First 1,000 Days! Early Head Start Conference






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Join us for our second First 1,000 Days! Early Head Start Conference – this year we are offering professional development content 100% virtual – you can enjoy it live or on-demand.  We are excited to be using a conference tool- Whova – this will enhance your participation on any device – desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart phone.  Our conference center allows you to navigate among presentations, exhibitors, networking spaces and more.   You will have more time to hear from experts, personalize the conference agenda, message others, post pictures and talk with resource partners.

The content this year is both rich and balanced.  We have selected four content tracts:  Early Head Start Center Based, Home Visiting, Family Child Care, and Leadership.  Each track will offer twelve education sessions to select from over the course of the conference.  In addition, we are offering preconference deep learning sessions, general session keynotes, networking and an afterglow event for you and your family!

Our theme this year at the association is Stay Connected, Stay Invested.  Never has this been so important.  So many challenges facing our families and ourselves suggest that we pull back and lay low, but now really is the time to connect, collaborate and engage in capacity building activities that results in our collective capacity to respond and advance in the face of adversity.

Keynotes & General Sessions

Our four general gatherings offer four unique and thought-provoking perspective – Research to Practice, Policy Futures, Power of Kindness, and a Call to Action for the Babies!  We have also planned in a little dance party just to keep you moving!


Opening Session, August 11, 2020

Research to Practice

Welcome by Cynthia Yao, R IX RPM

Keynote – Dr. Debra Pacchiano, Ounce of Prevention


Closing Session, August 11, 2020

Futures Panel

Facilitated by Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, R9HSA Board of Directors

Camille Maben, Executive Director, First 5 California

Marilee Dal Pra, Chief Executive Officer, First Things First Arizona


Afterglow, August 11, 2020

Early Head Start’s 25th Anniversary: Las Vegas Dance Party featuring The Spazmatics


Opening Session, August 12, 2020

Kindness as Culture

Escape Adulthood – Jason and Kim Kotecki


Closing Session, August 12, 2020

Call to Action for the Babies

Mr. David Johns, Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition


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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.
  • Provide resources to assist our members in compliance and professional development.

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