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2018 Family Engagement and Cultural Effectiveness Conference

October 22 - October 26



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

Hotel cut-off date Monday, October 1, 2018

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.


Daniel Goya, Program Director, Partners in Development
Danny has over 15 years of experience teaching K-12 in the Hawai‘i State Department of Education, Hawai‘i Association for Independent Schools (HAIS), and the school system in Japan. Learn more.
Dr. Deborah Bergeron, Director of the Office of Head Start
Dr. Deborah Bergeron is 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. Learn more.
Dr. Karen Mapp, Faculty Director, Education Policy and Management, Senior Lecturer on Education

Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D., is a senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the faculty director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program. Over the past twenty years, Mapp’s research and practice focus has been on the cultivation of partnerships among families, community members and educators that support student achievement and school improvement. Learn more.


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October 26
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Grand Wailea Resort
3850 Wailea Alanui Dr
Wailea, Hawaii 96753
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(808) 875-1234

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.

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Sacramento, CA 95814



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