Events & Conferences

Join us, go beyond the normal workday and lean in to your professional learning.   Region 9 Head Start Association offers professional development opportunities that serve to enhance high quality early childhood education programs serving children ages birth to five.  Whether you are located within the Region 9 states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada, or beyond, we invite early childhood education professionals to learn, network, and grow through our selectively focused training, events, and conferences.  We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

New Training Event for 2017

Western States Leadership Conference

May 16 & 17, 2017, Phoenix, AZ

This year’s Western States Leadership Conference will explore a core component of the revised standards: promoting effective management and continuous improvement of Head Start, where outcomes and impacts are used to demonstrate compliance and quality. This conference has been specifically designed for teams of three or more persons.


New Training Event for 2017


Training West – Webinars

The mission of Training West is to bring the Head Start agency affordable, and accessible training events, live and on-demand, targeting program leadership and senior managers, in emerging or typically isolate roles, such as fiscal, human resources, training and talent development, community partnerships, and parent leadership.

Building Relationship: Bringing the Family Engagement Outcomes to Life

February 14, 2017

Human Resource Webinar Series

March  – May – July 2017

Building Your Bounce: Promoting Adult Resilience Webinar Series

April – May 2017


Early Childhood STEM Institute
March 27 – 29, 2017
Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, NV



Who Should Attend?

Teachers, Directors, Education Coordinators, Managers, Parents, and others both in and beyond Head Start and Early Head Start nationwide. Region 9 membership discounts apply. Click on the event homepage to get all of the event details…

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Institute Focus

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm to Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm

The theme of the 2017 STEM Institute is Children as Inventors.  With this in mind a number of elements have been added to support Head Start education staff to navigate new knowledge and experiences supporting innovation in our environments.  We have selected a number of hands-on workshops, model classroom environment based on the resource books, Loose Parts and will be hosting our first Curriculum Fair.

The STEM Institute kick off on Monday, March 27th at 5:00 pm – Welcome Reception with our exhibitors and sponsors.  Opening Keynote – Tuesday, March 28th at 9:oo am with Dr. David T. Crowther, University of Nevada, Reno.  Closing Keynote – Wednesday, March 29th at 2:30 pm with Ms. Amanda Bryans, Office of Head Start.

 Final Program – Posted March 20, 2017

Pre-Institute – two unique events to choose from!

Monday, March 27, 2017  – 9:00 to 4:00 pm

Head Start Program Performance Standards Implementation

Presented by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning – the six-hour session will explore in depth the implementation of Head Start’s new Program Performance Standards in three key areas – Education and Child Development Program Services, Additional Services for Children with Disabilities, and Adjusting to Service Children with Increased Duration of Services: Environment, Curriculum, and Staffing.

Session 1. Education and Child Development Services

This session will provide a high-level overview of the new Head Start Program Performance Standards around education and child development services. Content will focus on evidence-based practices that align with the standards, promoting school readiness and positive outcomes for children.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Recognize the connection of school readiness to education and child development services
  • Identify importance of innovation and efforts to continuously improve services to support school readiness and positive outcomes for children​

Session 2. New Head Start Performance Standards: Additional Services for Children with Disabilities

This session will provide a high-level overview of the new HSPPS around additional services for children with disabilities. Content will focus on evidence-based practices that align with the standards, promoting inclusive practices that support school readiness and positive outcomes for all children.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Explore the additional services required by the new Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS)
  • Describe individualizing for children with special needs and supporting families
  • Discuss the standards in relation to teaming with parents and collaborations with local IDEA agencies

Session 3. Foundations of Home Visiting in Head Start

This session provides an overview of the home-based model in Head Start. The HSPPS related to the home-based option are discussed, highlighting evidence-based practices. Planning and implementing home visits and socializations through joint planning and the use of an evidence-based curriculum are discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Understand the components of the home-based program option
  • Understand the expectations and requirements of the home-based program option
  • Explore what makes a home visit a unique opportunity to promote school readiness and positive child outcomes


Donna Ruhland, Laura Landis, and Lorena Reynolds

The Coaching and Learning Organization: Strategies for Achieving Extraordinary Outcomes with Staff and Families

Ms. Christine Mattos – Masterful Strategies.

In this six-hour session, Participants will engage in coaching conversations where techniques for effective listening and for asking effective questions will intentionally transform how we relate to each other every day in our most significant and meaningful work.  Goal setting strategies will be presented for discussion and one of the most effective secrets to creating, sustaining, and deepening the quality of our relationships will be revealed for consideration among the engaged participants in this interactive workshop.

Site Tours

This year we will be offering a limited number of seats on shuttles to visit local programs associated with the University of Nevada, Reno and Community Services Agency Head Start.

Science and Math Curriculum Fair

The Curriculum Fair is a special training model that celebrates teacher creativity, skill and expertise.  As a part of professional development teachers present, and display preschool and infant/ toddler curriculum activities that focus on math and science early learning concepts.  The projects and activities grow out of plans made by teachers who often work together in teams and find their inspiration from the children.  Teachers will describe how their ideas grew from the interests of the children.

At the Curriculum Fair each participant will present inquiry-based science and/or math curriculum ideas they have used in their classrooms that promote or enrich STEM education. Presenters will have one 8-foot table and the space in front and behind it for their display. Proposals for Curriculum Fair presenters are welcome and will be reviewed by Region IX STEM Committee for acceptance.  Please review the description of this event to help plan your curriculum projects and Curriculum Fair proposal.  Teams of teachers are encouraged to apply!

For more information, application to present and resources CLICK HERE!


FULL DAY PRE-INSTITUTE SESSIONS – Monday, March 27, 2017 – 9:00 to 4:00 pm

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors and Sponsors – Monday, March 27, 2017 – 5:00 pm

INSTITUTE SESSIONS – Tuesday and Wednesday March 28 and March 29, 2017

Registration Rates

  • Pre-Institute (Region 9 members)   $125
  • Pre-Institute (Non-members) $155
  • Institute, 2 day registration (Region 9 members) $375
  • Institute, 2 day registration (Non-member) $425
  • Local Tours $25 (pay on-site)
  • Lunch Option $15 p/person, p/day



RESERVE YOUR ROOM – at the Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno, NV – 775-398-5400

Code: STEM2017

*Cut-off Date: Monday, February 27, 2017


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SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS Vendors:  choose from a variety of ways to grow your visibility, support early childhood education, and especially to support STEM in early education.   


2017 Sponsors




Trainer – Consultant – Coach

Contact Region 9 Head Start Association to learn more about opportunities to reach over

150 Head Start program in the west!


Past Events


2nd  Annual Region IX HSA Conference:
Family Engagement and Cultural Effectiveness

October 26-28, 2016
Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii Island


Link to Photos

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The Leadership Challenge for Head Start Managers and Directors

December 13 & 14, 2016 
Kellogg West Conference Center & Lodge – Pomona, CA


More Photos of TLC 2016

Conference Registration Policies
W-9 Form 

Previous Conferences/ Handouts

Alumni of the Head Start Program

If you are a Head Start Alumni from Arizona, California, Hawaii & the Outer Pacific, or Nevada, we want to hear about your experience and memories at Head Start. Contact us to share your story!