January 2011 PHSA Monthly Update

As we planned at our leadership meeting at the Early Childhood Summit, PHSA has created
commemorative pins for our members, and a new tool on our web site to highlight our programs success
stories, outcome and annual reports. Contact Amy at the PHSA office to order your pins ($4 a pin $3 a
pin for orders of over 100 pins)


Senator Robert Casey Jr. was the speaker at the NHSA Leadership Institute. PHSA appreciates all the
people from Pennsylvania to hear the Senator speak. Senator Casey was introduced by Sam Ceccacci
Director of the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Corporation. People at the Institute were
impressed with the Senator’s commitment, appreciation of Head Start and humanness. The Senator
stayed after the speech to talk with people and have his picture taken.
          Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update


PHSA is holding an election to fill vacancies of the Parent, Friend, Staff and
Administrator’s groups of the Board of Directors.

The PHSA Nominations and Bylaws committee encourages every program’s strongest leaders
to consider being nominated.

Candidates must complete the appropriate forms to be eligible for the slate of candidate in
this election. These forms are:
     The program endorsement (required for parents and staff nominees only)
     The candidate profile and optional two minute video.

The PHSA Bylaws define the groups as follows (Article V, Section 2):

       Parents – the parent membership group shall consist of parents or guardian of
          children currently enrolled in a Pennsylvania Head Start/Early Head Start
          program. Candidates for election to the Board must submit in advance to the
          PHSA Board a Board Candidate Program Endorsement Form, which has been
          completed and signed by the Administrator of their program. (PHSA Bylaws,
          Article VII, Section 1, 1)

       Staff – the Staff membership group shall consist of all Head Start/Early Head Start
          staff other than Administrators, coming from the Grantee, Delegate and Single
          Purpose agencies.

       Administrators - the Administrators membership group shall consist of any individual
         within the State of Pennsylvania who holds an Administrator position having
         operating responsibility for a grantee or delegate Head Start/Early Head Start
         program and Single Purpose agencies.

       Friends – the Friends membership group shall consist of members of the community
          who have an interest in the Head Start/Early Head Start mission and purpose. This
          group shall include Head Start alumni. For the purpose of electing representatives
          from the Friends group to the PHSA Board, Friends shall have voting privileges.


 In accordance with PHSA Bylaws, (Article VII, Section 1, 1, 2, 3 and 4), each program shall
                                   have the following votes:
          Parents - shall vote for Parents, with each program having two designated voting
          Staff - shall vote for Staff, with each program having one designated voting
          Administrators – shall vote for Administrators, with each program having one
            designated voting representative.

          Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update

          Friends - shall vote for Friends, with each current dues paying member having
            one vote.

Current Openings on the Board:

The current PHSA Board has six (6) openings for parent representatives, three (3) openings
for staff representatives, two (2) openings for friends and administrators representatives

Election Process:
The election shall be conducted by mail-in ballot between March 1 and March 30, 2011. This
should allow time for each program to have their designated representative(s) vote in the
election. Candidate profiles, video clips and endorsement forms, if applicable, are due to
the PHSA office by 5 PM on February 25, 2011. A complete time line, an outline of board
member responsibilities, necessary forms and more information about submitting a complete
nomination are included below. Please feel free to contact the PHSA office with any


Jo Pepper                         Barbara Mahaney
Jo Pepper, Co-Chair               Barbara Mahaney, Co-Chair
Capital Area Head Start           Seton Hill Child Services

Election Time Line
      January 14, 2011         Election Information is sent out to PHSA membership.

     February 25, 2011      Deadline for nominations to be received by the PHSA office.

         March 1, 2011     Candidate list (ballots) will be mailed to all program directors.

        March 30, 2011    Completed ballots, including signatures, must be received by the
                                                   PHSA office.

          April 5, 2011         PHSA announces names of new PHSA Board members

           May 3, 2011      New Board members seated at PHSA Spring Board meeting.

        Candidate forms are on the PHSA web site
                      See the PHSA board elections page

           Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update

PHSA 2011 Scholarship and Awards

Each year, the Scholarships and Awards Committee of the PHSA Board recognizes the
accomplishments and contributions of one college bound Pennsylvania Head Start graduate
and one parent and staff person from a PHSA program. The Committee is currently accepting
nominations for the 2011 PHSA State Scholarship, and the 2011 Francine Bunch Memorial
Parent and Staff Awards. Honorees will be recognized during the Closing Lunch of the spring
conference, May 5, 2011 at the Holiday Inn East in Harrisburg.

Information about both the Scholarship and Awards, including the qualifications that nominees
must exhibit and the time frame for nominating individuals, can be found on the Scholarships
and Awards section of the PHSA website, or by clicking here.

All nominations must be postmarked by 5:00 pm on March 18, 2011. Nominations can be
sent via US mail or emailed directly to:

Laurie Davis, PHSA Scholarships and Awards Chair
Child Advocates of Blair County
319 Sycamore Street
Altoona, PA 16602
Phone: 814-946-5247 x 115
Fax: 814-946-8147

Pennsylvania Head Start programs are making a difference in the lives of children, families,
staff and communities throughout our state! We need to celebrate our successes and honor
those that exemplify our commitment. Please consider taking the time to nominate a former
Head Start child, or a current parent or staff person from your program. Please feel free to
contact the PHSA office with any questions or concerns.

Laurie Davis,
Chair, PHSA Scholarships and Awards Committee


The PHSA Board is conducting a strategic plan process to help plan and focus the goals and work of the
Association for the next three years. Members and key partners will be asked to contribute to process by
completing a survey monkey questionnaire in February. In advance we thank you for your participation.


PHSA wants to thank everyone who participated in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to
establish a system of designation renewal (re-competition) of Head Start and Early Head Start grantees.
OHS received over 16,000 comments from across the nation.

          Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update

        Video Storytelling and Social Networking Workshop
                         Media Mobilizing Project (MMP)
              Bring a 5-hour train-the-trainers video advocacy workshop
                          to your local Head Start program!

 MMP will work with you to develop a video advocacy training that is tailored to your
  Head Start program’s specific needs.
 MMP will support your program in mastering a simple method of video storytelling
  that can be utilized to improve advocacy and media capabilities in the fight for Head
 MMP will also show you how to set up and use social networking platforms to
  distribute your videos.
 At the end of the training you'll have several 3-minute videos uploaded to youtube and
  facebook, as well as a clear system and plan for continuing this practice.

The Media Mobilizing Project (MMP) made the video "Hope in Hard Times: Head
Start Families Fighting for Their Future" in partnership with the Pennsylvania Head Start
Association. MMP exists to unleash the powerful combination of communications, media
and organizing. We are organizers who engage in collaborative media making with
organizations and individuals whose issues and experiences are purposely submerged
from view. The media that we produce is designed to clarify the issues at stake, document
lived human realities, and act as a tool to inspire and unite those who have a vested
interested in change.

                                                       For More Information Contact:
                                                               Rebekah Phillips
                                                               Video Organizer
                                                          Media Mobilizing Project
                                                     To watch “Hope in Hard Times” visit:
Special Advocacy Training Opportunity

          Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update

          HHS Releases Latest Child Abuse and Neglect User Manuals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS's) Administration for Children and
Families has released the final two volumes in its Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual

 "The Role of First Responders in Child Maltreatment Cases: Disaster and Nondisaster
Situations" describes types of child maltreatment and signs that maltreatment has occurred. It
provides an overview of initial response and investigation, explains how first responders should
prepare and provide testimony in maltreatment cases, and outlines how to prepare for and
respond to child maltreatment cases in emergencies and disasters.

 "Community Partnerships: Improving the Response to Child Maltreatment" offers guidance
on how community agencies, organizations, and individuals can work together to support
families and create safe, healthy environments where children can thrive. The manual
describes the benefits of community partnerships, outlines steps for establishing and
sustaining partnerships, and demonstrates how to measure results.

"The Role of First Responders in Child Maltreatment Cases: Disaster and Nondisaster
Situations" is available at

"Community Partnerships: Improving the Response to Child Maltreatment" is available at

For further information about HHS' Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series, visit

            Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update

Accountability • Integrity • Reliability

Highlights of GAO-11-166, a report to the Congress December 2010

Head Start Grantees Expand Services, but More Consistent Communication Could Improve
Accountability and Decisions about Spending This report responds to two mandates for GAO under the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). First, it is the latest report on the uses of
and accountability for Recovery Act funds in selected states and localities. Second, it comments on recipients’
reports of the jobs created and retained. The Recovery Act provided $2.1 billion for Head Start and Early
Head Start, primarily to expand services. GAO addressed four questions: (1) How have Head Start and
Early Head Start grantees used Recovery Act funds, including for expanding enrollment? (2) What
challenges have grantees encountered in spending Recovery Act funds? (3) How has the Office of Head Start
(OHS) monitored the use of Recovery Act funds? (4) How has the quality of jobs data reported by Recovery
Act recipients, particularly Head Start grantees, changed over time? In this report, GAO also updates the
status of open recommendations from previous bimonthly and recipient reporting reviews. To address these
questions, GAO interviewed grantees, analyzed federal agency and recipient reported data, and interviewed
What GAO Recommends GAO recommends OHS verify the definition of enrollment, clearly communicate
it to grantees along with policies for extending the use of Recovery Act funds, and incorporate known risks
into review planning. HHS generally agreed with GAO’s recommendations. What GAO Found Grantees
reported using Recovery Act funds to expand enrollment and staff in a variety of ways, but new
enrollment was lower than anticipated and reported enrollment numbers may not always be reliable.
Grantees received funds to increase enrollment from about 890,100 to an additional 60,600; reported
enrollment increased by 55,100 by the end of September 2010. Grantees GAO interviewed used
different definitions of “enrollment,” which OHS does not verify, introducing some unreliability in
reporting. Grantees nationwide reported adding significant numbers of staff, but the portion of teachers
who met recently increased standards slightly declined. Grantees experienced challenges in spending
first-year Recovery Act funds, including delays in receiving grants and preparing facilities for expanded
services, and received mixed messages about what to do with unobligated funds. By the end of the first
year of Recovery Act funding, expansion grantees had expended at least 60 percent of their awards.
Also, more than half of the grantees GAO interviewed said they were unclear about the policy
regarding unobligated first-year funds. Because OHS did not clearly communicate its policy to regional
offices, grantees adopted varied spending practices that may not always have directed expansion funds
toward programs’ highest, current priorities. OHS has engaged a contractor to conduct the large
volume of monitoring visits required 1 year after expanded operations begin, but has not always
incorporated some risk indicators in planning reviews. OHS has also been conducting other monitoring
efforts, including mandatory 1-year visits for Early Head Start expansion grantees. These 1-year
reviews include additional coverage of grantee governance and financial management. In response to
prior GAO findings of fraudulent enrollment and attendance and enrollment discrepancies among some
Head Start grantees, all monitoring visits to new grantees will be implemented as “surprise” visits. A
few grantees awarded expansion funds had been earlier identified as high risk by their regional offices,
and the HHS Inspector General identified several financial management deficiencies among four of the
expansion grantees it reviewed. However, information on identified risks was not always available to
OHS reviewers. OHS plans to scope and staff its 1-year reviews of Recovery Act grantees based
primarily on their prior experience with Head Start and Early Head Start and whether the grantees
have recently received a triennial review. GAO’s analysis of the data reported by recipients in, including jobs funded, shows results similar to previous reporting periods. For example,
GAO continued to see a small number of reports for which data issues could prevent linking related
reports across quarters. Analysis of Head Start recipient data showed that an earlier concern with
calculating full-time equivalent jobs is being addressed.

    Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update

                                     Dear Colleague:

Dear Colleague.

The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can provide a working family with a
refund of more than $5,000. The IRS estimates however, that 20-25% of eligible
workers fail to claim this important tax credit. We want to ensure that all low-income
families who worked in 2010 know about the EITC. That's where you can help.

EITC Awareness Day: January 28, 2011.
We encourage you to participate in the fifth annual EITC Awareness Day on Friday,
January 28, 2011, by sponsoring or partnering to support an event. The goal is to
generate extensive print, electronic and social media coverage about the EITC, who is
eligible and how to claim the tax credit. Materials to support awareness activities can be
found on the EITC Central web site at They include
sample news releases, a letter to the editor template, sample tweets and fact
sheets. Local EITC Coalitions are also a good resource for EITC outreach materials
and information. You can find your local Coalition through an Internet search or by
emailing the IRS at

There are also many opportunities to continue to promote EITC awareness. Under the
Partner Toolkit tab of the EITC Central web site, you will find an array of useful
marketing tools, including communication messages, sample newsletter articles and
how-to tips. There are EITC messages to use on phone systems when callers are
placed on hold and an EITC widget to use on web sites and social media pages. Under
the Marketing Express tab, you can choose, customize and even co-brand EITC
awareness products from the latest ad campaigns in English and Spanish. You can also
find useful links and materials at the Assets for Independence website: Look for the EITC button.

Free Tax Filing
Many low-income families and individuals who claim the EITC use paid preparers even
though they are eligible for free tax preparation assistance, or they take expensive
Refund Anticipation Loans. To retain the value of their refund, encourage families to use
free tax preparation assistance through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
(VITA) program. Most VITA sites offer free electronic filing for faster refunds. VITA sites
can be located through 211 and 311 information systems, by calling 1-800-906-9887,
and by searching for VITA sites on

        Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update

     Smart Use of Refunds
     EITC refunds represent a major opportunity for low-income working families to build
     assets, reduce debt, and increase their financial security. This may be the only time of
     the year when saving seems possible. The IRS offered a new savings option in 2010 –
     the ability to automatically buy U.S. Savings Bonds when filing for tax refunds. This year
     the option has been expanded. Tax filers who are getting refunds (including the EITC)
     can buy U.S. Savings Bonds for others (such as children), as well as for themselves
     and, for the first time, the Savings Bond purchase option is available to tax filers
     without bank accounts. The minimum bond purchase is $50, making it possible to
     build savings one bond at a time. More information about saving at tax time can be
     found at the Doorways to Dreams Fund website at

     EITC refunds can also be used to open Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)
     through an Assets for Independence (AFI) Project. IDAs are matched savings accounts
     that enable low-income and low-wealth individuals to save for a specified goal within a
     defined time frame. The savings goals are homeownership, small business ownership,
     and post-secondary education. Go to to locate an IDA
     project in your area. For more information on IDAs and EITC, please visit

     Please join us in getting the word out about these important financial resources. We
     would appreciate hearing about your activities for EITC Awareness Day and throughout
     the tax season. Please keep us informed by sending an email to Darlene Tart at

     Together, we can ensure that all EITC eligible workers and families receive
     the credit that they earned.

                   ACF Region III Responsible Fatherhood
            January 6, 2011 - Conference Call Recordings Available

The recording of the January 6, 2011 Conference Call - “What Your Father Never
Taught You about Relationships” presented by Mr. George James, Jr. LMFT is
now available. Please respond to this email to request a copy. Mr. James may be
reached at Mark your calendars for February 3, 2011 for the
next Responsible Fatherhood Conference Call in the series. ACF Region 3 News

                   Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update

Webinar Follow-Up: The Teacher-Parent Relationship: Using Professional Development
                  to Improve Family and Community Engagement

Dear Colleagues,

 If you were unable to view the webinar live, please click here to view the archived presentation. Below, you'll find a compilation of
                     resources we noted in the webinar, as well as other resources related to the topics discussed.

Presentation Materials
       Presentation Slides PDF
       Webinar Archive

Pre-Service Resources for Building Capacity
       Preparing Teachers for Parental Involvement: Current Practices and Possibilities Across the Nation (An article by D. Hiatt-
       Parent-Teacher Partnerships: A Theoretical Approach for Teachers (An article by C. R. Keys)
       The Peabody Family Involvement Initiative: Preparing Preservice Teachers for Family/School Collaboration (An article by L.
      Katz and J.P. Bauch)
       Understanding Family Involvement in the Preparation of Graduate Students: Measuring Family-Centered Beliefs, Skills,
      Systems and Practices (An article from Harvard Family Research Project)

District and School Level Resources for Building Capacity
       The Evaluation Exchange: Professional Development (A periodical from Harvard Family Research Project)
       Parent–Teacher Conference Tip Sheets for Principals, Teachers, and Parents, in English and Spanish (A tool from Harvard
      Family Research Project)
       Kansas Family Community Involvement Guide to Student Achievement Engaging Families in Student Learning (A toolkit
      developed by the Kansas State PIRC)
       Parent and Family Involvement: A Guide to Effective Parent, Family, and Community Involvement in North Carolina Schools
      (From the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction)
       Family Engagement in Education: Seven Principles for Success (Report from the National Resource Center on Charter School
      Finance & Governance)
       The School-Family Connection: Looking at the Larger Picture—A Review of Current Literature (Syntheses from SEDL)
       Evaluating Teacher Quality: A Practical Guide to Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness (A guide from the National Comprehensive
      Center for Teacher Quality)

Resources for Pre-Service Teachers and Districts/Schools
       Parent Teacher Education Connection modules
       PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
       Family Engagement Teaching Cases (A resource from Harvard Family Research Project)

If you would like more information please email or

                Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update

Rendell Years: He Sought to Create Opportunity for Pennsylvanians
Wednesday, January 12, 2011    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ed Rendell leaves the Pennsylvania governor's office in characteristic style, setting off firebombs during national
interviews in which he decried the populace as "a nation of wusses" and defended slot machine gambling by snarling
that critics were "simpletons" and "idiots." We sure will miss him.

It may not have been the best idea for the Philadelphia Democrat to actually bare his teeth on CBS's "60 Minutes"
Sunday, but it nonetheless was refreshing in this scripted age to hear a politician actually speak his mind freely and

Ed Rendell always could be counted on for that, but he was more than bombast. He has been good for Pennsylvania,
and for Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.

In exit interviews, he correctly put increased state funding for education at the top of his list of achievements, calling
it "the thing I'm most proud of" and an area where the accomplishment exceeded the expectations he set when he
entered the office eight years ago. During his tenure, the state ramped up its support for early childhood education,
and Pennsylvania students showed advances on achievement tests across grade levels.

Children also were the beneficiaries of Mr. Rendell's health care initiatives, with enrollment nearly tripled in the
state's Children's Health Insurance Program and his Cover All Kids initiative serving families regardless of income.

Whether one likes gambling or not, Mr. Rendell was largely responsible for muscling a deal that legalized slot
machines and, more recently, table games in Pennsylvania, and its casinos provided tax relief for homeowners with
dollars that otherwise might have been spent on wagering in nearby West Virginia, New Jersey and other locations.

Although his critics complained about Mr. Rendell's ceremonial presentations of large-scale checks for economic
development, the state's $4.4 billion investment rippled through small towns and big cities -- Main Streets and
regional cores that the former big-city mayor was not shy about supporting.

Westinghouse remained in southwestern Pennsylvania rather than leave the state, in part because of Mr. Rendell's
involvement, and the governor led a delegation of public officials that negotiated the agreement that kept the
Pittsburgh Penguins in town and helped the hockey team build its new home at Consol Energy Center. Just last
month, the governor who has always promoted effective mass transit found a way to stave off devastating Port
Authority service cuts.

Mr. Rendell was an advocate for development of alternative energy, championing it not only as a long-term strategy
to keep Pennsylvania's air and water clean but also as a jobs generator.

The outgoing governor said his biggest disappointment was not winning enactment of reasonable gun control
measures, but there were other shortcomings, too. He placed a bad bet on the state's ability to fund transportation by
seeking federal approval (which never came) for tolling Interstate 80, and Mr. Rendell did not have a strong enough
relationship with the Legislature to get his budgets passed on time, to bring about large-scale reforms in the state
House, or to enact a severance tax on Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

In 2011, with a new governor and Republican control of the Legislature on the way, much remains on the state's to-
do list. For Ed Rendell, though, the job is done. He has made his mark with a productive, and entertaining, eight

               Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update

OHS Summit: On The Road To School Readiness February 15 - 17, 2011
Location: The Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
For Head Start grantee/delegate directors AND for education managers or other mangers
responsible for data management, reporting outcomes or continuous quality improvement
related to school readiness. This Summit is for programs serving preschoolers.
Consider where your agency is now, where it may need to go, and how it will get there to:
 • establish and align school readiness goals
 • utilize systematic ways to collect and report information on children's progress toward
achieving these goals
 • ensure that management systems use information for continuous program improvement
 • communicate with families and partners about preparing children for success.


The PHSA winter administrators meeting is March 22-23 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in
Harrisburg. Registration will be available in February.

                              Special Needs
                        Transportation Conference
                            Access = Success
                  An expanded conference on transporting children with special health care needs.

                             Pre-Conference Tuesday, April 5, 2011
                             Conference Wednesday, April 6, 2011
                            Best Western Eden Resort & Suites. Lancaster, PA

The PA Traffic Injury Prevention Project (PA TIPP)
is funded by the
Pennsylvania Department of

              Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update


Legal Issues in Head Start:
Compliance, Monitoring and other Hot Topics
What Does This Live Training Cover?

We focus on ensuring that both new and long time Head Start and Early Head Start programs understand the legal
issues surrounding Compliance Issues and Monitoring in Head Start. As developments regarding Head Start eligibility
practices over the past year in Head Start demonstrate, these issues matter. Join us to learn what good compliance
practices are, and learn how to draw new tips from the OHS monitoring system. This live training will help your
program comply with the rules and give you ideas on how to decrease your program’s exposure to risk and

Specifically, we’ll cover a series of linked and related topics, including:

            Conducting Internal Investigations;
            Establishing a Culture of Compliance;
            Preparing for, Responding to and Challenging Government Audits;
            Clues You can Draw from Head Start Monitoring; and
            A discussion of New and Hot Topics in Head Start.

A 1.5-day live training session: Monday, March 7, 2011 from 9a.m. – 5 p.m. and Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 9 a.m. – 12
p.m, eastern time.

Who are the Trainers?                                                                                   LEIFER
                                                                                                        FIDELL LLP
Edward T. Waters, Esq., Managing Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

J. Zoë Beckerman, Esq., Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, Managing Principal, FT Solutions

Ted Waters and Zoë Beckerman represent Head Start and Early Head Start organizations across the country. They
also present webinars for the National Head Start Association’s Legal Advisory Service (―LAS‖) year-round. For
years, the LAS has provided high quality, cost effective training for Head Start agencies. In all of their trainings —
both live and online — Ted and Zoë identify and break down the laws and regulations that govern Head Start
management, what each means on a practical level, and how you can help ensure that your program is in and will stay
in compliance.

Target Audiences

This training is appropriate for Executive Directors, Head Start Directors, Compliance Officers, Compliance
Committee members of the Board, Other Senior Management, but all are welcome.

What Materials Do You Get?

Due to our extensive Head Start experience, we know what questions and concerns plague Head Start organizations.
So we’ve prepared materials to address these issues. We do our best to ensure that all participants receive the most
up-to-date information, presented in easy-to-understand formats.

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To provide you with the tools you need to do your job, this session delivers handouts that include checklists, practical
tips, and step-by-step instructions for you to take back to your organization.

In addition, we’ve gone green! We’ll provide each participant with a 2-gig thumb drive of your very own that includes
copious amounts of supporting laws, regulations, and documentation needed in Head Start and Early Head Start. But
don’t worry, there’s plenty of room to spare on the thumb drives, so you can keep using yours long after the live
training session! (Another benefit: a thumb drive library is much easier to transport home!)


             This special track will be held at the Alumni Auditorium of Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.
                  Please note: specific building subject to change.
             Participants will be on their own for meals, including lunches.
             Adequate breaks will be interspersed through both days.

Location Items of Interest:

             Close to the Philadelphia International Airport.
             Less than a mile from Harrah’s Casino.
             About 25 minutes drive to downtown Philadelphia (or you can use regional SEPTA transportation to get
              into Philly)
                  o View the Liberty Bell;
                  o Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art;
                  o Tour the Magic Gardens, or
                  o Shop at the Reading Terminal.

Hotel Accommodations
There are numerous hotels nearby. We have a special room rate at the Best Western Philadelphia Airport South at
Widener University. For Toll Free Reservations, please call: 866-975-7829

             Mention PA Head Start Association when booking to get the special rate (only for reservations prior to 3
              weeks out).
             A shuttle from the airport to the hotel is available and the training location is within walking distance.

$395 for each attendee who registers on or before January 21, 2011, $450 for each attendee who registers after January
21, 2011.

To register for this live training, please go to:

Visit for information on Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell’s other

Don’t miss out! Register now. Space is limited, so act fast to ensure your seat at the training table!
We look forward to training with you in the Philadelphia area!

         Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update

Mark Your Calendars!

2011 PHSA Spring

The PHSA Spring Conference
is fast approaching! The
Preliminary Agenda, including
scheduling, workshop
information and on-line
registration information will be
available soon on the PHSA
Website. Hope to see you
there! The conference is May

                                     The Pennsylvania Infant Toddler

                                     PHSA hopes that you will join us for this
                                     exciting professional development
                                     opportunity for EHS parents, teachers,
                                     home visitors and administrators!
                                     Keynote speakers and workshop
                                     presents will focus on the healthy social
                                     emotional development of infants and
                                     toddlers in safe, environmentally
                                     friendly, sustainable environments. To
                                     submit a proposal and learn more about
                                     the who what where & when, visit the
                                     symposium website at

         Pennsylvania Head Start Association January 2011 Update

March 2011
March 7-8 Legal Issues in Head Start:
Compliance, Monitoring and other Hot Topics Training
Widener University in Chester, PA

April 2011
PHSA Strategic Planning Retreat and Board Meeting April 4-6
38th Annual Head Start Conference April 4-8 Kansas City, Missouri

May 2011
PHSA Board meeting May 3 Holiday Inn Harrisburg East Hotel
PHSA Spring Conference 4-5 Holiday Inn Harrisburg East Hotel

July 2011
July 19-21Infant and Toddler Symposium Blair County Convention Center

August 2011
August 17 PHSA Board Meeting

November 2011
November 2 PHSA Board Meeting

December 2011
Early Childhood Summit November 30 December 1, 2


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