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April 23 - 27, 2018
45th Annual National Head Start Conference and Expo
Anaheim, CA


The Anaheim Convention Center is the location of most training events, meetings, and the exhibit hall.


April 23rd - 27th, 2018

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Join us in Anaheim this April!

NHSA's 45th annual National Head Start Conference and Expo is the largest national event devoted to the Head Start and Early Head Start community. Join executive directors, directors, administrators, managers, teachers, policy council members, parents, and partners from across the country in Anaheim, California!

The Head Start and Early Head Start community is driven like none other to provide opportunities for success in the lives of our nation's vulnerable children. Every year we gather to discuss the latest developments, innovations, and obstacles in early learning and to explore ideas for turning challenges into opportunities.


National Head Start Conference Keynote Speaker

You might recognize him from appearances on The Colbert Report, PBS NewsHour, or CNN; or you might have heard him in one of the 6,500 video lessons he’s uploaded to his website. Salman Khan, founder and CEO of the Khan Academy, has used his three degrees from MIT (and one from Harvard) to make challenging topics in mathematics and sciences easy to understand for students and teachers around the world. 

His lessons have helped millions of students engage with their own learning, regardless of circumstances at birth or the availability of educational resources. In his keynote address, "Democratizing Access to World-Class Early Learning," Sal will speak about how his global nonprofit is working to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. He will focus in particular on Khan Academy's approach to early learning. 

During his talk, Sal will reveal Khan Academy’s exciting new plans to help young children develop skills and a love of learning that will help them succeed in preschool, kindergarten, and beyond. Want to get a feel for what you can expect from this keynote address? Watch Sal Khan’s Ted Talk on teaching for mastery - not test scores.


The conference headquarters hotel, the Hilton Anaheim, is sold out.

Here is a list of other nearby hotels. All are within walking distance, but a shuttle service will be provided between the Anaheim Convention Center and the Embassy Suites South, Hampton Inn and Suites, and Hyatt Regency Orange County.

Embassy Suites South (Shuttle provided)

Hampton Inn and Suites (Shuttle provided)

Hyatt Regency Orange County (Shuttle provided)

Red Lion Anaheim

Sheraton Park Hotel

Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort

Cortona Inn & Suites (Code: 8NHSA)

Courtyard by Marriot - Anaheim Convention Center