2014 Parent Leadership Institute

Posted by Julie Stone on October 13, 2014 under News | Be the First to Comment

OHSAI Parent Leadership Institute
Thursday, November 13 – Friday, November 14, 2014
Doubletree Worthington, Columbus, Ohio

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.

Click here to view agenda and registration materials.

Click here to make reservations at the Doubletree Worthington.

2014 Health and Education Institute

Posted by Julie Stone on September 25, 2014 under News | Be the First to Comment



The 2014 OHSAI Health and Education Institute will be held November 4-6 at the Crowne Plaza North in Worthington — 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43229


Click here to make reservations at the Crowne Plaza.   The deadline for the conference rate is Monday, October 13th.

We have an exciting agenda that brings together state and regional experts (including the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning) on a variety of topics related to Health, Mental Health and Education Services in Head Start that will be geared toward middle and upper level managers. This conference will include a particular focus on Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress, the impact they have on child development and learning, and strategies to nurture young brains.

In addition to Keynote Addresses and a General Session devoted to the issue of Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress, Conference Topics include:

  • Early Learning Development Standards Module – Physical Well Being and Motor Development

  • Safety and Injury Prevention in Head Start

  • Cultural Competence

  • A Collaborative Approach to Supervision

  • Using IMIL Strategies to Support CLASS

  • Strategies and Resources for Busy Education Managers

  • Using the NCQTL Suites to Increase Quality Teacher Child Interactions

  • Transforming Behavior through Relationships

  • Promoting Language Development through Quality Adult-Child Interactions

  • Ohio’s Medical Home Project

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Colleen Kraft, MD, Medical Director, Health Network and Cincinnati Children’s and Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics - Translating Developmental Science into Healthy Lives

Dr. Ben Kearney, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, OhioGuidestone - Joy, Humor and Play – How They Contribute to Attachment and Learning


Click here to make reservations at the Crowne Plaza. 

Celebrating Head Start’s 50 Years of Opportunity Starts this Week

Posted by Julie Stone on September 15, 2014 under News | Be the First to Comment

Blue-BackgroundHead 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 50th@nhsa.org.  Let’s show the world our Head Start pride!

Click here for more information about NHSA’s plans for Head Start’s 50th Celebration, including a toolkit and month by month guide to activities.

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…

Final empty chairs

final chairs with children

And, there is another exciting initiative coming out of NSHA -


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.

OHSAI October Meeting Update

Posted by Julie Stone on September 8, 2014 under News | Be the First to Comment

UPDATE – Many of the sessions have been approved for Step Up to Quality Specialized Training. Click here to view updated agenda with approval information.

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)

Bus Transportation and Safety

Posted by Julie Stone on August 25, 2014 under News | Be the First to Comment

ohsAs a follow up to our OHSAI Transportation Training Day held last week in Columbus, we share with you an Information Memorandum (IM) released today by the Office of Head Start on Bus Transportation and Safety. The IM stresses that ensuring the safety of children is the highest priority of the Office of Head Start.

The IM focuses on avoiding transportation-related incidents such as children being left on the bus  or unsupervised through Redundant (or Fail-Safe) Safety Systems, Active Supervision, and Additional Transportation Safety Practices.



Aligned Monitoring Virtual Expo and Live Q&A Sessions

Posted by Julie Stone on August 19, 2014 under News | Be the First to Comment

alignedmonitoringThe Virtual Expo is a new and fun environment to learn about the Aligned Monitoring System. This event will give grantees all of the tools and information necessary to prepare for the upcoming fiscal year and learn about the Aligned Monitoring System. The week leading up to the Live Q&A Sessions, the Virtual Expo will open for all grantees to learn about the Aligned Monitoring System, how to prepare for a review, and Review Event Types for fiscal year 2015 (Environmental Health and Safety, Head Start Key Indicators – Compliant, Fiscal/ERSEA, and CLASS). Grantees will also have the opportunity to chat live with Monitoring staff during established office hours. The week of exploring the Virtual Expo will culminate in a series of Live Q&A Webinar sessions with Ross Weaver and Adia Brown from OHS. All questions submitted during the Expo and asked during the Live Q&A will be addressed during the sessions.

Important Event Dates:

September 10th at 12pm EDT: Enter the Virtual Expo.
September 17th, 2-3pm EDT: The general Live Q&A session will air.


OHSAI Partners to Promote Ohio Healthy Programs

Posted by Julie Stone on August 13, 2014 under News | Be the First to Comment

Ohio Healthy ProgramsOHP FY 14 Logo_no picsThe 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.