November 3, 2023    
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


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4800 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale, Iowa, 50322

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Annual Meeting, Awards, Networking and Training Event

Des Moines, Iowa

Come join other Head Start leaders, specialists, staff and parents from across the state for a fun-filled day of networking and celebrations.

Rate $125 per attendee – see group discounts below.

Deadline to register is October 23, 2023.

Group discount rates available:

  • 5 – 9 attendees from your agency the rate is only $90
  • 10 or more attendees the rate is only $75
  • To receive the group discount you must register through the IHSA website and be invoiced. 

Schedule for the day:

  • 8 – 9:00am – Registration
  • 8 – 9:00am – Headshot photos – must sign up in advance – no cost – only 45 slots available – so get registered today! First-come first-served basis offered in order of registration.
  • 9-11:45am – Networking Sessions – see below 
  • 12:00-1:00 pm – Lunch will be provided while celebrating our state award winners and Iowa Head Start Association’s past, present and future accomplishments and goals.
  • 1:15 – 3:30pm – Guest trainer – Laura Abbe – see details below
  • Special vendors, sponsors and state partners will have tables
  • New t-shirt design will be available for sale – t-shirts and sweatshirts will be on hand to take with you – accepting cash and credit cards

Networking sessions to choose from:

  • ParentsAgenda Alyssa Caldbeck will be presenting Supporting Children and Caregivers Emotional Well-being. This workshop is designed to empower caregivers with knowledge and skills to support their children’s emotional development while addressing the impact of past experiences on caregiving. Participants will gain insights into understanding emotions, learn practical strategies for nurturing their child’s emotional well-being, and explore how their own past experiences can influence their caregiving style. How to seek resources and support services for children and adults will also be discussed.
    A Policy Council overview and the history of Head Start will also be discussed.
  • Program Directors –Agenda
  • Family Services/Support – PFCE – Agenda
  • Early Head Start – Agenda
  • Education and Coaching – Agenda
  • Health and Safety – Agenda
  • ERSEA – Agenda
  • Mental Health and Disabilities – Agenda
Special Guest Trainer: Laura Abbe, Certified Conscious Discipline Trainer will be presenting Ignite Your Passion the Conscious Way!

Join Laura Abbe, Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor and Mid-Iowa Community Action Head Start/Early Head Start Social Emotional Learning Coach, as she shares 15 years of experience creating spaces and planting seeds of safety and connection in teams, classrooms, and home visits. Together, we will spark our passion brighter lighting a path for resiliency among our communities in Iowa. This interactive training will help us notice the moments of joy in the present. It is in these moments we are able to rest and recharge our hearts and minds. Resilient communities start with a resilient workforce. This training will be all about us!

T-shirts and sweatshirts will be on hand for sale and to take home with you in a variety of colors!

Cash and credit cards accepted.

Holiday Inn & Suites Des Moines-Northwest Information for Blocked Rooms:

  • Group Name: Iowa Head Start Association
  • Group Code: IHS
  • Reservations Deadline: October 12, 2023
  • Rates: Standard Two-Queen or King Executive $105++ plus 12% tax per night, Junior King or Extended Suites $135++ plus 12% tax per night, Family King Suites $155++ plus 12% tax per night. Family Double Queen Suites $175++ plus12% tax per night

Rates Include: Two (2) vouchers each morning for Full Hot Breakfast at our own Bennigan’s Restaurant from 6:30am until 10:30am. On weekends our Breakfast Buffet includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, biscuits and gravy, French toast, Danish, muffins, yogurt, cereals, fresh fruit, assorted juices, coffee, decaffeinated, Herbal teas and milk.

To Reserve: Call the Holiday Inn at: 515-278-4755 or 800-HOLIDAY (800-465-4329)

Click HERE to take you to group rate online reservation page

Thank you to our generous SPONSORS!

Thank you to our wonderful PARTNERS!


Email Lori at IowaHeadStartAssn@gmail for group registrations.


Bookings are closed for this event.