Head Start Awareness Video: Take a Look!
Head Start Awareness Month may be over, but we know that celebrating Head Start doesn’t end here!
As part of our efforts to increase awareness of Head Start last month, we set up a video collector to gather candid video clips from Head Start parents, staff and alumni from across California showing the amazing outcomes from Head Start. Thank you to all who participated! The clips were used to create this 2-minute video that will help us demonstrate the power of Head Start to legislators,
Health Institute Brings 200 Head Start staff to Newport Beach
Head Start California’s Annual Health Institute was held in Newport Beach on October 24-26, and it was a pleasure to see over 200 members of the Head Start health community in person. The conference featured 20 concurrent sessions, 4 keynotes, and 3 pre-institutes around Mental Health & Wellness, Nutrition & Food Services, Safety Practices, Health Service Requirements, and Maternal & Infant Health. Our attendees also had a chance to gather at our outdoor reception and take part in networking Bingo.
Leadership and Wellness Symposium Recap
A time of inspiration, laughter, and reflection
We heard you! After two hard years of leading your programs through unprecedented times, Head Start leaders wanted a chance to gather with colleagues to refill your emotional reserves and recharge your wellness batteries. So, HSC created our first Leadership and Wellness Symposium, partnering with the Hanna Institute to offer leaders a rejuvenating experience over three days.
On June 21-23, our partners from the Hanna Institute, Erin Hawkins and Nick Dalton,
MDI 2022: We Are Better Together!
Thank you for making our first in-person event since 2020 one for the books!
Head Start California had the pleasure of hosting our first in-person conference since the pandemic – Managers & Directors Institute! After two long years of locking down and learning through a screen, we were delighted that nearly 200 Head Start leaders joined us face-to-face! Thank you to our attendees who took the journey with us as we navigated how to meet safely in-person.
Changing Eligibility in a SNAP
OHS Expands Head Start Eligibility to Include SNAP
Head Start California welcomes today’s announcement by the Office of Head Start to expand its definition of public assistance to include families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. This change will dramatically improve the ability of Head Start programs to continue to serve California’s most vulnerable children aged 0 to 5 and their families by eliminating barriers to accessing high-quality childcare.
For many years, Head Start has allowed eligibility for families who receive ‘public assistance.’ However,
Head Start California Statement on April 3 Downtown Sacramento Violence
The Head Start community grieves with the families of the victims of the violence in downtown Sacramento on April 3, 2022. Six families have lost parents or children.
The remarks of our elected leaders highlight this one simple idea that unites us all: we all have families – people we love. President Biden summarized the painful truth: “Families forever changed. Survivors left to heal wounds both visible and invisible.” Governor Newsom agreed that this tragedy has left “families with lost loved ones,
What About the Children?
The crisis in Ukraine is deeply concerning. Daily news reports keep us updated on the Ukrainian’s efforts to defend themselves. We’ve listened to Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy deliver moving speeches, and multiple organizations are now tracking the more than 3 million refugees that have fled the violence, crossing the border into Poland, Romania and other neighboring countries— now overwhelmed by the scope of need. It’s hard to see these images and feel like there is nothing we can do.
2022 Annual Conference Recap
We definitely colored outside the lines!
Head Start California would like to applaud the 2022 Annual Conference planning committee members for their diligent work in selecting the content for the more than 45 sessions for the 2022 Virtual Annual Conference!
This year’s planning committee included:
Billiejo LaBriola, Sandra Gonzales-Pabon, Elizabeth Holloway, Christine Feenstra and Threasa Hernandez. The conference committee provides program perspective on training needs, participates in the selection process of workshops, and identifies speakers.
Governor’s Budget Falls Short of Dedicated Head Start Funding, Despite a Budget Surplus
Sacramento, Calif. (January 10, 2022) – On January 10, Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed 2022-23 budget. Head Start California was disappointed that despite another enormous surplus — $20.6 billion in discretionary spending — Head Start programs again did not receive dedicated funding in the state budget.
“Head Start programs are life-changing,” said Christopher Maricle, Executive Director of Head Start California. “A state investment in Head Start would help tens of thousands of families who would benefit from Head Start’s comprehensive,
Press Release: Child Advocacy Group Thanks Legislative Champion
Assembly Majority Leader Reyes Champions Budget Request
on Behalf of California Families
(Sacramento, CA) – In a briefing on Head Start programs for the capitol community today, California State Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes (AD 47) announced she will champion a $50 million budget request for Head Start agencies in California. Head Start California, the membership association representing local Head Start programs, deeply appreciates the continued support from the majority leader.
As the majority leader noted,