2018 FECE


October 22 – 26, 2018 | Grand Wailea Resort Hotel, Maui, HI


It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.—Frederick Douglass

Since Head Start inception more than 50 years ago, family engagement has always been a pillar of the program. Underlying the Head Start focus on the whole child is the understanding that parents are the primary educators and advocates of their child. Moreover, when parents engage with their child, they not only improve the child’s happiness and success—but theirs as well.

The Family Engagement and Cultural Effectiveness conference is designed to celebrate the different cultures, traditions and practices that are reflected in the modern family. In so doing, participants learn how to use the strengths and attributes of culture to aid a child’s own successful walk through the world.

In this conference, nationally and internationally known practitioners, researchers and motivational speakers share their knowledge, to teach us and to learn from us, about parent engagement through the lens of cultural awareness.


Wednesday October 24, 2018

Opening General Session

The Education ‘Auwai- a call to work and repair our early education systems

Daniel Goya, Program Director, Partners in Development
The Taro plant is a significant to the Native Hawaiian culture. Taro is not only a staple to the diet of the Hawaiian, but can also heal and is a key component of the Hawaiian creation story. Native Hawaiians traditionally have seen the land not as a commodity to be bought and sold, but as a source of life and therefore, having a responsibility to be righteous stewards of the land. The Native Hawaiian system of agriculture and irrigation can be seen as genius. It balances nature and the need for human survival. A series of ‘auwai or water channels filtered water into taro patches. The water flowed in and out to provide key nutrients from the mountain to the sea. If storms or other events caused a ‘auwai to get clogged, a “call” would be put out to assist in clearing the ‘auwai to allow the waters to flow. Today, our community needs to “hear the call” and assist in clearing the “educational ‘auwai” so that our children will be allowed to thrive!”

Thursday October 25, 2018

General Session

Dr. Deborah Bergeron, Director of the Office of Head Start

Dr. Deborah Bergeron serves as the Director of the Office of Head Start. Known as “Dr. B” to former students and teachers, she has spent three decades in pre-K–12 public education as a classroom teacher and elementary and high school administrator. In the course of her career, Dr. B also started, grew, and ultimately sold her own educational services company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University. She earned a master’s in education leadership and doctorate in education policy from George Mason University.

During her tenure as a school administrator, she specialized in school improvement. Her focus was on academic achievement and school climate. Dr. B will use her experience as an elementary principal and her strong background in pre-K–12 instructional leadership to provide unique insights into how Head Start can support our most vulnerable children to become school ready. She hopes to spend a great deal of her time visiting Regional Offices and specific Head Start programs. Dr. B most looks forward to spending time with all of the children, teachers, and program directors who are her inspiration!


Friday October 26, 2018

Closing General Session & Luncheon

Powerful Partnerships

Dr. Karen Mapp
Faculty Director, Education Policy and Management, Senior Lecturer on Education. 

Over fifty years of research on the impact of family engagement and home-school partnerships reveals a strong link between these partnerships and improved student learning and development as well as overall school improvement. Despite this research, many states, districts and schools still lack an intentional focus on the development of effective partnerships between families and schools.

The purpose of this presentation is to share what we know, given the extensive research on family engagement, about the powerful impact of effective family–school partnerships on students, parents, teachers, and schools. Dr. Mapp will summarize the research and promising practice strategies featured in the 2013 USDOE Dual Capacity Framework for Family-School Partnerships, and from her latest publication, Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide for Engaging Families for Student Success.


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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