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Official Statement from THSA on Hurricane Harvey and Disaster Relief Funds

Mark your Calendar for the 2018 TXHSA Conference


2017 Membership forms now available! Learn more


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In affiliation with Lord & Osborn, a wide range of benefits are offered only to THSA Members.

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.

   Advocate For Tomorrow's Texan Leaders

Interested in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs? Learn how to enroll a child and use the online tool to locate a Head Start center in your area. 

 UPDATE: Early Head Start: A Stand Out Success

THSA Executive Director, Yasmina Vinci, writes for the Huffington Post about Early Head Start. "The start reality is the biggest obstacles and greatest inequality often have roots early in life. And that's where Head Start plays a critical, life-altering role for nearly one million vulnerable children each year." Read the full blog post here.

 CATCH Global Foundation

Announcing a great opportunity for Texas Early Childhood Programs!

The TDA has opened the application process for their “Establishing 3E’s” grant".  The Establishing the 3E’s program that incentivizes the creation and expansion of nutrition education programs in any childcare institution or community organization.  This program is geared toward 3-5 year old children and allows students and their parents to learn that proper nutrition education at an early age is pertinent to developing healthy eating and exercising habits. This grant is open to any CACFP Sponsor Organization, CACFP Independent Childcare Center, Head Start Program or other early childhood education program. The CATCH team is available to assist any programs applying to start or expand the CATCH program with the grant funds. For further information or assistance, please call Lindsay Edgar from the CATCH Global Foundation at 855-500-0050 x805.

  Help For Harvey Survivors
Disaster Case Managers

More than 860,000 Texas households have registered with FEMA for recovery assistance.  More than 70,000 remain in FEMA funded temporary shelters or hotel. At the State’s request, ACF has deployed trained and experienced Disaster Case Managers to help Hurricane Harvey survivors who may feel overwhelmed by multiple or complex recovery needs.  ACF’s Disaster Case Managers could provide significant help for ACF’s grantees and partner networks across the State currently supporting staff or clients who have unmet recovery needs.


Disaster Case Managers at 1-855-742-5989 can help survivors assess, prioritize, and navigate complex recovery needs such as:

• Information on resources available where a survivor is currently located

• Assistance with FEMA registration and/or appeals

• Identifying available financial assistance

• Information on relocation services

• Advocacy with service and benefit providers

• Creating a personal recovery plan

• Other hurricane-related unmet needs

See the attached flyer.


Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)


October 31 is the deadline for Hurricane Harvey survivors to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).  DUA could help agency staff and providers as well as program clients.


Survivors may be eligible if one of the following occurred as a direct result of the disaster:

·         You lost your job, which was more than 50% of your total income.

·         You live in, work in, or travel through the disaster area.

·         Your place of employment was damaged or closed.

·         You were scheduled to start work but the job no longer exists or you can no longer reach the new job.

·         You suffered injury or incapacitation.

·         You became the breadwinner or major support of the household due to the death of the head of household.


How to Apply:  call 800-939-6631 (TTY 800-735-2989) or visit jobseekers/disaster- unemployment-assistance

 REGION VI UPDATE: Register for Annual Head Start Conference
2018 Region VI Conference

 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.



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