National Head Start Conference

May 2 - 5, 2022 | Baltimore, Maryland

As the largest national conference devoted to all things Head Start, the annual National Head Start Conference brings the Head Start community together for a week of sharing knowledge, networking with peers, and celebrating achievements.

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Why is this such an important event?

The Head Start community is driven like none other to provide opportunities for success in the lives of our nation's most vulnerable children and families. It’s important that our community gathers together every year to refresh our commitment to Head Start’s vital mission, and discuss the latest developments, innovations, and obstacles in early childhood. Only by stepping away from our day-to-day work can we look at the big picture and help propel Head Start to even greater heights.

Conference+ Nat

It can be tough (or impossible) to step away from your program and attend a conference in person. Recognizing the importance of staying well-informed and up-to-date professionally, NHSA is hosting a virtual option for the upcoming National Head Start Conference & Expo. Featuring more than 25 of our most effective and experienced presenters, Conference+ sessions will be unique—not just recordings of in-person sessions. Conference+ presenters will make handouts and slides available to attendees for download.

Registration to the in-person conference includes access to Conference+ sessions. All registrants will be able to watch the on-demand trainings for 30 days at their own pace online.

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Connect With Communities of Practice

To make the conference a rich experience, sessions held throughout the conference will be clearly designated as relevant to one or more of the following Communities of Practice:

  • ERSEA
  • Data (Management and CQI)
  • Health and Wellness
  • Education and Child Development
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Parents
  • HR/Program Operations
  • Fiscal
  • New Directors
  • Early Head Start
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Ticketed Luncheons

Attend Pre-Conference Sessions

Celebrate After-Hours

Free opportunities to reconnect with all your colleagues you have not seen for more than a year!

  • The Scholarships and Awards Party
    Celebrate talented and innovative Head Start and Early Head Start staff, parents, and programs
  • The Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception
    Explore the largest gathering of vendors and service providers for Head Start
  • AfterGlow Lounge
    Step out and dance with friends and colleagues
  • Alumni After Happy Hour
    Did you attend Head Start as a child? Join fellow Head Start alumni for a meet-up in Baltimore.

Join us in Charm City!

NHSA’s 49th annual National Head Start Conference will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, just a stone’s throw from the historic Inner Harbor and right in the heart of the city. In addition to over 100 interesting, compelling, and challenging sessions, you will find:

  • Plenty of special events, celebrations, and entertainment
  • Networking opportunities with hundreds of Head Start colleagues from across the country
  • The largest collection of exhibitors offering products and services (and even some free stuff) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs
  • And keynote speakers who will make you cry, laugh, and cheer!

Registration Rates

  • Regular: $969
  • NHSA Member: $799
    March 14 thru May 2
  • NHSA Member Onsite: $919
    May 3 thru May 7
  • Conference+ Regular: $679
  • Conference+ Member: $559