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

Welcome, Head Start and Early Head Start Guardians! We're thrilled to invite you to the Region 5 Head Start Conference 2024, happening in person at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Chicago. Let's come together from November 5, 2024 (Pre-Conference)  & November 6-8, 2024 to reconnect, learn, and inspire as we stand united as Guardians of the Future!

Our theme this year is "Powered by Head Start: Guardians of the Future"

The theme "Powered by Head Start: Guardians of the Future" highlights those who work in Head Start/Early Head Start by spotlighting their pivotal role in shaping the future. It acknowledges the dedication and impact of colleagues across all areas associated with HS/EHS, positioning impactful, everyday individuals as guardians or caretakers of the next generation.

This celebration is rooted in the understanding that those involved in HS/EHS play a crucial part in empowering children during their formative years. It recognizes the hard work and commitment of individuals within the HS/EHS who contribute to the holistic development of children and empowering families, addressing not only educational needs but also health, nutrition, and parental engagement.  It emphasizes that the collective efforts of HS/EHS practitioners are instrumental in creating a positive and promising future for the children and families they serve, turning the theme into a tribute to their dedication and impact on generations to come.


Pre-Conference, Tuesday, November 5, 2024

Wednesday, November 6, 2024 - Friday, November 8, 2024


Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL

151 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601


Registration Fees w/Daily Rates







Early Bird (any date on or before 9/7/2024)$550.00$175.00$250.00$200.00
Regular(any date between 9/8/2024 - 10/20/2024)$625.00$200.00$275.00$225.00
Late (any date between 10/21/2024 - 11/4/2024)$750.00$225.00$350.00$250.00


What are the tracks or sessions planned for the conference?

Conference Tracks include and certainly not limited to: 

  • NPRM
  • Advocacy
  • Enrollment, Recruitment, Selection, Eligibility and Attendance, (ERSEA) 
  • Early Education and Child Development Childhood Program Services
  • Family and Community Engagement Program Services
  • Financial Management
  • Health Program Services (Mental Health, Trauma, Resiliency, Disability Services, Nutrition, Oral Health)
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Program Governance
  • Program Management
  • Workforce/Human Resources


    We are looking forward to you sharing your knowledge and experiences and filling our workshops with your valuable presentations!

    Click here to submit a proposal to present!

    Prefer to fill out the proposal another way? Point and click on the button(s) below to open, dowload, and complete the document. 

    .pdf version | .docx version  | google doc

    Once ready, you can upload your completed application using the button below:


    We will notify all acceptances via email. Thank you very much for submitting your proposal! Deadline to submit: Friday, July 19, 2024.

    Have specific inquiries about presenting? Email, Cathy Welsh,


    We invite YOU to engage!

    See our

    Region5CON2024 Prospectus and Interest Form 

     Print form to complete with authorized signature, then email to:

       Your choice: pay by invoice with check OR pay by our credit card link with added 3.5% transaction fee. 

       Questions? . . about Vendor tables, Exhibitor space, Sponsorship or Partnership opportunities, or

    need to forward your logo and link?  . . send your inquires to:  or call (217) 241-3511

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    Deadline to Reserve your Room is: October 14, 2024

    Room rates: $269.00 plus tax for Single & Double Rooms

    On-Site Parking: Parking at a 30% discount for any RVHSA Conference attendees (regardless of whether or not they are included in the room block). 

    Questions about the Conference? 

    Lauri Morrison-FrichtlMitch WoodCathy Welsh
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