HR Network

The HR Network is a professional learning community for managers working in Human Resource departments in Head Start/Early Head Start programs around the region. The HR Network is a unique opportunity for individuals supporting all functions of HR – Recruitment – Safety – Employee Relations – Compensation and Benefits – Compliance – Talent Development – to come together to listen, learn, network and build a professional community to advance our agencies performance. This network meets six times per year. Lead by a leadership team that includes several program staff, regional TTA, consultants and association staff. The goal of each meeting is to presents information, reflect on challenges facing local programs and share resources and strategies that are effective. Network meeting are intended to inform, connect, and inspire high quality services for our children and families.

Meeting dates:
-November 30, 2020 – Contact Alejandra at for meeting notes.
-January 22, 2021 – Contact Alejandra at for meeting notes.
-March 22, 2021 – Contact Alejandra at for meeting notes.
-June 1, 2021
-July 26, 2021



As promised at the last HR Network Meeting, the Region 9 Head Start Association’s (R9HSA) new Association Management System (AMS) tool – MyR9HSA is now open and in full beta stage.
By being part of the HR Network, you get early access to begin utilizing this online tool.
How to gain access? Follow the simple steps below:
  • Visit
  • Click on the MYR9HSA tab located on the upper right corner of your screen
  • Once in the member log in page, you will need to retrieve your username and reset your password to gain access
    • If you experience any setbacks during this process, please send an e-mail to Fernando at requesting access and you will receive both your default username and a “reset your password link” shortly after
  • Once you are all logged in, click on the “My Profile” tab
  • On the “My Profile” page you will have the ability to customize your personal details such as contact information, profile picture, etc.
  • In Your Profile, navigate to the “My Features” tab next. On the drop down, select the “Committees” link
  • Through this link you will see all of the committees your profile is currently associated with. Before you click on the “HR Network” link, make sure that the “Email Notification” switch is ON to ensure you receive e-mail notifications regarding new activity in the HR Network committee
  • Once you are in the HR Network committee, you will have access to three tabs –
    • Messages – think of this as the message board for this group. Comments, news, and discussions surrounding the HR Network will be posted here
    • Members – consider this the group’s roster. Through this tab you can access each members’ profile to create connections (friend request) as well as establish circles (closed groups)
    • Files – any files being shared within this group will be posted here. If you wish to share a file with the rest of the group, you will do that through this tab

Past Network Meetings

2020 Winter Human Resources Network Meeting

February 11 – 12, 2020

The Avatar Hotel – Santa Clara, CA

The HR Network meets two times per year – Summer and Winter.  Our 2020 Winter Meeting will be held at the Avatar Hotel in Santa Clara, CA, February 11-12, 2020.  The Avatar is just minutes from the San Jose, CA International Airport.  The Hotel is accessible from all areas of Region 9.  Our schedule is designed to offer time for briefings from key informants, presentations from colleagues, vendors and most importantly time for open discussion, resource sharing and professional networking. 

The HR Network Meeting agenda is developed by a volunteer committee of HR professionals working in Head Start funded agencies. A draft agenda is below – a final agenda will be posted in January. At the HR Summer meeting, those in attendance requested an agenda which included Fiscal Services staff – for discussions, best practice sharing and networking. 

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February 11, 2020

Start Time End Time Activity
10:00 AM 12:00 PM

Introductions, Program Updates

Facilitator: Bill Donaldson, Mindful Insurance

Open space for the purpose of sharing emerging issues

12:00 PM 12:45 PM Lunch & Networking
1:00 PM 3:00 PM

Building Fiscal and Human Resources Collaboration: How do the Head Start Program Performance Standards Guide Us

Facilitators: HR Manager Damon Nishimura and Asst Director of Fiscal and HR Joanne Moore, of E Center

3:00 PM 3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM 5:00 PM

Head Start Program Performance Standards – What are the key challenges in Head Start administration

Facilitators: Perspective from 2020 Monitoring – Kristi Wilson, KidZCommunity – Invited, Everyday Challenges – Yesenia Marquez, Sunrise Children’s Foundation

February 12, 2020

Start Time End Time Activity
9:00 AM 10:30 AM

Sharpening Your Sword – Management Wellness – Including Yours!

Facilitator: Veronica Garcia, Stanislaus County Office of Education

10:30 AM 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM 12:00 PM

Management Recruitment, Retention and Development

Facilitators: Camille Sanchez, HR Generalist, Kidango

12:00 PM 12:45 PM Lunch & Networking


Click HERE to view/download the agenda.


“The HR Networking Meeting 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. This is a one day meeting with focus on specific hot topics.  Short and sweet, it has a great format with engaging conversations and presenters.”

Sabrina Dong, PHR

Human Resources Manager

Kai Ming Head Start


“Thank you for the HR Network event earlier this week. I found it helpful, as a Director also serving as the HR Officer, as the position is vacant there is so much to know. I enjoyed meeting new Head Start colleagues and learning from the presenters.”


Marcie A Houchen,


Foundation for ECE

2019 Summer Human Resources Network Meeting

August 6-7, 2019

Hilton Costa Mesa 



2019 Winter Human Resources Network Meeting

February 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe – Phoenix, Arizona


2019 Winter Meeting Agenda

Kati Vaughn Slide Deck

Lynn Farrar Slide Deck

Digital Data Inventory Handout

Fiscal Management Introduction

Mental Health Handout

Activities Handout for HR Conference Session

Key HSPPS Handout

HR Network Orientation PPT


2018 Summer Human Resources Network Meeting – San Diego, CA, August 7 – 8, 2018

For our Summer 2018 meeting, we provided attendees with networking opportunities and a specific training topic. Our presenter was Robert J. Turner; the focus of his session was his Five Point Compensation Strategy for Not-for-Profits. 

2018 Winter Human Resources Network Meeting – Phoenix, AZ, February 12, 2018



Five Point Compensation Strategy for Not-for-Profits

MAAC Wellbeing Plan Feb 2018

Recruitment and Retention

Monitoring – HR Strategies to Prepare Your Agency

R9 Western States Leadership Conf (HR Challenges ) 2.12.18


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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