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Capitol Hill Visits

One of the highlights of the Winter Leadership Institute is Capitol Hill Visit Day, on Tuesday, January 28th. This is a critical time in the history of Head Start and our interactions with Members of Congress will help set the agenda for the future of Head Start! Make sure to use the "Checklist for Action" resource, which will help you prepare for your visits on Capitol Hill.

This is a tentative agenda and is subject to change.

Sunday, January 26 – Pre-Conference Sessions

Registration (8:00am - 5:00pm)

Alternate Funding Sources and Related Contracting Issues

In this era of sequestration and continued economic uncertainty, you still need to secure funding for your program. Join us to explore other sources of funding and related contracting issues of importance to Head Start programs. This session will cover do’s and don’ts of non-federal (matching) share, blended and braided funding, effective contracting strategies for goods and services, and pursuing fundraising in Head Start.

Presented by:

Ted Waters and Zoë Beckerman, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

Leadership Strategies and To Do’s

You are leaders. You know your market, your community and your resources. You know what you need to do to get your organization in the best place possible to serve your community. But how do you do this? We see many organizations who know what to do but struggle with the practical implementation of sound leadership practices. By this we mean everything from developing and implementing your strategies to effectively engaging your community and employees. This session will help you develop specific processes for creating effective leadership in your organization. To do this, we need you to come prepared with your current concerns and barriers and a willingness to openly share and brainstorm the right process for you and other leaders in this session. We will use a combination of presentation, discussion and case study to help you develop your leadership process.

Presented by:

Seth Finestack, Wipfli

High Impact Approaches to Family Services

In order to have a truly life-changing impact on the children we serve, programs must take full advantage of Head Start’s two-generation model, to work with both families and children. Since 1997, Head Start programs have been required to track child outcomes, and with the requirements for School Readiness Goals, nearly every Head Start program has a vision for their work with children. Work with families is a much less developed field --- and often the area where Head Start directors have the least experience. The Office of Head Start Parent Family Community Engagement framework provides some conceptual support for this work, but there a few models available that provide the practical tools and approaches to help reach those outcomes.

Presented by:

Jenni Brasington, Acelero Learning

Monday, January 27

Registration (8:00am - 5:00pm)

9:00am - 12:00pm: NHSA Board Meeting
9:00am – 12:00pm: Conversation on the Key Principles of Successful Organization Performance

This session is an innovative discussion of Principles of Strategy, Organization, and Management conducted by Professors Al Osborne and Miguel Unzueta from the UCLA J&J Head Start Management Fellows program. Osborne and Unzueta will sit down with an audience of Head Start Directors and managers and share their perspectives on the fundamental requirements of successful organization performance. They will discuss the Strategy Organization and Leadership (SOL) framework for strategic execution and provide insights on new developments in fostering motivation and cultural shifts that facilitate high performance in teams. Osborne and Unzueta reflect on the best practices in perfecting performance in a conversational format designed to engage participants in this 3 hour session.

Presented by:

Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean and Professor, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Miguel M. Unzueta, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Management & Organizations, UCLA Anderson School of Management

1:30-2:15pm: Federal Update - Latest developments on Appropriations and Early Learning Legislation

Without a doubt, 2013 was one of the most difficult years for Head Start and Early Head Start. It’s still unclear what 2014 will bring, but it is clear that we have our work cut out for us to ensure appropriate funding and legislative change. This session, led by NHSA’s Executive Director and Senior Manager for Government Affairs, will provide the latest update on federal legislative affairs including Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations, the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, and legislation potentially altering the face of early learning. If you are planning on going to the Hill on Tuesday, it is highly encouraged that you attend this session.

Presented by:

Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director, NHSA
Tommy Sheridan, Senior Manager Government Affairs, NHSA

2:30-3:30pm: Poverty and the Developing Brain: From Science to Practice

Since it was published in the year 2000, the book From Neurons to Neighborhoods has driven policy, research, and perceptions about brain development and its implications for early care and education. Now, nearly 14 years later, scientists, thought-leaders, and practitioners are still learning the impacts of early learning on brain development and the future successes of children. The research is astounding and powerful, yet it still has not translated into significant policy change. This session will explore some of the newest research on early brain development and how some practitioners are putting it to use in their programs.

Presented by:

Joshua Sparrow, Director of Strategy, Planning & Program Development and Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Foundation, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Avis Smith, Crittenton Children's Center

3:45-5:00pm: New Perspectives on Addressing Poverty

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a ‘War on Poverty.’ This declaration set in motion the creation of the Great Society and of Head Start. While these programs made a significant impact in creating a social safety net for our county, only a handful remain and economic inequality is increasing at alarming rates. Similarly, the face of poverty and the general public’s perceptions on the government’s role in eliminating poverty have changed dramatically. This session will explore how poverty is seen in our country and some of the strategies being used to combat it.

Presented by:

Jonathan Voss, Senior Analyst, Lake Research Partners
Anne Mosle, Vice President, Aspen Institute & Executive Director of Ascend, Aspen Institute
Mark Greenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families

5:00-6:00pm: Restoring the Sequester - Preparing for the Months Ahead

Presented by: Vanessa Rich, NHSA Board President

5:30-6:00pm: State-Regional Meet Ups
6:00-8:00pm: Winter Leadership Institute Reception

Sponsored by Acelero Learning


Tuesday, January 28

Registration (3:00 - 6:00pm)

8:30 - 10:30am: Head Start Breakfast on the Hill

Presented by:

Jenny Lu Mallamo, New America Foundation
Jack Shonkoff, Center on the Developing Child

10:30am - 4:00pm: Hill Visits

4:00 - 5:15pm: The Next 50 Years of Head Start

Although Head Start was technically up for reauthorization in 2012, there is still no indication from the White House or Congress about when reauthorization conversations will begin since key components of the 2007 reauthorization are still being implemented. However NHSA sees spring 2014 as the time for the Head Start community to begin thinking about a reauthorization and about re-imagining Head Start. This session will kick-off the conversation and will outline NHSA’s plans for getting your input over the next few months.

Presented by:

Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director, NHSA
Tommy Sheridan, Senior Manager Government Affairs, NHSA

5:30 - 6:30 pm: Lessons Learned from DRS Rounds 1, 2 and 3

With round 1 complete and round 2 awaiting final decisions, the Designation Renewal System will enter its 3rd year in January 2014. NHSA has been actively trying to change several parts of the DRS thanks to your feedback and suggestions. While all are welcome, this conversation session will serve as an opportunity for those grantees who are or have been in DRS to connect with each other, ask questions, and provide NHSA staff suggestions about what needs to change with DRS.

Presented by:

Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director, NHSA
Tommy Sheridan, Senior Manager Government Affairs, NHSA
Emmalie Dropkin, Senior Specialist, Research and Policy, NHSA

8:30pm: NHSA State of the Union Watch Party

Wednesday, January 29

Registration (8:00am - 5:00pm)

8:30 - 9:45 am: The Race to Pre-K - Federal and State Updates

While the introduction of the Strong Start Act offers promise to the federal expansion of Pre-K, many states are moving forward with their own early learning systems. These systems are popping up in more and more states each year as Governors and State legislators begin to understand the importance of early learning. This session will explore the progress that has been made across the country and will look specifically into how Head Start can and should fit into these new systems. It will also look at how federal investment can spur and further incentivize state systems.

Presented by:

Vincent Gray, Mayor of Washington, D.C. (Invited)
Mary Baskett, Consultant, NHSA
Helen Blank, Director, Child Care and Early Education, National Women's Law Center

10:00 - 11:00am: Head Start in 2014: View from the White House

As the two main White House departments responsible for creating, managing, funding, and implementing domestic policy for the federal government, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Domestic Policy Council (DPC) have a quite a bit of influence over Head Start and early learning. Both departments are exceptionally supportive of Head Start and serve as the conduit for the Head Start community to the federal government. The day after the President’s State of the Union and a few weeks before the President’s 2015 budget proposal will be released, this session will give you an early opportunity to hear directly from the top policy makers in the Administration about what 2014 and 2015 holds in store for Head Start.

Presented by:

Martha Coven, Associate Director, Education, Income Maintenance, & Labor Division, Office of Management and Budget, White House (Invited)
Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy, Domestic Policy Council, White House (Invited)

11:15am - 12:30pm: Child Care and Head Start - Partnering to Support Children and Families

One of the central components in the President’s vision and the Strong Start Act is the creation and expansion of Early Head Start – Child Care partnerships. The partnerships also are likely to be the first part of the proposal that gets implemented. Recognizing that Head Start and Child Care have long been partners on the local level, expanding these partnerships will take a lot of work to ensure they are successful and beneficial for children – especially in light of the DRS. This session, led by leadership at the Office of Child Care and the Office of Head Start, will explore the opportunities these partnerships provide as well as highlight the work being done on the national level to anticipate their expansion.

Presented by:

Shannon Rudisill, Director, Office of Child Care
Ann Linehan, Acting Director, Office of Head Start

12:30 - 2:00pm: Lunch on Your Own

2:00 - 3:00pm: Critical Success Indicators and the Future of Monitoring

The Office of Head Start and the field of early learning have begun to rethink how to improve monitoring and accountability in early learning programs. As the NHSA Monitoring Task Force reported in 2012, monitoring should focus not only on measuring compliance but also on continuous improvement. This begins with a system that helps identify potential areas of alarm before they become actual concerns. Led by Dr. Rick Fiene, an active member of the Task Force and consultant to ACF, as well as Ross Weaver and Adia Brown, who oversee the monitoring system for the Office of Head Start, this session will explore research about differential monitoring, risk assessment, critical success indicators, and how they apply to Head Start.

Presented by:

Rick Fiene, Director, Captial Area Early Childhood Training Insitute & Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University
Ross Weaver, Director, Quality Assurance Division, Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services
Adia Brown, Monitoring Lead, Quality Assurance Division, Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services

3:15 - 4:15pm: Head Start Standards Revision

According to several senior Committee staff in the House and the Senate, Congress will not take up a new Head Start reauthorization until a new set of Performance Standards are completed based on the 2007 Act. While it remains unclear when a new set of Standards will be released, the administration and NHSA have been working diligently on them. This conversation session, led by former House Committee staffer and current OHS consultant Ruth Friedman, will discuss how the standards are being looked at and how the Head Start community can help inform the process.

Presented by:

Colleen Rathgeb, Director of Policy, Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services
Amanda Bryans, Director of Education and Comprehensive Services Division, Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services

Thursday, January 30

Registration (8:00 - 10:00am)

8:30 - 11:45am: Updates from the Office of Head Start

The final morning of the Institute will feature the senior leadership of the Office of Head Start. The team will provide not-to-be missed updates on a wide array of topics such as the five year grant process, new monitoring protocol, the Designation Renewal System, and the PIR to name a few. This will be your chance to hear directly from OHS about their vision for the future of Head Start and to get your questions answered.

Presenters from OHS:

Ann Linehan, Acting Director
Colleen Rathgeb, Division Director, Policy and Planning
Shawna Pinckney, Division Director, Grants and Contracts
Ross Weaver, Division Director, Quality Assurance
Sharon Yandian, Division Director, State TA
Amanda Bryans, Division Director, Early Childhood and Comprehensive Services
Frances Majestic, Team Lead, Data and Information Systems SPecialist
Adia Brown, Quality Assurance Division, Social Science Specialist

12:00 - 12:30pm: Closing Session