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R5HSA Pre Conference

Announcing two events to our already packed Conference Week.  We offer you two more reasons to join us at the Region 5 Head Start Association Conference.  Come to learn early and stay to play! Beginning October 3 we have the following preconference sessions:

Registration Details:

Register for the preconcenference through our conference page event website.  Once you register, you can choose to add the preconference package to your regular registration. Click here to take you to the conference registration page to register.

Preconference Package Pass: $350.00 (**Large groups of 20 or more attendees from the same agency/program receive 20% discount per registration when registering at the same time. Code: #Journey2R5)

What's included in the preconference package?

  • Lunch & PM Snack on October 3 (Monday)
  • Continental Breakfast (October 4)
  • Drinks (soda & water)

***Don't forget to book your lodging through our conference hotel bookingi site - information about lodging is available through the conference website.

Child Safety Summit

 with the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health and Safety

A critical part of Head Start and Early Head Start programming is ensuring the high-quality safe learning environment for the children in their setting. Over the course of the last 2 years, reports of child health and safety incidents are on the rise. As we learn more about this reporting, it is incumbent upon all of us in the Head Start and Early Head Start community to continue to find creative and innovative problem solving. Join the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety (NCHBHS), the Office of Head Start/Region V and the Region V STG Training and Technical Assistance team as we come together to learn more and discuss this critical issue. 

  • Increase the awareness of child incidents in Region V. 
  • Improve the well-being of Region V Head Start program leaders, staff, and children. 
  • Utilize systemic resources and approaches for prevention of child safety incidents.
  • Create safe environments that improve staff communication, intervention and reporting.


October 3: 
9:30 a.m. -  11:45 a.m. 

  • Welcome – Karen McNamara, Regional Program Manager, Region V Office of Head  Start 
  • Region V Child Incident Data – Carol Morrison & Mary Lee Swiatowiec, Program  Specialists, Region V Office of Head Start 
  • Leader Wellness Resources & Promising Practices – Nancy Topping-Tailby and Amy Hunter, National Center on Health, Behavioral Health & Safety

It is often said that leaders set the tone for an organization. Yet when it comes to wellness, many leaders think, I don’t have time for this! In this session, we will share tips and strategies for promoting your own wellness and leading by example to model that safety and well-being start at the top.

1:00 p.m.  - 4:30 p.m. 

  • Organizational Wellness Resources and Promising – Nancy Topping-Tailby and Amy Hunter 

Dee Edington, a prominent wellness researcher, says that positive individual and positive organizational health are two sides of the same coin. It is easier to support staff wellness in an organization that promotes a healthy workplace culture. This session will highlight the role of organizational wellness in preventing and addressing child incidents.

  • Prevention: Health & Safety Assessment and Action Planning – LaNissa Trice, Health  Specialist, Region V OHS TTA Network 

Everyone has a role in creating and implementing an environment for children to feel safe and secure. This session will provide an overview of an assessment tool that list strategies and resources to support a culture of safety. Participants will increase their knowledge on ways to plan for, implement and monitor safety

  • Child Wellness Resources & Best Practices – Amy Hunter 

A guiding principle in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework is that children
learn best when they are emotionally and physically safe and secure. Families trust Head
Start staff to keep children safe from harm while they are in a program’s care. In this session, we will explore strategies to promote responsive caregiving that supports children’s
well-being and prevents child incidents.

October 4: 
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

  • Staff Wellness Resources & Promising Practices – Heather Mansell, Health Specialist,  Region V OHS TTA Network 

COVID-19 has highlighted the need for a focus on the wellness of staff working with children in families. This session will highlight curated resources to support the development of a staff wellness action plan. Additionally, we will discuss promising practices that are being implemented to support the wellness of all staff working with children and families.

  • Psychological Safety – Nancy Topping-Tailby and Amy Hunter

Psychological safety is the ability to express your opinions openly, without having to worry about the consequences. It is one of the hallmarks of a healthy workplace culture. It also supports child safety because staff know that they can speak up about safety concerns. In this session, we will explore a tool from the Framework for Improving Joy in Work that addresses psychological safety and other system approaches to preventing child incidents.

Becoming an Impactful Innovator™

Develop the Skillsets Necessary for Personal and Professional Success

Dr. Tim Nolan

An Impactful Innovator™ is an individual who has demonstrated skills in taking a new idea created by themselves or others and bringing that idea through to effective practice.  While much innovation today is the result of teams of two or more working together, Impactful Innovators™ can be seen doing great work individually, in small groups or in large operating units.

The purpose of this training event is to help you and your colleagues to identify what it takes to be an Impactful Innovator™. We identify the skillsets, attitudes and behaviors necessary for success. We provide tools, processes and coaching as to how to close the gaps between where you are and where you decide that you want to be in each dimension. And you will have FUN doing this!

Who Should Enroll?

This course has been developed for individuals seeking to solve our big challenges, lead positive change, and create a culture of innovation and creative problem solving in their teams and organization. The course content is applicable to professionals in any role, but has been designed with senior managers and executives in mind. If you‘re ready to make progress on a real challenge you face and confront your potential blind spots as a leader then this program is for you. Executive Directors, Head Start Directors, Senior Managers, Group Leaders and anyone working for Head Start seeking to become an Impactful Innovator™ will each benefit from this event.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn what innovation is and how it fits with creativity
  • Triple Your Personal and Professional Creativity™
  • Understand the importance of innovation in reinventing yourself and your organization
  • Understand your current capabilities as an Impactful Innovator™
  • Create a personal professional development plan in your journey to become an Impactful Innovator™
  • Leave with unique tools to support your ongoing development

This learning experience applies to all of the following:

  • Executive/Program Directors
  • Content Area Managers
  • Site/Center Directors
  • Teaching Staff
  • Family Supports Services Staff
  • Health/Nutrition/Mental Health Staff
  • Human Resources/Workforce
  • Board Members
  • CFO‘s and Finance Staff

Your Instructor

Dr. Tim Nolan Has been passionately intrigued by creativity and innovation for decades. He did his doctoral work on creativity and thinking skills. He applies his own Impactful Innovator™ skillset as the CEO of Innovative Outcomes, Inc., National Centers for Learning Excellence, Inc., and The Center for Leadership Excellence, Inc. He has been a consultant to a wide variety of organizations over 52 years. He is author or co-author of 49 books. He has trained 3,100 consultants so far in his career. In his continued role as Head Start Director, he and his great colleagues continue to provide Head Start services. In 1968, he was one of the youngest Head Start Directors in the country. He is no longer the youngest, but continues to be one of the most passionate about our critically meaningful work! On a great day, he is creating a new business tool, wearing the color purple and enjoying the sun