galarza, Chairwoman, NHSA Board of Directors
  • Damon Carson, Vice Chairman, NHSA Board of Directors
5:00 - 6:00pm

Getting to Know You
Reception with Frog Street


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

9:00 - 9:45am

Hot Topic 1 - CLASS - Being Ready

  • Gina Ruther, Shelby County Schools Head Start, Tennessee
10:00 - 10:45am

Hot Topic 2 – Governance and Policy Council

  • Linda Broyles, Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, Kansas
11:00 - 11:45am

Hot Topic 3 – Parent Engagement

  • Karenne Berry, The Educational Alliance, New York
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch (on your own)

12:45- 1:00PM

UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program

  • Jeanette Boom, UCLA Anderson School, California
1:00 - 1:45pm

Hot Topic 4 - Continuous Program Improvement

  • Scott Siegfried, Miami Valley Child Development, Ohio
2:00 - 2:45pm

Hot Topic 5 – Funding Opportunities

  • Andrea Molarius, Heartland Grantmaking, Colorado
3:00 PM Wrap-up