Conference Participation


Each NHSA event presents the Head Start community with unique opportunity to learn from experts, engage in active peer-to-peer sharing, and celebrate our community’s achievements. NHSA uses the latest technology to support attendee registration, on-site experience, and post-event evaluation. NHSA’s website and conference management system are frequently updated in the 12 weeks prior to the event. Review the event schedule-at-a-glance and listing of training sessions prior to your arrival.

Conference sessions are 30, 60, or 90 minutes long. NHSA also hosts half- and full-day trainings. At all events, NHSA will request evaluations from attendees. This is an important opportunity to share feedback, concerns about a session’s content, or point out an exceptional experience. At any time in your attendance experience, do not hesitate to contact NHSA at Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for all sessions with clearly defined learning goals and assessment tools.

Presenting and Speaking Opportunities

NHSA recruits presenters year-round for different events. The Parent Conference and Family Engagement Conference request for submission typically occurs in July and August of each year. The Annual Conference request for submissions typically occurs in October and November of each year. LEADS and the Fall and Winter Institutes are by invitation only.


Our staff would not be successful without the hundreds of volunteer hours needed to support our events. In addition to people-power, volunteers provide service in four areas:

  • Conference Bag Stuffing
  • Logistics support on-site
  • Special Events/Hospitality
  • Monitoring

NHSA offers all volunteers time at the event in exchange for time supporting the event. Typically we ask volunteers to work two days to receive two days as an attendee. Volunteer recruitment occurs one month prior to the event.

Advertising, Exhibiting, and Sponsorship Opportunities

If your products and services support the healthy development of young children or help Head Start and Early Head Start programs operate more efficiently and effectively, take a look at the many partnership opportunities we offer.