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31st Parent Conference and Family Engagement Institutes

Partnerships play a central role in the Head Start model. NHSA’s annual Parent Conference and Family Engagement Institutes is the only national event that focuses on how communities, parents, families, and Head Start program staff can best partner to promote both parent and family engagement and children’s learning and development.

As the nation’s attention turns toward early childhood education with an intensity not seen since Head Start’s founding 50 years ago, and as we begin celebrating the program’s anniversary, it is essential that we call attention to the importance of partnerships. This event, like no other, highlights and explores best practices for effective partnerships straight from the programs successfully implementing them and provides hands-on training specifically designed for Policy Council chairs and members, as well as Board members. The Office of Head Start's National Resource Centers, content experts, and other partners working with programs across the country will offer workshops on a variety of relevant topics. We are also happy to include a wide array of commercial vendors in the conference exhibit hall, where attendees can find and bring back innovative tools to support their work.

Once again, NHSA will be meeting in the great city of New Orleans at the Hilton Riverside! In addition to over 100 workshops, general sessions, meet-ups and educational forums, NHSA will be celebrating Head Start’s 50th Anniversary with a National Policy Council Gala, a Head Start Idol Talent Competition, and more. Join NHSA and your peers from across the country for learning and fun!