Parent and Family Engagement Conference

December 16 - 19, 2024 | San Diego, California

Together We Thrive: Engaging Programs and Families for Children's Success

NHSA’s annual Parent and Family Engagement Conference is the sole national event dedicated to enhancing the partnership between Head Start parents, families, and staff to foster family engagement and children’s development.

Attendees will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of new resources and innovative ideas on important topics in early childhood development. Partnering with families is a vital component of the Head Start program. You will discover new methods to engage with families, learn how to build strong relationships, and develop open lines of communication. Programs and families working together promote children's success both at home and school.

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Registration Rates

Super Early Bird NHSA Member Rate:*


Available now - September 6

Early Bird NHSA Member Rate:*


Available September 7 - October 25

NHSA Member Rate:*


Available October 26 - December 15

On-Site NHSA Member Rate:*


Available December 16 - 19

Non-Member Rate:


Available to non-members

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Engage With Your Communities of Practice

NHSA organizes sessions into Communities of Practice areas, which facilitate networked learning between both peers and experts. A Community of Practice is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do.

The Communities of Practice are:

  • Data (Management and Continuous Quality Improvement)
  • Early Head Start
  • Education and Child Development
  • Enrollment, Recruitment, Selection, Eligibility, and Attendance (ERSEA)
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Fiscal
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human Resources/Program Operations
  • New Director
  • Parents

2024 Schedule at a Glance

Monday, Dec. 16

7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception

Tuesday, Dec. 17

7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
General Opening Session

11:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Parent Policy Council Dinner & Dance (Ticketed Event) | Sponsored by Walden University

Wednesday, Dec. 18

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Party (Open to all attendees)

Thursday, Dec. 19

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
General Closing Session

12:00 p.m.
Attendee Departure

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