April 3, 2024    
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


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4800 Merle Hay Rd, Urbandale, Iowa, 50322

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

Registration fees – members and non-members rates – group discounts see below

  • April 3rd only 
    • $125 member rate
    • $100 for 5-9 attendees from same agency
    • $75 for 10 or more attendees from same agency
  • Both days – April 2-3, 2024 – Register for both days HERE
    • $175 member rate
    • $150 for 5-9 attendees from same agency
    • $125 for 10 attendees or more from same agency
  • To receive the group discount you must register through the IHSA website and be invoiced. 

Schedule for the day: Morning session descriptions HERE

  • 7:45 – 8:30am – Registration
  • 8:30 – 10:00am – Session One
  • 10:00 – 10:30am – Break
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm – Session Two
  • 12:00-12:15 pm – Break
  • 12:15 – 1:15pm – Lunch will be provided while celebrating our state award winners and Iowa Head Start Association’s annual update.
  • 1:15 – 1:30pm – Break
  • 1:30 -4:00pm – Guest trainer – Sarah Ennis – see details below
  • Special vendors, sponsors and state partners will have tables throughout both conference days
  • New t-shirt design will be available for sale – t-shirts will be on hand to take with you – accepting cash, credit cards and Venmo

Networking sessions to choose from:

Session Options Below for Session One from 8:30-10:00am 

  • PBIS with Monica Garner, HSSCO Coordinator, Iowa EC-PBIS State Leadership Team
  • Family Service – Goal Setting with Denise Talbott, NEICAC Head Start
  • Education – Fidelity and Assessments – Kim Jasper and Sandy Johnson, NEICAC
  • Open Q & A and discussion with seasoned HS Program Directors/Staff – ask them anything!
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with Tom Rendon, retired HSSCO Coordinator
  • CLASS/QSIT – Classroom Practices with Brenda Spurgeon and Bethanie Grass – T&TA Specialists
  • Home Visitation – Assessments and Coaching with Royce Hickie and Madison Meeks, MICA
  • Parent Session – Promoting Play with Every Day Items with Dawn Kirkpatrick, CAA of Siouxland

Session Options Below for Session Two – 10:30-12:00pm 

  • PBIS with Monica Garner, HSSCO Coordinator, Iowa EC-PBIS State Leadership Team – repeat session ONE
  • Disabilities – Assessments and Referrals with Angie Squires, Keystone AEA
  • STEM in ECE Classrooms and Settings with Allison Barness, UNI Assistant Professor, Unified ECE
  • Childcare Assistance – Wrap Recipients – CCA Updates and Review Discussion with Wendy Hoogeveen, Iowa Dept of HHS
  • In-Kind Do’s and Don’ts with Katie Ingham and Pam Black, T&TA Specialist
  • Coaching – Goal Setting and Monitoring with Brenda Spurgeon, T&TA Specialist
  • Health and Nutrition – IMIL (I am Moving, I am Learning) with Heidi Ball, RN, Drake Head Start
  • Parent Session – Understanding and Managing Stress with Alyssa Caldbeck, Grandview University
1:30 – 4:00pm SPECIAL GUEST TRAINER: SARAH ENNIS       Taking Care of Yourself, Your Team and Your Culture!

Join Sarah Ennis, trainer and former teacher, as she shares useful information to support self-care, team communication and development and tips to support a positive and healthy work culture that ultimately improves your overall satisfaction in the workplace. This training shares tips, information and behaviors you can put into action today!


Cash, credit cards and Venmo accepted.

Holiday Inn Reservations:   

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 us at:  515-278-4755 or 800-HOLIDAY (800-465-4329)

Click here to reserve:  Iowa Head Start Association


Bookings are closed for this event.