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For over 25 years, Early Head Start has served to elevate the hopes of families, provide foundational knowledge, and partner with them in critical times. Region 9 Head Start community gathers annually to challenge, enable, and celebrate the work of our community. From downtown Phoenix to the Pacific Islands, from homeless shelters and correctional facilities to early education centers, living rooms, and community spaces, and from staff who have master’s and doctoral degrees to those working part-time as caregivers – we encompass the Early Head Start community.

Our theme this year is Resilient Together, Responsive Together, Rebuilding Together.

Our theme this is a celebration of achievements and look forward to new opportunities to sever our communities. We have been dedicated to being resilient individuals, responsive to our communities and focused on rebuilding a new normal together. We will prioritize sessions that elevate the lessons learned over the past two years as well as strategies that are most effective as Educators – Home Based, Center Based, and Family Child Care settings.


The content this year is both rich and balanced. We have selected four content tracks: Wellness, Teaching and Learning, Environments and Leadership. We will host keynotes and educational sessions targeting Center Based, Family Child Care, and Home Visiting.

For our First 1,000 Days! Conference, we will be offering three unique formats to support deep leaning and connections among attendees:

  • 3-hour Learning Labs – Includes both learning and practice time for attendees
  • 1.5-hour Education Sessions – Introduces concepts and strategies, panels, and discussions
  • 30-minute Briefs – Single topic offerings, includes video site tours, curriculum presentations and more

We are also excited to offer back our exhibitors and sponsors will have space for table displays networking time and opportunities to connect with your resource providers.

In addition, this year we will be celebrating our 2022 Scholarship Winners on August 2, 2022, at 5:00 PM PST. This will be a fun opportunity to acknowledge your peers as they advance in higher education.

Learn more about our COVID 19 guidelines


New York New York Hotel, Las Vegas NV

Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, New York, New York is both family friendly and pet friendly. From pools and entertainment to the Big Apple Coaster and Arcade, lots of fun for all!


August 1-3, 2022

Conference hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST each day. A welcome reception is scheduled on Monday, August 1st in the afternoon as well as our 2022 Scholarship Winner Reception on Tuesday, August 2nd in the evening.

Thank You to Our Sponsors


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Questions? Contact us at headstartr9@region9hsa.org.