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THSA is looking for Head Start alumni throughout the state of Texas. If you or someone you know has attended a Head Start program in Texas, please take a moment to complete our online form for possible inclusion on our website and future publications.

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 NHSA UPDATE: Leadership Challenge Workshop for Managers/Directors

The Leadership Challenge is a two-day workshop, based on the The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.


Their evidence-based experiential model is based on the idea that each of us has the capacity to lead and to make a difference. Attendees will also receive the extensive Leadership Practices Inventory for use throughout the two-day training.There is free informational webinar on February 10 at 2pm (CST). Learn more about the workshops in Orlando, which takes place March 22-23, and in Chicago, April 6-7, 2016.


 NHSA UPDATE: Grant Opportunity for Family Learning Partnership

NHSA and the National Center for Families Learning are ready to embark upon a major new initiative together - thanks to funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

This major three-year initiative will provide grants of $160,000 to five Head Start programs. Through these grants and partnership, we will enhance Head Start's family engagement work by incorporating NCFL's family learning model and Family Service Learning.

We know this strategic approach will drive powerful parent engagement in what their children are learning, and connect directly to real-life situations as well as employability skill development. This is also a great opportunity to connect NCFL's model to the family engagement and child outcomes outlined in Head Start's Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework. NCFL is currently implementing this approach in 10 U.S. communities, and two years of evaluation results show how family learning programming empowers parents and children to create positive change in their own communities.

The first phase of applying for a Family Learning Grant is to submit a Letter of Intent by February 29th, 2016. To learn more about the Letter of Intent and the rest of the application process, visit NCFL's website, contact Cathy Hardman, or join a webinar on February 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. CST.

 NHSA UPDATE: FY2017 Budget Proposal Includes $434M Increase

President Obama submitted his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017 to Congress, including $434 million for new investments in Head Start and Early Head Start. Robust funding for Head Start opens vital windows of opportunity for at-risk children and families and is a wise investment in the future of our nation, our economy, and our security. The significant increase in Head Start funding is a testament to the nation's shared commitment to ensuring every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, is prepared to succeed not only in kindergarten, but in life.

 NHSA UPDATE: New NHSA Chair and Vice Chair Announced

NHSA Board members have newly elected Ivette Galarza as Chair, and Damon R. Carson as Vice Chair

Ivette is Director of Program Quality and Head Start Manager at Redlands Christian Migrant Association in Immokalee, Florida. She has worked with children, families, and communities in Florida for more than 20 years and is revered there as someone with great wisdom and passion.

Damon Carson is Vice President for Children, Youth, and Family Services for Neighborhood House Association in San Diego, California. He brings more than 15 years of experience as a nonprofit executive, lawyer, and advocate.


 OHS UPDATE: 2015 National Grantee CLASS Scores Released

During the 2014-2015 program year, the Office of Head Start used the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) Pre-K Teacher-Child Observation Instrument during its on-site reviews of grantees. CLASS reliable reviewers visited a random sample of preschool classrooms to obtain grantee-level scores.

For more information, and to review the data, visit OHS's website.


 NHSA UPDATE: Keep Parents Engaged!

Help preserve parent and family engagement and local program design flexibility which are threatened in the new Head Start Performance Standards by sending this letter to the President asking him and his administration to make sure the Office of Head Start preserves parent and family engagement and the ability to be flexible with program design to meet local community needs. A Parent's Voices for Choices campaign has been launched to help get letters to the editor published in newspapers all over the country.

 TRAINING: Head Start / Early Head Start 101 Training Discounts

Wipfli is offering a special discounted rate for THSA members to receive training they need  to learn about the regulations and, more important, how to implement them in their organization. Review the regulations you need to know to stay in compliance through examples, stories, and best practices learned from years of auditing and consulting. Take back up-to-date and relevant information to implement immediately in your agency.

The Head Start/Early Head Start 101 Training session will be held on Feb 17 - 18 at Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine, TX. Get event details and register here!

 SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Annual THSA Conference Dates Announced!

Thanks to all who attended the 2015 Annual THSA Conference this past July! We are excited to share the 2016 dates July 16-20 at the
The Westin Austin at The Domain

View our Conference-At-a-Glance!

Be sure to check back here for reservation details!



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 2016 Texas Head Start Association
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