About the 2018 Fall Leadership Institute

Preparing Head Start for the next year—and beyond

Needless to say, it’s been a busy year in Washington, D.C, and 2019 is shaping up to be no different. In today’s evolving world, leveraging Head Start’s history of bipartisan support is of paramount importance. That’s why we’re calling on Head Start leaders from across the country to join us in Washington to work together in building on Head Start’s long history of success.

This October, join hundreds of your colleagues for a week-long deep dive into the policy and advocacy issues that will impact Head Start over the next year—and beyond.

Why is this year's Institute so important?

Since the last Fall Leadership Institute, we have seen the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) get its largest-ever funding increase, the Hill start new conversations around Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) enter critical stages of implementation—not to mention the explosion of politics around immigration policy, without a comprehensive solution.

Of direct impact to Head Start program operations was the $610 million funding increase received in February, the call for comments on potential changes to the Designation Renewal System, and the introduction of Dr. Deborah Bergeron as the new Director of the Office of Head Start.

Amidst the flurry of action and our strong successes, many questions remain for the future of Head Start.

At this critical moment we are inviting Head Start leaders like you to gather in Washington, D.C. and discuss what today’s political climate means for Head Start:

  • How has Head Start fared in the past year, and how can we, as Head Start’s leaders, build off of successes and convert challenges into opportunities over the next year and for decades to come?
  • How will the November elections impact early childhood issues? How will they impact Head Start and the schools our children move on to?
  • How can we reinvent our advocacy efforts locally and nationally to garner new champions and redouble support for Head Start?

And of course, come meet with and hear directly from Dr. Bergeron and her leadership team about the OHS plans for Head Start in the 2018-2019 program year.

When and Where

The Fall Leadership Institute will start on Monday, October 8th and conclude on Thursday, October 11th. This year’s Institute will be held at the Crystal City Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Virginia.

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