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Orlando, FL
2018 Parent and Family Engagement Conference
December 17 - 20, 2018


The 2018 Parent and Family Engagement Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Shingle Creek.


This event will be held from December 17th to 20th, 2018.

Registration is open!

Promoting parent and family engagement

NHSA’s 35th annual Parent and Family Engagement Conference is the only national event that focuses on how Head Start parents, families, and staff can best partner to promote both family engagement and children’s development.

This year’s Parent and Family Engagement conference will expose a wide range of new resources and thinking on the topic of young children’s challenging behaviors and how Head Start programs can address the wellness needs of children, families and staff. Presenters with a whole child approach will help the Head Start community unpack this complex subject matter. 

A variety of sessions will enable conference attendees to go deep and wide - with discussions designed for parents, staff and leadership. Learn about developmentally appropriate innovations that are practitioner- and family-friendly. Experts in adverse childhood experiences and trauma-informed care will share techniques and skills you can take home to create safe environments in which children can flourish and learn.

In addition to content focusing on parent and family engagement, new sessions will address the topic of challenging behavior, including:

  • Strength-based care that focuses on helping children build their sense of control and feel empowered
  • Tools and resources available to help staff and parents feel confident and prepared when nurturing children experiencing difficult home experiences
  • New ways of understanding how trauma impacts development attachment and school readiness

The only national conference of its kind

Head Start is built from the ground up to address the needs of the whole child and therefore the whole family and the whole community. With this “wellness” focus at its core, Head Start has actively worked to create dynamic and lasting partnerships with parents, family members, and communities for more than 50 years. 
In Orlando, the community will once again gather together to collectively become aware, make changes and grow in the spirit of the belief that every child has the ability to succeed in life.

Hotel reservations

We've made attending easier! Hotel reservations can be made while you register for the conference, ensuring that you get a room at the official conference hotel at the best possible price. The 35th annual Parent and Family Engagement Conference will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel in Orlando, Florida.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Interested in Exhibiting or Sponsoring? If you have any questions, contact Julie Antoniou at