First incorporated in March of 1977, the Region 9 Head Start Association has served for more than 40 years as a gathering place for Head Start grantees to advance the objective of high-quality programs for vulnerable children and their families. The identity of the association mirrors the United States Government Federal Regional Offices. Region 9 comprises the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Region territories of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
As an affiliate of the National Head Start Association, Region 9 Head Start Association elects four governing body representatives to the national board, representing parents, staff, directors, and friends. In addition, Region 9 Head Start Association maintains a close relationship with the individual state associations in the region, setting aside board representation for one person from each state association governing board.
The Region 9 Head Start Association works passionately in three unique ways to advance the community’s interest: Advocacy and Government Relations, Professional Development, and Membership Advancement.
Looking forward, the Region 9 Head Start Association has branded its efforts elements to ensure a unique identity. To distinguish ourselves from the government, we use the “9” in our logo. Periodically, we rotate the “9” with another image to connect with distinctive geographical features of the region, such as a turtle or cactus. We have trademarked the tagline “Elevating the Head Start Community” to underscore our purpose. We have launched two product lines: Training West and Head Start Gear Zone to provide a platform to reach beyond our geographical identity and serve Head Start more broadly.
There is much work to be done to advance the objective of high-quality programs for vulnerable children and their families. This is the work Region 9 Head Start Association, its members, board, and staff are passionate about.
I have been to management workshops, not leadership training. This has totally changed my perspective and encouraged me to propel forward in developing my skills.
I am honored and humbled to be a recipient of the Region 9 Head Start Association’s Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship helped me get one step closer to achieving my goal of becoming a Head Start Director.
I took part in The disproportionate impact of COVID 19, and how to provide “real” support for black/brown children and families and I just want to say this was an amazing webinar. I hope we can look forward to further conversation on this topic.
Thank you so much for making events like this! I really enjoyed and learned so much teaching strategies to implement STEM in the classroom.
The HR Network was an excellent opportunity to network and learn the best practices from other HR professionals within Head Start programs. You will be amazed by the level of talent and experience of the participants.
The Summer Camp training was powerful and inspiring! Each presenter was very engaging, it’s hard to even pick a favorite session!
The Leadership Challenge training was very relevant to my work as a Head Start leader! Great facilitation; stayed with the program yet allowed time for individual and small group reflections.
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