Virtual Conference

Leadership Education and Development Summit (LEADS)

June 22 - June 24, 2021

Leadership reimagined

LEADS is an accessible experience designed to drive results by touching all levels of Head Start leadership

Energize your team

Join your colleagues from across the country for three days of networking, sharing knowledge, and innovative best practices and skills.

Interested in attending?

The first-ever Leadership Education and Development Summit (LEADS), will take place virtually June 22-24, 2021. Right now Head Start and Early Head Start programs all across the country need prepared, innovative, and committed leadership. It is difficult to imagine leaders more committed than Head Start, but LEADS has much to offer to enhance our community's innovative best practices and skills.

Here is a partial listing of the topics we’ll be diving into:

  • Self-regulated leadership
  • Inspiration leadership
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Program planning
  • Succession planning
  • Grants and reviews
  • Data policies and procedures
  • EHS/Child Care partnerships
  • School readiness
  • Community engagement


Diamond level:

As a virtual conference, LEADS will feature a format to enhance the benefits of remote learning. Every time slot will feature three concurrent breakout sessions, and recordings will be made available for 30 days after the conference so you can catch anything you might have missed. View the full schedule of sessions here.

We encourage NHSA member programs to send their entire leadership team—and take advantage of the group discount of 10% - 25%.

Registration Rates





Additional NHSA Member Discounts

  • The Group Rate: 10% OFF groups of 3-19 ($494 each) or 25% OFF groups over 20 ($411.21 each)
  • Residents of Alaska and Hawaii, where morning sessions are more like night, receive 20% OFF ($449)

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In addition to providing a rare opportunity to belong to a passionate community, NHSA Membership also provides access to exclusive resources, discounts, and professional development opportunities.