MDI 2020: Thanks for helping to make our first virtual conference a success!
Head Start California’s first ever Virtual Managers & Directors Institute held this past month was a huge success, thanks to you, our Head Start Leaders. Nearly 500 Head Start Managers and Directors made the pivot to virtual with HSC! It was an exciting two days of workshops, Q&A time with speakers, a live stream session and several interactive opportunities. We are so thankful and happy that you joined us!
We are especially grateful to the more than one dozen speakers who provided content on short notice as we hurried to assemble workshops centered on COVID-19,
Conference Registration Launch to be Delayed Amid Coronavirus Concerns
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Head Start California was scheduled to launch registration for our Policy & Leadership Conference (May 18-20) on Monday, March 16. We are delaying attendee and Corporate Partner registration until after the matter is discussed with the Board of Directors on March 23, 2020.
At this time, we have not made a decision about whether or not to cancel the conference. There are many unknowns at this moment.
Policy & Leadership Conference 2020: Registration opens soon!
Connecting is what we do. We humans are hard-wired to make connections, form communities, and build relationships. It’s what makes the Head Start community so strong.
We’re excited to provide an opportunity for you to connect with the Office of Head Start Region IX’s newly appointed Program Manager, Cynthia Yao. She’ll be joining us for our annual Policy Summit on May 18. This year’s Policy and Leadership Conference will convene at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento,
Head Start California visits lawmakers on Capitol Hill
The weather was cool, but not snowy, in our nation’s Capital last week, when 48 members of our California Head Start community participated in NHSA’s Winter Leadership Institute. Workshops covered a variety of important topics including enrollment, workforce, trauma-informed care and immigration, to name a few. On Wednesday morning, Jan. 29, our national Head Start community gathered in the Rayburn House Office Building for the congressional breakfast.
We are glad members of our California delegation were able to join us at the Head Start Congressional Breakfast,
Annual Conference 2020 Recap
Head Start California would like to thank the 2020 Annual Conference planning committee members for their remarkable job selecting the content of workshops for our 2020 Conference which inspired more than one attendee to say that this was the best HSC conference they had attended in years.
2020 Annual Conference Planning Committee Members: Billiejo LaBriola, Elizabeth Solton, Heather Eltringham, Joanne Hubbard, Sandra Gonzales-Pabon, and Christine Feenstra. If you are interested in participating in next year’s conference planning committee for our event in Anaheim,
Generation Wellness: A Journey to Less Stress + More Success
By Lyndsay Morris, M.Ed
There is no greater time to focus on the wellness than right now.
Eighty-three percent of American professionals are stressed out at their jobs. When people are stressed, they are not performing at their best, which dramatically impacts attitude, productivity and retention in schools and organizations around the world.
What would happen if we built a routine of health and happiness habits? How would our lives change if we filled our tanks,
Uncommon Execution: The Path to Becoming Great Advocates for Head Start
The core value of Head Start California is advocacy. As we move forward into the new fiscal year and into future legislative sessions, one of the best investments we can make is in our capacity to engage in our advocacy work. One of the challenges we face is how we each perceive and understand the rules around advocacy and how that is distinguished from lobbying. These kinds of questions can sometimes raise anxiety levels for Head Start leaders as well as the staff and parents who look to them for guidance.
Preschool Development Grant: Planning and Input at Cluster 8 Meeting
Kudos to Jodie Keller and Brian Heese in Cluster 8 for working with West Ed to give their region an opportunity for input into the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) planning process. This is an important initiative that will impact the entire ECE landscape.
More than 50 Head Start management and staff provided their insights on how to improve and align the system of childcare from the perspective of children and families.
WestEd is working this summer to collect input for the Preschool Development Grant from the field in a variety of venues.
The Culture We Create
Galen Emmanuel, our Policy and Leadership Conference keynote speaker, left us with a strong and consistent key message: we create our culture every day in the way we show up for work and respond to our colleagues. We may do this unconsciously, through unexamined habits of behavior, or very intentionally, through a discipline of self-awareness and commitment to a positive “yes!” way of thinking and being.
In July 2018, keynote speaker Gervase Bushe talked with us about clarity — and understanding the nature of our experience and that of others around us by attending to the four elements of experience: what we see and hear,
Keynoter Galen Emanuele Sure to Bring Laughs, Inspiration to Sacramento’s P&L Conference
I’m looking forward to laughing.
Some of our Head Start community was lucky enough to spend a little time with our keynote speaker Galen Emanuele back in 2018 at the Parent Engagement Conference. I can honestly say I’ve never seen that many parents laugh that much at one time — at a conference. At a stand-up comedy act, sure. But at a conference? Never.
It was engaging, enjoyable and instructive. It was also restorative.