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IHSA Annual Conference

Conference Overview

Every year the Illinois Head Start Association gathers professionals and parents from across the state of Illinois to attend our Annual Conference. The conference  will provide deep, innovative training and professional development opportunities and an excellent forum for exploring best practices and connecting with your colleagues. These professional development opportunities allow Directors, Staff, Parents and Head Start Friends to get the most current approaches to materials in their respective areas.

Join us for our Annual Training Conference that houses the IHSA Component Meetings & Elections, IHSA Business Meeting, Directors Forum, Awards Luncheon, Trade Show and Exhibit Hall and Powerful Inspiring Keynote Presentations.

Don’t miss this time to come together to reflect, network, learn, and discuss solutions for the success of young children and families during this critical and challenging time in early learning education.

Call for Proposal to Present

The 2023 IHSA Annual Conference will be an exciting opportunity for professional development and we are currently seeking proposals for training sessions.

Whether you are a seasoned presenter, or this be your first time, we encourage you to submit your proposal to participate in this amazing conference where roughly 300 people attend. 

Why present?

Share your expertise, experiences, creativity, innovative and best practices, passion and commitment with the Head Start/Early Head Start community in Illinois.

What are the guidelines to present?

For complete detailed information on the guidelines, you can open and/or download the .pdf here.

What is the timeline to submit proposals?

 Proposals are due by close of business Wednesday, December 21, 2022. Presenters with successful submissions will be notified on or before Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Once notification is received, selected presenters will be required to confirm their participation.

I'm ready to present at one of the breakout sessions. Where's the form?

We're so glad that you can share your time, expertise and energy with our HS/EHS community.   Go to this link to fill out an online form.


Please contact Cathy Welsh at with specific questions or to submit additional information to accompany your proposal.  Please put in the subject line 2023 Conference proposal.