The Early Childhood STEM Institute



April 23-24, 2018

Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim, CA

This event will be a pre-conference option in-conjunction with the NHSA Annual Conference and Expo, April 23-27, 2018

Registration opens January 2018 – NHSA Events

All my life through, the new sights of nature made me rejoice like a child.—Marie Curie

What fun is this—learning how to teach young children about science, technology, engineering and math! George Washington Carver said, “Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.” And so teaching the very young STEM concepts is a strategy that will reap huge rewards for the future while serving as a fun, engaging activity in the present.

The Early Childhood STEM Institute brings joy of learning in a tangible and hands-on way for the entire Head Start community—teachers, home visitors, family advocates, child care partners, education coordinators, managers and directors and parents.

Features of the three-day institute include:

  • Understanding that young children have the intellectual capacity to develop scientific skills and knowledge.
  • Engaging children in hands-on learning that is based on asking questions about their natural environment and then finding the answers.
  • Engaging members of the Head Start community in STEM education through study, dialogue and conversations with STEM experts about the latest developments in early childhood STEM education research and practice.
  • Promoting school readiness for Head Start children that will support a smooth transition to elementary school and provide a foundation for further STEM learning.

2018 STEM

Call for Papers

The Early Childhood STEM Institute is searching for workshop topics for the 2018 event. Workshops should focus on one of the following topics, but is not limited to:

  • Life Science/Physical Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering/Innovation
  • Mathematics


The Vision

All children, regardless of their circumstance at birth, deserve a full and prosperous life.

The Mission

  • Support high-impact Head Start programs for children and adults by creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and information sharing.
  • Unite with state and national Head Start organizations to ensure regulatory and budget outcomes that support our work.
  • Champion the message that every child and family who succeeds makes their community a better place.

Contact Us

1225 8th Street, Suite 342
Sacramento, CA 95814



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