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December 1 - 4, 2015
2015 Parent and Family Engagement Conference
"The Next Generation of Partnership"

Tuesday, 10am - 3pm

Tour of San Diego

Join the Leadership of San Diego's Neighborhood House Association to enjoy a tour of interesting sites in the area. The tour will take attendees to Old Town San Diego, the waterfront area, the famous Gaslamp Quarter and across the Coronado Bridge. Neighborhood House staff will also show off a few of San Diego's most innovative classrooms and sites serving the next generation of Head Start!

Please note: this tour costs an additional fee, and can be added to your badge in the registration process.

Tuesday, 4 - 6pm

Welcome Reception hosted by Parent Board Members

Join NHSA’s Board of Directors Parent Representatives for fun, games and food (and maybe even some spontaneous dancing!). This reception offers a great opportunity to network and meet your peers from across the country working to move Head Start forward for the next generation.

Wednesday, 9 - 11am

Opening General Session

We’re looking forward to kicking off the 32nd Annual Parent and Family Engagement Conference in style. Those who attended last year’s Parent Conference in New Orleans no doubt remember the incredible high school marching band that got everyone out of their seats and dancing. This year might not have New Orleans’ extravagant flair, but we’re sure San Diego’s local musicians will give the marching band a run for their money.

After a rousing start to the conference, we’re excited to hear Keynote Speaker Dr. Nefertiti Bruce Poyner use humor and personal stories to talk about how everyone can “build their bounce.”

Wednesday, 11am - 12pm

Opening Reception in the Exhibit Area

Following the opening session, join your colleagues for refreshments at the Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall, where you can speak not only with your peers but also vendors from across the country and take home all kinds of resources for your program.

Wednesday - Friday, 7 - 8am

Morning Zumba

Join us bright and early each morning for a jumpstart to your day! Zumba includes music with fast and slow rhythms, as well as resistance training. Each day will be led by San Diego's Partyology Fit Club.

Wednesday, 7 - 9pm

Head Start’s Got Talent - Season 2

Back by popular demand, the Head Start’s Got Talent show will be a fun evening with great music. While attendance is free, donations will be collected to support NHSA’s Dollar Per Child Campaign. Auditions will take pace on Wednesday, from 11am - 5pm. Download the application form and send it in by November 25th, 2015. For more information, contact Julie Antoniou at


  • 1st Place Prize: $500.00 and the opportunity to sing at the opening of the 2016 Annual Conference.
  • 2nd Place Prize: $250.00
  • 3rd Place Prize: $100.00

Please note: auditions costs an additional fee, and can be added to your badge in the registration process.

Thursday, 6 - 9pm

Policy Council Dinner and Dance

The 5th annual Policy Council Dinner and Dance will recognize the incredible work that Head Start parents do all around the country and celebrate with great food, music and dance! Come and join us for an evening of elegance and lively entertainment as we take time to recognize dedicated individuals who serve on their local Parent Policy Council.

NHSA Parent Board Representatives will present Policy Council Members and Parent Committee members with a special pin designating them as Honorary Members of the NHSA National Policy Council.

The keynote for this year’s dinner will be delivered by Kenneth Young, Superintendent of Schools for the Riverside County (California) Office of Education, and former Head Start parent.

Friday, 9 - 11am

Closing General Session

In addition to a recap of our week in San Diego, the closing general session will feature three exciting special guests and speakers. Delivering the Keynote this year, Joe Cepeda is an award-winning children’s book illustrator. We’re also excited to once again have Jose-Luis Orozco lead the crowd with his fun and educational bilingual music. Finally, we’re looking forward to hearing Rocket Scientist / White House Commissioner / Head Start Alum Sylvia Acevedo talk about the importance of universal access to education.

You won’t want to miss the closing session!