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Explore the broad range of professional developmentopportunities in this annual guide to workshops,institutes, conferences, and networking events for HeadStart/Early Head Start members and friendsWe look forward to you joining us!2022 - 2023PDAt a Glance

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About UsPage 02Vision & ValuesPage 03PoliciesPage 04 - 05IHSA WebsitePage 06PD Year General OverviewPage 07-08Region 5 HSA Conference OverviewPage 09Directors' MeetingsPage 10HR/Fiscal MeetingsPage 11IHSA Quality Enrichment CirclesPage 12-14IHSA Annual ConferencePage 15Vanessa Rich Leadership ExperiencePage 16PD on the HorizonPage 17Individualized PD OfferingsPage 18 - 23Bridge LMSPages 24-26Meet the TeamPages 272022-2023 IHSA PD-At-a-GlanceCONTENTSp. 02

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ILLINOIS HEAD START ASSOCIATIONABOUT US.The Illinois Head Start Association (IHSA) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit,non-partisan association serving as the voice of Illinois’ HeadStart/Early Head Start program, staff, and parentsOVERVIEWTo mobilize, strengthen, andinspire our membership in theinterest of our children, families,staff, and communitiesStrong, bright futures begin atHead Start/Early Head Start andIHSA is dedicated to supportingour members with their criticalmission of serving children andfamilies who are the most fragileor vulnerable across everycommunity in IllinoisWHY WE DO IT?OUR MISSIONIHSA provides assistance to IllinoisHead Start and Early Head Startprograms to ensure their ongoingviability and vitality to operate ahigh impact, community drivenHead Start/Early Head Startprogram. IHSA advocates for itsmembers at the federal, state andlocal level to secure more fundingand achieve beneficial policychanges and better serve Illinois’most vulnerable children andfamilies.Elevating the Head Start/EarlyHead Start community byEducating, Advocating,Collaborating, andCommunicating. Bycommunicating with members,and creating opportunities forlearning and connections,members are increasinglyengaged, unified and supportedas they work to better serve theirclients and communities.WHO WE AREHOW WE DO ITp. 03

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Impassioned leadership that proactively pursues the possibility of change Integrity through transparency and accountabilityA unified voice, reflecting diversity and respect for allPursuit of innovation and best practicesRelationship-based partnerships that promote intentional collaboration Life-long learningIHSA will grow and diversify its revenue to enhance membership resources andservices; strategically promote awareness and advocacy in the public and privatesectors; develop competent leaders; and encourage innovative practices as thepreferred training and technical assistance provider for Illinois Head Start andEarly Head Start programs.CORE VALUESVISION STATEMENT.p. 04

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Illinois Head Start Association (IHSA) Professional Development Policiesp. 05All prices are per registrant, discounts of (5) or more registrationsfrom the same agency are available for trainings noted—thisdiscount is only available to Agency Members. On site and late registration prices will be higher.Check payments should be mailed to: Once registrations have been submitted online—there are NOCANCELLATIONS (name changes will be accepted up to 72 hoursprior to the event)Dates may be subject to changePricing is meant for budgeting purposes only and may increase ordecrease slightly due to unforeseen circumstances closer to theeventEvents may be added should additional training needs be identified.Any questions, please call or email Cathy Welsh or 217-381-5007IHSA3435 Liberty DrSpringfield IL 62704

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The health and safety of conference and/or event attendees and the Head Startchildren and families you serve is our highest priority. We plan on delivering thesame level of reliable and friendly service you expect, with the added confidence ofindustry-leading hygiene practices. All attendees must have received COVIDvaccinations (two-dose or one-dose vaccines) to attend an Illinois Head StartAssociation (IHSA) event. This includes presenters and support staff. Weencourage the booster vaccinations. We rely on you to manage your own personal health. If an attendee develops any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to or during a meeting or event, they should refrain from attending and should undergo COVID-19 testing. Symptoms associated withCOVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, among others. If a participant’s absence is due to COVID-19, their registration fees will be reimbursed in full. Lastly, registered participants need to let an IHSA staff memberknow immediately if they test positive for COVID-19 within 2 weeks after the event. Mask wearing is strongly encouraged throughout the event including the sessions,during networking breaks, etc. Plenty of hand sanitizer and comfortable masks willbe provided throughout the event. Unfortunately, we better refrain fromhandshaking and hugging each other. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines and local city regulations for any further changes or updates. We thank our community for getting vaccinated to keep each other safe. We all benefit from live events for the invaluable connectionsand cutting-edge content as this can make all the difference in how we learn andinspire one another. It is vital we collectively demonstrate responsibleconferencing as we transition back to face-to-face meetings. Illinois Head Start Association COVID Policy p. 06

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Integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to foster improvedcommunication with the HS/EHS community. Members and guests are able to register and submit payments through the website Content updates with helpful information, professional development, newsletters andassociation announcements.We are pleased to announce the launch of our updated website! After months of hard workand dedication, we are delighted to officially announce our remodeled site is available and theURL is Our goal with this new website is to provide our members,friends and community an easier way to learn about Illinois Head Start Association. Thewebsite gives streamlined access to About Us, Resources, Learning, Advocacy, Boutique, ParentCafes, Calming Room, and Donation. Our current and prospective members will find usefulinformation about our IHSA. Amongst the new features the site contains: We hope you find the new website with a fresh look, easy to access information and we alsowish to establish this portal as a source of information for those who visit our site. For anyquestions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please email us info@ilheadstart.orgwww.ilheadstart.orgp. 07

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2022 - 2023 PD OVERVIEWAUGUST - DECEMBERwww.ilheadstart.orgDateAugust 202239-1030Social Media Summer SchoolVirtual119-1030Social Media Summer SchoolVirtual1811 - 12Directors Monthly CallVirtualOctober 20224-7variesR5HSA CONFERENCEChicago1110-11:30Content Area Expert Conference CallVirtual2011 - 12Directors Monthly CallVirtual2510-3Fall QECs - Disabilities, Mental Health, & Wellnessvaries by region2610-3Fall QECs - Early Head Start & Home Visitingvaries by region2710-3Fall QECs - Education and Coachingvaries by regionNovember 2022110-3Fall QECs - Family Services & ERSEAvaries by region210-3Fall QECs - Health and Nutritionvaries by region310-3Fall QECs - Site Managersvaries by region159-3Statewide Directors' MeetingChicago/Springfield169-3Statewide HR/Fiscal MeetingSpringfieldDecember 20221511-12Directors Monthly CallSpringfieldp. 08September 20221511 - 12Directors Monthly CallVirtualWe continue to evaluate the current situation and make any necessary changes asrecommended by the CDC guidelines and local city regulations for in person meetingdates in 2022 - 2023. We encourage all in person meeting and training guests to followCOVID policies and guidelines of meeting spaces IHSA utilize.

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2022 - 2023 PD OVERVIEWJANUARY - JULYwww.ilheadstart.orgJuly 202318-20variesVanessa Rich Leadership Experience RetreatPeoriaJune 20236-8variesDirectors InstitutePeoriaApril 20232011 - 12Directors Monthly CallVirtual2510-3Spring QECs - Disabilities, Mental Health, & Wellnessvaries by region2610-3Spring QECs - Early Head Start & Home Visitingvaries by region2710-3Spring QECs - Education and Coachingvaries by regionMay 2023110-3Spring QECs - Family Services & ERSEAvaries by region210-3Spring QECs - Health and Nutritionvaries by region310-3Spring QECs - Site Managersvaries by region189-3Statewide HR/Fiscal MeetingSpringfield1811-12Directors Monthly CallVirtualMarch 202327 - 31variesIHSA ANNUAL CONFERENCEPeoriaFebruary 2023239-3Statewide Directors' MeetingChicago/SpringfieldDateTimeEventLocationJanuary 20231010-1230Winter QECs - Disabilities, Mental Health, & WellnessVirtual1012-230Winter QECs - Early Head Start & Home VisitingVirtual1110-1230Winter QECs - Education and CoachingVirtual1112-230Winter QECs - Family Services & ERSEAVirtual1210-1230Winter QECs - Health and NutritionVirtual1212-230Winter QECs - Site ManagersVirtual1911 - 12Directors Monthly CallVirtualp. 09We continue to evaluate the current situation and make any necessary changes asrecommended by the CDC guidelines and local city regulations for further changes or updatesfor in person meeting dates in 2022 - 2023. We encourage all in person meeting and trainingguests to follow COVID policies and guidelines of meeting spaces IHSA utilize.
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+217.241.3511 MAKE PLANS FOR REGION 5 HEAD START ASSOCIATION 2022 CONFERENCE!WHO ATTENDS R5HSA CONFERENCE?R5HSA Conference brings together Head Start and Early HeadStart professionals and friends from six (6) different states, underone roof. Gain a unique opportunity to explore excellentprofessional development and networking with other HS/EHS earlychildhood professionals and administratorsBelieving in the Head Start mission grounds us in the work ahead.The conference content is rich and balanced for every type ofadult learner. We are hosting dynamic speakers, networkingopportunities, hands on learning sessions targeting varied facetsof Early Head Start and Head Start programming.HOTEL & ACCOMODATIONSOffering an energetic urban retreat near Navy Pier, Hyatt RegencyChicago. A gateway to the city's top attractions. Discoverdowntown Chicago’s popular attractions and things to do fromHyatt Regency Chicago. Walk out the front doors to the ChicagoRiverwalk for boat tours or Millennium Park for outdoor recreationand events. Shop Magnificent Mile, visit the nearby museums, orcheck out the breathtaking views along Lake Michigan, all within afew minutes from the hotel.The Avery &Brian ExperienceDynamic Duo, MotivationalSpeakers, EntrepreneursS P E A K E RSonia ManzanoPioneer, Actor, AuthorS P E A K E RDr. David StovallProfessor, Author, SpeakerS P E A K E RErica Jones"Champion of Change,"Teacher, AuthorS P E A K E RRegistration CostIndividual Rate - Entire Conference**Daily Individual Rate Available - Go to ilheadstart.orgfor more informationEarly BirdRegular RateLate Registration$550.00$625.00$750.00For more information go to**Deadline to book your room to take advantage of thespecial conference pricing is Wednesday, September 7,2022.p.

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9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (both meetings) $125.00 member / $275.00 non-member Fall Meetings: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 Spring Meetings: Thursday, February 23, 2023Pick the meeting location convenient for you and register accordingly. IHSA is offering the Directors Meeting inperson. The dates are the same, however there are two locations this year.El Valor Carlos H Cantu Center / 2434 S Kildare /Chicago IL Erin’s Pavilion / 4965 S Second Street/ Springfield IL 3rd Thursday every monthRegistration Fee: NO CHARGE Zoom link accessible on the 3rd Thursday of every month Directors Enrichment Forum meetings allow Directors to meet and connect and havedeeper conversations with those that are facing the same challenges. Grab yourlunch and "call-in" or "log in" monthly on the date to make sure you stay in the loop withnew happenings in the Head Start world! Don’t miss this monthly opportunity to stayinformed on important federal and state initiatives and how they might affect yourprogram. We will then end the year with the 2023 Directors Institute.DIRECTORS ENRICHMENT FORUM11:00am—12:00pm on ZoomChicago Directors12:00pm—1:00pm on ZoomOther RegionsThis event is not just education or networking, but truly designed to be a venue for problem-solving and creating value that you can take back to implement with your own HS/EHS teams.Don't miss the opportunity to come together with other statewide Head Start/Early Head StartDirectors and to enjoy some well deserved time away from the Agency!We invite new, current and future leaders the opportunity to come together to connect, reflect,learn and build. The statewide gathering of HS/EHS Directors meetings is an importantopportunity to gather and collectively assess the challenges facing us, and identify how to moveforward, cooperatively, and sometimes with solutions for you to apply within your own agenciesSTATEWIDE HEAD START AND EARLY HEADSTART DIRECTORSTuesday, June 6 — Thursday, June 8, 2023; The Institute will begin at 1:00pm on Tuesday and will end at Noonon ThursdaySTATEWIDE HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START2022-2023 Directors InstituteSleeping Room Rate: Stay tuned for details.Registration Fee: Stay tuned for detailsMeals Included: Tuesday— PM break and Dinner, Wednesday—Cont. Breakfast & Lunch, Thursday- HotBreakfastInformation will be available soon.Meals included: light breakfast and lunchp. 11

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The HR/Fiscal Quality Enrichment Circle (QEC) is an opportunity forindividuals supporting all functions of HR & Fiscal:STATEWIDE HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD STARTHUMAN RESOURCES/FISCALJoin fellow HR/Fiscal professionals to listen, learn, network and build a professional communityto advance your agency's performance. HR/Fiscal Quality Enrichment Circle is a time for robustdiscussions with your colleagues – other HR/Fiscal Professionals, so that you can learn howother agencies manage and handle challenges around human resources and fiscal.HR discussion agenda items include: the intersection of Head Start governance and humanresources, managing the increase in minimum wage, personnel policies, background checks,staff qualifications and competencies, internal investigations, social media.Fiscal Management discussion agenda items include: compensation, cost principles, facilitiesand property, financial management systems, reporting requirements, procurement policiesand procedures.RecruitmentSafetyFiscal ManagementEmployee RelationsCompensation and BenefitsTalent DevelopmentComplianceFALL MEETINGWednesday, November 16, 20229:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (both meetings)$200.00 per memberFive or more Registrations from the same Agency: $175.00 perperson$350.00 non-memberMeals included: light breakfast and lunchSPRING MEETINGThursday, May 18, 2023Erin’s Pavilion / 4965 S Second Street / Springfield, IL 62703 p. 12

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What are Quality Enrichment Circles or QECs? Quality Enrichment Circles (QECs) otherwise known as “communities of practice” are a group of people whoshare a passion or a concern for something they do, and find opportunities for growth.What happens in QECs? During the meeting we will share ideas and insights, help each other solve problems and develop a commonpractice or approach to your content area. Where are QECs held? The six (6) content driven QEC meetings are held in three (3) different regions throughout Illinois: South inMt. Vernon, Central in Springfield and the City of Chicago.When do QECs happen? QEC groups will meet three times; two in person and one virtually - Fall, Winter and Spring.What are the different QECs or Content Areas for 2022-2023? There are six (6) Quality Enrichment Circles for 2022-2023. New circles were added this year to reflect andsupport a varied range of roles across many agency structures. They are listed in the following pages . If youdon’t see your role represented or not sure which circle to choose, give IHSA a call @ 217.381.5007HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD STARTQUALITY ENRICHMENT CIRCLES (QECs)For the 13th straight year, join us for the signature event, Quality EnrichmentCircles, known as QECs! QECs, sometimes referred to as “communities ofpractice” are a group of people who share a common concern or a passion forsomething they do and they want to learn how to do it better. As we continue toexperience unprecedented times, the need to attend the QECs and network withyour colleagues is more important than ever! During the meetings we will talkand share ideas, insights and strategies to help each other solve problems anddevelop a common practice or approach to your content area.The agenda will be designed by you and what you need from the meeting. While implications and newstrategies continue during the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and these challenges may well be at thecenter of most discussions, however, we will also be including additional important topical areas thatneed to be discussed not around COVID-19. The 2022-2023 Quality Enrichment Circles (QEC’s) are going to be held THREE (3) times during thecalendar year. QECs will meet in October, January, and May. October and May QECs will meet in personand January QECs will meet virtually. We will be following recommendations from the CDC and localguidelines for any and all in-person meetings. QECs will continue to meet regionally in the South, Central and Chicago. QEC Dates for each of thedifferent content groups are on the following page.p. 13

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Disabilities, Mental Health & Wellness Early Head Start & Home Visiting Education & CoachingHealth & NutritionSite ManagersFamily Services & ERSEACentral QEC DatesDisabilities, Mental Health & Wellness QECOctober 25, 2022January 10, 2023 (virtual) April 25, 2023Early Head Start & Home Visiting QECOctober 26, 2022January 10, 2023 (virtualApril 26, 2023Education & Coaching QECOctober 27, 2022January 11, 2023 (virtual)April 27, 2023Family Services & ERSEA QECNovember 1, 2022January 11, 2023 (virtual)May 2, 2023Health & Nutrition QECNovember 2, 2022January 12, 2023 (virtual)May 3, 2023Site Managers QECNovember 3, 2022January 12, 2023 (virtual)May 4, 2023Registration Fee Includes all three (3) QEC meetingsMeals Included: Each in-person QEC meeting will have a light continental breakfast andlunchAll QEC meetings will be held from 10:00am—3:00pmJanuary QECs meet virtually; with QECs in the AM (10:00 - 12:30) & PM (12:00 - 2:30)QEC REGISTRATION INFORMATIONCentral QECs / 3435 Liberty Dr / Springfield, IL 62704HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START QUALITY ENRICHMENT CIRCLES2022 - 2023CONTENT AREA QECS:Member Registration Fee:$299.00Five or more registrations from the same Agency:$274.00Non Member Fee:$449.00p. 14

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South QECs / Fairfield Inn & Suites / 217 Potomac Blvd. / Mt. Vernon 62864Chicago & North QECs / EL Valor Carlos H. Cantu Center 2434 S. Kildare / Chicago 60623South QEC Dates:Disabilities, Mental Health & Wellness QECOctober 25, 2022January 10, 2023 (virtual)April 25, 2023Early Head Start & Home Visiting QECOctober 26, 2022January 10, 2023 (virtualApril 26, 2023Education & Coaching QECOctober 27, 2022January 11, 2023 (virtual)April 27, 2023Family Services & ERSEA QECNovember 1, 2022January 11, 2023 (virtual)May 2, 2023Health & Nutrition QECNovember 2, 2022January 12, 2023 (virtual)May 3, 2023Site Managers QECNovember 3, 2022January 12, 2023 (virtual)May 4, 2023North & Chicago QEC Dates:Disabilities, Mental Health & Wellness QECOctober 25, 2022January 10, 2023 (virtual)April 25, 2023Early Head Start & Home Visiting QECOctober 26, 2022January 10, 2023 (virtualApril 26, 2023Education & Coaching QECOctober 27, 2022January 11, 2023 (virtual)April 27, 2023Family Services & ERSEA QECNovember 1, 2022January 11, 2023 (virtual)May 2, 2023Health & Nutrition QECNovember 2, 2022January 12, 2023 (virtual)May 3, 2023Site Managers QECNovember 3, 2022January 12, 2023 (virtual)May 4, 2023p. 15

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SAVE THE DATE and Stay tuned for ConferenceRegistration Information & Registration Fees.2023 IHSA Annual ConferenceTuesday, March 27 – Friday, March 31, 2023MORE ABOUT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE:Every year the Illinois Head Start Association gathers professionals and parentsfrom across the state of Illinois to attend our Annual Conference. The conference(spread out over the course of four days) will provide deep, innovative training andprofessional development opportunities and an excellent forum for exploring bestpractices and connecting with your colleagues. These training opportunities allowDirectors, Staff, Parents and Head Start Friends to get the most currentapproaches to materials in their respective areas. Join us in March 2023 for our Annual Training Conference that houses the IHSAComponent Meetings & Elections, IHSA Business Meeting, Directors Forum,Awards Luncheon, Trade Show and Exhibit Hall and Powerful Inspiring KeynotePresentations. Don’t miss this time to come together to reflect, network, learn,and discuss solutions for the success of young children and families during thiscritical and challenging time in early learning education.p. 162023 Annual Conference

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8th Annual Vanessa Rich8th Annual Vanessa Rich Leadership Experience Summer RetreatLeadership Experience Summer RetreatJuly 18 - 20, 2023 Don’t miss the leadership retreat of the year! We inviteyou to join us in the celebration of our dear friend andHead Start colleague, Vanessa Rich. This leadership experience was created to continueVanessa’s legacy. Vanessa was a brilliant and formidableleader, a fearless advocate and a kind, devoted friend.Vanessa once said, “In Head Start, we don’t just stand onthe porch, we come all the way into the house.” That ishow she lived: all the way in. Let’s come together to fuelher passion to expand opportunity for vulnerable childrenand families. We will celebrate her kind spirit that willcontinue to inspire and fortify the entire Head Startcommunity. As Vanessa is no longer able to be the voice for youngchildren and families who do not have their own voice, it istime for you...for each of pick up this responsibilityby demonstrating that impactful leaders lead through anartful mix of heart, passion, spirit and mindfulness and bymaking sure we are always living “all the way in”.p. 17Tuesday, July 18 — Thursday, July 20, 2023; The Retreat will begin at 1:00pm on Tuesday and will end at Noonon ThursdaySleeping Room Rate: Stay tuned for details.Registration Fee: Stay tuned for detailsMeals Included: Tuesday— PM break and Dinner, Wednesday—Cont. Breakfast & Lunch, Thursday- HotBreakfastInformation will be available soon.

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The CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System)is an observational instrument to assess quality inpreschool classrooms. The CLASS assessesinteractions between children and teachers in threebroad domains of classroom quality: EmotionalSupport, Classroom Organization, and InstructionalSupport.The Office of Head Start believes that the domains of quality measured by the CLASS remain central toits approach to child development and education and serve as important indicators of the future schoolreadiness of all Head Start children. The two days will focus on CLASS Observation Training withReliability Assessment offered online.Who should attend? Are you interested in learning how to observe classrooms using the CLASS? Thistraining will guide you through the CLASS Observation tools and prepare you to become a reliable CLASSObserver in our two-day Pre-K CLASS Observation Training.This training is open to Education Managers, Curriculum Specialists, Master Teachers, and ProgramDirectors in Head Start agencies, school districts, and other early childhood agencies that servepreschool age children.Important Note: Attendance is required for all training days to be eligible for reliability testing.Approximately 10.8 million full-time workers have a substance use disorder?As many as 35 million workdays are lost each year due to mental illness.Untreated mental illness in the workplace costs businesses $105 billion each year– mostly due to lost productivity.Did you know:Presented in two-parts, Mental Health First Aid at Work is a mental health trainingprogram that teaches participants how to notice and support an individual who maybe experiencing a mental health or substance use concern or crisis in a workenvironment and connect them with appropriate employee and communityresources. Mental Health First Aid at Work is a skills-based, experiential andevidence-based practice.How Mental Health First Aid for the Workplace Can Help:Reduces stigmaIncreases employees’ mental health and substance use literacy.Increases likelihood that employees will reach out to someone who may be facing a mental health or substanceuse challenge.Shows each employees how to connect a distressed person with the appropriate resources, in accordance withcompany policies.PART 1: MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR WORKPLACEPART 2: SUPPORTING MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACEp. 18

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PARTNERSHIPCONTENTLIve virtual expert-led training through IHSA’sZoom platform for two hours.Agency picks the date and time best fitting withyour team’s schedule. You and your team choose how to attend -together in one location projecting the trainingpresentation to a large screen or in manydifferent locations.Can accommodate up to 500 of your teammembers.VIRTUAL - LIVE PRESENTERIn-person events with the most thoughtfulhealth and safety guidelines in place in order tomaintain the highest standards of cleanlinessand hygiene recommended by the CDC.IHSA will consider requests to have yourtraining in-person @ your Agency andappropriately to accommodate requests.Additional fees will apply for in-persontrainings. Contact Cathy Welsh at cwelsh@ilheadstart.orgor call 217-381-5007 or 217-241-3511 for moredetails and to receive a quote. IN - PERSONProfessional development expertise at anindividual's pace with on-demand learning. A total of two hours; Divided into six (6) smaller"micro-learning nuggets.'' Each nugget isaround 20-25 minutes. Learner-centric approach - short, concisesections; Accessible from anywhere on anydevice. Start and stop on-demand. The coursepicks up right where the learner pauses. Courses can be easily accessed, quicklycompleted, and immediately applied. ONLINE - ON DEMANDKnowledgeable experts of IHSA and theirpremier presenter consultants deliver high-quality training and materials Work with us to create a training that fits yourspecific needs to help reach your goals. We canaccommodate group training in-person or virtuallive for as few as 10 to as many as 500 teammembers.Customized to meet your specific ProfessionalDevelopment needs.CUSTOMIZED PDIHSA will work to meet your goalswith 1) every area of Head Start &Early Head Start 2) every budget 3)every level of team member experience 4) every timeline.IHSA can work with you on anyHead Start related area to meetyour self-assessment, communityassessment or strategic plangoals and objectives.INDIVIDUALIZED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTSERVICES OFFERED TO YOU AND YOUR AGENCY:p. 19

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This training is inspired by Simon Sinek’s ground-breaking TED talk,which is the third most viewed talk of all time and based on hisbest-selling book, “Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for DiscoveringPurpose for You and Your Team”. This very interactive workshop isdesigned to walk you and your team, step-by-step, through theprocess to:FINDING YOUR WHY AND BRINGING IT INTO YOUR LIFE!Find your WHY,Articulate your WHY andPinpoint the life experiences that shaped who you are.When we clearly understand our own WHY, we can gain a greater sense of purpose and are able tocontribute the best of who we are. When we are at our best, doing work that matters to us, thenatural result is greater fulfillment. This is not only good for us, but also contributes to the vision,mission and the long-term progress of your Head Start program.We are each moving forward but we are moving forward very differently as ourindividual lives and experiences have been drastically changed in the last year anda half due to COVID-19 pandemic. Due to these circumstances, many of us arefacing lost inner energy and that special power and passion we used to haveinside.When we are missing that feeling, that spark – there is a flatness to our state ofbeing that can quickly take over our power of positive thinking, leaving usunmotivated, tired, stressed, and burned out. Too many times, we underestimateour own power and lose motivation whenever life feels tough and out of control.Life, however, IS within your control. To stay motivated and carry on with life, youneed to find your drive. During this training, your staff:SPARK YOUR MOTIVATION AND TAKE ACTION..NO MATTER HOW STUCK YOUARE!will learn a framework to build their own Motivation Engine to include a motivation checklist guidewill establish personal SmartGoals that will immediately spark motivation, renew passion, inspirationAND get life moving in the right direction again!BELONGING: MAKING EQUITY, INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY THE FOREFRONT OFYOUR HEAD START AGENCY CULTUREHead Start was founded with the mission to empowermarginalized Americans by partnering with families to preparetheir children for success in school and life. Prioritizingdiversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within our programs andthroughout our practices and relationships is essential tokeeping the Head Start promise. Learn about the four components of DEI which include improving engagement, counteractingunconscious bias, diversity and inclusion at work, and fostering an inclusive climate.Explore further these four important components that ensure equity, inclusion and diversity which arethe forefront of your workforce culture.In light of ongoing protests and calls for action against systemic racism, Head Start agencies may need tore-think and re-vamp their individual mission and culture to improve formal diversity and inclusioninitiatives. This extremely important training participants will:p. 20

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TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF: SELF-CARE IS NOT SELFISH address the concepts and impact of compassion fatigue, stress and burnout.explore skills and strategies for effective time management that will provide bestpractices for prioritizing tasks, overcoming procrastination, improving yourconcentration, and dealing with frequent distractions which all lead to additionalstress,pressure and burnout. Provide concrete steps for developing a professional self-care plan and your team will be armed with a toolbox of ideas to promote theirwellness and self-care.Taking care of other people is at the core of our work. It can beexhausting and demanding, and this is even truer during stressful timeslike the current pandemic. Despite the misleading title, self-care isn’t atall about selfishness. Self care is essential so we are able to keepmeeting our personal and professional responsibilities. This trainingwill:BECOMING A MORE TRAUMA-INFORMEDORGANIZATION: CREATING CONDITIONS,CONNECTION & COMMUNITY IN YOUR HEADSTART/EHS AGENCY 217-381-5007cwelsh@ilheadstart.orgwww.ilheadstart.orgCathy WelshD I R E C T O R O F L E A R N I N GContact IHSA to learn more or to schedule an individualized training: p. 21Unpack key concepts of becoming trauma informed organizations and explore what thisreally means for initiatives, organizations and agencies serving our communities.Explore how the culture of an organization can care for and support staff while also creatingsafe, supportive environments for families and children through trauma-informed policiesand practices.Walk away with tools for assessing and integrating knowledge about trauma into policies,procedures and practices, and a deeper understanding of how trauma-informed care leadsto more sustainable, resilient organizations.Day after day, we work with children, families, and staff who have experienced trauma, yet woften do not know how to respond to their needs. As a result, as Head Start / Early Head StartAgencies, we need to expand our work to become “trauma-informed and resilientorganizations''. In this training participants will:

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LIVE VIRTUAL VIA ZOOMIN-PERSON @ YOUR AGENCYON-LINE & ON-DEMANDCUSTOMLIVE VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM OPTION- IHSA will forward a Zoom link that you will thendistribute to participating staff within your Agency. Staff will connect to the livezoom link via their preferred device on the day and time of the training. Live virtualtraining can accommodate up to 500 staff members.ON-LINE & ON-DEMAND- conducted through the IHSA exclusive online learningplatform, Bridge. Once confirmed, IHSA will send you directions on how to accessthe training and share it with your staff.Agency Members: $900.00 per trainingNon Members: $2200 per trainingIn-Person: Please contact Cathy Welsh - or 217-381-5007 for price details.Step 1: Decide which training topic(s) and the mode of training:Step 2: Contact Cathy Welsh ( or call 217-381-5007 / 217-241-3511to secure your training topic and training date.Step 3: IHSA will confirm your date and time with the training consultant. Once your dateand time with the trainer is confirmed.TRAINING FEE STRUCTURE:➔ Each training is a total of two hours➔ In-Person & Virtual Live can accommodate between 10 — 500 staff at the same price➔ On-Demand will provide unlimited staff access for 45 days VIRTUAL LIVE AND ON-DEMAND PRICES p. 22

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Ericka Williams is the Manager of Family and Child Support Services for Catholic CharitiesDiocese of Joliet, Early Childhood Services Division (Early Head Start and Head Start). She isresponsible for overseeing the social services component areas on a daily basis which includesmanaging the center’s transportation, child care, father engagement, family engagement,policy council, PROMIS database, ReadyRosie database, program eligibility, monitoring andmaintaining reports and a center director.LAURI MORRISON-FRICHTLCathy Welsh is currently the Director of Learning of the Illinois Head Start Association. Lauri hasworked in the field of early childhood field for over 25 years. Her role ranged from TeacherAssistant to Practice Based Coach. She is also a member of the Illinois Trainers Network, CDAPD Specialist and is an adjunct faculty for both Richland Community College and MillikinUniversity located in Decatur, Illinois. ERICKA WILLIAMSLauri Morrison-Frichtl is currently the Executive Director of the Illinois Head Start Association.Lauri has worked with Head Start since 1988 in a variety of roles including the training andtechnical assistance systems, serving as an Education Manager, and a Director of a HeadStart/Early Head Start and Migrant program. In addition, Lauri has directed a campus childcare center and a non-for-profit child care center and has years of experience in the earlychildhood classroom.CATHY WELSHp. 23Yolanda Winfrey, a past Head Start Child and a past Head Start Parent (her son Douglas is aHead Start Alumni as well) has worked in the early childhood field for over 20 years. She hasheld various positions including Head Start/Early Childhood Director and Chief Talent andOrganizational Development Officer. Yolanda has a Master’s Degree in Education (EarlyChildhood) from Concordia University Wisconsin, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from theUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, and an Advanced Practice Social Work Certification from theState of Wisconsin. In 2013, Yolanda received an award from the Milwaukee Community Journal for her Contributions Towards MakingOur Community Stronger (in the area of Education). Yolanda combines her educational background, knowledge andskills with that of her experiences as a past Head Start Child and a past Head Start Parent to bring a uniqueperspective and approach to her work in this field. Yolanda is experienced in systems development; management systems, policies and implementation practices;providing training and technical assistance to administrators, board members, managers, staff, and programs inprogram design and service delivery; grant writing; and customized consulting services. The perspective Yolandaprovides has led to numerous, positive and innovative approaches that has helped her program and others developand ignite the passion in their work to improve outcomes for children, families, staff, and organizations.Ericka has a Master Degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Family & Community Services andis currently working on a Master Degree in Social Work with a specialization in addiction. Ericka strongly believesthat young children and families are the future of our nation's society. She feels that it is the responsibility of allEarly Childhood Educators to nurture, motivate and educate parents in understanding the impact of their positiveparenting in their children's lives. Ericka loves helping and encouraging the board and staff.Lauri has developed national training curricula, provided training at the state, regional and national level around awide array of topics. She is passionate about Head Start and services to children and families who live in poverty.Cathy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in FamilyServices and has a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education. She has the Illinois Professional EducatorLicense as well as an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL). She has experience providing trainingand technical assistance, guiding others in completing projects and improvements in their teaching practices,practice based coaching, and providing support for individuals to pursue professional advancement. YOLANDA WINFREYOur Trainers

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Be Part of IHSA’s Exclusive On-Line Learning Platform, Bridge(subscription for service—contact IHSA for more details)AN EASY LEARNING/ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORMAccessible on all learning platforms. Looks good on each platform. You have a learningdashboard that includes: My Learning/Learning Library/Training Calendar.EASY AUTHORINGFlexibility to add your own training material and make the online learning platform yourown. There is an extra cost for this service.EASY ADMINISTRATION Easy to add learners, either individually or by using a CSV file. You can identify groupsand those who manage groups.Bridge Mobile for Employee Development gives you more opportunities to learn new skills,connect with coworkers, and stay in sync with your boss, even when you’re on the go.Are you ready to bring your orientation and/onboarding to a new level? The IHSA OrientationModules are inspirational modules that will bring life to onboarding new staff and make yourjob easier ensuring that your newest team members are engaged and excited about their newjob. This online Learning Management System (LMS), through Bridge, is intuitive and userfriendly. BRIDGE allows your programs to offer online orientation anywhere at any time. It’saccessible, easy to use for both the Head Start and Early Head Start program as well as for theuser. We believe our IHSA Orientation Modules lay a great foundation to future offerings youwill tailor for your agency staff and program.Transform Your Organization Through Engagement, Connection, & Continuous LearningDo you have access to IHSA’s exclusive online-learning platform, BRIDGE? BRIDGE allows HeadStart programs to offer online learning to their staff anywhere at any time. BRIDGE isaccessible, flexible, convenient, interactive and easy to use for both the Head Start programand employees! In addition to all the great courses that IHSA has developed and placed onBRIDGE, each program can also have access to develop their own e-learning courses. Don’tdelay, get your subscription to Bridge today!ILLINOIS HEAD START ASSOCIATIONON-DEMAND LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS)Learning On-The-Go: Anytime! Anywhere!BRAND NEW MOBILE APPWhat Is BRIDGE?MICROLEARNINGIHSA Bridge to Orientation Modules & Beyond!ON-DEMAND LEARNING COURSES AVAILBLE NOW:p. 24

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Many members tell us this is theirfavorite module. They love thetheme of cultivating passionanddiscovering how important their roleis to the overall success of theirprogram. They find the connection ofbelonging to a community anddiscover that they also grow fromongoing interactions with childrenand families. You will need a tissuewhen watching the video segmentsas they pull at our heart strings.CULTIVATING PASSIONTakesabout 15-20 minutes tocomplete.Includes short video segmentsthat supportinterestandcultivatepassion.Includes 5 questions that testthe learners knowledge ofthe content and supportsongoing learning.Children and familiesdeserve our best, everyday, nomatter what our role is!During this module weenhance our understandingofhow our attitudeis criticalto providing the bestopportunity for thechildrenand families we serve.The way we act each dayimpacts everyone aroundus.Our work is stressfulbutmanaging our emotionsand asking for help whenneeded are key componentsof professionalism. At theheart ofourwork isunderstanding theimportanceof maintainingconfidentiality. During thevideo segments parents sharehow Head Start staff haveshown professionalism andmade a difference in their life.New employee’s discover the history of Head Start, learn aboutcomprehensiveservicesandare provided withan introduction to the Head Start Program Performance Standards. They learn each Head Start/Early Head Start program is unique and why this matters to their community. Employees begin this module thinking they know all there is to know about Head Start but there is muchmore tosee, hear and feel aboutthe value of the work and the importance they play inmaking a difference for children and families.The foundation for this module is built on believing allchildren, regardless of circumstances,at birth have the abilityto reach their full potential. Employees will understandwhowe serve,whywe serve the most vulnerableand how wereach the most vulnerable. Included are the importantsegments on poverty and trauma informed care. This module is centeredon the key components ofERSEA –eligibility, recruitment, selection,enrollment and attendance.Through video segments and concrete information theemployee has an opportunity to learn how each componentworks within a Head Start/Early Head Start program.PROFESSIONALISMWELCOME TO HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD STARTREACHING THE MOST VULNERABLEEACH MODULEMEETTHEMODULESOnboarding Solutionp. 25

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School readiness is everyone’s business! Employeesquickly understand that no matter what role you havewithin your program it contributes to children’s schoolreadiness. But what is school readiness and what aboutthose school readiness goals? We take a quick tripthrough the Head Start Program Performance Standardsand the Early Learning Outcomes Framework and learnwhat they say about school readiness. So, buckle up andget ready to see how you make a difference in gettingchildren ready for school!Did you know that you are joiningthe staff of the country’s premierearly childhood developmentprogram – Head Start/Early HeadStart? Discover what makes HeadStart and Early Head Start unique.Knowing the major differences andsimilarities among the earlylearning providers helps tobetter understand the experienceschildren had prior to coming toHead Start/Early Head Start orservices they are currently involvedwith. Who we serve, our standardsand comprehensive services arekey areas of discussion.Head Start Gets It! This moduledemonstrates that parents are key andequal partners. It emphasizes thatbuilding and supporting relationships withparents are at the heart of what we do.Discover lessons on the strength basedapproach and how this plays into thedevelopment of the Family PartnershipAgreement. Oh and wait, don’t miss theall-important segment on Policy Councils.Powerful video segments from currentparents make this module one you won’twant to miss.What is Active Supervision and what role do I have inmaking sure children and families are safe? Thisquestion is the heart and soul of this module. Safematerials, facilities, equipment and buses are allcritical areas that require our best safety practices.But the employee needs to understand the scopeand importance they play in keeping children safe.Regulations relating to safety and emergencypreparedness are also shared.SCHOOL READINESSPARENTS AS KEY PARTNERSEARLY LEARNING IN ILLINOISIncludes aCertificate ofCompletionCan be taken in any orderA CULTURE OF SAFETYCOMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTSTANDARDS, REGULATION, AND MONITORINGWhy is it important to be connected tothe community and how does thishappen within a Head Start/Early HeadStart program? We emphasize theneed for strong communityrelationships and we betterunderstand how this makes greatthings happen for children andfamilies. Employees learn about theParent Family and CommunityEngagement Framework and even alittle bit about non-federal share.Want a sneak peak? Visit the IHSA website and sign up to get the insider look. www.ilheadstart.orgDid you know? EachmoduleYou are going to be surprised howexciting this module is! Employeesare quick to discover that we have a“heck of a lot” of rules in HeadStart/Early Head Start. We hearcomments like, “no wonder we haveto do this, it’s in the Head StartProgram Performance Standards”.Also, we peak into the DesignationRenewal System and ongoingmonitoring. This module helps toput it all into context by connectingthe dots and making it easier tounderstand for someone new onthe job. This might even be a goodrefresher for seasoned employees.p. 26

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Scan to visit our page217-241-3508217-241-3511www.ilheadstart.org3435 Liberty Drive / Springfield, IL 62704Lauri Morrison-Frichtllfrichtl@ilheadstart.orgExecutive DirectorDonna Emmonsdemmons@ilheadstart.orgAssociate Head Start StateCollaboration DirectorMichelle “Mitch” Woodmwood@ilheadstart.orgDirector of Operations andCommunicationCathy Welshcwelsh@ilheadstart.orgDirector of LearningMeet the Teamwww.ilheadstart.orgp. 27