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December 4 - 7, 2017
2017 Parent and Family Engagement Conference
Austin, Texas

(December 4)

Austin does Head Start, and Head Start does Austin! -

All aboard for a tour of the innovative St. James Child Development Center. See firsthand how Austin coupled federal EHS expansion funds and community resources to create a vibrant center that houses two Head Start and two Early Head Start classrooms, a community center and a playground/mini track.

Then, it's back on the bus for a leisurly tour of Austin! We will drive past the Governor's Mansion, State Capital, and famous Congress Avenue where the motto, "Keep Austin Weird" comes to life. This vibrant neighborhood south of Lady Bird Lake is a must-stroll and a popular hangout for locals. South Congress oozes homespun character and boasts the story of Austin’s yesteryear in its boutiques, eateries, galleries and music venues. Explore the area, grab some lunch, and at 3:30 we'll head back to the Marriott refreshed and ready for the conference!

Monday, December 4, 8:45am - 3:30pm

Fee: $35 (lunch not included)

(1.5 day, December 3,4)

Policy Council’s Role in Head Start/Early Head Start -

To assist participants in understanding Early Head Start/ Head Start’s unique governance structure of shared decision making between the Governing Board and the Policy Council (PC). Participants will explore the history of the program, the governing body roles and responsibilities, program participation, and regulations pertaining to the PC and parents in the program.

Presenter: Presented by Wipfli

Sunday, December 3, 2-5 pm
Monday, December 4, 9am - 5pm

Fees: $577 - Member  $657 - Non-Member

(3-hour session, Monday, December 4, 9am - 12pm)

The Why, How, When, and What of Father Engagement in Head Start

This 3-hour educational session will provide participants the history, the research, the best practices, and the best approaches to working with fathers in Head Start programs. By understanding the principles of how fathers work and think and how they fit best into the Head Start environment, participants will be able to take home relevant, practical ideas that they can use as soon as they get back home.

J. Michael Hall has worked with nearly a quarter of a million fathers during the past twenty years. He has trained thousands of Head Start professionals to better serve fathers in their programs. Mike has been very successful in Head Starts like yours and has made a TON of mistakes that he can save you from making. Come, learn from his experience, and return home ready to do the best job for fathers and families in your organization.

Presenter: Presented by J. Michael Hall

Monday, December 4, 9am - 12pm

Fees: $90 - Member  $125 - Non-Member

(4-day, December 4-7)

Family Development Credential Instructors Training Institute

This is a train-the-trainer institute for those who wish to become certified instructors in order to offer and facilitate the Empowerment Skills for Family Workers course from the National Family Development Credential Program (FDC) — a professional training and credential for front line family workers, administered by the University of Connecticut. Using a research-based curriculum, participants practice and learn the skills and competencies of strength-based family support.

Presenter: Carol West, National FDC Instructor
Center for the Study of Culture, Health, and Human Development at the University of Connecticut


Fees: $775