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April 7-10, 2017
44th Annual National Head Start Conference and Expo
Chicago, Illinois


The Hyatt Regency Chicago is the location of all training events, meetings, and the exhibit hall.


Registration is now closed, we'll see you next year!


About the Conference

NHSA's 44th 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 Chicago, IL!

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.

With a new Administration and Congress we are entering a new phase in Head Start's history. The 2017 National Head Start Conference provides the perfect opportunity to turn our sights and our imaginations toward the future and explore ways to pursue Head Start's mission even farther!


General Sessions

We have over 100 general sessions available for the conference! You can check out the session descriptions and authors on the conference program page. We also encourage you to edit your registration and pre-select sessions. We ask this so we can determine which sessions are popular and adjust room assignments based on interest from registrants like yourself. These sessions are subject to change. 


Hyatt Regency Sold Out

Below are several alternative hotels within a quick walk to the Hyatt Regency. There are no special rates for these hotels. Please contact NHSA’s housing coordinator with any questions.

Swissotel Chicago
323 E Upper Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-0565
Walking distance: 4 min (0.2 mile)

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
200 N Columbus Dr
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-8000
Walking distance: 4 min (0.2 mile)

Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
71 E Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 346-7100
Walking distance: 5 min (0.2 mile)

Sheraton Grand Chicago
301 E North Water St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1000
Walking distance: 7 min (0.3 mile)