The Ohio Head Start Association is committed to supporting the involvement, engagement and development of Head Start Parents. This conference will equip Parent Leaders and Parent Involvement Staff with a solid understanding of the Head Start Governance Structure and the role of Policy Council, laying the foundation for a successful partnership to support positive program outcomes. Additional content will focus on knowledge and skills building to empower Head Start Parents to enhance their parenting and leadership skills.
Head Start is turning 50, and the National Head Start Association has planned a year-long celebration that starts this week with Red, White and Blue day on Wednesday, September 17th.
Join NHSA in a celebration of Head Start pride by wearing Red, White and Blue. Children, teachers, staff and parents are all encouraged to wear Red, White and Blue to help celebrate Head Start’s 50th Anniversary. Then take photos in front of your Head Start program in your red, white and blue attire and share them with NHSA on Facebook, Instagram or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s show the world our Head Start pride!
Remember the “empty seat” campaign that NHSA used to successfully advocate for the restoration of sequestration cuts? Red, White and Blue Day is a great opportunity to take photos of the “filled seats” representing the children you are now able to serve as a result of congress’s restoration of sequestration cuts, and then you can then send those photos to your elected officials to thank them. That’s exactly what they’ve done at Butler County ESC Head Start…
And, there is another exciting initiative coming out of NSHA -
THE GLOBAL CARDBOARD CHALLENGE…
At the Clinton Global Initiative’s CGI America 2014, the National Head Start Association, Lakeshore Learning Materials, and Imagination Foundation committed to engage America’s youngest learners in Head Start centers in the Global Cardboard Challenge (GCC).
The Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation that celebrates child creativity in communities around the world. Inspired by the viral short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade,’ the Challenge is an opportunity for children to build whatever they can imagine out of cardboard and recycled materials. This process develops problem solving, teamwork, invention and other 21st century skills through Creative Play. This partnership will be the first large-scale national effort to introduce STEM learning to early childhood environments.
Click here for all the details about the Global Cardboard Challenge.
The OHSAI October Meeting will be held October 9-10, 2014 at the EMBASSY SUITES in Dublin, Ohio.
We have a full and exciting agenda…
- Heath/Education/Disabilities and Social Services Advisory Meetings on Wednesday, October 8th
- Tommy Sheridan from the National Head Start Association with the latest from Washington, DC
- Closing the Achievement Gap – A CLASS Refresher
- Discoveries of Infancy
- The first two sessions in our ongoing series for the Ohio Healthy Programs designation
- Building Family Well Being through Financial Security Strategies
- The Art of Constructive Communication to Support Parent Participation Outcomes
- Monitoring System Revisions and the Five Year Grant Cycle
- 40 Developmental Assets
- Head Start A to Z Learning: Self-Assessment and Ongoing Monitoring
- State Issues – Funding, Expansion, Partnerships and Key Players
- National Center Initiatives and TTA Updates
- Ohio Department of Health Supports for Early Head Start Services
- Systematic and Integrated Family Engagement
- Parent Involvement
Click here to make your reservation at the Embassy Suites. (deadline for conference rate is September 16th)
Click here to view full agenda and registration information. (registration deadline is October 1st)
The Ohio Head Start Association is partnering with the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association to bring the Ohio Healthy Programs project to the Head Start community.
The project offers child care programs the opportunity to earn recognition as an Ohio Healthy Program. Steps toward this distinction include: attending training, implementing a wellness policy, improving menus and engaging parents.
The distinction occurs by license and there are very specific requirements about which staff must attend each training. CLICK HERE TO VIEW SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS.
We will begin at the OHSAI October meeting with the sessions “Healthy Habits Part 1 – Healthy Activity” on Thursday morning and “Healthy Habits Part 2 – Healthy Eating and Feeding” on Friday morning. To meet the Ohio Healthy Programs requirement, these sessions must be attended by one staff person from each age level represented in the licensed facility that will apply. Though not required, we are encouraging Health and Nutrition Managers to attend these valuable sessions as well to learn new ideas and to help support the Ohio Healthy Programs process within their facilities.
Watch for more information coming soon.