National Head Start Association


Your Voice Matters.


41st Annual Head Start Conference and Expo

April 28, 2014 - May 2, 2014

Long Beach, CA


About this Conference

NHSA’s Annual Head Start Conference and Expo is the largest national event devoted to the Head Start and Early Head Start community. This year more than 3,000 executive directors, directors, administrators, managers, teachers, policy council members, and parents from from every state will gather in Long Beach, California.

The 41st Annual Conference’s theme is Driven to Make a Difference. Every day, Head Start and Early Head Start provide lasting benefits for more than a million children and their families. Join us in Southern California to celebrate the difference Head Start makes and explore ways to drive our mission even farther!

More than 200 educational sessions will provide professional development in these areas:

  • Classroom Management & Teaching Strategies
  • Assessments, Planning, & Management
  • Early Education/Care & Child Development
  • Health, Nutrition, & Safety
  • Parent/Community/Family Engagement
  • Self-Development & Awareness Building
  • Social Emotional Development & Challenging Behavior

Access presentation materials from the conference

Download presentation materials from educational sessions at the conference. (Look for the "Download PDF" link.) If the presentation is not yet available, check back later as we continue to receive and upload materials.

View the Program Book Online!

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Can't make it to Long Beach? Attend the conference virtually!

Join NHSA’s 41st Annual Conference from the comfort of your desk or training room! NHSA's 2014 “Virtual Conference” option provides you with 10 hours of live sessions broadcast in real time straight from Long Beach, CA. The Virtual Conference option includes a variety of topics and presenters essential to your agency's success.

Find out more about the Virtual Conference.

Keynote and Featured Speakers

Opening Session Keynote: Nirvan Mullick

Closing Session Keynote: LeVar Burton

We're very excited to announce our featured speaker lineup for the 41st annual National Head Start Conference and Expo!

Find out more

New Series of Sessions for New Directors!

Attend sessions in NHSA's New Director/New Agency Series! While these are included in your full conference registration, some sessions require pre-selection at the time of registration.

Read more about these sessions.

One-Day Special Track: Early Head Start Child-Care Partnerships

The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Track will focus on the exciting promise of new federal investments in partnerships, share lessons from different models and communities that have achieved success, offer opportunities for networking and brainstorming, and feature insights into the grant application process from the former Director of the Office of Head Start.

Read more about this track.


This year’s conference activities will be at the Long Beach Convention Center: 300 E Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802. Attendees should use the Promenade Entrance off South Pine Avenue!

View a Hotel-Convention Center map

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Take advantage of Long Beach's attractions:
Aquarium of the Pacific | Restaurants | Points of Interest | Passport Free Shuttle Service


Long Beach's finest hotels, which are either walking distance from the Convention Center or a quick shuttle ride away, are available at discounted group rates. Rooms must be reserved by April 11, 2014 to secure NHSA room rates.

Reserve your room today!

You can use this link to make a reservation at the Hyatt Regency, Renaissance, Westin, Hyatt Pike, The Hilton, Queen Mary, Courtyard Marriott, and the Best Western Plus.


Prime Time Airport Shuttle servicing LAX, LGB and SNA Airports is available at discounted rate: reserve today!

Once you are at the conference, Long Beach offers a free bus service throughout much of the downtown area. Find out more about the Passport (PDF).

Reserve your Booth Space Today

If your products and services can help deliver Head Start’s high-quality comprehensive services for children ages birth to 5, join us in Long Beach, California, in April.

Reserve your space on the exhibitor registration site

View the Exhibit Hall floor plan (PDF) - subject to change

Exhibitors, to access the Exhibitor Service Manual, containing show information, booth equipment, furniture orders, and more, please click here.

Interested in marketing opportunities?


Register today!

Rates and Registration


Conference Sponsors

Acelero Learning
The Source for Learning
Discount School Supply
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Wipfli LLP
Community Playthings
Hatch Early Learning
PBS Kids