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Region 5 Head Start Association Conference


 Hosted by Region 5 Head Start Association in Partnership with Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin HSAs

Registration Details

Registration Details

Registration Details

Registration Details

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 happening in-person 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 continues 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.

When and what time is the R5HSA Conference taking place?

  1. Pre conference events begin Monday, October 3rd, 2022 thru Tuesday, October 4th, 2022.  Pre- conference Details Here.

  2. Regular conference events begins Tuesday, October 4th - Friday, October 7th, 2022

What are the tracks or sessions planned for the conference?

Conference Tracks Include: 

  • Program Management

  • Program Governance

  • Financial Management

  • Enrollment, Recruitment, Selection, Eligibility and Attendance, (ERSEA) 

  • Early Education and Child Development Childhood Program Services

  • Health Program Services (Mental Health, Trauma, Resiliency, Disability Services, Nutrition, Oral Health)

  • Family and Community Engagement Program Services

  • Leadership

  • Workforce/HR

For detailed summaries of the sessions planned, visit the, "Sessions at a Glance"

What will it cost for me or staff in my program to attend?

There are many options to attend and pay for the conference.  Details about the cost of the conference and pre-conference can be found in the "Registration Detail" page.  Once there you can register for either or both events.  Pre-conference and the regular Conference cost separately.  

For all the details about about cost and to register, go the Event Registration site.

I want to bring a large group of my colleagues. Is there a special rate for large groups?

You bet! We have a discount rate for teams.  If you register 20 or more individuals from the same agency/program at the same time, you receive a discount of 20% for each attendee registered.  This discount applies to not only the regular registration rate but also for the pre-conference sessions. To receive the discount, enter the following code when you register: #Journey2R5

Besides the sessions during the conference and pre-conference what other events are planned?

This Conference is an excellent professional development and networking event for Head Start and Early Head Start Professionals and other early childhood educators and administrators. R5HSA commits to delivering high-quality, high-energy conference experiences and our commitment to that standard remains unchanged. We encourage all to "Come and Learn. Stay to Play."

Sessions and events planned include:

  • Dynamic Keynote Speakers

  • 16 or more concurrent sessions each day of the regular conference

  • Daily themes and conference swag

  • Field Trips to Head Start/Early Head Start model sites, Children's Museum, and more during the conference

  • Discounts to events and/or attractions happening in Downtown Chicago during your down time

Where do I or my team stay for the conference?

Our conference is conveniently located in Downtown Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  Individuals and/or teams can book their hotel reservation by going to the link provided to us by the hotel.  Deadline to book your room to take advantage of the special conference pricing is Wednesday, September 7, 2022.  

You can go to the Hotel Reservation link to book your stay or click here.

I'm interested in becoming a sponsor, vendor or exhibitor. What do I need to know?

We welcome interested parties to join us and many of our colleagues from six states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin) at the Region 5 Head Start Association Conference.  Contact Mitch Wood at or 217-241-3511.

Let‘s discuss & explore other available logo/branding opportunities as well.  Let us customize a package just for you - we are happy to tailor a great match together!

Click HERE to complete the EXHIBITORS - VENDORS - SPONSORS  form.

Questions about the Conference? 

Lauri Morrison-FrichtlMitch WoodCathy WelshTerri LawrenceLinda Wang
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