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
We are planning an exciting agenda that will bring 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 will include:
Early Learning Development Standards Module – Physical Well Being and Motor Development
Safety and Injury Prevention in Head Start
A Collaborative Approach to Supervision
Connecting IMIL and CLASS
TA for Busy Education Managers/NCQTL Suites
Transforming Behavior through Relationships
Promoting Language Development through Quality Adult-Child Interactions
Ohio’s Medical Home Project
Featured Keynote/General Session Speakers:
Dr. Colleen Kraft, MD, Medical Director, Health Network and Cincinnati Children’s and Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Mary Vicario, LPCC-S, Clinician and Early Childhood Trauma Expert
Dr. Ben Kearney, OhioGuidestone, Early Childhood Mental Health Expert
WATCH FOR REGISTRATION MATERIALS NEXT WEEK.
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)
As 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.
The 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.
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.
The 2014 OHSAI Transportation Training Day will take place on Thursday, August 21 from 10am to 3:15pm at the Doubletree in Worthington, Ohio.
This interactive training is geared toward Head Start Transportation Managers, Drivers and Monitors and will address these topics:
- Railroad Safety
- The Big Picture of Safety and Lessons Learned
- Communicating with Families (this afternoon session is approved for SUTQ Specialized Training)
The event is designed to meet the four hour ODE Annual Inservice Training requirement for bus drivers and bus aides as described in Ohio’s Pupil Transportation Operation and Safety Rules (3301-83-10(B)).
Click here to access Doubletree reservations page.
CLICK HERE FOR THE AGENDA AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION
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