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    National Safety Month: Creating a Safe & Nurturing Environment for Head Start Children

    Written By: Marissa LaBreque, Hanna Institute
    June is National Safety Month, an important time to emphasize the significance of creating safe and nurturing environments for children, especially those who have experienced higher-than-normal levels of trauma. For Head Start staff, who are dedicated educators and care providers, understanding and implementing strategies to foster a sense of security in children is crucial. Children who have faced trauma often find it challenging to feel calm and safe,

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    Head Start California Welcomes New Development Manager, Tiffany Rosso

    We’re excited to announce that Tiffany Rosso has joined Head Start California as our new Development Manager. Tiffany, now our sixth team member, will be focusing on driving development efforts in grant opportunities, strategic fundraising, donor campaigns, and expanding partnership programs.
    This new role was envisioned in HSC’s 2022 strategic plan. Our Executive Director, Melanee Cottrill, emphasizes how important this timing is: “With more funding to support our advocacy and policy work, we can boost Head Start’s presence at both the state and federal levels.

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    Understanding and Supporting Staff: Navigating Expectations and Performance

     
    Written By: Marissa LaBreque, Hanna Institute
    As a director or leader in early childhood education, expectations can often be a complex dance between what we anticipate from our staff and the realities they face. It’s common to encounter situations where some team members may not meet the expected standards. It can be challenging to decipher where the responsibility lies. No matter how passionate and qualified your staff is, there will be times when performance flounders.

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    Head Start Heads to the Capitol

    Chants of “Head Start is the best start” rang through the California State Capitol grounds as more than 200 Head Start staff and parents converged there on Tuesday, March 12, for HSC’s third annual Head Start to the Capitol Advocacy Day. The day was a resounding success, with a record number of attendees sharing their stories and making their voices heard.
    Prior to the event, HSC partnered with ECE Voices to offer a free online introduction to advocacy training,

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    HSC Annual Conference hosts 650 staff and parents in Long Beach

     
    Head Start California hosted its first in-person Annual Conference since 2020 and it was a resounding success with more than 650 Head Start staff and parents in attendance at the Hilton Long Beach.
    Special thanks to the annual conference planning committee for their diligent work in providing program perspective on training needs, identifying speakers, and providing on-site support. Most notably, the committee selected the content for more than 40 sessions for the 2024 Parent and Family Engagement Conference and over 60 sessions for the Education Conference —a remarkable achievement!

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    Please welcome HSC’s newest team member, Edwin Abarca

    Head Start California is delighted to introduce its newest team member, Edwin Abarca, who joins us as the Administrative and Finance Coordinator. In this role, Edwin will be responsible for maintaining the association’s financial records, human resources and event registration support.
    Bringing a wealth of experience in office operations, Edwin most recently served at a local pistachio farm where he managed a team responsible for human resources, accounting, purchasing, customer service, and industrial safety. His professional background extends to various industries,

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    Highlights from HSC’s Achievements in Fiscal Year 2023

    By: Melanee Cottrill, Executive Director, Head Start California
    Happy New Year – I hope it’s off to a great start. As I look ahead to what’s in store for 2024, I cannot help but also look back at what an incredible year fiscal 2023 was. I joined Head Start California in late July, only a few weeks after the end of the 2022-23 fiscal year. It was immediately clear that we have an incredibly talented team;

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    HSC Announces Retirement of Joe Franklin, Manager of Finance and Operations

    It is with a sense of both gratitude and sadness that Head Start California (HSC) announces the retirement of Joe Franklin, who has devoted over six years of exemplary service as the Manager of Finance and Operations.
    During his tenure, Joe demonstrated exceptional leadership in overseeing the association’s financial operations, playing a pivotal role in managing the books and serving on both the audit and finance committees. His responsibilities extended to crucial areas of human resources,

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    Head Start Looking Forward

    By: Guest contributor, Paul Behrman
    Walnut Leadership www.walnutleadership.com
    Friends in California! I bring you good tidings from the Brave Little State of Vermont!
    In July 2021, I began work as a national consultant, trainer and keynote presenter for Head Start organizations across the U.S. My national work, and continued advocacy for the Head Start program, builds on my 22+ years as a Head Start director in Vermont, and 20+ years as chair for the Vermont Head Start Association.

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    Mapping the Road Ahead: Insights from the Head Start Professional Development Survey

    Here at HSC, we have two critical functions: advocacy and professional development. And our goal in everything we do is to meet your most pressing needs and make your life that much easier. To that end, this summer we teamed up with the Region 9 Head Start Association to conduct a survey on professional development needs. Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey! Your input is impactful and appreciated. We know you are asked to answer a lot of surveys and are grateful you chose to help map our future professional development offerings.

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