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					               PENNSYLVANIA HEAD START ASSOCIATION
               PARENTS, STAFF, ADMINISTRATORS AND FRIENDS AFFILIATED FOR CHILDREN

               September 2009 PHSA Monthly Update

HEAD START AND PA EARLY LEARNING COMMUNITY OUTSTANDING!

For the past two and a half months Head Start staff and parents have done an excellent job
advocating for our families and our programs. In Harrisburg we hear regularly from Senators
and Representatives how well organized and effective the Early Learning Community has been
in our work to fight for the funding for the Head Start Supplemental, PA Pre K Counts, Child
Care Works and Keystone Stars.

This summer Head Start representatives spoke at five of the stops on the Educational Bus Tour
with Secretary Zahorchak. Head Start people have played active leadership roles at rallies in
Mercer, Delaware and Somerset Counties as well as many other budget related events. Recently
Sarah Dye was a speaker at the Governors Early Learning press conference.

PHSA honors and thanks all of you for your hard work.


KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. IT IS EFFECTIVE!

AND….. The Budget Impasse continues. Call your Senator and Representative every week.
PUT THEM ON YOUR SPEED DIAL. LEAVE A MESSAGE WITH THEIR STAFF.
a) Tell them how the Budget Impasse is affecting your families and programs this week.
b) Tell them that they need to act as leaders and pass a budget that fully funds Head Start and
PA’s Early Learning programs without gutting other human service programs.
c) Tell them to stop blaming others and pointing fingers.
d) Tell them to raise taxes if they need to.


Click on this map for
information about Head Start
in your county.



                               PHSA EMAIL LISTS -JOIN TODAY!

                               PHSA upgraded our email list manager. Please be sure to
                               encourage Head Start parents, staff and friends to join the
                               PHSA email lists. It’s free and anyone can join. It’s a great
                               way to keep up with the many things that are happening that
                               involve Head Start and Pennsylvania’s Early Learning
Join Our Email List            community. The link is on the left side of the PHSA web site.
                     Join
Email:
                                             www.paheadstart.org
      Pennsylvania Head Start Association September 2009 Update




                        Early Childhood Education Summit
                                      October 26-28, 2009
                      Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA

                                               Register online today!

     It's time to make plans to attend the Early Childhood Education Summit! The ECE Summit offers a
comprehensive program for everyone. Whether you are new to early childhood education, a seasoned educator,
             parent or volunteer, and are looking for a big picture overview, this Summit is for you!

                                               Important Information:

     The ECE Summit's session guide is available online. In past years, you received a printed book by mail that included
      the preliminary agenda. This year, all sessions and important conference information is available on the Summit's
      website at www.earlychildhoodsummit.org in Word and PDF versions for easy print and download to your computer. If
      you need a copy of the program mailed or faxed to you, please call PACCA at 717-657-9000.

     You can register online now! It's easy, convenient, and you will receive an immediate confirmation. Please make use
      of the online registration tool. Specific instructions regarding registration and a checklist of items needed to register
      are listed online. If you have questions, contact Carol@pacca.org. If you need a copy of the registration form mailed
      or faxed to you, please call 717-657-9000.

     Select your sessions in advance. After you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with
      instructions for logging in and selecting the sessions that you want to attend. Please note, Your registration will not be
      considered finalized until you have selected the sessions that you will be attending. Attendees with completed session
      selections will be given seating priority in the Summit workshops that they selected! Select your sessions ASAP! Spots
      will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis!

     Book your room reservations today! The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel is the site of the 2009 ECE Summit.
      Hotel room blocks fill fast so please remember to reserve your overnight accommodations through the Penn Stater now
      by calling toll-free (800) 233-7505. When making your room reservation, please use code EARJ09A to receive the
      Summit's discounted room rate. This room rate expires October 2, 2009!


                                 The 2009 ECE Summit partnering organizations:


             The Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA)
         The Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL)
              The Pennsylvania Head Start Association (PHSA)

                                                       Sponsored by

        King's College & PNC "Grow Up Great"
      Pennsylvania Head Start Association September 2009 Update



PA KEY LAUNCHS NEW WEB SITE!

Over the last year, a team of Public Relations, IT and program staff,
have been working diligently to redesign the PA Key website into a
more visually appealing and user-friendly site. The PA Key
website's primary audience is early childhood education
practitioners, however the new site includes information which is
helpful to parents, the general public, as well as higher education
facilities and early childhood education stakeholders. The newly
redesigned site went live late on September 1, 2009. Early feedback
indicates that the new design is a big hit!
Check it out! www.pakeys.org




Listen to an interview with NHSA’s New Executive Director
Click Here http://my.nhsa.org:88/t/79981/117198/320/0/

New Era, New Leadership, New Possibilities
Yasmina Vinci, with Michael McGrady
                  Yasmina Vinci is the newly appointed executive director of the
                  National Head Start Association that represents more than one
                  million children, 200,000 staff and 2,600 Head Start programs in
                  the United States. She was a center director, policy maker in state
                  government, funder and received her master’s at Harvard with a
                  focus on leading large scale change.

The three most important words in the Head Start and Early Head Start community
today are change, change, and change. So says Yasmina Vinci, the new Executive
Director of the National Head Start Association. Yasmina has been tapped to help
reorganize the NHSA for a new era filled with new possibilities. In a just released
interview on NHSA Radio, Yasmina discusses how she and the NHSA plan to
provide relevant, valuable support to the entire Head Start community and how
she'll work to deliver more of what NHSA members want and need.
     Pennsylvania Head Start Association September 2009 Update

PHSA HELPS LEAD REVITALIZATION OF THE R3HSA

In March of this year leaders from PHSA helped in organizing and leading an all day meeting
that was the beginning of revitalizing the Region III Head Start Association (R3SHA). The
Agenda of the meeting and the revitalization plan are posted on the R3HSA page on the PHSA
web site. Click Here. Representatives from all of the states in Region III and the District of
Columbia participated. A new mission and meeting schedule was developed. Plans to revise (in
the fall of 2009) the R3SHA bylaws were made. Each state made a commitment to select
representatives from their state to serve on the R3HSA Board. The PHSA Board selected as its
representatives; Steven Lewis (Administrator), Kathy Amaker (Staff), Heather Held (Parent),
and Charmayne Thomas (Friend). The new R3HSA representatives from the five states and DC
have chosen Heather Held to serve as the R3HSA parent representative on the NHSA Board.
PHSA congratulates; Steven Lewis, Kathy Amaker, Heather Held and Charmayne Thomas.

PHSA and NHSA Scholarship Information

PHSA is pleased to announce that we are accepting nominations for the many NHSA
scholarships and awards that are available to the Pennsylvania Head Start Community for the
2009-2010 program year. This announcement includes a list of the various scholarships and
awards offered by NHSA. Full descriptions of all scholarships and awards, their eligibility
requirements, and the applications themselves can be found by visiting the NHSA website at
http://www.nhsa.org/. We have also included a link to the NHSA Scholarships and Awards
Packet on the scholarships section of the PHSA website.

The NHSA nomination process requires that all nominations be reviewed first by the PHSA and
then the Region III Head Start Association’s scholarships and awards committees before being
sent on to NHSA for consideration. In order to follow this process and comply with NHSA
submission deadlines, PHSA has established timelines with deadlines for submitting nominations
for the various scholarships and awards to our scholarships and awards committee. These time
lines are outlined in this announcement and are posted on the PHSA website. Dates listed on
NHSA’s website and in their scholarships and awards packet reflect deadlines for regional
associations to submit nominations. Please do not submit nominations to the PHSA office using
these deadlines. Doing so will cause you to miss the PHSA deadline and your nominee will not
be considered for a scholarship or award this year. In addition, please note that there are
different deadlines for specific scholarships and awards. Please make sure to submit
nominations based on the time line for the specific scholarship and/or award that you are
nominating someone for.

The PHSA board believes that there are many representatives from the Pennsylvania Head Start
community who are deserving of the recognition that comes with these scholarships and awards.
We strongly encourage all members to nominate someone. The many hard working staff,
parents and former Head Start students in all of Pennsylvania’s Head Start programs cannot be
recognized if they are not nominated by their programs. Programs must be current PHSA dues
paying members and may submit more than one nomination for any scholarship or award.
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            _________________________     _________________________
                           Mary M. Gunning, President
                                915 Sterrett Street
                              Baltimore, MD 21230
                                  410-685-1700
                   Deborah Tisdale       Denota E. Watson     Maxine Ashford
                       Vice President         Secretary        Treasurer
      Pennsylvania Head Start Association September 2009 Update



To:         Region III Head Start State Association Presidents
            State Association Executive Directors
            R3HSA Board of Delegates

From:       Mary Gunning, President,
            Denota Watson, Public Relations Committee Chairperson

Re:         Nominations for NHSA Scholarship and Awards


Time lines for submission of all other applicant nominees for NHSA
Scholarships and Awards for 2010 are as follows:

        o     September 25, 2009 – Local programs’ applicant nominees are due to their respective state
              associations for review and selection.

        o     October 16, 2009 – State selected applicant nominees are due to the R3HSA Scholarship and
              Awards Committee

        o     December 31, 2009 –Regional Association’s nominees will be forwarded to the NHSA
              Office.

        o     May 2010 – Scholarships and Awards are recognized at a special awards program during the
              Annual NHSA Training Conference

Please Note:
ALL applicant nominations MUST be forwarded according to the process as noted above. NHSA WILL
NOT ACCEPT ANY NOMINATIONS THAT ARE FORWARDED DIRECTLY BY EITHER LOCAL
PROGRAMS OR STATE ASSOCIATIONS. NHSA’s awards selection committee will consider only
the nominations submitted by the established process.

If you have any questions, please contact either:
Laurie Davis at 814-946-5247 x 115 (email: Ldavis@cabc-bchs.org )
Amy Johnson at 717-526-4646 (email: amy@paheadstart.org )
Denota Watson at 215-400-6212 (email: dwatson@phila.k12.pa.us )

Thank you in advance for your attention and submission of applicants for these scholarships and awards.
PARENT FORUM - JOIN THE ONLINE HEAD START PARENT FORUM

Parents on the PHSA Board are building an online parent to parent forum. The web site address
is http://headstartparentforum.proboards.com. We want to invite every Head Start parent who is
interested in the forum to take a peak, and join in the conversation. The purpose of the forum is
to have a way for Head Start parents to be able to communicate directly with other Head Start
parents. If you have questions about the forum, email Heather Held
@have2bme4vr@yahoo.com.
      Pennsylvania Head Start Association September 2009 Update


EARLY LEARNING CHALLENCE GRANT LEGISLATION

One of President Obama’s educational priorities was to establish an Early Learning Challenge
Grant program to provide funds to states to increase the quality of early learning
efforts. Chairman Miller (D-CA) of the House Committee on Education and Labor just
introduced a bill on July 15, 2009, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3221)
that includes a section (Title IV) to authorize an Early Learning Challenge Fund (“ELCF”).
 Initially, as introduced, the ELCF would have provided $10 billion over 10 years in the form of
competitive grants to states to build a comprehensive, high quality early learning system for
children age’s birth to five. The funds for it will be offset by savings in other parts of the larger
bill. However, the House Education and Labor Committee marked up and passed the bill out of
Committee on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. The mark-up made significant changes such as tying the
maintenance of effort provision to FY 2006, not FY 2009, as well as including a total of $8
billion over 8 years, instead of $10 billion over 10 years.

NHSA’s summary of the bill (drafted prior to the Committee mark-up and based on the initial
language as introduced) can be found at http://www.nhsa.org/files/static_page_files/8A70A7D0-
1D09-3519-AD4788FAD642E812/ELCF%20Summary.pdf and the full bill text can be found at
http://edlabor.house.gov/blog/2009/07/student-aid-and-fiscal-respons.shtml.

As you know, for H.R. 3221 to become law, companion legislation will have to be introduced in
the Senate, both bills will have to be passed by their respective houses of Congress, then
differences between the two bills would have to be reconciled between House and Senate and
passed by both houses, and then the President would then sign the reconciled Conference bill
into law. The mark of the Senate Bill will happen this September.




FROM PUBLIC CITIZENS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

PCCY has started a new blog. Check out the latest posts about the state budget and subscribe to
Childwatch!, PCCY’s new blog: http://pccychildwatch.blogspot.com/.

QUICK BREAK VIDEOS ON BENEFITS OF EARLY LEARNING

Need a quick video to explain key benefits of early education- promoting strong brain
development, preparing children for school, and building a stronger workforce and economy?
Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children has prepared three five-minute videos that incorporate
important research and testimonials to tell the story of the importance of quality early education.
     Pennsylvania Head Start Association September 2009 Update

Highlights of Pennsylvania early childhood programs are included as well as interviews with Dr.
Jack Shonkoff of Harvard University, Rob Grunewald of the Federal Reserve Bank of
Minneapolis, and PDE Secretary Gerald Zahorchak, among others.

Please take a few moments to view the videos on the PA Promise for Children website or visit
our YouTube Channel. You may download the videos to use at meetings, in presentations, or to
forward to friends and colleagues.

The pieces were prepared in prepared in partnership with PBS 39. Funding support provided by
The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Partnership for America's Economic Success
and the William Penn Foundation.




 HEAD START CALENDAR
 PHSA Board Meeting                                The Economic Impact of Early Childhood Investment
 September 15-16
 Milton Hershey School

 Early Childhood Education Summit
 October 26-28th 2009                                 School Readiness - Pennsylvania's Early Learnin...
 Penn State, PA

 PHSA Leadership Meeting
 December 1-2
 Holliday Inn East Harrisburg – Hershey
                                                                             Keystone STARS TV PSA

 PHSA Board Meeting
 December 2-3
 Holliday Inn East Harrisburg - Hershey

 PHSA Spring Conference
 April 21-22, 2010
 Holliday Inn East Harrisburg - Hershey

				
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