April 20 - 22, 2021

National Head Start Conference

Leading conference in early childhood development

Our can’t-miss experience of the year is here—the 48th annual National Head Start Conference!

When is it?

This virtual event will bring everyone together from April 20-22, 2021 for three days of sharing knowledge, networking with peers, and celebrating achievements.

Interested in attending?

Head Start’s largest annual gathering is digital!

Although not what we’d originally planned, the online conference will allow everyone in the Head Start community to participate safely and affordably, and even attend nearly as many sessions as they would in a traditional on-site conference. We will gather together April 20 - 22, 2021 for this critical opportunity for everyone to take a step away from the day-to-day and prepare for the next year.

There is so much uncertainty all across the country right now, but what is not uncertain is Head Start’s bedrock commitment to lifting up children and families in our communities. Now, it is important for our community to stay connected and stand united. Many of us are isolated, but we are not alone. Will you join your peers from all across the country for this important moment in Head Start’s history?

What Can You Expect?

The National Head Start Conference will offer you and your staff many of the same professional development and training opportunities that you have come to expect at an NHSA in-person conference. These will include:

  • informative sessions led by experts in the field of early childhood;
  • thought-provoking discussions with colleagues from around the country;
  • inspiring speakers delivering cutting-edge ideas;
  • and so much more!

An exciting new feature this year is a dedicated Early Head Start track designed to deepen knowledge of the latest research and practices with respect to infant/toddler child development.

Who should attend?

As the largest national conference devoted to all things Head Start, this year’s National Head Start Conference will once again bring everyone together for three days of sharing knowledge, networking with peers, and preparing for the year ahead.

At NHSA we have intentionally designing the online conference to offer valuable content for everyone in Head Start. So whether you’re a Director, Administrator, Manager, Teacher, Policy Council Member, Parent, Community Partner, Board Member, or serve Head Start in another role, this conference is for you!


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Sessions and Events (Eastern Time)

Special Early Head Start Track

With generous support from the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, NHSA is launching an exciting new feature at this year’s National Conference: a dedicated Early Head Start track. The track will include sessions, speakers, case studies, and opportunities to build community among peers with a passion for all things Early Head Start. Sessions that are part of the track are designated in the schedule above.