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June 26 - 28, 2017
2017 Early Childhood Innovation Summit
Salt Lake City, UT

Who should attend?

Creative, passionate early childhood leaders wanting to explore innovation and the pursuit of excellence


The summit is now sold out. Please add your name to the wait list to be notified if space opens up.

Accelerating Performance in Early Childhood Education

Photo: STEM Learning Lab, Inc.

From its earliest days, Head Start programs, rooted in diverse communities across the country, have had to make innovative adaptations based on local needs and resources. Many of those innovators and their innovations deserve national attention for their ingenuity and potential, yet most have remained unrecognized - in the Head Start community or outside in the larger early childhood community. Almost every one of the important innovations has not been scaled because of insufficient tools, resources, and entrepreneurial skills. Yet, at a time of great public interest in high quality early childhood education, Head Start’s “bright spots” have much to teach the nation.

From June 26 - 28, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the National Head Start Association will host a second-of-its-kind Innovation Summit.

This generative gathering will focus on bringing practitioners together to surface their brightest ideas and explore opportunities for accelerating performance across the entire early childhood landscape. Program leaders from across the country will be inspired by their innovative peers, learn about opportunities with traditional and venture funders, deepen their understanding of the landscape of entrepreneurship, and build their skills for creative thinking and program design.

Timing: the Summit will begin at 10 AM Monday morning and runs until noon on Wednesday.


This year at the Innovation Summit we will:

  • Be joined by robots to learn about artificial intelligence and its ability to teach emotional development
  • Experience virtual reality and its ability to disrupt and democratize the landscape of education across the globe
  • Hear from IDEO, the creator of the first usable computer mouse, on human-centered design
  • Learn how to “pitch” our innovative idea to traditional and venture funders in a Shark Tank demonstration
  • Reflect with Ted Talk veteran Tim Leberecht on how the latest technology can be harnessed to power our missions
  • Deepen our understanding of the landscape of entrepreneurship, Japanese philosophy and their relationship to early childhood


Watch the Innovation Summit in action