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									Parent Engagement
The Necessary Ingredient
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          27     th   Annual Head Start
                     Parent Conference
                             December 10-14, 2010
                             Virginia Beach Convention Center
                                         Virginia Beach, Virginia
                                                               Parent Engagement: The Necessary Ingredient




FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


  Dear Head Start Parents and Colleagues:

  I am delighted to invite you to NHSA’s 27th Annual Head Start Parent Conference, which will be held
  December 10-14, 2010 in Virginia Beach, Virginia! As the only national parent conference designed
  especially for Head Start parents and those who work with or on behalf of parents, this conference will
  offer a wide variety of training and professional development opportunities specifically for you.

  Essential to a child’s successful development of critical foundational skills, preparation for kindergarten,
  and establishment of a life-long interest in learning is the enduring commitment, leadership, and vital
  contributions of parents. Thus, this year’s theme, Parent Engagement: The Necessary Ingredient, will offer
  opportunities to stimulate learning, discover innovative strategies, acquire effective skills, and stay
  informed on best practices of parent engagement.

  The Head Start Parent Conference will also provide a variety of free training seminars, in-depth special
  track sessions, and more than 100 educational sessions on topics such as early education and care, child
  development, parenting practices, social and emotional development and challenging behavior, father
  involvement, health and nutrition, early intervention, program and classroom management, and so much
  more! There will also be a special track designed especially for Spanish speakers that will be threaded
  throughout the conference. Details about these dynamic sessions are posted on our Web site at
  www.nhsa.org. This upcoming conference also offers many opportunities to interact with other parents
  and family service professionals to promote and facilitate the exploration of ideas and sharing of
  solutions. Exciting events will include the Parent Awards Banquet and Dress for Success and Celebrate
  Event. In addition, to conclude the conference on Tuesday morning, December 14, participants are
  invited to attend the Closing Parent Engagement Breakfast, which will feature an inspirational keynote
  speaker. This breakfast is open to all attendees and is offered at no additional cost!

  Your devotion to the outstanding achievements of Head Start children and families is truly invaluable.
  We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to support you in your important work and look
  forward to seeing you in Virginia Beach!

  Sincerely,




  Yasmina Vinci
  Executive Director
  National Head Start Association
                                                                                 Parent Engagement: The Necessary Ingredient




CONTENTS
Conference Schedule at a Glance ...............3                                 Using Observation-Based Assessment to
General Conference Information....................5                                Promote Learning and Development....12
CEU Information ................................................6                All Families Have Strengths: Using the
Conference Highlights.......................................7                      Family Development Credential
                                                                                   Program in Working with Families............12
Special Tracks (Registration Required)
                                                                                 Conducting Effective Policy Council
  Baby Signs Early Childhood Educator
                                                                                   Meetings (Repeated Seminar)................12
     Training.........................................................9
                                                                                 Looking Inside Science................................12
  If It Takes a Village — Let’s Build One..........9
                                                                                 Strength Training for Head Start Parents...13
  Jump Start Children in Literacy....................9
                                                                                 Wild and Wacky Word Wizards:
  Strengths-Based Coaching for Family
                                                                                   Everyday Things Parents and Teachers
     Service/Engagement Staff and
                                                                                   Can Do to Increase Vocabulary and
     Education Coordinators.............................9
                                                                                   Language in Preschoolers.......................13
FREE Training Seminars (Registration Required)
                                                                                 Autism 101: A Child’s Perspective .............13
  Take It Outside!.............................................10
                                                                                 Supporting Breast-Feeding Families in
  The Vital Role of Women in Father
                                                                                   Early Head Start.........................................13
     Involvement...............................................10
                                                                              Educational Sessions ......................................14
  CLASS: An Overview of the Classroom
     Assessment Scoring System ....................10                         Registration Information and
  Conducting Effective Policy Council                                            Instructions. ..................................................38
     Meetings.....................................................10          Registration Form ............................................39
  How Head Start can use PTA’s National                                       Hotel Reservation Instructions and
     Standards for Family/School Partnerships...10                               Information. .................................................40
  Parent Substitutes: An Entry Into the Early                                 Transportation Information..............................41
     Childhood Profession ..............................10                    Virginia Beach Information.............................41
  Preparing Start Safe Partnerships...............11
  Safe Environment: It’s Not Just About
     the Classroom............................................11
  The More You Know, the More You
     Grow..........................................................11
  Brain States, Breathing, and Building
     a Family......................................................11
  Building Your Foundation to Work with
     Males & Fathers.........................................11
  Finding Funding for Father Involvement...11
  Commit to Prevention and Health............12
  Program Governance for Challenging
     Economic Times......................................12




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CONFERENCE
schedule at a glance
                          Thursday, December 9, 2010
                          2 - 5 p.m.             Conference Registration
                          Friday, December 10, 2010
                          7 a.m. - 5 p.m.        Conference Registration
                          8 a.m. - Noon          Training Seminars
                                                   Take It Outside!
                                                   The Vital Role of Women in Father Involvement
                          9 a.m. - 4 p.m.        Training Seminars
                                                   CLASS: An Overview of the Classroom
                                                    Assessment Scoring System
                                                   Conducting Effective Meetings: New and
                                                   Improved Parent Policy Council/Committee
                                                   How Head Start can use PTA’s National
                                                    Standards for Family School Partnerships
                                                    to successfully Engage Families in Schools
                                                   The More You Know, the More You Grow
                                                   Parent Substitutes
                                                   Preparing Start Safe Partnerships
                                                   Safe Environment: It’s Not Just About the
                                                     Classroom
                                                 Special Track
                                                   Strength-Based Coaching (2-Day Training)
                          1 - 5 p.m.     Training Seminars
                                              Brain States
                                              Building Your Foundation to Work with Males
                                               and Fathers
                                              Finding Father Involvement Funding
        Saturday, December 11, 2010
        7 a.m. - 5 p.m.    Conference Registration
        8 a.m. - Noon      Training Seminars
                            Commit to Prevent and Health: Building Blocks for a
                             Healthy Future
                            Program Governance Training
                            Using Observation-Based Assessment for Children Birth
                             through Kindergarten to Promote Learning and Development
        9 a.m. - 4 p.m.    Training Seminars
                             All Families Have Strengths
                             Conducting Effective Meetings
                             Looking Inside Science
                             Strength Training for Head Start Parents
                             Wild and Wacky Word Wizards
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CONFERENCE
schedule at a glance

Saturday, December 11, 2010 (continued)
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.       Special Tracks
                        Baby Signs Early Childhood Educator Training
                        If It Takes a Village — Let’s Build One!
                        Jump Start Children in Literacy through Song-Based Strategies
                        Strength-Based Coaching (2-Day Training)
1 - 5 p.m.            Training Seminars
                        Autism 101: A Child’s Perspective
                        Supporting Breastfeeding Families in Early Head Start
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.      Opening General Session
7:30 p.m.             Parent Networking Event

      Sunday, December 12, 2010
      7 - 8 a.m.              “Fitness in the Morning” Zumba Session
      8 a.m. - 5 p.m.         Conference Registration
      9:30 - 11 a.m.          Educational Sessions
      11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.     Educational Sessions
      2 - 3:30 p.m.           Educational Sessions
      4 - 5:30 p.m.           Educational Sessions
      7 - 9 p.m.              Parent Awards Banquet

                          Monday, December 13, 2010
                          7 - 8 a.m.              “Fitness in the Morning” Zumba Session
                          8 a.m. - 5 p.m.             Conference Registration
                          9:30 - 11 a.m.              Educational Sessions
                          11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.      Educational Sessions
                          2 - 3:30 p.m.               Educational Sessions
                          4 - 5:30 p.m.               Educational Sessions
                          7 - 11 p.m.                 Dress for Success and Celebrate

                          Tuesday, December 14, 2010
                          7 a.m. - 1 p.m.          Conference Registration (evaluation distribution)
                          8 - 10 a.m.                 Closing Breakfast Session
                          10:30 a.m. - Noon           Educational Sessions
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General Conference
Information
 Why should you attend the Parent Conference?
 NHSA’s Annual Head Start Parent Conference is the only national parent
 conference that delivers high-quality training and educational opportunities
 to Head Start parents and those who work with or on behalf of parents.
 Parent engagement is critical to helping children to be ready for kindergarten
 and to building lifelong learning skills. Participants in this comprehensive
 professional development event will learn best practices, effective strategies,
 and cutting-edge approaches that address the many challenges they face,
 explore areas critical to parent engagement, and facilitate the healthy devel-
 opment of Head Start children. The goal of this conference is to ensure that
 all participants gain the information and resources needed to bridge the gap
 between “what to do” and “how to do it.”
 Who should attend the Head Start
 Parent Conference?
 With more than 100 educational sessions that address
 a broad range of topics to suit all levels of learners and What Areas of Interest will be
 their interests, the conference is a valuable learning
 opportunity for...
                                                               Included?
                                                               Here are just a few of the many learning areas that will
    • Parents who are looking for effective strategies that
                                                               be covered!
       support their child’s optimal development, facilitate
                                                                 • Parent Involvement and Parenting Practices
       school readiness, and help their family attain
                                                                 • Parent/Family Engagement
       self-sufficiency.
                                                                 • Health, Nutrition, and Safety
    • Entry-level professionals, recent graduates, and
                                                                 • Early Education/Care and Child Development
       students who are just beginning their careers and
                                                                 • Partnerships and Collaboration
       are looking for an effective and convenient way to
                                                                 • Social Emotional Development and Challenging
       cover a diverse range of topics in a short period of
                                                                       Behavior
       time; who want to build a network of experienced
                                                                 • Assessments, Planning, and Management
      professionals who can provide future guidance; and
                                                                 • Self-Development and Awareness Building
       who are interested in discussing the questions and
       challenges they are encountering.
    • Seasoned early childhood professionals who want            Exhibit Hall
                                                                 Be sure to visit the vendors, organizations,
      to remain current on best practices, new                   and groups at the conference who will be show-
      developments in the field, and changes in federal          casing products, resources, and services avail-
       guidelines and requirements, and who are looking          able to Head Start, parents, staff, and other
       to increase their network of professionals with           early childhood professionals.
      whom they can collaborate.                                 Exhibit Hall Hours:
 Specifically, the Parent Conference is designed to meet         Saturday, Dec. 11....10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & a
                                                                                         networking reception
 the professional development and training needs of Head                                 at 7:30-8:30 p.m.
 Start parents, directors and administrators, educators,         Sunday, Dec. 12.......9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 parent coordinators, home visitors, education managers,         Monday, Dec. 13......9 a.m.-4 p.m.
 and other early childhood and Head Start staff who work
 with or on behalf of parents.                               5
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General Conference
Information
FREE Training Seminars
Several training seminars that take a comprehensive
approach to exploring specific topics will be offered
during the conference. There is no additional registration           Volunteer
fee to participate in a training seminar; however, due to            Would you like lend a hand at the conference?
space limitations, advance registration is required.                 NHSA has a variety of volunteer opportunities at
(See pages 10-13 for a complete list of this year’s                  our 27th Annual Head Start Parent Conference.
free Training Seminars)                                              For more information, visit www.nhsa.org or con-
                                                                     tact Carleen Wallington Kinlock at
                                                                     (703) 299-7513 or cwallingtonkinlock@nhsa.org.
Special Tracks
Special tracks are designed to offer more in-depth training
on a certain topic. Tracks provide an excellent opportunity
to expand knowledge and increase awareness.
Additional fee required.

                                                                     Dress for Success
(See page 9 for a complete list of this year’s Special Tracks)


Educational Session Preview                                          and Celebrate
This conference will offer more than 100 educational                   Join Head Start parents
sessions. Careful attention has been given to ensure that              and staff as they walk
popular topics are offered more than once during the
                                                                       the catwalk, showcasing
conference. Please review the list of sessions carefully.
This will help maximize your learning experience.                      “how to dress for success.”
(See pages 14-36 for a complete list of this year’s                   Monday, December 13 • 7-11 p.m.
Educational Sessions)
                                                                     Come take a look at what professionals
                                                                     are wearing when interviewing and
                                                                     attending meetings — as well as when
Continuing Education Training                                        going out for after-work fun.
The National Head Start Association has met the
International Association of Continuing Education                    A networking event and dance will follow.
and Training’s (IACET) globally recognized continuing
education and training standard and, therefore, is
authorized to award IACET Continuing Education Units
(CEUs) to conference participants. The CEU is based                  INTERESTED IN SERVING AS A MODEL?
                                                                     Contact Denota Watson at (215) 400.6212
on actual training hours and will be awarded upon
                                                                     or dwatson@philasd.org.
submission of appropriate requirements. Registration is
required for conference participants who want to earn
CEUs.

Please visit our Web site at www.nhsa.org for more
information.

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Conference
Highlights
                                                Nuevo
Curso de Aprendizaje sobre
la Participación de los Padres
¡Todas las sesiones serán realizadas en español!
La participación de los padres es un factor crítico para         Cruise the
facilitar el éxito infantil en la escuela y en la vida. La       Royal ECLKC
NHSA se complace en ofrecer ésta oportunidad especial            Sit back and enjoy this leisurely cruise aboard the Early
de aprendizaje para los participantes de la conferencia          Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
cuya primera lengua es el español. Expertos destacados           while discovering many new jewels and treasures as you
llevarán a cabo discusiones diarias sobre varios temas           port the islands on a riveting quest for knowledge. You
asociados con la participación de los padres para crear          need not rush or hurry simply move along at a carefree
conciencia sobre este tema crucial. ¡Pónganlo en su              pace. Join us in this interactive networking “cruise” with
calendario para asistir!                                         the crew from HSKIMS! They will delight you with fun,
                                                                 hands-on learning experiences and help you access online
                                                                 information, learn what’s new, find important resources
                                                                 that everyone can use; directors, parents, teachers, family
                                                                 services and transportation staff and all others. You’ll find
Get a Healthy                                                    this an adventure to remember.
Start to Your Day                                                Don’t miss this opportunity to network, exchange ideas with
                                                                 your peers, and experience the ocean waves as you
Participate in complimentary                                     never seen before!
NHSA-Sponsored “Fitness in the                                   If the ship leaves the docks without you for the morning
Morning” Zumba classes offered                                   cruise, have no fear because you can be sure to catch the
                                                                 late afternoon cruise.
at each conference hotel!
       Sunday & Monday • 7-8 a.m.                                Bon Voyage!


Tea Time                                                         FREE Closing Breakfast Session
                                                                 Be sure to join us for the Parent
Be sure to join us for this engaging
                                                                 Engagement Breakfast and
networking event for parents.
                                                                 networking event. All registered
                                                                 conference participants are
                                                                 welcome to attend.




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   Parent Awards
      Banquet
   Head Start Works!
 Sunday, December 12 • 7-9 p.m.

Special Guest Speaker
 Sharon Johnson
 Author and Former Head Start Parent




                                                                  DO
          Closing Breakfast Session                            THIS N’T MIS
                                                                   NEW
                                                                        EVEN
                                                                            S
                                                                              T!

            Parent Engagement…
    Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves
                Tuesday, December 14 • 8-10 a.m.

Featured Speaker
  Bob Lancer, Author & Radio Personality
  You’ve heard him on WSB radio or may have seen him on CNN, now see
  him at the National Head Start Parent Conference as he brings his message
  “Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves…”


   Open to all registered conference participants.


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Special Tracks
Registration is required for each seminar.

Baby Signs Early Childhood Educator                              Jump Start Children in Literacy through
Training                                                         Song-Based Strategies
Attend this dynamic and engaging training for                    Come find out how you can jump start children’s literacy
professionals working with families and children, birth          skills. Learn effective song-based strategies that will boost
to 3 years. Learn how you and your staff can facilitate          children’s ability in language, naming, writing letters and
early communication through sign language and support            words, reading print, and writing messages. You’ll gain a
intellectual and social-emotional development through            better understanding of the theory behind literacy
fun, research-based activities that can be used in the           development, sing and dance to songs, explore research,
classroom and home visits.                                       and get motivated to teach literacy joyfully and effectively.

INSTRUCTOR: Linda Acredolo                                       INSTRUCTOR: LaDonna Wicklund
DATE: Saturday, December 11, 2010                                DATE: Saturday, December 11, 2010
TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                            TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
FEE: $125                                                        FEE: $125



If It Takes a Village — Let’s Build One!
Raising children is not an easy task! Fortunately                Strengths-Based Coaching: A Journey
partnerships among parents, educators, friends, and              into Coaching for Family Service/
family make child development more manageable.                   Engagement Staff and Education
Through creative lessons that will produce actual results,       Coordinators (2-Day Training)
instructors Monique Russell-Messavussu and Peta-Gaye             The Family This training seminar will explore the world
Philpot will identify and discuss tangible strategies to         of autism as seen through the eyes of a child with a focus
village-building, vision planning, strategic thinking            on the range and variance of symptoms as a spectrum
games, and more!                                                 disorder. The major signs and symptoms of autism and
                                                                 their correlating behavior strategies will be discussed.
INSTRUCTOR: Monique Russell-Messavussu                           Participants will learn classroom strategies and e
CO-INSTRUCTOR: Peta-Gaye Philpot
                                                                 nvironmental adaptations that will better enable them
DATE: Saturday, December 11, 2010
TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
                                                                 to support children and families living with autism.
FEE: $125
                                                                 INSTRUCTOR: LaDonna Wicklund
                                                                 DATE: Friday, December 10, 2010
                                                                 TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
                                                                 DATE: Saturday, December 11, 2010
                                                                 TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
                                                                 FEE: $225




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FREE Training Seminars
Participation in training seminars is free with
a paid conference registration. Registration
is required for each seminar.

Friday, December 10, 2010

8 a.m. – NOON                                                   9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (continued)
Take It Outside!                                                Conducting Effective Policy
Are you providing engaging outdoor play experiences for         Council Meetings
your children? Learn the importance of outdoor play on          The ultimate goal of any parent policy council/commit-
children’s health, identify the key features of quality out-    tee meeting is to be effective and fair and to produce
door play spaces, and extend your thinking about adults’        measurable outcomes that benefit the grantee/delegate
roles in facilitating movement and learning during out-         agency, Head Start parents, and the children you serve.
door play. Leave re-energized and ready to get outdoors!        While this training seminar isn’t meant to be a compre-
                                                                hensive approach, it will provide Head Start staff and
The Vital Role of Women in                                      parent policy council/committee members with a frame-
Father Involvement                                              work that will help them begin the process of conduct-
This training seminar will encourage and equip women            ing effective meetings.
to lead father involvement efforts within Head Start.
From the inception of the fatherhood movement, wom-             How Head Start Can Use PTA’s National
en have played a vital role in successful father involve-       Standards for Family/School Partnerships
ment efforts. This session will explore that vital role, the    to Successfully Engage Families in School
importance of engaging women in father involvement              One thing we know for sure is that parental involve-
efforts, and strategies for increasing women’s participa-       ment in Head Start is often very different from the
tion in leading father involvement programming.                 K-12 school experience. Come explore what Head Start
                                                                professionals and parents need to know and be able to
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                                 do in order to develop a successful working relationship
                                                                between home and school.
CLASS: An Overview of the Classroom
Assessment Scoring System                                       Parent Substitutes: An Entry into the Early
The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)                 Childhood Profession
is a classroom observation tool focused on classroom            Participants will learn strategies used in a “Substitute
interactions that support children’s learning. During this      Training” initiative that have been shown to increase
training seminar, participants will be introduced to the        parents’ ability to be hired and have been effectively used
CLASS structure, its various uses, and the importance           as a stepping stone to professional advancement and
of effective teacher-child interactions to child outcomes.      long-term retention. Through the seminar, participants
Come enhance your knowledge about teacher-child                 will become better prepared to apply for entry-level sub-
interactions through engaging discussions, activities, and      stitute positions.
video exemplars of real classrooms.




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FREE Training Seminars
Participation in training seminars is free with
a paid conference registration. Registration
is required for each seminar.


Friday, December 10, 2010

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (continued)                                    1 – 5 p.m.
Preparing Start Safe Partnerships
Start Safe: A Fire and Burn Safety Program for Families of     Brain States, Breathing, and Building
Preschoolers, a program developed by the Home Safety           a Family (A workshop based on the
Council in collaboration with NHSA, is designed to             principles of Conscious Discipline)
make homes safer for young children. State fire training       The ultimate goal of any parent policy council/commit-
personnel, Head Start directors, and other participants        tee meeting is to be effective and fair and to produce
will learn strategies for establishing local partnerships to   measurable outcomes that benefit the grantee/delegate
deliver the Start Safe program.                                agency, Head Start parents, and the children you serve.
                                                               While this training seminar isn’t meant to be a compre-
                                                               hensive approach, it will provide Head Start staff and
Safe Environment — It’s Not Just About                         parent policy council/committee members with a frame-
the Classroom: Keeping Children SAFE                           work that will help them begin the process of conduct-
from the Classroom to the Home and                             ing effective meetings.
BEYOND!
Using a multidisciplinary approach to health, nutrition,
and safety, parents and early childhood professionals will     Building Your Foundation to Work with
receive information and activities that promote healthy        Males and Fathers
behaviors and safe environments in the home, at school,        This training seminar will focus on current research and
and in the community. Training topics will include the         best practices for involving fathers in Head Start. Partici-
following: injury prevention, preventing the spread of         pants will learn how to assess their own attitudes and the
infections, emergency preparedness, and community              need for male/father involvement in their agency. They
resources.                                                     will learn the basics of recruitment strategies to increase
                                                               father/male involvement and participation in Head
                                                               Start.
The More You Know, the More You Grow:
Families and Children Learning Together
With the release of the Head Start Roadmap to Excel-         Finding Funding for Father Involvement:
lence, the Office of Head Start has reaffirmed the impor- “Old School” Strategies
tant roles parents and families play in the improvement      This training seminar will explore how Head Start pro-
of school readiness for young children. This seminar will grams can obtain sustainable father involvement funding
build on the premise of family engagement and extend         through a variety of diversified long-standing sources.
support to parents, families, and staff as they collaborate Participants will learn how to market their father in-
to enhance children’s achievement and success. Through volvement initiatives in order to maintain their funding.
a treasure trove of multimedia materials, beginning with An abundance of resources and how-to information will
Family Night at the Museum, participants will learn how be shared. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop
to use art to build strong connections with parents and      computer to this seminar.
families and foster school readiness.                      11
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FREE Training Seminars
Participation in training seminars is free with
a paid conference registration. Registration
is required for each seminar.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
8 a.m. – Noon                                                 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Commit to Prevention and Health:
Building Blocks for a Healthy Future                          All Families Have Strengths: Using the
Building Blocks for a Healthy Future is a free tool that      Family Development Credential (FDC)
helps children develop the confidence and skills to make      Program in Working with Families
healthy choices and build positive mental, emotional,     The Family Development Credential (FDC) is a nation-
and behavioral health. Join this seminar to learn how to  ally recognized and well-respected professional develop-
use these tools today in order to decrease the chances of ment and credentialing program that provides front-line
substance abuse and other risky behaviors in the future.  family workers with the knowledge and skills they need
                                                          to coach families to set and reach their own goals for
Program Governance Training: Structuring healthy self-reliance. Through discussion, reflection, and
& Refining Program Governance for                         skills practice, participants will discover innovative ways
Challenging Economic Times                                of empowering families and communities.
This training seminar will enable participants to engage
in a process that will help them clearly understand and   Conducting Effective Policy Council
effectively implement the Head Start Program Perfor-      Meetings (Repeated Seminar)
mance Standards and the 2007 Head Start Act. It will      The ultimate goal of any parent policy council/commit-
also prepare participants to ensure that their program    tee meeting is to be effective and fair and to produce
clearly meets all guidelines and requirements for parent  measurable outcomes that benefit the grantee/delegate
participation and decision making. Participants will gain agency, Head Start parents, and the children you serve.
a more thorough understanding of how they can maxi-       While this training seminar isn’t meant to be a compre-
mize the Head Start experience for children, family, and hensive approach, it will provide Head Start staff and
the community at large. Current economic conditions,      parent policy council/committee members with a frame-
conducting effective meetings, and enhancing ones ca-
                                                          work that will help them begin the process of conduct-
pacity to understand, apply, and fully implement leader-
                                                          ing effective meetings.
ship skills will be discussed.
                                                              Looking Inside Science
Using Observation-Based Assessment for
                                                              Come explore child growth and development; family en-
Children Birth through Kindergarten to                        gagement and how it supports children’s success in school;
Promote Learning and Development                              family literacy; and parent-child interactions. This seminar
As the knowledge base in the field of early childhood         will assist Head Start and Early Head Start program staff in
assessment has expanded and the demographics of early         responding to the following important goal identified in the
childhood programs have changed, the need to create a         Head Start Roadmap to Excellence: increasing every child’s
seamless research-based assessment system to meet the
                                                              exposure to be effective, appropriate learning experiences
needs of all young children has grown. This training
                                                              in both the program and at home. Free Web-based science
seminar will examine practical strategies and tools that
                                                              resources that focus bridging the classroom to the home
make the assessment process more accurate and efficient.
                                                              and that encourage family engagement will be shared are
Participants will gain an understanding of the terminol-
                                                              encouraged to bring a laptop computer to this seminar.
ogy and structure of the Teaching Strategies GOLD
Assessment System and be able to use Teaching Strate-
gies Assessment Opportunity Cards to help observe and
document children’s learning.                            12
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FREE Training Seminars
Participation in training seminars is free with
a paid conference registration. Registration
is required for each seminar.
Saturday, December 11, 2010 (continued)
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (continued)                                   1 – 5 p.m.

Strength Training for Head Start Parents                      Autism 101: A Child’s Perspective
Just like a good workout, this seminar will offer brief,      The Family This training seminar will explore the world
interactive training on topics such as discipline, develop-   of autism as seen through the eyes of a child with a focus
ing social-emotional strengths, building stronger readers,    on the range and variance of symptoms as a spectrum
fighting childhood obesity, managing the preschool me-        disorder. The major signs and symptoms of autism and
dia monster, and parent collaboration. Participants will      their correlating behavior strategies will be discussed.
be acquire practical information and materials that they      Participants will learn classroom strategies and environ-
can share with parents and colleagues when they return        mental adaptations that will better enable them to sup-
to their programs.                                            port children and families living with autism.

Wild and Wacky Word Wizards: Everyday                         Supporting BreastFeeding Families in Early
Things Parents and Teachers Can Do to                         Head Start
Increase Vocabulary and Language in                           Home visitors, family advocates, and parent volunteers
Preschoolers                                                  will acquire practical skills for promoting and protecting
Early childhood professionals recognize the critical role     breast feeding among Early Head Start families. Participants
that language and vocabulary skills play in children’s        will also learn to provide prenatal breastfeeding educa-
early school success. And in order to narrow the knowl-       tion, offer hands-on support for common breastfeeding
edge gap seen in kindergarten, parents and educators          challenges, and identify lactation resources in their own
must know effective strategies for increasing and sustain-    communities.
ing enhanced language skills in preschoolers. Participants
in this seminar will be given the opportunity to review
language milestones, see examples of a rich vocabulary
environment, and receive tips and ideas for building                                          Attendees of the
home connections that will increase children’s vocabulary.                              Opening General Session will
                                                                                               receive a FREE
                                                                                          Head Start Works! t-shirt.*
                                                                                               *Supply is limited.




                Opening General Session
            Parent Engagement: The Necessary Ingredient
                          Saturday, December 11 • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
   Speakers
                                                                                    Be sure to attend the
     Congressman Robert “Bobby” Scott (Invited)
                                                                                    Networking Reception
     Kim Ratz                                                                            that follows!
     Spencer Baker, Ph.D.
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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time
Sunday, December 12, 2010
9:30-11 a.m.                                                    Math the Sesame Way
                                                                This interactive session will provide specific strategies to
Family Centered Approach for Promoting                          foster a love of math in children, empower participants
Infants’ and Toddlers’ Social and Emotional                     with developmentally appropriate math language to
Development                                                     use with children, and provide multiple-media tools to
This session will illustrate the benefits of using a fam-       actively engage children. Current research, as well as atti-
ily centered approach in designing and implementing             tudes toward preschool mathematics from focus groups,
programs to facilitate infants’ and toddlers’ social and        will also be discussed.
emotional development in the home. Strategies for
gaining parents’ trust as well as simple ways of observing      Signing to Basics with Time to Sign
parent-child interactions will be shared.                       This fun and unique educational session will teach you
                                                                to use basic signs in games, stories, songs, activities, and
Learnercise: Meaningful Movement Activities                     scheduling to complement and enhance daily learning in
for Children and Families                                       your classroom.
The First Lady says, “Let’s Move.” We must move to
improve school success and major public health issues.          Taking Care of Everybody... It’s Not Always
Head Start/Early Head Start programs, families, and             Easy!
providers are key in raising awareness among families           Raising children is hard - very hard. And children who
and communities about the importance of physical                have a disability present another set of challenges. When
activity and meaningful movement. Participants will             one child is affected, everybody is affected. Participants
receive information about developmentally appropriate,          will learn strategies to help themselves, their marriage,
meaningful movement and brain development and will              and siblings cope with the challenges that can arise when
remind them about the necessity for physical activity,          a child that has a serious medical condition or disability.
spontaneous movement, and free play.
                                                                Sound Stars: A Parent- and Teacher-Friendly
To Your Credit                                                  Speech Program for Children Ages Birth to 8
In today’s society, credit is one of the driving forces be-     Years
hind decisions involving employment, loans, insurance,          Looking for a simple and engaging program for speech
renting/purchasing a home, and insurance. This session          prevention and intervention in the classroom or for par-
will teach participants the purpose of a credit report,         ents to use at home as a follow up on sound production?
how to read a credit report, how to order a copy of their       Come have fun as you learn the Sound Star Strategy and
credit report, and how to build and repair their credit         Sound Starters for 18 sounds and all of the /S/, /L/, and
history.                                                        /R/ clusters!
What does it take to Help Young Children
without Homes and Their Parents
This educational session will help participants un-
derstand the overall effect of homelessness on young
children and how a supportive environment that offers
stability, consistency, and routine can help children. Par-
ticipants will learn strength-based strategies for working
with children and families who are affected by homelessness.
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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time

Parents as First Teachers and Advocates                       How to Use Developmental Milestones to
This session is designed to provide parents of children       Track Your Child’s Development
with and without disabilities with information and re-        This session will give participants the tools to recognize
sources from the Early Childhood Learning and Knowl-          social-emotional, cognitive, and language developmental
edge Center (ECLKC). Discussions and activities will          milestones in young children and how to track them.
be based on real experiences from parents, and will help      Participants will become familiar with early warning
parents to increase their skills as teachers in the home,     signs of autism and other developmental delays and gain
and advocates anywhere they go.                               an understanding of the benefits of early action and
                                                              intervention. Participants will also learn how to identify
101 Transition Activities                                     early action and intervention activities and resources that
Transition times provide an additional time for learn-        can help parents and Head Start professionals when a
ing or a time for conflict and chaos. This session will       child isn’t reaching developmental milestones.
introduce a collection of fun and engaging activities for
teachers and families to share with children during times     Positive Discipline
of transition.                                                In child rearing, discipline refers to a variety of parent-
                                                              ing techniques designed to manage, direct, and reinforce
What are the Strengths of Strong Fathers and                  positive behavior. However, managing a child’s behavior
Strong Mothers?                                               is not an end in itself! Participants of this educational
By seeing different parenting strengths of feminine and       session will learn the stages of discipline, how to properly
masculine parenting styles, parents and staff can begin       address discipline issues, workplace expectations, and
to see how both parents are “right” in the way that they      the most common and costly disciplinary problems that
parent. This session will discuss how the strengths of        occur in the workplace.
fathers and mothers can work together to build stronger,
healthier children. Participants will learn best practices    Childhood Obesity: Our Role as Parents in
for working effectively with both mothers and fathers.        the Battle against our Nation’s Biggest Health
                                                              Threat
Parent-Teacher Power... In an Hour! Taking                    Head Start children are at a critical period for develop-
Back Your Classroom                                           ing a healthy lifestyle and determining their lifelong
Is your child’s behavior causing you to make those            weight status. And parents and other caregivers are key
dreaded trips to “the principal’s office”? Learn strategies   to fighting the obesity epidemic. Acting as teachers and
for diffusing and amusing, not confusing and abusing!         role models, the decisions we make now will determine
Alleviate up to 90 percent of household and classroom         the well-being of our future generations. Join this session
disciplinary problems and walk away with plenty of            to learn about the importance of being a healthy lifestyle
simple and effective techniques.                              role model for children and how to determine if a child
                                                              has a weight issue.
Are You Listening? Relationship Building to
Support Family Engagement
Family engagement is built on relationships and intent.
Collaborating with other agencies as part of intentional
planning for family engagement can be a valuable tool
for providing timely, relevant information and opportu-
nities to further leadership skills beyond the Head Start
experience. This session will showcase the possibilities of
such collaboration and give participants the tools they
need for successful collaboration.                          15
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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time

Parent/Family Engagement                                           11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
This session is designed to give school officials and
parents a framework for establishing successful relation-
                                                               Hop, Skip, and Learn: How to Make Play Time
ships. Participants will learn how to communicate ef-
                                                               Learning Time
fectively with school personnel and how to become more
                                                               Learning occurs in three main components: audio, visu-
involved with the decision-making processes within their
                                                               al, and kinetic. Yet many early childhood educators focus
child’s school. Participants will also learn how to deliver
                                                               only on the audio and visual teaching methods and may
effective methods for engaging parents and families and
                                                               not implement activities that involve learning through
how to communicate with parents more effectively on all
                                                               physical play. This session will look at how parents, staff,
levels.
                                                               and community members can implement physical play
                                                               into the development and growth of the preschooler.
Harnessing the Power of Local Media to
Support Head Start
                                                               Fostering Our Future
Learn how to get local media to cover your Head Start
                                                               Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent?
events. Learn from the successes of RESULTS volun-
                                                               Do you know someone who is a foster parent? If you are
teers, get sample materials you can tailor for your pro-
                                                               curious, please join us to experience what it’s like to be
gram, and be ready to draft a powerful letter to the edi-
                                                               a part of the foster care system. Through stories, poems,
tor that you can submit to the media when you return
                                                               and dramatization, participants will engage in activi-
home.
                                                               ties to help them envision what it’s like for the children,
                                                               parents, social workers, teachers, and foster parents. This
Outdoor Play on a Shoestring Budget
                                                               session may contain sensitive material.
Even with a shoestring budget, Head Start parents and
staff can engage 3- to 5 year-old children in a variety
                                                               Family Centered Approach for Promoting
of activities to promote the development of gross mo-
                                                               Infants and Toddlers Social Emotional
tor skills using inexpensive and teacher/parent made
                                                               Development
equipment. Participants will learn how to make and use
                                                               This session will illustrate the benefits of using a family-
developmentally appropriate equipment to help chil-
                                                               centered approach in designing and implementing
dren develop muscular and cardiovascular strength and
                                                               programs to facilitate infants’ and toddlers’ social and
improve coordination, agility, body awareness, flexibility,
                                                               emotional development in the home. Strategies for
endurance, and self-confidence.
                                                               gaining parents’ trust as well as simple ways of observing
                                                               parent-child interactions will be provided.
Autism Spectrum Disorders and
Developmental Delays: Red Flags
and Resources
This session will help participants better understand au-
tism spectrum disorders and how they differ from other
developmental delays. Participants will learn how to
identify early warning signs of autism and when a child
should be referred for further evaluation and treatment.




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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time

Building Family Relationships: A Successful                       Yes I Can! Understand and Encouraging
Field-Tested Model for Strengthening School/                      Self-Esteem for Infants and Toddlers
Center Relationships                                              Come explore the dynamics of self-esteem in infants and
Research shows that when adults take time to explore the          toddlers and the tremendous effect it can have on their
outdoors with their children, they build strong bonds             lives. Participants will learn strategies to promote self-
with nature... and with each other. This interactive              esteem in young children and deepen their understand-
session will focus on the benefits for both families and          ing about the important impact that early relationships
early childhood programs of building and maintaining              can have on them.
strong home-school connections. The session will offer
field-tested strategies for involving families with young         Sing, Play, and Learn! Handwriting
children in nature-based activities that build relation-          Development for Early Learning Success
ships in a variety of ways and foster children’s complete         This session offers creative activities for developing writ-
development.                                                      ing readiness and early literacy skills in children with all
                                                                  types of abilities. Learn the developmental stages of writ-
Math the Sesame Way                                               ing readiness and letter formation. Acquire strategies to
This interactive session will provide specific strategies to      teach coloring, drawing shapes, pencil grasp, and letter/
foster a love of math in children, empower participants           number formation.
with developmentally appropriate math language to
use with children, and provide multiple-media tools to            Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0: A Nutrition and Physical
actively engage children. Current research, as well as atti-      Activity Initiative in Head Start
tudes toward pre-school mathematics from focus groups,            Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 is a national initiative promoting at
will also be discussed.                                           least five fruits and vegetables a day, fewer than two
                                                                  hours of screen time, at least one hour of physical
Parents in Denial (Children Suspected of                          activity, and 0 sugar sweetened beverages. Participants
Having a Disability)                                              will learn about this initiative and how to develop an
“Denial is a defense mechanism in which a person is               implementation action plan for their own program or at
faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept             home.
and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true, despite
what may be overwhelming evidence.” Participants of               SOUND STARS: A Parent and Teacher Friendly
this session will learn to recognize the stages of denial         Speech Program for Ages Birth to 8 Years
and grief. This educational session will help participants        Looking for a simple engaging program for speech pre-
develop informal program supports that welcome chil-              vention and intervention in the classroom or for parents
dren with disabilities and design community resource              to follow up on sound production at home? Come have
FYI boards addressing special needs.                              fun as we learn the Sound Star Strategy and Sound Start-
                                                                  ers for 18 sounds and all of the /S/, /L/, and /R/ clusters!
I Can Read Songs: A Joyous Sing-Along,
Dance-Along Boost in Early Literacy Skills                        Parents as First Teachers and Advocates
Learn how to use joyous songs to help children sing and           This session is designed to provide parents of children
dance their way to learning words that will then ease             with and without disabilities with information and re-
them into reading and writing. This research-based ses-           sources from the Early Childhood Learning and Knowl-
sion will help participants accelerate the development of         edge Center (ECLKC). Discussions and activities will
young children’s literacy skills. Participants will receive       be based on real experiences from parents and will help
copies of the songs that are used and information about           parents increase their skills as teachers in the home and
a Web site that offers free resources.                            advocates anywhere they go.
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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time

                                                               Money Management: What They Didn’t
Delegation 101                                                 Teach Us
Come gain an understanding of how to organize delegat-         Money management education teaches families how to
ing efforts, create an atmosphere of encouragement to-         set financial goals and manage their income and expenses
ward the task of delegation, and determine where, when,        on a month-to-month basis, with consideration for the
why, and to whom to begin delegating tasks. Participants       future. Participants will increase their confidence in their
will use the sub-team concept to begin the creation of a       ability to develop a household spending plan and achieve
new delegation strategy.                                       short, intermediate, and long-term financial goals.

What are the Strengths of Strong Fathers and                   Monitoring Early Head Start Health Mandates
Mothers?                                                       This session will provide participants will tools to en-
By seeing different parenting strengths of feminine and        hance their monitoring systems for EHS health require-
masculine parenting styles, parents and staff can begin        ments and provide parents with tools to becoming self
to see how both parents are “right” in the way that they       advocates around the health of their children. Partici-
parent. This session will discuss how the strengths of         pants will be able to identify health requirements, health
fathers and mothers can work together to build stron-          needs that warrant a follow-up and review tracking tools
ger children. Participants will learn the best practices of    that have proven results.
working with both mothers and fathers effectively.
                                                               Grassroots Advocacy: How to Influence
Begin with the End in Mind: Using Outcomes                     Policymakers to Support Head Start
for Planning and Evaluation                                    This session will empower participants to speak about
What is “Outcomes Based Planning and Evaluation”?              poverty issues to policymakers, the media, and peers
Discover strategies for using baseline evaluation data         by offering an easy-to-learn format called “laser talk.”
as you partner with programs to develop improvement            Participants will learn to communicate their expertise
plans and intentionally track ongoing progress. Learn          as parents and staff with politicians through practical
ways to help practitioners link their efforts to meet out-     training, and they’ll walk away with a short presentation
comes with positive results for children, families, staff,     about the benefits of Head Start.
and the program.
                                                               Outdoor Play on a Shoestring Budget
Father Engagement and a Child’s Brain                          Even with a shoestring budget, Head Start parents and
Development                                                    staff can engage 3- to 5 year-old children in a variety
This is a capacity-building session focused on a father’s      of activities to promote the development of gross mo-
parental practices associated with the development of          tor skills using inexpensive and teacher/parent made
a child’s cognitive skills and designed to support father      equipment. Participants will learn how to make and use
engagement initiatives. Through this educational session,      developmentally appropriate equipment to help chil-
participants will become familiar with research-based          dren develop muscular and cardiovascular strength and
knowledge on father engagement and brain develop-              improve coordination, agility, body awareness, flexibility,
ment.                                                          endurance, and self-confidence.
Participate in this educational session to learn innovative
strategies to overcome current father engagement chal-
lenges.


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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time

2-3:30 p.m.

Families on the Move: Movement Activities
for Brain Development and School Success                      The Power of Play: How Children Play
This session will focus on research and activities that       to Learn
directly relate to movement, social behavior, music,          Come play with us! This session will examine the im-
and actively engaging children and families in activity.      portance of play and the stages of play as well as offer
Participants will participate in activities that have been    practice supporting children’s development through play.
shown to promote brain development and pro-social             Participants will receive hands-on experience in engaging
behavior, all of which can be replicated in the classroom,    in playful interactions that promote children’s develop-
at home, or in the community.                                 ment.

To Your Credit                                                Time to Sign: Let’s Communicate with Signs
In today’s society credit is one of the driven forces be-     Participants of this session will learn how to use Ameri-
hind decisions regarding employment, loans, insurance,        can Sign Language (ASL) to enhance language and
renting/purchasing a home and insurance. This session         literacy through the use of stories, songs, and games.
will teach participants the purpose of a credit report,       Participants will learn over 125 words they can use to
how to read a credit report, how to order a copy of their     enhance reading skills, incorporate sign language into
credit report and how to build and repair their credit        the children’s daily routines, and enhance classroom
history.                                                      behavior. Participants will also learn how to use sign
                                                              language as a language bridge for infants and toddlers to
How to Construct a Welcoming Learning                         communicate.
Environment for Young Homeless Children
and Their Families                                            Move, Play, and Learn at Home
Learn the effect of homelessness on young children’s          Parents, how can you include more into your already
motor, sensory, language, and cognitive development, as       busy daily routine? Learn how you can engage your
well as on their mental and physical health. This session     children in physical activities using the materials, space,
will allow participants to gain a better understanding of     and time that you have within your own home. Leave
the causes of child and family homelessness and the chal-     with helpful ideas that you can implement as soon as
lenges of living in a shelter. Participants will also learn   you return home!
strength-based strategies for working with children and
families who are homeless that can be useful in a number      Role of the Policy Council
of settings.                                                  Come gain a better understanding of the Head Start reg-
                                                              ulations and Revised Performance Standards to assist in
Life Changing Benefits of Connecting                          reinforcing and supporting the role and responsibility of
Children with Nature                                          the policy council. Participants will learn how to develop
Spending time outdoors is a profoundly needed influ-          an orientation program for Policy Council members to
ence on children today. Come learn field-tested prin-         ensure their understanding and participation in the deci-
ciples for creating age-appropriate, effective outdoor        sion making process. This session will be geared to meet
learning environments and multidisciplinary activities        the needs of policy council members, administrators and
that help deepen visual-spatial-learning, build valuable      board members.
observation skills, link to science and to literacy, and
help young children make closer connections to nature.
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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time

                                                                Core Beliefs for Effective Leadership: Inspiring
Parent-Teacher Power...In an Hour! Taking Back                  Motivation and Commitment for Change
Your Classroom (Classroom Management)                           Who we are and what we believe about other people
Is your child’s behavior causing you to go into the prin-       affects our relationships and interactions. Come explore
cipal’s office! Learn strategies to diffuse and amuse not       both your beliefs about human nature and the Core
confuse and abuse! Alleviate up to 90% of household             Beliefs of Strengths-Based Coaching. Discover ideas for
and classroom discipline problems and walk away with            motivating adults by starting at their current level of
simple yet effective techniques. Parents and teachers start     experience and education and moving toward higher
using these techniques on Monday!                               quality.

Engaging Parents through “Parent University”                    Exploring Strategies to Promote Parent
This session will explain why the Lee County School             Involvement from Both Parent and Teacher
District Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council             Perspectives
created “Parent University” and how it grew to be a suc-        This session will allow both parents and teachers to
cessful initiative. Participants of this session will learn     explore proven strategies for promoting parent involve-
specific steps to create activities that are responsive to      ment in programs. During this session participants
the needs of parents and how to market these trainings          will develop an understanding of the barriers to parent
successfully to parents. This session is designed to inspire    involvement as well as be able to design strategies to
others to bring this initiative to their policy council.        positively affect parent involvement.

How to Use Developmental Milestones to                          I Can Read: Environmental Print
Track Your Child’s Development                                  This session will discuss research-based information on
This session will give participants the tools to recognize      the benefits of environmental print and why it is the
social-emotional, cognitive and language developmental          foundation for early reading skills in young children.
milestones in young children and how to track them.             Participants will examine the role adults play in providing
Participants will become familiar with early warning            environmental print awareness in the home and in the
signs of autism and other developmental delays and gain         classroom.
an understanding of the benefits of early action and
intervention. Participants will also learn how to identify      Songs, Games, and Rhymes for the
early action and intervention activities and resources that     Multicultural Classroom
can help parents and Head Start professionals when a            Music can be an exceptional learning tool because it
child isn’t reaching developmental milestones.                  allows children to learn as they sing and play. And when
                                                                children are singing and moving, they are more apt to
Are You Listening? Relationship Building to                     enjoy and remember what they learn. The universal
Support Family Engagement                                       language of music can also help children develop
Family engagement is built on relationships and intent.         positive self-esteem and cultural appreciation. During
Collaborating with other agencies as part of intentional        this session participants will have the opportunity to
planning for family engagement can be a valuable tool           learn traditional Latin American songs and original
for providing timely and relevant information and op-           compositions to use in teaching the alphabet, vowels,
portunities to further leadership skills beyond the Head        numbers, colors, and body parts.
Start experience. This session will showcase the possibili-
ties of such collaboration and give participants the tools
they need to accomplish collaboration.
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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time


Childhood Obesity: Our Role as Parents in the                   The Power of Play - How Children Play to
Battle Against Our Nation’s Biggest Health                      Learn
Threat                                                          Come play with us! This session examines the impor-
Head Start Children are at a critical period for develop-       tance of play, the stages of play and provides practice
ing a healthy lifestyle and determining their lifelong          supporting children’s development through play. We will
weight status. Parents are the key component to fighting        provide hands-on experience to engage in playful inter-
the obesity epidemic; acting as teachers and role models,       actions that promote children’s development.
our decisions now will determine the well-being of our
future generations. Participants of this session will learn     “Parents in Denial” (Children Suspected of
the importance of being a healthy lifestyle role model for      Having a Disability)
their children and how to determine if their child has a        “Denial is a defense mechanism in which a person is
weight issue.                                                   faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept
                                                                and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true, despite
Classroom Management: Strategies for                            what may be overwhelming evidence”. Participants of
Urban Educators                                                 this session will learn tools to recognize the stages of
This session is a comprehensive seminar for teachers who        denial and grief. This session will help participants to de-
work in urban/inner-city school settings. Participants          velop informal program supports that welcome children
will learn strategies and techniques that will help with        with disabilities and design community resource FYI
the overall management, planning, and organization of           boards addressing special needs.
classroom learning activities and student behaviors.
                                                                Infants Get Stressed Too!
Using Parent-Child Interaction Games to                         Do infants get stressed? How do we know? Come learn
Make Home Visits Even More Effective!                           what social-emotional development actually is and
Head Start home visitors have a unique opportunity to af-       explore the three major elements of social-emotional
fect the lives of families with young children. This session    wellness in infancy. Participants will be given the oppor-
will discuss the home visitor’s role in developing effec-       tunity to look at the information and figure out what it
tive relationships with families and supporting children’s      means for them as the parent or care provider.
relationships with families. Participants will be introduced
to a highly successful approach to home visiting using a            4-5:30 p.m.
set of parent-child interactive games and will learn how to
structure purposeful and effective home visits.
                                                                Hop, Skip, and Learn: How to Make Play
Fostering Our Future                                            Time Learning Time
Have you thought about becoming a foster parent? Do             Learning occurs in three main components, audio,
you know someone who is a foster parent? If you are             visual, and kinetic. Many preschool teachers focus on the
curious, please join us to experience what it’s like to be      audio and visual teaching methods and may not imple-
a part of the foster care system. Through stories, poems,       ment activities on learning through physical play. This
and dramatization, participants will engage in activities       session will look at how parents, staff, and community
to help them envision what it is like for the children, the     members can implement physical play in to the develop-
parents, the social workers, teachers, and foster parents.      ment and growth of the preschooler.
This session may contain sensitive material.

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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time

Build Healthy Habits with Building Blocks                     Why Won’t They Change? How to Effectively
Building Blocks for a Healthy Future offers free tips and     Support Adults in a Strengths-Based
tools to parents, educators, and other caregivers to help     Partnership
children learn and practice healthful habits such as eat-     Change isn’t easy — but it is unavoidable. Learn about
ing right and getting plenty of exercise. Participants will   conditions that lead to change, and discuss how to apply
have access to activities and games that promote positive,    that information in your work. Come ready to think in
healthy choices as children grow.                             a new way about effectively supporting others through
                                                              change. You’ll get the opportunity to try out a practical,
Role of the Policy Council                                    strengths-based strategy that you’ll be able to use right
Come gain a better understanding of the Head Start reg-       away!
ulations and Revised Performance Standards to assist in
reinforcing and supporting the role and responsibility of     Exploring Strategies to Promote Parent
the policy council. Participants will learn how to develop    Involvement from Both Parent and
an orientation program for Policy Council members to          Teacher’s Perspectives
ensure their understanding and participation in the deci-     This session will allow both parents and teachers to ex-
sion making process. This session will be geared to meet      plore proven strategies to promote parent involvement in
the needs of policy council members, administrators and       programs. During this session participants will develop
board members.                                                an understanding of barriers to parent involvement as
                                                              well as be able to design strategies to positively impact
Children’s Names: Understanding Potential                     parent involvement.
Name Bias within the Classroom Setting
Research has shown that creative naming practices have        I Can Read, Environmental Print
been found to be more prevalent throughout the United         This session will discuss research information on the
States today. This session will introduce participants to     benefits of environmental print and how it is the foun-
current U.S. naming practices and give participants the       dation for early reading skills in young children. Partici-
opportunity to learn about potential name bias that ex-       pants will engage in discussions on the role adults play in
ists within the early childhood setting. A discussion of      providing environmental print awareness in the home,
how first names are perceived by teaching staff and how       environment and the classroom.
this may influence teacher behavior within the classroom
environment will be facilitated.                              Roll-Up-Your-Sleeves Play: Hosting Your
                                                              Own Community Play Day
Dealing with Difficult People: Conflict                       Celebrate play by hosting a Play Day! This educational
and Negotiation Management                                    session features strategies to help educators increase play-
Do you sometimes have trouble dealing with conflict           ful opportunities for children. Participants will discuss
and negotiation? Participants of this session will learn      techniques to involve families in planning and facilitat-
how to increase their ability to navigate conflict and        ing Play Day activities, discover inclusive activities that
negotiate effectively in order to decrease stress and help    support curriculum, and learn where they can obtain
minimize challenges with difficult people. Come ac-           free resources to support their efforts.
quire the tools you need to develop a support system for
administrators and leaders that will aid in dealing with
difficult or challenging individuals.


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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time

Songs, Games and Rhymes for the                                  Money Management: What They
Multicultural Classroom                                          Didn’t Teach Us
Music can be an exceptional learning tool because it             Money Management education teaches families how to
allows children to learn as they sing and play. When chil-       set financial goals and manage their income and expenses
dren are singing and moving, they are more apt to enjoy          on a month to month basis with consideration for the
and remember what they learn. Children can develop               future. Participants will increase their confidence in their
positive self-esteem and cultural appreciation through           ability to develop a household spending plan and achieve
the universal language of music. During this session par-        short, intermediate, and long term financial goals.
ticipants will have the opportunity to learn traditional
Latin American songs and original compositions to use            Monitoring Early Head Start Health Mandates
in teaching the alphabet, vowels, numbers, colors, and           This session will give participants tools to enhance their
body parts.                                                      monitoring systems for EHS health requirements and
                                                                 help parents become advocates for the health of their
Successful Strategies to Reach and                               children. Participants will learn to identify health re-
Teach Children in Poverty through                                quirements and health needs that warrant follow-up and
Effective Family Engagement                                      will review tracking tools that have proven results.
Research shows that children living in poverty can learn
as well as any other child if they are engaged. This ses-        Time Outs, Tantrums, and Tornados: How to
sion will teach teachers, administrators, and parents how        Handle Problem Behaviors
to provide and participate in explicit family engagement         This session will help participants understand the dif-
initiatives that will measurably increase the learning           ference between extreme typical behavior and behavior
outcomes of all disadvantaged children and children of           problems in toddlers and preschoolers. Participants will
poverty.                                                         engage in discussions about different behavior disorders
                                                                 and how to help manage behavior problems. Participants
Father Engagement and Children’s                                 will also learn when to refer a child for further evaluation
Brain Development                                                and treatment.
This capacity-building session on the parental practices
of fathers associated with children’s cognitive skills devel-    Monday, December 13, 2010
opment is designed to support father engagement initia-
tives. Participants will explore research-based knowledge
on father engagement and brain development. They will            9:30-11 a.m.
also be introduced to innovative strategies intended to
address and overcome current father engagement                   Parents’ Perceptions of Childcare Quality:
challenges.                                                      Toward a More Collaborative Understanding
                                                                 This session will discuss quality early childhood pro-
Empowering Families to Promote Literacy                          grams that serve at-risk children by looking at significant
within Their Cultural Community                                  themes of quality that were indicated by parents of chil-
Literacy development starts at birth, in the home. It’s          dren in Early Head Start and Head Start centers. These
important to set goals for your children’s literacy. This        discussions will lay the foundation for stronger and more
session will explore a model for a Family Literacy semi-         collaborative relationship among Head Start centers,
nar that taught families about the importance of literacy        children, and families.
and how to incorporate literacy activities using family
traditions, creativity, and daily activities.
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Flip the Script: Communicating Powerfully                      You Don’t Need a Lap to Tell a Story
with Your Child’s Other Parent                                 Come join us as we explore how to bring literature alive
Effective communication, both verbal and non-verbal,           in a child’s world. This session will share how puppetry,
is essential in developing a solid parenting partnership       song and dance, drama, props, and walking books can
and minimizing the negative effects of poorly man-             spice up your literacy bag of tricks!
aged conflict on children. This session will equip single
parents with insights, strategies, and tools for transform-    Upgrading the Professional Development
ing drama and conflict-laden interactions into powerful        for Head Start Family Service Workers
co-parenting conversations.                                    This session will identify the needs for family service
                                                               workers to successfully develop healthy attitudes, key
SOLAR SYSTEM: A 21st Century T/TA                              skills, and useful knowledge to positively affect their
Planning Instrument                                            working relationship with others. The presenters will
This educational session will teach participants how to        identify skills that will result from education, consistent
use SOLAR web-based tools to analyze staff competen-           practices, humor in the agency, and effective communi-
cies and use data collected to design a profile of program     cation with children, families, and co-workers. Partici-
talents (strengths) and forecast program talent needs.         pants will learn about training experiences that will help
Additionally, participants will gain an understanding of       promote and reinforce effective social service policies,
how to use the program reports generated to identify           practices, and teamwork.
specific goals and action steps to implement annual T/
TA plans.                                                      Enhance the Caregiver-Child Relationship
                                                               by Understanding Temperament
Sing Me a Story!                                               The Head Start Program Performance Standards call for
Explore the unique benefits of using song-based picture        individualized care giving. Caregivers and parents can
books to support a preschooler’s growth in phonologi-          understand the individualized needs of children by learn-
cal awareness. Learn strategies for supporting emerging        ing about temperament and its influence on behavior.
readers with song while gaining hands-on experience            Participants in this session will identify temperament
with a variety of song-based texts. Return home with           traits and use tools to reflect on their own and a child’s
renewed energy and engaging ideas to use with children         temperament.
during shared reading time.
                                                               Head Start: Team Teaching with Parents to
Laughter is the Best Medicine... Plus, No                      Put Children at the Head of the Class
Co-Pays! (How Humor Helps Us Hang Tough in                     Head Start has always recognized the critical role that
Hard Times)                                                    parents play as their child’s first teacher. This session
Come experience how humor restores and reinforces a            will reinforce the value of parent-teacher partnerships in
sense of hope and helps us to hang tough in hard times.        school readiness. With expectations of children higher
Participants will be inspired to use laughter on a daily       than ever before, it is imperative that parents and teach-
basis to pump oxygen to their brains and reduce stress.        ers team up to share everyday observations of their chil-
Walk away with two or more specific strategies for sharp-      dren and plan activities that will extend the curriculum
ening your sixth sense — your sense of humor!                  into the home.




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The Many Sides of My Personality                               Family Fun: Play Together, Stay Together
This session will give participants an opportunity to          Discover the wonder of laughter, humor, and play. Expe-
identify and understand differences in personality styles      rience the importance of having fun together and rec-
and how these styles and differences affect their daily        ognize that it’s a vital function for promoting learning,
lives. Participants will learn how to turn irritation into     meaning, and love in the family. Learn five potentially
appreciation and conflict into cooperation by opening          playful practical ways to lighten up and promote family
up lines of communication, embracing differences, and          unity. You’ll truly realize that a family that plays and has
bringing out the best in everyone! Come learn how to           fun together stays together.
identify and explore your own personality style.
                                                               Let’s Move! To Connect Early Childhood
Assessing Organizational Health                                Physical Activity with Appropriate Practices
When administrators are aware of the “health” of their         Let’s Move! to increase physical activity in young chil-
organization, they can proactively work to improve it or       dren in order to combat childhood obesity. Come be
maintain that health if it is already good. This session       part of the excitement as you learn about developmen-
will teach participants strategies for determining the         tally appropriate teaching practices through hands-on
health of their own organization and how to implement          participation, electrifying games, thrilling activities, and
systems to improve their working environment. Partici-         fun assessments that not only support the Let’s Move!
pants will gain a better understanding of the corporate        initiative presented by Michelle Obama but also the
culture, the power of morale, a vision statement vs. a         American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Rec-
statement of philosophy, and direction vs. vision.             reation and Dance (AAHPERD) Appropriate Practices
                                                               in Movement Programs for Children Ages 3-5!
Making Father Involvement Relevant: Work-
ing with Fathers to Improve Child Outcomes                     Engaging Families with Culturally Competent
Learn how to effectively work with fathers to improve          Home Visits
outcomes for children by working with fathers to help          This session provides evidence-based research that il-
them recognize their role as their child’s primary teacher.    lustrates how culturally competent services will result in
Participants of this session will learn how to build           family engagement. Participants of this session will learn
programs and events that will help fathers learn how           the practical definition of culturally competent services
to teach their children, as well as how to appropriately       and how to apply this practice in their home visits in
discipline and lead their children. Examples of how to         order to engage hard-to-reach families.
incorporate academic activities with fathers and their
children will be shared.                                       Parents and Families Taking the Lead: A
                                                               Solution Focused Approach to Family
Nutrition in the Garden                                        Partnerships
Participants of this session will learn the various methods    This session will describe and teach the Solution Focused
of planting a children’s garden and using the garden to        Approach and will discuss how the approach increases
engage children in learning. The Reach-Up Children’s           family participation and improves results in the goal set-
Garden is used as the model for planning, growing, and         ting process. Participants will learn how to ask Solution
sustaining a community children’s garden. The latest           Focused questions and why client-defined goals lead to
research on encouraging families to eat healthier and          better outcomes. Participants will also learn about scal-
the role of children’s gardens to accomplish the goal of       ing and how it helps organize thoughts.
preventing child obesity will be discussed.

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The Vital Role of Fathers
This hands-on, interactive session will help gener-
ate greater awareness and appreciation for the role of
positive fathers and male role models for children and
families. Participants will gain a better understanding of     Mireme/Take a Look at Me: Using a
the role fathers play and their importance in the lives of     Strengths-Based Portfolio Process to Promote
children and families. Participants will also explore chal-    Family Engagement
lenges encountered in fatherhood and ways to use these         The Mireme/Take a Look at Me portfolio provides a
challenges as learning experiences.                            template for family members to share information about
                                                               their child’s strengths, interests, and learning opportu-
                                                               nities. Learn how families and teachers have used the
I AM, I CAN, I WILL!                                           portfolio to enhance their involvement; open communi-
This session is designed to unlock and unleash the hu-         cation; and focus on the child’s strengths and interests to
man potential through the exposition and exploration           enhance learning.
of principles of personal growth and self development.
Participants will learn to value themselves, explore their     Management Buzz
latent talents and abilities, and identify the people,         Head Start and Early Head Start managers and other
places, and practices that lead to personal growth.            participants who attend this session will learn about
                                                               sound management practices. All participants will
Active Play! Infusing Physical Activities into                 benefit from the opportunity to network, build relation-
Head Start and Early Head Start Classrooms                     ships, and - most important - share knowledge.
and Family
Learn practical ways for Head Start/Early Head Start           Bringing Literature to Life throughout Early
teachers and families to increase the physical activity        Childhood Development and Education
levels of toddlers and preschoolers. These fun Active          Through modeling, read aloud, storytelling, sharing of
Play! physical activities use inexpensive equipment and        literacy resources, and discussion, participants will expe-
can be done in the classrooms and at home. View videos         rience strategies for bringing developmentally appropri-
of children participating in these activities and try a few    ate literature to life in homes and diverse classrooms that
yourself!                                                      support developmental domains and educational goals of
                                                               young children.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
                                                               TIPS for Great Kids! A New Approach to
                                                               Parent Education
Reclaim Your Co-Parenting Power                                Parenting demands skills, knowledge, and experience.
Co-parenting power is derived not from the courts or           TIPS is individualized to assist parents with what they
your custodial or financial relationship with your chil-       want to know, when they want to know it. Rather than
dren but rather by your intentional approach to parent-        a traditional parenting class based on a curriculum, TIPS
hood and response to co-parenting relationship drama.          provides a tool for providing education in a proactive way.
This session is designed to empower single parents
with new tools, strategies, and inspiration to create less
conflict and more child-centered relationships with their
children’s other parent.

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                                                                Talking Race with Preschoolers:
Left Brainers, Right Brainers, and                              Developmentally Appropriate Ways to
NO BRAINERS!                                                    Increase Race Awareness
Multiple Intelligence theory boils down to the fact             This session will focus on the importance of discussing
that there are a lot of different ways to be intelligent.       racial differences and similarities with preschool chil-
Through fun group activities, participants will experi-         dren. Participants will have the opportunity for self-re-
ence first-hand how to tap into their own preferred             flection, will learn developmentally appropriate methods
learning methods. Participants will gain fresh insights on      for talking about racial differences and similarities with
how to discover a child’s preferred learning style and how      preschoolers, and will review activities and materials that
to use it to teach them in a way that takes advantage of        can be used to increase racial awareness and decrease bias
their strengths.                                                among preschool children.

Do You Slide or Decide?
Planning for Children                                           Educating the Early Childhood
An unplanned pregnancy can sidetrack even the most              Educator: A Mentoring Model for
motivated Head Start parent. This interactive session           Self-Directed Adult Learners
will present information and tools to help parents - both       Earning a college degree as a non-traditional adult
mothers and fathers - take charge of pregnancy planning.        student entering higher education for the first time or re-
Participants will learn how “sliding into parenthood” can       turning after several years can be a daunting experience.
affect family well-being and specific strategies to include     This session will share how the State University of New
men in pregnancy planning.                                      York at Empire State College developed a teaching and
                                                                mentoring model geared toward the self-directed adult
A Grand Stand for Literacy! Supporting                          learner who is seeking a college degree in early care and
Parents in Their Children’s Learning                            education. Participants will have an opportunity during
Come take a grand stand for literacy to ensure success          the session to discuss how they might develop their own
for your child’s early literacy learning. This session will     degree program and seek college credit for prior learning
offer innovative strategies and hands-on activities in oral     through work and life experience.
language and vocabulary development. The research-
based strategies that will be used are derived from the         How a Father’s Parenting Style Benefits
Alabama Reading Initiative Modules and Grand Stand              His Child’s Development
for Literacy Modules.                                           This session will engage fathers and equip and encourage
                                                                them to become more intimately involved in their child’s
Using College Students as Volunteers                            education, both at home and in school. Participants will
and Mentors with At-Risk Children                               gain a deeper understanding of the strengths and con-
College students often have time and skills that can be         tributions of a father’s parenting style, and how it can
used for one-on-one mentoring services to enhance the           significantly add to teaching and learning opportunities
overall skills of young children. With appropriate col-         that benefit both father and child.
laboration between local colleges and universities, Head
Start and early care programs can maximize and further
augment high-quality programs for young children at a
time when the staggering economy has limited program
resources. This session will discuss strategies for recruit-
ing men and women from colleges and universities.
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Launch Children’s Healthy Habits                                 Language, Love, and Literacy Part 2: Using
for a Lifetime                                                   What You Have To Get What You Want
Come learn how to engage pre-school aged children                Teaching early literacy skills can be done successfully
with simple food-related activities as a means to develop        with what is available in any environment. This session
healthy eating habits. Participants will learn easy food         will help participants discover the treasure in everyday
activities appropriate for young children and how to in-         items, places, and conversations that can facilitate a
terest and excite children in sampling what they help to         child’s literacy development at little or no cost. Par-
prepare. A demonstration of a simple recipe that partici-        ticipants will learn how to model reading and writing
pants can take home to use with their children or in the         behavior and how to foster children’s interest in and
classroom will be shared.                                        enjoyment of reading and writing.

Fearless, Tearless Parent Involvement                            Digital Media in the Early
This session will give participants a holistic approach to       Learning Environment
increasing the amount and quality of parent involvement          Public Broadcasting was founded on education, which
in their programs. Participants will learn the meaning of        continues to be its core value. This session will introduce
parent involvement and its benefits, as well as the barri-       participants to the wealth of resources on air, online, and
ers and pitfalls.                                                in the community available through public broadcasting.
                                                                 Thematic units, lesson plans, video clips, stories, interac-
6 Ways to Grow Self-Esteem: How to                               tive games, and activities all designed through scientifi-
Become Your Own Unique Self!                                     cally-based research will be presented.
Come discover what keeps individuals stuck and pre-
vents them from being their best. This educational               Parents and Families Taking the Lead: A
session will explore the six essential factors that promote      Solution Focused Approach to Family
self-esteem for people of all ages. Participants of this ses-    Partnerships
sion will learn to realize their full potential so they can      This session will describe and teach the Solution Focused
celebrate life.                                                  Approach and will discuss how this approach increases
                                                                 family participation and improves results in the goal-set-
1, 2, 3, Come Learn with Me                                      ting process. Participants will learn how to ask Solution
Parents, have you ever wondered if there is more you can         Focused questions and why client-defined goals lead to
do to ensure that your child develops pre-kindergarten           better outcomes. Participants will also learn about scal-
math concepts? This session will explore how to turn             ing and how it can help organize thoughts.
daily routines and activities into learning experiences to
ensure that your child enters school with a strong foun-         The Vital Role of Fathers
dation in math. Come participate in a lively discussion          This hands-on, interactive session will help to bring
and hands-on activities related to math skills.                  greater awareness and appreciation of the role of positive
                                                                 fathers and male role models for children and families.
                                                                 Participants will gain a better understanding of the role
                                                                 of fathers and their importance in children and fam-
                                                                 ily lives. Participants will also gain an understanding of
                                                                 the challenges encountered in fatherhood and the ways
                                                                 to use the challenges as learning experiences to change
                                                                 behaviors.

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Responding to Emerging and Increasing                        Strategic Planning: In Early Care and
Needs of Children and Families Exposed to                    Education Programs
Domestic Violence                                            Strategic Planning has become an integral part of the
The children and families we serve are living in one         child care industry. Child care centers all over the
of the most difficult economic times ever. As a result,      country, especially those in states with quality initiative
families often experience violence. Head Start staff must    programs, have begun to make charting the course of
be prepared to respond and help by recognizing the           their business a priority. Participants of this session will
warning signs of domestic violence and obtaining an          learn about the Strategic Planning process including how
increased confidence and preparedness when handling          to conduct a complete program/agency review. Partici-
domestic violence disclosures.                               pants will be given the tools needed to develop a Strate-
                                                             gic Planning Team upon returning to their agency. Goals
                                                             and possible barriers regarding a successful Strategic Plan
2-3:30 p.m.                                                  will be discussed.

                                                             Sing Me a Story!
Co-Parenting 101: Partnering with Your Ex for                Explore the unique benefits of using song-based picture
the Sake of Your Child                                       books to support preschooler’s growth in phonologi-
This session offers parents basic conflict resolution,       cal awareness. Learn strategies for supporting emerging
communication, and practical strategies for parent-          readers with song while gaining hands on experience
ing children cooperatively with the other parent after a     with a variety of song-based texts. Return home with
break-up. Participants will learn how a civil parenting      renewed energy and engaging ideas to use with children
partnership benefits their children, and they will explore   during shared reading time.
ways to support their children when the parenting part-
nership is plagued by conflict.                              Head Start/Heart Smart R-and-R: Recharge
                                                             and Revitalize
Teacher Education and Child Outcomes in                      Good health is vital for good morale and both bring out
Head Start Pre-K Programs                                    an individual’s best in tough times. Through three easy-
This research-based discussion examines the connection       to-use activities, participants will experience first-hand
between educational degrees for teachers and child out-      the pay off for improved physical and emotional well-
comes in Head Start Pre-K settings. Participate in this      ness. Taking care of our bodies and boosting our spirits
session to examine appropriate competencies for child        with humor lifts energy levels, fuels positive interactions,
development teachers and professional development            and raises performance.
strategies for Head Start administrators.
                                                             You Don’t Need a Lap to Tell A Story
Creating a Successful Partnership between                    Come join us as we explore how to bring literature alive
South Carolina’s CDEPP Program and Head                      in your children’s world. This session will share how pup-
Start                                                        petry, song and dance, drama, props, and walking books
The history of South Carolina First Steps will be dis-       can spice up your literacy bag of tricks!
cussed along with the origination of the state’s funded
Child Development Education Pilot Program. Historical
and current collaborative services between First Steps
and Head Start will be shared along with mandated
comprehensive services and standards put in place by
both agencies.
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Upgrading the Professional Development
for Head Start Family Service Workers                            Assessment Made Easy
This session will identify the needs for family service          Join us in learning about the importance of and need for
workers to develop successful growth in the areas of             early assessment and early intervention. Classroom ob-
attitude, skills, and knowledge to positively affect the         servation strategies and child assessment formats will be
working relationship with people. Presenters will identify       discussed. Participants will gain an insight on the value
increased skills as a result of education through consis-        of parent-teacher communication.
tent practices, humor in the agency, and communication
with children, families, and co-workers. Participants will       Making Strong Connections: Using Social
learn about effective training experiences that will affect      Media to Work with Fathers and Families
their programs which will help to promote and reinforce          Learn how to optimize content providers and other
effective social service policies, practices, and teamwork.      links to provide pertinent information to parents on an
                                                                 ongoing basis. This session will show participants how
Enhance the Caregiver Child Relationship by                      to effectively use social media sites such as Facebook and
Understanding Temperament                                        Twitter to instruct and inform parents while keeping
The Head Start Performance Standards call for individu-          content fresh and relevant to parents without making its
alized care giving. Caregivers and parents can understand        use a full-time job. Techniques to reach all parents will
the individualized needs of children by learning about           be discussed with a specific emphasis on using father-
temperament and its influence on behavior. Participants          friendly techniques to reach out to fathers.
in this session will identify temperament traits and use
tools to reflect on temperament in themselves and in             Let’s Move! To Connect Early Childhood
children.                                                        Physical Activity with Appropriate Practices
                                                                 Let’s Move! to increase physical activity in young chil-
Head Start: Team Teaching with Parents to                        dren in order to combat childhood obesity. Come be
Put Children at the Head of the Class                            part of the excitement as you learn about developmen-
Head Start has always looked to parents’ as their child’s        tally appropriate teaching practices through hands-on
first teacher. This session reinforces the value of parent-      participation, electrifying games, thrilling activities and
teacher partnerships in school readiness. With expecta-          fun assessments that not only support the Let’s Move!
tions of children today higher than before, it is impera-        initiative presented by Michelle Obama but also the
tive that parents and teachers team up to share everyday         American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Rec-
observations of their children and plan activities to bring      reation and Dance (AAHPERD) Appropriate Practices
the curriculum into the home.                                    in Movement Programs for Children Ages 3-5!

The Many Sides of My Personality                                 Growing Your Own: Preparing Your Program
This session will provide participants with an opportu-          for a Culturally Reflective Workforce
nity to identify and understand the differences in per-          Prepare your program for a culturally reflective work-
sonality styles and how these styles affect their daily lives.   force by growing your own. In this session participants
Participants will learn how to turn irritation into appre-       will hear how one program has developed a system of
ciation and conflict into cooperation by opening up lines        professional development that includes training, sup-
of communication, embracing differences and bringing             porting staff to obtain required degrees, and tracking
out the best in everyone. This session will also allow           progress in ways that meet the individual needs of all
participants to identify and explore their own personality       staff members.
style.
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Engaging Families with Culturally Competent                         4-5:30 p.m.
Home Visits
This session provides evidence based research which
illustrates how culturally competent services will result in    Strategies for Father Re-Engagement
family engagement. Participants of this session will learn      This session is designed to offer guidance and encourage-
the practical definition of culturally competent services,      ment to fathers seeking to re-engage and re-enter their
and how to apply this practice in their home visits, to         children’s lives and to mothers who are concerned about
engage hard to reach families.                                  or interested in facilitating such re-engagement. Partici-
                                                                pants will learn strategies for facilitating re-engagement,
Best Practices for Parent Involvement                           managing expectations, and assessing the effects of re-
This session will focus on successful approaches to             engagement on their child.
promoting parent involvement and how to share
practical ideas that generate favorable results. Parent         Better Breastfeeding Experiences: How Staff
Involvement provides an avenue to build confidence,             and Parent Volunteers Contribute to Success
a feeling of self-worth and significance.                       Explore the compelling reasons to support and encour-
                                                                age breastfeeding in EHS programs. Participants will
Inside, Outside: A Guide to Active Play                         explore the causes of historically low breastfeeding rates
Come gain a better understanding of the importance of           among low-income families, hear EHS moms tell their
physical activity. Participants of this session will be given   own stories, and identify common barriers to breastfeed-
tools to fight childhood obesity and have the opportu-          ing success. A cost-effective model that builds on existing
nity to design physical activities for children ages birth      program strengths to improve breastfeeding outcomes
through 5 years. Participants will engage in a large-group      will be introduced.
presentation, small-group discussions, and active learn-
ing.                                                            Demystifying ERSEA
                                                                Learn about useful resources relating to ERSEA that are
I AM, I CAN, I WILL!                                            available from ECLKC for use by Head Start program
This session is designed to unlock and unleash the human        staff. Through this educational session, participants will
potential through the exposition and exploration of             gain an understanding of ERSEA systems and applica-
principles related to personal growth and self develop-         tions and will be able to explain ERSEA processes to
ment. Participants will learn to value themselves, explore      others. This session will explore how ERSEA responsi-
their latent talents and abilities and identify the people,     bilities can be managed in order to meet and maintain
places, and practices that lead to personal growth.             enrollment.

Active Play! Infusing Physical Activities in                    A Guide to Crisis Management
Head Start and Early Head Start Classrooms                      When a crisis occurs we are often faced with incom-
and Family                                                      prehensible uncertainty. The aftermath might include
Learn practical ways for Head Start / Early Head Start          serious injury, loss of life, damaged property and reputa-
teachers and families to increase the physical activity lev-    tion, litigation, and the loss of business. As such, the best
els of toddlers and preschoolers. These fun Active Play!        time to think about how you should handle a crisis is
physical activities use inexpensive equipment and can be        well before it happens. Come learn how to establish and
led in classrooms and homes. View videos of children            manage a Crisis Response Plan.
doing these activities and try a few yourself!

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TIPS for Great Kids! A New Approach to                         The Symphony of Rhythms and Relationships:
Parent Education                                               You as the Instrument and the Conductor
Parenting demands skills, knowledge, and experience.           Building relationships with young children that incor-
TIPS is individualized to assist parents with WHAT they        porate the steady beat of rhythms is fundamental to the
want to know, WHEN they want to know it. Rather                early development of healthy brain and motor function.
than a traditional parenting class based on a curriculum,      This interactive session will help participants develop an
TIPS provides a tool to provide education in a proactive       awareness of internal and external life rhythms and gain
and reactive way.                                              an understanding of the process for tuning in to rhythms
                                                               in order to nurture relationships. Participants will learn
Encouraging Professionalism                                    strategies for using rhythm to effect positive social inter-
Come learn how to consciously think and act in all             actions.
instances as the professionals this industry commands.
This session’s primary focus is to encourage the notion of     Children Have Personality Too!
professionalism and allow participants to be engaged in        Explore four personality types — sanguine, choleric,
interactive discussions that define “profession” and reflect   melancholy, and phlegmatic — in this humor-filled
on how they can act personally to promote a professional       session that will relate these personality types to interper-
air.                                                           sonal relationships, including those within the class-
Controversial issues such as appearance, supervision, per-     room. Insights gained through this educational session
sonal presentation and behavior outside the center will        will reveal that children have personality too -- and it
be discussed in relation to their impact on the quest for      affects their behavior.
professional recognition.
                                                               Launch Children’s Healthy Habits for a
Building Your Team through Effective                           Lifetime
Communication                                                  Come learn how to engage pre-school aged children
Good team work is rarely accomplished without effective        with simple food-related activities as a means to de-
communication among team members. Factoring in dif-            velop healthy eating habits. Participants will learn easy
ferent personalities and cultural backgrounds, it’s easy to    food activities appropriate to young children and how
see how we might misunderstand our colleagues or co-           to engage children so they are interested and excited to
workers. This session will allow participants to enhance       sample what they helped to prepare. A demonstration
their ability to effectively communicate, listen, embrace      of a simple recipe that participants can take home to use
cultural diversity, and strengthen their team.                 with their children or in the classroom will be shared.

A Grand Stand for Literacy! Supporting                         Fearless, Tearless Parent Involvement
Parents in Their Children’s Learning                           This session will give participants a holistic approach to
Come take a “Grand Stand for Literacy” and ensure suc-         increasing the amount and quality of parent involvement
cess for your child’s early literacy learning. This session    in their programs. Participants will learn the meaning of
will offer innovative strategies and hands-on activities       parent involvement and its benefits as well as the barriers
in oral language and vocabulary development. Research          and pitfalls.
based strategies are derived from the Alabama Reading
Initiative Modules, and Grand Stand for Literacy Modules.


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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time



Grant Writing to Augment Early Care
Programming
As a result of a challenging and stagnant economy Head        Piecing it All Together: The Family Vision
Start and early care programs must seek additional            Vision is key to family success. It defines who they are
means for providing quality care and for program expan-       and where they’re going. In this interactive workshop,
sion. Participate in this session to learn about the grant    participants will experience rejuvenating family team
writing process and become familiar with foundations          building, fun word play, and engaging hands-on art
and federal agencies that fund early childhood and early      collage. Participants will develop a family vision and a
care initiatives so your program can carry out its goals.     family dream box.

Parent Power: 6 Key Factors to Help Parents                   Best Practices for Parent Involvement
Connect the Dots and Succeed at Head                          This session will focus on successful approaches for
Start                                                         promoting parent involvement and how you can share
Strong, healthy, positive, educated families are key to       practical ideas that generate favorable results. You’ll learn
our nation’s success. Come learn the six factors that will    to view parent involvement as an avenue for building
empower parents to fulfill the mission of Head Start.         confidence and feelings of self-worth and significance.
Parents will learn to connect the six dots and lead the
way as a positive model for their family.                     Inside, Outside: A Guide to Active Play
                                                              Come gain a better understanding of the importance
1, 2, 3, Come Learn with Me                                   of physical activity. Participants of this session will be
Parents, have you ever wondered if there is more you          given tools to fight childhood obesity and have the op-
can do to ensure your child develops pre-kindergarten         portunity to design physical activities for children birth
math concepts? This session will help you to learn how        through five years old. Participants will engage in a large
you can turn daily routines and activities into learning      group presentation, small group discussions and active
experiences that will ensure your child enters school with    learning.
a strong math foundation. Come share in a lively discus-
sion and hands on activities related to math skills.          Responding to Emerging and Increasing
                                                              Needs of Children and Families Exposed to
Language, Love, & Literacy Part 2: Using                      Domestic Violence
What you Have to Get What You Want                            The children and families we serve are living in truly
Teaching early emergent literacy skills can be done suc-      difficult economic times. During times like these more
cessfully with what is available in any environment. This     families experience violence. Head Start staff must be
session will help participants discover the treasure in       prepared to respond and help by recognizing the warn-
everyday items, places and conversations that can en-         ing signs of domestic violence and improving their con-
hance a child’s literacy development at little to no cost.    fidence and preparedness in handling domestic violence
Participants will learn how to model reading and writ-        disclosures.
ing behavior and how to foster children’s interest in and
enjoyment of reading and writing.




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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time


Darkness to Light: Prevent Now! Child Sexual                  Including Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN)
Abuse — It Doesn’t Have to Happen                             Caregivers in Home Visits: Current Models
Learn how to build awareness in your organization and         and Potential
community about the emotional and economic impact             Extending home visits to FFN caregivers can improve
of child sexual abuse. This session will help participants    the quality and consistency of care for young children.
learn new strategies for empowering adults with the           Come learn about partnerships with national home visit-
knowledge of how to prevent, recognize, and react re-         ing models and state/local initiatives doing this work,
sponsibly to child sexual abuse. The session will include     and then engage in a small-group activity to discuss
discussions on ways to train interested organizations in      implications for your program.
the implementation of community involvement prac-
tices and relevant fundraising techniques.                    Program Performance Standards Require
                                                              Linguistically and Age-Appropriate
Tuesday, December 14, 2010                                    Developmental Screening
                                                              Would your eye chart pass a Head Start Program Per-
                                                              formance Standard for performing or obtaining a lin-
10:30 a.m.-Noon                                               guistically and age-appropriate vision screen? Attendees
                                                              will discuss national recommendations describing how
People Empowering Tomorrow’s Scientists                       eye charts should be designed and will see six eye charts
Come become a child again; it will be just as much fun        that were recommended in a joint Policy Statement of
as you remember. This session will teach participants         the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Associa-
that science is engaging, interesting, and exciting by        tion of Certified Orthoptists, American Association for
building activities that anyone can implement for greater     Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and American
emphasis on science instruction. Participants will engage     Academy of Ophthalmology.
in various science-based activity centers that are designed
to provide interactive, hands-on learning experiences.        Parents and Staff Teaming Up for Positive
                                                              Health Outcomes
Parents Partnering with Teachers to Support                   Getting the best available health services for young
Success in Home Language and English                          children requires teamwork. This session will focus on
Development                                                   effective strategies that promote collaboration and co-
This session will provide research-based strategies for       operation between staff and parents as they seek the best
helping parents, leaders, and program staff share in plan-    health services for children and families.
ning and implementing effective ideas for supporting
dual language learners. Share your ideas for involving        How Head Start Family Workers can Lead
parents who speak different languages and practice some       Parent Education Sessions that Engage and
hands-on language building activities anyone can use.         Inspire Parents
                                                              Using examples from the resilience-based Here, Now,
                                                              and Down the Road program, this session will explore
                                                              strengths-based approaches that engage parents. Partici-
                                                              pate in this educational session will learn techniques that
                                                              promote positive interactions and motivate parents to
                                                              nurture their children’s self-control, creativity, problem-
                                                              solving, and healthy decision-making.
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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time

Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 A Nutrition and Physical                    Cyberspace Identities: Keeping Up with Their
Activity Initiative in Head Start                             New Frontier
Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 is a national initiative promoting at       Cyberspace is an exciting new frontier that allows people
least 5 fruits and vegetables a day, less than 2 hours of     to recreate themselves in what seems to be a consequence
screen time, at least 1 hour of physical activity and 0       free medium. This session will teach participants the
sugar sweetened beverages. Participants will recognize        importance for developing personnel policies related to
this initiative and will learn how to develop an action       “Cyberspace”. Participants will also gain an understand-
plan for implementation in their program or at home.          ing of the legal consequences that individuals can face
                                                              related to cyberspace identities when posting certain
Celebrating Diversity in the Workplace                        information online. Discussions of how employer’s can
A workplace is a diverse collection of individuals proud      use the internet in the hiring process to screen potential
of whom they are: their gender, their sexual orientation,     employees will take place.
their religion, their ethnic background, and all of the
other components that make an individual unique. In           Keeping All the Balls in the Air!
order for workplaces to succeed, employees must be able       Parents who know how to handle adversity with a sense
to appreciate and celebrate those differences. Participants   of humor model an ability to step back and see the big
in this session will learn techniques for dealing with        picture. Through fun theater games and lively role plays,
inappropriate behavior and learn what to do if they ever      participants will learn new tools for fostering a we-can-
feel discriminated against.                                   do-it spirit in their children. Each participant will leave
                                                              with the handy reference guide Tips For Getting a Grip
Father Involvement: Understanding the Ben-                    On Overload.
efits, Overcoming the Barriers
In light of the ever changing composition of the Ameri-       Life in INK: Making it Permanent and
can family, there exists an increased likelihood that         Building a Strong and Stable Family
today’s children will spend time living away from their       The presenter will share the story of her challenging
fathers. This session will explore the great benefits of      childhood and the changes she made that resulted in
father involvement as well as discuss the barriers which      stabilizing her family. Learn more about the importance
sometimes deter fathers from becoming involved. Strate-       of the commitment, communication, and love, and how
gies on how to involve dads in child care programs as         they contribute to building strong and secure family re-
well as ways to create a culture of inclusion and make        lationships. This session is intended to empower families
your program “father friendly” will be discussed.             and provide insight to professionals.

How to Deal with Difficult People                             A Safety Guide to Transporting
This session focuses on communication skill building          Children Safely
and the structured techniques of mediation designed to        Driving (and accompanying) children is a significant
defuse areas of conflict and work towards creative solu-      responsibility. We must not assume that all adults are
tions. Participants will engage in discussions about the      knowledgeable about the many standards that apply
different personality types and the best methods for han-     when transporting a child or the many defensive driving
dling them in order to achieve goals. Participants will be    strategies available to help avoid an accident. This session
encouraged to present examples of difficult people they       will provide an overview of applicable safety standards
have encountered.                                             and offer the participants tips, tools, and driving tech-
                                                              niques to prevent accidents.

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Educational Sessions
Listed by Conference Date and Session Time


                                                                Kindergarten and Beyond: No Child
                                                                Left Behind
                                                                Parents who send their children to Head Start are invited
                                                                to participate in program governance, advocacy, and
How to Address the Needs of Your Child with                     community outreach. Unfortunately, upon transitioning
Special Needs                                                   into public schools that are not always so welcoming,
This session will help parents understand the impor-            parents oftentimes feel overwhelmed. But with guidance
tance of collaboration and consistency when addressing          to empower them, parents and children alike can enjoy
the needs of children with special needs. Parents will          the same success in K-12 as they did in Head Start. Join
learn why it is essential that they recognize their child’s     this discussion to learn how to successfully navigate the
strengths, weaknesses, and temperament and how this             transition.
will help them address behavioral challenges. Parents and
caregivers will also learn strategies for fostering a child’s   Dads of Great Students
independence.                                                   WATCH D.O.G.S. is an innovative program that
                                                                focuses on education and safety in schools using the
An Introduction to the TABLE Project: An Of-                    positive influence of fathers and father-figures to provide
fice of Head Start Innovation and Improve-                      an unobtrusive fathering presence, as well as a positive
ment Grant                                                      and active role-model for children. Participants in this
The TABLE Project will share the record keeping system          session will learn the 7 Steps to Success for Launching
created for any and all Head Start and Early Head Start         the WATCH D.O.G.S. program in their local program
programs intended to simplify the Child and Adult Food          and gain an understanding of the team structure that’s
Program. Best practices for family style dining will be         needed to commit to the development of the program.
demonstrated and discussed.
                                                                Literacy Learning for Boys: Bringing Up Men
Navigating the Systems to Meet the                              Who Read, Learn, and Achieve
Needs of Your Child with Special Needs                          Boys around the world are not achieving at their full
and Your Family                                                 potentials. Boys drop out of school, do not attend
Learn how to look at a family of a child with special           college, or obtain higher education degrees at the same
needs from an ecological perspective and how to deter-          rate as girls. Participants in this educational session will
mine what systems are available to offer assistance to the      be given the opportunity to analyze a variety of strategies
family and the child. Once such detailed information is         that will help in raising young boys who enjoy reading and
available, a system of support information and services         learning. Join us to find out why early literacy interven-
can be mapped and made available and an advocate can            tion is an important key to unlocking a boy’s potential.
develop a practical plan to navigate the system. Join this
session to learn more.




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          Closing Breakfast Session
            Tuesday, December 14 • 8 - 10 a.m.
   All registered conference participants are welcome to enjoy
this free Parent Engagement Breakfast! Wrap up your conference
  experience over breakfast while networking with parents and
         Head Start professionals from around the country.


              For more information about this event, see page 8 of this guide.




                SAVE THE DATE
                         27th Annual Head Start Parent Conference
                         Dec. 10-14, 2010 • Virginia Beach, Virginia

                         38th Annual Head Start Conference
                         April 4-8, 2011 • Kansas City, Missouri




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Registration Information

Pre-Registration Deadline                                       Cancellations/Refunds
All registrations must be received by 11/19/10 to allow         No cancellations or refunds will be given after 11/12/10.
adequate time for processing. Registrations received after      After this date, full payment will be assessed to all
this date will be processed on site. In order to help           registrations. If cancelling before November 12th, you
expedite on-site registration, however, those who will          will be reimbursed any monies already paid minus a $75
need to register on site are asked to fax their registration    cancellation fee per registration. If you are cancelling a
form to (703) 548-8305 before traveling to Virginia             registration before November 12th and have not yet sub-
Beach. Note: NHSA strongly encourages all attendees to          mitted payment for the registration, you will be
take advantage of pre-registration discounts and conve-         assessed a $75 cancellation fee per registration. If you
nience by registering as early as possible.                     have not submitted your registration fee and you cancel
                                                                your registration after November 12, 2010, or are a “no
Payment                                                         show” at the conference, full payment will be required.
Complete payment must accompany all registration
forms. Purchase orders will be accepted until 11/12/10.         On-Site Registration
Complete payment of purchase orders must be received            On-site registration will be available. Individuals who
at the registration booth before entering the conference.       choose to register on site will need to complete a regis-
Telephone registrations will not be accepted. Registra-         tration application at the conference registration desk.
tions received without full payment or a                        Full payment must be received at the time of your on-
purchase order, with incorrect payment information, or          site registration. Agency checks, money orders, cashier’s
with incorrect purchase orders will not be processed.           checks, Visa, Master Card, American Express, and cash
                                                                will be accepted. Personal checks will not be accepted.
Confirmation                                                    If you plan to register on site, please take a moment to
Once NHSA has received your registration and pay-               fill out the registration form before 11/19/10, and fax it
ment, a confirmation letter will be sent to you. This           to (703) 548-8305 in order to expedite the registration
letter will be mailed within five (5) business days of          process.
processing your registration(s). All attendees are highly
encouraged to bring their confirmation letter to the con-       Online Registration
ference. Doing so will help to expedite the distribution        Online registration will be available on or before
of conference packets.                                          11/8/10, at www.nhsa.org. In order to
                                                                register online, you must pay at the time you register.
Name Changes                                                    Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal are
If there is a need to substitute an attendee, NHSA must         all valid forms of payment. Purchase orders cannot be
receive the change in writing before 11/12/10.                  accepted as payment for online registrations.
If the name changes must be made on site, please be
aware that this will prolong your waiting time at the
registration desk while the change is entered and a new
badge is printed. Again, to avoid this extended waiting
time for you and other conference attendees, please
make every effort to send in the request as early as pos-
sible. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


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                                                         27th Annual Head Start Parent Conference
	               							REGISTRATION FORM					I					December 10-14, 2010					I					Virginia Beach, Virginia

         Head Start Parent 	 NHSA Member 	 Non-Member                                                                          To register online using a credit card,
                                                                                                                                          go to www.nhsa.org.
       	 Ms. 	 Mrs. 	 Mr. 	 Dr.
         Name

         Professional Title/Position                                                                                              NHSA Membership #

         Program Name

         Street Address                                                                                                                                      											 Home
                                                                                                                                                              Business

         City                                                                  State            Zip Code                          Business Phone #

         Fax #                                     E-mail Address
         If you are a Head Start alumnus, please select the category that best applies to you:           Former                 											 Parent                       Staff	              	
         	           	         	        	          	          	          	               	     										Student                                                                Member
         Do you need Spanish interpretation*?	            Yes                     							
                                                                      No																
         Do you require special assistance or have any meal/dietary restrictions?                   Yes          No         								
         Please provide a brief description of your needs:

      * Note: NHSA will do its best to accommodate requests; however, interpretation may not be available at every special track and training seminar.
    CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES                                                                                                                        Member                        Non-member
                                                                               Member Non-member Parent Awards Banquet (12/12)..........................  $75                             $75
     Early Bird Registration (full payment must be
                                                  $300
      received by	Oct.	22,	2010)............................................                $350          Dress for Success & Celebrate (12/13).............  $15                        $15
                                                  $400
     Regular Registration (after	Oct.	22,	2010)......                                       $450          Parent Engagement Breakfast (8-10	a.m.	on	
     Continuing Education Units (CEUs)..........  Free                                                    12/14;	Open to all registered conference attendees).........  Free             Free
                                                                                            Free          Parent Membership.............................................................. $5
    SPECIAL TRACKS REGISTRATION FEES Note:	You	must	register	for	the	conference	in	order	to	participate	in	the	special	tracks.
    Baby	Signs	Early	Childhood	Educator	Training	(Full-day	training	on	12/11).............................................................................................  $125
    If	It	Takes	a	Village	—	Let’s	Build	One	(Full-day	training	on	12/11)...........................................................................................................  $125
    Jump	Start	Children	in	Literacy	(Full-day	training	on	12/11	).....................................................................................................................  $125
    Strengths-Based	Coaching	for	Family	Service/Engagement	Staff	and	Education	Coordinators	(2-day	training	on	12/10	&	12/11)......................  $225
    (More	Special	Tracks	to	come;	check	www.nhsa.org	for	updates.)

    TRAINING SEMINARS Note:	Free	with	conference	registration.	Space	is	limited	and	registration	is	required.	Please	note	the	day	and	time	of	
    each	seminar	in	order	to	avoid	any	scheduling	conflicts.	
    12/10/2010                                                                                             12/11/2010
     Brain	States,	Breathing,	and	Building	a	Family	(1-5	p.m.)	                                            All	Families	Have	Strengths:	Using	the	Family	Development	Credential	
     Building	Your	Foundation	to	Work	with	Males	&	Fathers	(1-5	p.m.)                                        			Program	in	Working	with	Families	(9	a.m.-4	p.m.)
     CLASS:	An	Overview	of	the	Classroom	Assessment	Scoring	                           Autism	101:	A	Child’s	Perspective	(1-5	p.m.)
      			System	(9	a.m.-4	p.m.)                                                         Commit	to	Prevention	and	Health	(8	a.m.-Noon)
     Conducting	Effective	Policy	Council	Meetings	(9	a.m.-4	p.m.)                      Conducting	Effective	Policy	Council	Meetings	(Repeated	Seminar;	9	a.m.-4	p.m.)
     Finding	Funding	for	Father	Involvement	(1-5	p.m.)                                 Looking	Inside	Science	(9	a.m.-4	p.m.)
     How	Head	Start	can	use	PTA’s	National	Standards	for	Family/School			  Program	Governance	for	Challenging		Economic	Times	(8	a.m.-Noon)
      			Partnerships	(9	a.m.-4	p.m.)			                                                Strength	Training	for	Head	Start	Parents	(9	a.m.-4	p.m.)
     Parent	Substitutes:	An	Entry	Into	the	Early	Childhood	Profession	(9	a.m.-4	p.m.)  Supporting	Breastfeeding	Families	in	Early	Head	Start	(1-5	p.m.)
     Preparing	Start Safe	Partnerships	(9	a.m.-4	p.m.)                                 Using	Observation-Based	Assessment	to	Promote	Learning	and	
     Safe	Environment:	It’s	Not	Just	About	the	Classroom	(9	a.m.-4	p.m.)                			Development	(8	a.m.-Noon)
     Take	It	Outside!	(8	a.m.-Noon)                                                    Wild	and	Wacky	Word	Wizards:	Everyday	Things	Parents	and	Teachers	Can	Do	to			                             	
     The	More	You	Know,	the	More	You	Grow	(9	a.m.-4	p.m.)                               			Increase	Vocabulary	and	Language	in	Preschoolers	(9	a.m.-4	p.m.)
     The	Vital	Role	of	Women	in	Father	Involvement	(8	a.m.-Noon)
                                                                                                                                                                Total Due: $
    PAYMENT INFORMATION                                                                        	
                                                                                              	
                                                                                               Credit Card Payment:                                            
                                                                                                                                     AmEx	 									MC															Visa
      	
     	Check                           Check #
                                                                                              Credit Card #                                                         Exp. Date
      	
     	Purchase Order       PO #
     Please make checks* and money orders payable                                             Name on Card
     to NHSA. Mail your payment and completed
     registration form to NHSA, P.O. Box 890080,                                              Signature
     Charlotte, NC 28289-0080.                                                                     If you are paying by credit card, fax your completed registration
     *No personal checks accepted.                                                                 form to (703) 548-8305 or register online at www.nhsa.org.
        REFUND AND FEE POLICY: Cancellations	will	be	accepted	up	to	November	12,	2010.	There will be no cancellations accepted or refunds
        given after November 12, 2010.	Cancellations	made	before	the	cancellation	deadline	will	be	assessed	a	$75	fee	for	one	registration	or	$150	
        for	more	than	one.	There	will	be	a	$75	Returned	Check	Fee	for	all	returned	checks.
                                                        Parent Engagement: The Necessary Ingredient



Hotel Information
DoubleTree Hotel
1900 Pavillion Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451                            Tips to Ensure a Smooth and Efficient
(757) 422-8900                                      Reservation Process
www.doubletree.com                                  • Hotel reservations MUST be made directly through
Located adjacent to the Convention Center.            the hotel.
Complimentary NHSA-Sponsored “Fitness in the
                                                    • When you call the hotel’s reservation department, be
Morning” Activity
Single/Double/Triple/Quad - $129
                                                      sure to ask for the NHSA Annual Head Start
Hotel cut-off date: November 19, 2010                 Parent Conference room block. Reservations made
                                                      without referencing the NHSA room block or made
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront                      under any other code will not guarantee the negotiated
3001 Atlantic Avenue                                  NHSA rate.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451                            • Your reservation MUST be guaranteed by a credit card,
(757) 213-3000                                        check, or money order 21 days prior to your arrival or
www.hiltonvb.com                                      your reservation WILL BE CANCELLED.
Located 2 miles from Convention Center              • CANCELLATION POLICY: Please confirm the
Oceanfront                                            cancellation policy directly with the hotel when
Complimentary NHSA Sponsored “Fitness in the          making your reservations as each hotel’s policy may differ.
Morning” Activity
Shuttle Transportation Provided
                                                    • Room rates do no include local and state tax. Please
Single/Double - $149                                  confirm the tax rate directly with the hotel. Be sure to
Hotel cut-off date: November 15, 2010
                                                      inquire if the hotel accepts your 501c status. If so, state
                                                      tax may not apply. You will need to provide documentation
Sheraton Oceanfront                                   to support your 501c status.
3501 Atlantic Avenue                                • The hotel will send an acknowledgement of your
Virginia Beach, VA 23451                              reservation. Check the confirmation letter immediately
(757) 425-9000                                        to ensure that all of the information is correct. If
www.sheratonvirginiabeach.com                         information is incorrect, please contact the hotel a
Oceanfront hotel located 2 miles from Convention      soon as possible.
Center                                              • Each hotel has different check-in and check-out
Complimentary NHSA Sponsored “Fitness in the          times; contact the hotel directly for its schedule.
Morning” Activity                                   • If you need a refrigerator or a rollaway bed, please
Shuttle Transportation Provided
                                                      make that request with the hotel directly. Be sure to
Single/Double - $144
                                                      inquire if there is an additional fee.
Hotel cut-off date: November 15, 2010
                                                    • Inform the reservation agent if any special accommodations
Hampton Inn Oceanfront                                or services will be needed such as wheelchair accessibility
3107 Atlantic Avenue                                  or assistance devices.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451                            • Check with the hotel to review its incidentals policy.
(757) 428-7233                                        If you have a credit card, you’ll need to leave an imprint
www.hamptoninnvirginiabeachoceanfront.com             of your card to cover charges for items or services such as
Oceanfront hotel located 2 miles from Convention      phone calls, room service, honor bar purchases, etc.
Center                                                If you pay the hotel by check, please contact the hotel
Complimentary NHSA sponsored “Fitness in the           directly prior to your arrival to confirm applicable taxes
Morning” Activity                                     and the policy and procedure for a non-credit card
Shuttle Transportation Provided                       incidental deposit. When paying the hotel with cash, it is
Complimentary “On-the-House” hot breakfast each       recommended that you pay costs when checking in.
morning
Single/Double - $124
Triple/Quad - $144
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Transportation and Locale
Information

Airport Information
Virginia Beach is accessible through Norfolk International Airport. Air service is provided by American, Continental,
Delta, Southwest, United Express, and US Airways. Visit www.norfolkairport.com for more information.

Ground Transportation
In addition to taxi service, the following shuttle services are available:

  Orange Peel Transportation Inc.
  Reservations for transportation from the Norfolk International Airport may be made in advance by visiting
  www.orangepeeltransportation.com or by phone (757) 463-7500.

  Airport Connection/Carey Transportation
  Airport Connection - Norfolk is located outside baggage claim at the booth marked “Airport Connection.”
  Reserve online or by telephone: www.onetransportationsolution.com/norfolk.html or (866) 823-4626




        Virginia Beach, Virginia
        Virginia Beach, which is situated on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, is
        considered a family oriented resort city because of its miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels,
        motels, and restaurants. The winters in Virginia Beach are mild, often fluctuating between an
        average low in the mid-30s and an average high in the mid 50s. In addition to the many shopping
        opportunities and restaurants, a popular attraction is the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science
        Center, where visitors can enjoy hands-on ocean exploration exhibits, check out the 70,000-gallon sea
        turtle aquarium, and see jellyfish, sharks, sting rays, and octopus.

        The 27th Annual Head Start Parent Conference will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention
        center, located less than 20 minutes from Norfolk International Airport at 1000 19th Street,
        Virginia Beach, VA 23451.



Photo Credit: Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau
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