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Excitement is in the air as the Region 5 Head Start Association (R5HSA) welcomes you back in-person at our 2022 Regional Head Start Association Conference happening in Downtown, Chicago, IL.

Our theme this year is What a Journey: Don‘t Stop Believing! 

We recognize how challenging that last several years have been.  The journey throughout the historic pandemic has been eye opening and has left an impact on each and everyone of us.  The same goes for the children and families we serve.  "What a journey!" it has certainly been and continue to be for all our Head Start/Early Head Start professionals as they continue to dedicate themselves to being resilient individuals, responsive to our communities and focused on rebuilding and even transforming into the new normal together.

Believing in the Head Start mission grounds us in the work ahead.  The conference content is rich and balanced for every type of adult learner. We'll host dynamic keynote speakers, networking opportunities, hands on learning and varied sessions targeting varied facets of Early Head Start and Head Start programming.  

For Group Discount (of 20 or more) copy/paste this Discount Code:  #Journey2R5  -  Must be registered at the SAME time and with the SAME agency/program.   

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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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