Pre-Institute Certifications – April 15, 2019

For those attendees who are looking for additional content support, we have created 2 Pre-Institute certification workshops targeting specific Head Start/Early Head Start Certification needs regarding vision, and health management. Each of these trainings will take place on April 15 prior to the Health Institute workshops on April 16 and 17. Learn more on the Pre-Institute Certifications Tab above!


Health Institute – April 16 & 17, 2019

Head Start California’s Health Institute provides training for Head Start staff who work with Head Start families on all aspects of health including physical and mental well-being. Some of the training topics typically covered at the Institute are; Children and Trauma, Environmental Health, Food Service Safety, Health Conditions, Health Services Management, Healthy Classrooms, Hearing/Vision, Immunizations, Mental Health, Monitoring/Tracking/Follow Up, Oral Health, Parent Health Communication, Safety Preparedness, School Readiness, Mindfulness Techniques and Stress Reduction for staff and much more.


Who Should Attend?

Managers, Consultants and Coordinators all in the areas of Mental Health, Nutrition, and General Health as well as Program Directors, and Family Service Workers looking to expand their knowledge in the area of health.


Event Location & Hotel

Hyatt Regency Sacramento

1209 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814


Self Parking: $20 per day; Valet Parking: $29 per day




Registration Fees & Policy

Registration is now open!


Registration Fees


Pre-Institute – April 15
Regular – $215 member/ $260 non-member
Health Institute – April 16 & 17
Regular- $425 member/ $505 non-member


Head Start California cancellation and refund policy:

Cancellations received in writing by Friday, March 22, 2019 are accessed a $50 processing fee per registrant. After that date, substitutions will be allowed but no refunds will be given. There will be no refunds and registration fee is due in full for no-shows. To cancel your registration, please email your request to events@caheadstart.org. You must fully complete and a receive confirmation email to be registered for the event. Please note: Non-advance payment of registration fees does not void the cancellation policy. All registrations not cancelled are still responsible for the full balance regardless of attendance.

To view the complete cancellation, substitution and refund policy, please click here.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Pre-Institute Trainings

(Pre-Registration Required)

Times vary


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Health Institute – Day 1

  • Health Activity: TIME TBD
  • Registration: 7:30 AM
  • Exhibits & Community Resources: 7:00 AM
  • Breakfast: 8:00 – 9:00 AM
  • Opening Session: 9:00 AM
  • Workshops: 10:30 – 12:00 PM
  • Lunch (On Your Own): 12:00 – 1:00 PM
  • Workshops: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
  • Afternoon Break: 2:30 – 3:00 PM
  • Workshops: 3:00 – 4:30 PM
  • Regional Health Cluster Reception: 5:00 – 6:30 PM


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Health Institute – Day 2

  • Health Activity: TIME TBD
  • Registration:8:00 AM
  • Workshops: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
  • Workshops: 10:45 – 12:15 PM
  • Lunch: 12:15 – 12:45 PM
  • Closing Session : 12:45 – 2:00 PM

Pre-Institute Certifications


Children’s Vision Screening Training and Certification Course

Monday, April 15, 2019 | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Just added!

Monday, April 15, 2019 | 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. SOLD OUT!

The class is presented by April Nakayoshi, MPH, CHES, a Prevent Blindness certified vision screening instructor and independent Children’s Vision Screening Consultant. Register soon, maximum of 20 participants per session.


This course is designed for Head Start staff who perform children’s vision screening or need comprehensive knowledge of vision screening to help meet Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) requirements for vision assessment. This fun and interactive class includes an informative PowerPoint lecture, videos and hands-on practice. The goal of the training is to help agencies create effective vision screening programs and create measurable objectives that can be used to improve health and educational outcomes for the children.

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:
  • Understand how the brain “sees” and how vision develops in young children
  • Recognize vision disorders in children and their impact on a child’s ability to grow and thrive
  • Screen for visual acuity in children. Understand the essentials of an effective Vision Screening Program
  • Understand the importance of referrals and parent education and support.
About the presenter:

April Nakayoshi has been working to ensure preschoolers can see well for 18 years! From 2001 to 2018 she led programs at Prevent Blindness Northern California, including direct vision screening programs serving low-income children and adults, See Well to Learn, a comprehensive program that provided exams and glasses through a mobile clinic, and the Prevent Blindness Vision Screening Training program. Though the Prevent Blindness Northern California office shut its doors in 2018, April continues to be active in promoting children’s vision health. In addition to teaching classes for Head Start, CHDP clients and Prevent Blindness, she is currently coordinating a study with UCSF and Bay Area Head Start agencies which explores how poor vision may affect children’s development and how correcting vision may improve a child’s ability to learn. April has also done work coordinating the Cavity Free SF initiative for children’s oral health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. April received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley and has a Masters in Public Health from Walden University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

New Health Manager Orientation

Monday, April 15, 2019 | 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.


New Health Managers have a lot to become familiar with when they are hired. This session will assist Health Managers in becoming oriented with their new role and provide some ideas and strategies on prioritizing tasks.

After attending this session Health Managers will be able to do the following:
  • Identify the role of the Head Start Program Performance Standards and healthy, active living behaviors
  • Understand the role health & wellness plays in school readiness
  • Review updated health & wellness HSPPS related to Health Manager’s role
Presented by:

Region IX T&TA Staff







Workshops & Keynotes

Head Start CA is proud to be partnering with the CA Technical Training Assistance staff AND the Office of Head Start’s National Center on Health to bring you the most in depth and timely training topics!




View all workshop titles and descriptions here.


Keynote Descriptions
Opening Keynote

California’s Children: Our Most Precious Resource


Stacy Lee, Children Now

California is facing a turning point – there is a major demographic shift happening with our state’s youngest children and with new leadership at the Governor’s office – we have the opportunity to ensure every child thrives. The presentation will focus on the data, research and key frames early childhood leaders can use to advocate for California’s youngest children.

About the presenter: Ms. Lee is the Managing Director, Early Childhood Project Integration, has been working in children’s policy, advocacy and strategy for nearly 20 years. She works closely with her team to develop comprehensive statewide policies focused on young children, including leading the development of Starting Now: A Policy Vision for Supporting the Healthy Growth and Development of Every California Baby and is also engaged in key early childhood projects focused in Los Angeles County and other regions.


Prior to joining Children Now, Ms. Lee was Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Integration at First 5 LA, where she was responsible for managing cross functional teams to execute projects critical to implementation of the agency’s new strategic plan. She also served as the Policy Manager at First 5 LA and was responsible for managing an $18 million portfolio of grants focused on early childhood policy and advocacy; oversaw state lobbying efforts; led the agency’s policy strategy development focused on early education and home visiting advocacy; and developed partnerships and coalitions with funders and advocates at the local, state and federal levels. Ms. Lee holds a BA in Geography with a focus on Urban and Regional Development and a minor in Asian American Studies from UCLA. She also holds an Executive MBA from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.


Closing Keynote

Caring for the Carers: A Conversation about Burnout and Compassion Fatigue within Head Start


Tena H. Sloan

There is a cost to caring when working with the community’s most vulnerable and distressed children and families across California. You’ve likely chosen the profession out of great commitment and care, and a profound desire to make a difference in the lives of those you serve. Often unspoken and unaddressed is the impact of the work on you, the carer. This address will break the silence and bring into conversation the emotional and physical toll the work can have on the well-being of head start staff and diminish the quality of care. The message will share how to recognize and diminish the negative effects of professional burnout and compassion fatigue, and how you can maintain or forge a path back to inspiration, compassion and health in your care for others.


About the presenter: Tena H. Sloan LMFT, IFECMHS/RPF-II is a licensed therapist, endorsed as an Infant-Family Early Childhood Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator II and a fellow of the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program. Tena has extensive experience with under-resourced communities and families with young children as an early childhood mental health consultant, therapist, supervisor and trainer including with Early Head Start, Head Start and State-Preschool programs. Tena currently is the vice president of early childhood mental health consultation and training at Kidango, the Bay Area’s largest child care provider.


Tena’s specialty is in early childhood (infant) mental health and its intersection with early education, parenting, culture, behavioral health and pediatric healthcare, neuroscience and social-emotional wellness. Tena strives to inspire connection, empowerment, compassion and wellness one system, one interaction, one experience and one relationship at a time. Tena believes the adults – parents, caregivers and professionals – who care for the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community deserve acknowledgement, support and resources to be well and to be at their most optimal for the benefit of the children.


Tena speaks, trains and consults with professionals and organizations on topics related to early childhood mental health; mental health consultation; trauma, toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs); trauma-informed care; foster care/adoption; neuroscience and early (brain) development; social-emotional development; learning, behavior and regulation; family engagement; professional burnout and compassion fatigue, interpersonal organizational culture and staff wellness, as well as reflective practice in supervision and consultation.

Event Location


Book your room now!


Hyatt Regency Sacramento

1209 L Street
Sacramento, California 95814

Phone: 916-443-1234

Group Rate: $195 per night

Last Day to Book: Monday, March 25, 2019

Book online now!

Why book with the HSC Room Block:

1. Head Start California (HSC) has contracted hotel rooms at discounted rates on your behalf. If our contracted housing obligations are not met, we pay substantial penalty fees to the hotel. This will require us to increase registration rates in the future to cover such penalties.

2. The hotel provides HSC with complimentary meeting space, which keeps the registration fees low. However, we must utilize a certain number of contracted sleeping rooms to receive the space complimentary.

3. We can monitor attendance through our room block. This enables us to be better prepared and helps with cost containment.

4. HSC’s business value to a city is measured by the total number of sleeping rooms actually booked inside our contracted room block, as well as our spending on other services at the hotel. Booking within our block helps us to maintain our strong business value, which is critical to our negotiations with future cities and cost-containment efforts.

Exhibits & Community Resources

Exhibit with us at the Head Start California 2019 Health Institute!


Join us for the premier Head Start/Early Head Start event for health professionals

Table Top Exhibitor Schedule: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Head Start California’s Health Institute provides training for Head Start staff who work with families on all aspects of health including physical and mental well-being. Training topics covered at the Institute will include; Children and Trauma, Environmental Health, Food Service Safety, Health Conditions, Health Services Management, Healthy Classrooms, Hearing/Vision, Immunizations, Mental Health, Monitoring/Tracking/Follow Up, Oral Health, Parent Health Communication, Safety Preparedness, School Readiness, Mindfulness Techniques and Stress Reduction for staff and much more.

Expected Attendees: Directors, Managers, Consultants and Coordinators all in the areas of Mental Health, Nutrition, and General Health as well as Program Directors, and Family Service Workers looking to expand their knowledge in the area of health.

We anticipate that over 200 participants will be in attendance, and we are inviting you to come share your company’s products and services with our attendees.

Table Top Exhibitor Schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Table Set-up (DAY OF EXHIBIT) 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
  • Registration & Breakfast: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Opening Session: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
  • Lunch on your own: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Break: 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.


Exhibit Table Information:  Each 6’ x 30” table will include two chairs and one wastebasket. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Head Start California will be choosing the table for each vendor as we receive applications. The price for each table is $500.

Community Resource Table Information: Community Resource tables are offered at no cost to non-profits that are providing free resources to our attendees. Head Start California reserves the right to approve community resource tables.

To secure a table, please click here to complete and submit a form.

View the 2019 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Prospectus here.

Questions? Contact Christine Feenstra at 916-287-9853 or by email.





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