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IHSA Annual Conference

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Take a look at our upcoming Annual Conference where the Early Head Start and Head Start community and friends gather. This year's conference features:

  • 2 pre-conference concurrent workshops
  • a welcome reception on Wednesday evening
  • energetic and motivating keynote speakers
  • variety concurrent sessions
  • an awards luncheon on Thursday
  • a plethora of vendors and exhibits.  

Exhibitor/Sponsor Sign-up form 

2023 Exhibitor-Sponsor Sign-up form

Any questions about vendor tables or trade show?  Need to forward your logo to Mitch?  Send your specific inquiries to 

Conference Tee-shirt Pre-Order form

Order your tees HERE -- two designs!!  Limited quantities!



Thank you for stopping by and welcome to the Illinois Head Start Association!  The Illinois Head Start Association (IHSA) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, a non-partisan association serving as the voice of Illinois’ Head Start/Early Head Start programs, staff and parents. 

Our Mission:

To mobilize, strengthen, and inspire our membership in the interest of our children, families, staff, and communities.

Why we do it? 

Strong, bright futures begin at Head Start/Early Head Start and IHSA is dedicated to supporting our members with their critical mission of serving children and families who are the most fragile or vulnerable across every community in Illinois. 

Who are we?

IHSA provides assistance to Illinois Head Start and Early Head Start programs to ensure their ongoing viability and vitality to operate a high impact, community driven Head Start/Early Head Start program. IHSA advocates for its members at the federal, state and local level to secure more funding and achieve beneficial policy changes and better serve Illinois’ most vulnerable children and families.

How we do it?

Elevating the Head Start/Early Head Start community by Educating, Advocating, Collaborating, and Communicating.  By communicating with members, and creating opportunities for learning and connections, members are increasingly engaged, unified and supported as they work to better serve their clients and communities.

Partnerships and Sponsors

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