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TXHSA Leadership Forum

Head Start Leaders and Managers

Join us to explore the following:

  • Policy Updates: Office of Head Start

  • Legislative Updates: NHSA and State Agencies

  • Critical Issues Impacting Head Start Programs

  • Presentation on Fathers and Families

  • Professional Development and Training Support

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Thank You for Attending!

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About the conference

TXHSA is encouraging Head Start leadership teams to attend this important event Special emphasis will be placed on the unique roles of governing bodies, executive agency-level staff, and program-level directors and managers that play a key role in designing operational systems, plans, policies, procedures, and workflows to meet the complex needs of low-income children and families in communities throughout the State of Texas.

Each participant will:

9:00 am – 10:30 am

  • Welcome and Overview

  • Opening Remarks, Weldon T. Beard, President, Texas Head Start Association

  • Acknowledgements, Announcements, & Intro of SpeakerTexas Head Start Association Board Member

  • Office of Head Start (OHS) National and Regional PrioritiesSpeaker: Kenneth R. Gilbert, Region VI OHS Program Manager

10:30 am – 10:40 am BREAK

10:40 am – 12:00 pm

  • Introduction of Speaker, Dr. Alferma Giles, Director of Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office

  • Part One - Fathers: “More Than the Contributory Effect”, Speaker: Dr. Jerry Roberson - Cognitive High-Performance Coach

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm LUNCH


12:30pm – 1:45 pm

  • Part Two - Fathers: “More Than the Contributory Effect”, Speaker: Dr. Jerry Roberson - Cognitive High-Performance Coach

1:45 pm – 1:55 pm BREAK

1:55 pm – 2:40 pm

  • National Head Start Association (NHSA) Legislative Updates, Speaker: Tommy Sheridan, Deputy Director of NHSA

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

  • Texas Legislative Updates, Speaker: David Feigen, Texans Care for Children

3:35pm – 4:20 pm

  • Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System, Speaker: Dr. Tracy Jones, Assistant Director Children’s Learning Institute at UT Health


4:20pm – 4:30 pm

  • Closing Remarks


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jerry Roberson


Dr. Jerry Roberson


With over two decades of experience, Dr. Roberson is a heralded Cognitive Strategist whose professional insights touch the lives of individuals from varied walks, including professional athletes, entertainers, clergy, and senior executives. His dedication to understanding the intricate layers of human behavior and development is underscored by his extensive work in family, maternal, and child health. Dr. Roberson is the author of "Transformation: Speaking Spirit to Spirit."

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