Schedule at a Glance

Schedule at a Glance

Subject to change

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

Registration Opens

Monday, October 8th, 2018

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Registration Open
8:30 Am - 4:30 PM Utilizing Continuous Quality Improvement Methods In Your Program
Head Start programs are expected to consistently meet high standards and provide high-quality services, and it is important to understand how Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) methods can help to best serve children and families in your program. CQI processes represent an opportunity for real growth but are also a significant change from the familiar. This full-day workshop will introduce the new world of quality improvement science including the theory, tools, and practices that programs can use as they re-calibrate their use of data and decision processes.
8:30 Am - 4:30 PM Overview AMS 2.0 and Head Start High-Risk Topics
Head Start has entered a new era – new paradigm (innovation v. compliance) and new performance standards (flexible v. prescriptive). The new Aligned Monitoring System (AMS) 2.0 reflects this shift.

In this one-day pre-conference session the attorneys at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP will walk participants through the common pitfalls that have stumped Head Start programs over the years as well as discuss the new challenges programs should be prepared to tackle. This session will help participants understand and implement best practices that allow them to be “review-ready” every day. Participants will also learn about strategies to prepare for the AMS 2.0 Focus Areas 1 and 2 and to develop contingency planning for unexpected events."
5:00 pm - 6:00 PM General Opening Session
Immigration Pre-Institute Track

Potomac V/VI (Ballroom Level) Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel
From the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to refugee resettlement to family separation, immigration policy has been one of the most divisive political issues of 2018 - one with no clear solution or bridge on the horizon. But, even more pressing and concerning than just the politics of immigration policy, are the real impacts on Head Start programs and, most importantly, on the young children, families, and communities caught in the partisan cross-fire.

NHSA has heard from the Head Start community in every corner of the country about the impacts of uncertainty, fear, and confusion around immigration policy. To attempt to start easing some of those concerns and better support our children and families, we are hosting a half day Pre-Institute Session to unearth the truth in today’s national focus on immigration policy, share valuable tools you can take back to your community, and highlight promising practices from your peers.
The agenda for the day is below:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Distinguishing Fact From Fiction in Immigration Policy Discussions

The Pre-Institute will kick off with a conversation meant to set the table for our conversation on Immigration policy and its impact on Head Start children, families, and programs. Featuring three policy experts with extensive Administrative and Congressional backgrounds, the session will explore the key elements of immigration policy that impact Head Start, the changes that have occurred under President Trump’s Administration, and the possible path forward next Congress.

MODERATOR (Tommy Sheridan, NHSA)
  • Mark Greenberg, MPI (Confirmed)
  • Kim Wilson, The Feighan Group (Confirmed)
  • Elizabeth Maier, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (Confirmed)  
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM  Tools for Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families

Whether immigrants or refugees, new Americans face many challenges, fears, and vulnerabilities as they establish their lives in the United States. The second session of the day will share background and tools for how Head Start and other partners can assist these new children and families in addressing and supporting families facing these challenges, fears, and vulnerabilities.

MODERATOR (Tommy Sheridan, NHSA)
  • Hannah Matthews, CLASP (Confirmed)
  • Julia Gelatt, MPI (Confirmed)
  • Ivette Galarza, Redlands Christian Migrant Association (Tentative)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM  Impact of Immigration Policies on Your Families

The Pre-Institute will close with an interactive discussion about how your community has or has not been impacted by immigration policies, the solutions you have implemented in your program, and what additional resources you would like to see to help your program best serve immigrant and refugee populations.
MODERATOR (Tommy Sheridan, NHSA)  


Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Registration Open
8:30 AM  – 10:00 AM
Regency Ballroom, Ballroom Level
Election Projection: Education and Early Education in the 2018 Midterms
In case you missed it, it's officially election season! But what impact will the elections have on us? This session, featuring a panel of national journalists, will attempt to tackle this question and discuss how changes in Congress could affect Head Start and early childhood education in general.
  • Christina Samuels, Associate Editor, Education Week
  • Carolyn Phenicie, Senior Writer and DC Correspondent, The 74
  • Claudio Sanchez, Education, Correspondent, NPR
10:15 AM  – 12:00 PM
Regency Ballroom, Ballroom Level
State of Head Start: Where We Are and Where We're Going
Following our panel of journalists, NHSA's team of lobbyists will attempt to get even more specific about the current state of Head Start. They ion Correspondent, will provide their take on the impact of the elections on Head Start, NHSA's strategy in the current administration, and what we are hoping to accomplish during Hill visits.
MODERATOR: Tommy Sheridan, NHSA
  • Marc Lampkin, Shareholder and Managing Partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck
  • Lee Foley, Co-Founder and Partner, Capitol Hill Partners
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Break for Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Regency Ballroom, Ballroom Level
A Head Start on Treating the Nation's Opioid Epidemic
Opioid and substance misuse are having a growing impact on Head Start's staff, parents, grandparents, families, and communities. Head Start, as a federal-to-local program that builds trusted relationships with parents while providing comprehensive services, is a critical part of a national solution. Hear about what NHSA, Head Start program leaders, and Congress has been working on as the epidemic continues to worsen. " MODERATOR: Tommy Sheridan
  • James Anderson, CEO, Family Resource Agency, Inc.
  • Suzanne Prescott, Early Childhood Programs Director Butler County Educational Service Center
  • Laura Johnson, Policy Advisor Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Regency Ballroom, Ballroom Level
When Push Comes to Nudge: Behavioral Nudges in Practice & Policy
Every day you make thousands of decisions. What--or better yet, who--is influencing those decisions? When people navigate complex decisions about their health, finances, and use of public services, policymakers have turned to behavioral sciences to "nudge" people, groups, and organizations in the right direction. Join this session as experts in behavioral science describe their policy- and practice-based solutions to improve access, quality, and satisfaction with services using polite nudges towards success.
  • Bill Congdon, Principle Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Emily Schmitt, Deputy Director, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
  • Rekha Balu, Director, Center for Applied Behavioral Science, MDRC
4:30 pm – 5:30 PM
Regency Ballroom, Ballroom Level
Head Start Town Hall
Back by popular demand, day two of the Institute will conclude with the NHSA's 5th annual Town Hall. This session will be your chance to ask NHSA's Executive Director and Senior Director for Government Affairs those burning questions you have on your mind--be it strategy, policy thoughts, or whatever else!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

8:00 am – 11:30 Am Registration
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Regency Ballroom, Ballroom Level
Excellence in Head Start: Lessons in Policy and Practice from Exemplary Head Start Programs
A growing body of research shows that high-quality early childhood programs can produce compelling results at scale when implemented well. But what are the common policies, practices, and conditions that enable this success? What are the common challenges, and what lessons have we learned? Ashley LiBetti will moderate a panel of exemplary Head Start programs, offering an in-depth, complex, practice-based picture of what serving children and families well in a Head Start context looks like.
  • Ashley LiBetti, Associate Partner, Bellwether Education Partners
  • Jared Lisonbee, Research Analyst, Utah Community Action
  • Paula Moujalli, Director/Principal, United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education
  • Henry Wilde, CEO, Acelero
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Regency Ballroom, Ballroom Level
This Just In: NHSA's Narrative Project
We all know just how important Head Start is, but how can we most effectively build the case for Head Start with someone who doesn't yet know? Whether courting a new local partner, communicating Head Start's benefits to a parent, or sharing about your program with a policymaker, each of these audiences requires its own, unique approach. Language strategy experts will walk through the new Head Start Language Playbook and how it can be used by the Head Start community to talk about Head Start with various audiences.
  • Lee Carter, President, Maslansky + Partners
12:00 PM
Hotel Lobby
Transportation to Capitol Hill
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Longworth HOB Cafeteria
NHSA Office Hours
Join the NHSA government affairs team to debrief about your day on the Hill and have an informal chat about the current political climate in DC.

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Regency Ballroom, Ballroom Level
Office of Head Start UpdateWe'll start the final day of the Leadership Institute by spending the morning with the Office of Head Start leadership. Join for the Office of Head Start's Director Dr. Debbie Bergeron for her debut on stage with the national Head Start community. Following her address, the OHS team will update you on the new work going on at OHS, answer questions, and prepare you to be a messenger and leader back home.
  • Dr. Deborah Bergeron, Director, Office of Head Start
  • Senior OHS Team
11:15 AM – 11:45 PM

Regency Ballroom, Ballroom Level


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