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NEWS: Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) have launched Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! to encourage developmental and behavioral screening for children to support the families and providers who care for them.


The program will help families look for and celebrate milestones, promote universal screenings, identify delays as early as possible, and improve the support available to help children succeed in school and thrive alongside their peers. Learn more...


NEWS: Save the Date: 4th Annual TSR July 9-11, 2014

The TSR Early Childhood Summer Institute is returning to San Antonio this July at the Wyndam San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel! Join us for three days of high quality, early childhood education professional development -- FREE of charge!

New this year, we welcome ITP participants to join us in San Antonio a day earlier (Tuesday, July 8th) for seminars on delivering quality pre-service programs in early childhood education. The ITP track will continue for a full day Wednesday, July 9th, after which participants are welcome to stay for the remainder of the TSR Summer Institute. Registration opens to TSR participants April 14 and to the public May 1, 2014.

NEWS: THSA Mini Conference April 24-25 - Central Texas Programs

The Texas Head Start Association and Harris County Department of Education Area 1 Head Start (HCDE) invite all Central Texas programs to join the first THSA Mini Conference, April 24-25, 2014, at the Harris County Department of Education.


This mini conference will be the first of many that will be held throughout the year as an alternative to the annual yearly THSA conference. Mini conferences will be located in areas throughout Texas to help reduce the cost of travel and hotel fees for participants.


Training is targeted for Head Start Managers, Coordinators, and Early Childhood Educators. Reserve your spot today by registering online!

NEWS: CF Releases Early Head Start -Child Care Partnerships Web Page

As part of President Obama’s Early Education Plan, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will support States and communities in expanding high-quality early learning to infants and toddlers through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. Through these partnerships, Early Head Start grantees will partner with center-based and family child care providers who agree to meet EHS Program Performance Standards and to provide comprehensive, full-day, full-year, high-quality services to infants and toddlers from low-income families.


ACF has launched an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web page, which includes an overview, valuable resources, and the President's Early Learning Initiative.

NEWS: 2014 Memberships - Get Yours Today

Join THSA for 2014! Memberships are now available online. Your membership entitles you to reduced registration rates at parent and staff conferences, updates on the latest legislative news, scholarships, and much more! Enroll online now!

NEWS: New Study: Needs of Early Care and Education Workforce

The early care and education workforce is more highly educated and more stable than previously believed, according to a new study from HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The study finds that 53 percent of center-based early care and education providers have at least an associate degree. This is an increase from the 36 percent indicated in previous studies. Despite these improvements, some challenges remain.

The study was based on surveys completed by more than 10,000 early childhood care providers in 2012 and provides the first thorough picture of the early care and education workforce in two decades. Understanding and improving the early care and education workforce is essential because these providers not only support working parents, but also help educate and care for children during the most rapid period of brain development – from birth to five years old. Read the full study.

NEWS: Navigating Health Care Reform

With healthcare mandates changing daily, many employers have questions about how healthcare reform will affect their businesses and what steps they can take to protect the health of their company and employees. Holmes Murphy & Associates is providing Texas Head Start Association members an opportunity be advised on the following:

  • The specifics of employer mandates outlined by the Affordable Care Act,

  • practical strategies for reducing costs and remaining compliant,

  • options for addressing healthcare reform from an employer's prospective and

  • proven strategies that bring about measurable clinical and financial results to flatten your healthcare trend

  • Learn more!

 NHSA: Available Scholarships and Awards
The National Head Start Association's Scholarship and Awards Program is open to individual, program and affiliate members of NHSA in good standing. Each scholarship and award provides additional criteria to guide nominations. Nominees should review all appropriate guidelines and consult NHSA staff with any questions to ensure successful application. For more information, contact or (703) 299-7517.

For a detailed list of available scholarships and awards, visit
NHSA Scholarship & Awards


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