UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program


June 18–29, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Apply Online Now!

Applications are now available for the 2018 UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program. This 12-day intensive leadership and management development training session is for Head Start and Early Head Start directors and managers. Designed from a strategic planning perspective, the curriculum focuses on applying current management concepts to Head Start needs and interests. More than 80 hours of classroom instruction include lectures, group discussions, case studies, and workshops. The program is June 18-29, 2018.

Graduates of the Fellows Program are awarded a certificate from UCLA. They are also given the option to receive academic-level credits at an additional cost. The program has enhanced the management and leadership capabilities of more than 1,500 Head Start directors and managers nationwide.

Target Audience

This program is open to Head Start and Early Head Start directors and managers who have been in their current position for a minimum of two years, and have experience in a leadership role at a local, state, or regional community organization. Participation in a community organization does not need to be current.

In addition, participants must identify a “co-participant” who will attend the final two and a half days of the program. The co-participant is identified as the participant’s supervisor or board chair. Two-person teams from the same program also are eligible to apply (limited number selected).

Cost for Participants

The National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (PMFO) will defray the majority of program costs for both the participant and co-participant. This will include tuition, training materials, lodging, and most meals. Participants are responsible for a registration fee of $3,100. Participants and co-participants are also responsible for their travel expenses to and from Los Angeles.

How to Apply

Selected participants will be notified by May 4, 2018.


If you have questions, please contact Jeanette Boom at jeanette.boom@anderson.ucla.edu or 310-825-6306.

The UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program is offered by PMFO, in partnership with UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Harnessing Opportunity for Positive, Equitable Early Childhood Development (HOPE)

February 1, 2018
The Nemours Children’s Health System is proud to launch The Project HOPE Consortium, a new partnership with The BUILD Initiative and BMC Vital Village Network supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Project HOPE is designed to generate real progress toward equitable outcomes for young children (prenatal to age five) and their families by building the capacity of local communities, state leaders, cross-sector state teams, and local coalitions to prevent social adversities in early childhood and promote child well-being.

Grant Opportunity
States and communities are invited to build collaborative teams to participate in this work. Up to eight community teams and seven state teams will be selected to receive grants that will support in-depth technical assistance for capacity-building through targeted funding, tailored provision of technical assistance, focused strategies and approaches, tools and materials, webinars, and support for in-person convening. Complete your Expression of Interest Survey before March 8, 2018.

Through this survey, cross-sector teams or leaders can express interest in the HOPE project. Selected community coalitions/teams will be invited to apply for grants of up to $80,000 over 18 months. Selected state teams and individual leader survey respondents will be invited to apply for seven state grants of up to $200,000 over 24 months.

Learn More
Join Nemours, BUILD Initiative, and BMC Vital Village for an informational webinar on Thursday, February 8 at 2:00 PM ET. Any questions can be submitted toprojecthope2018202@gmail.com. Questions received before February 5 will be addressed on the webinar. Register here.

What is Systems Building?

By working collectively on state systems and community approaches, The Project HOPE Consortium will help early childhood leaders from early learning, health, and other child- and family-serving systems develop health equity as a shared value. Learn more about systems building here


Position Statement on Personnel Standards for Early Education and Early Intervention: Call for Feedback

DEC Member feedback is needed!

We are in the process of revising and updating the Position Statement and Concept Paper on Personnel Standards for Early Education and Early Intervention.

Review the DEC Position Statement on Personnel Standards for Early Education and Early Intervention here.

The National Research Conference on Early Childhood (formerly known as Head Start’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood) Save the Dates!

July 11–13, 2016
Washington, DC

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), in conjunction with the Office of Head Start (OHS), is pleased to announce the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) National Research Conference on Early Childhood. This announcement includes details about the conference, and a call for presentations.

This conference was formerly known as the Head Start National Research Conference. Since 1991, Head Start’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood has highlighted cutting edge research on low-income families with young children. In order to welcome participation from researchers, practitioners, and policymakers across early childhood fields, the conference is now called the Administration for Children and Families’ National Research Conference on Early Childhood.

About the Conference

Head Start is the nation’s leader in early childhood care and education and a center of innovation. OHS sponsors this conference to identify and disseminate research relevant to young children birth to age 8 and their families. There is particular focus on research that considers low-income families with young children. The conference encourages collaboration across the early childhood research field in order to build upon the evidence base for policy and practice.

This year’s theme is increasing access to high-quality early care and education experiences for low-income children from birth through early elementary school. Over the past decade, there has been substantial public investment at the national, state, and local levels. This support is aimed at improving the quality of early care and education. There also has been an effort to expand these services, including in Head Start, child care, home visiting, and pre-kindergarten.

It is clear that quality in early childhood has many components. It involves workforce training, practice improvement, and curriculum development. It requires accountability, measurement development and progress monitoring. Quality also includes parenting supports and parent engagement. The development of an evidence base to feed into continuous quality improvement is critical to the success of children, families, and programs.

Call for Presentations: Due Dec. 18 (extended from Dec. 9th)

The Conference Program Committee invites proposals for posters, symposia, and poster symposia. Presentations may discuss recent research (published or unpublished) or synthesized findings. The online submission system opens the week of Nov. 16, 2015. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.

Research presented at the 2016 Conference will address knowledge gaps across service delivery systems. Sessions will be consistent with the theme. They will focus on improving understanding of the quality factors that impact programs and families and the evaluation of approaches for improving quality. The sessions also will address obstacles and solutions regarding families’ access to high-quality care and education. Methods and measurement development for examining quality and family decision-making regarding early childhood education also will be in line with this theme.

See the Call For Presentations for more details about the theme and guidance for submitting a proposal. Learn more about the conference and what is required to submit a proposal online at www.rcec2016.net.

For general submission questions or details on how to submit a paper application, contact Jennifer Pinder at 1-800-503-8442, ext. 7054, or by email at rcec2016@impaqint.com.

For More Information

Select the link to review materials from previous conferences: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/events/head-start-national-research-conferences

Check back often for more details about this event and the call for presentations. We look forward to seeing you in July!

Call for Proposals: Council for Exceptional Children Webinar Series

Due December 15, 2015

Thank you for your interest in presenting a webinar in partnership with the Council for Exceptional Children. To ensure that we have the information necessary to select webinars and create accurate descriptions of those offerings for future marketing and presentation materials, please take a moment to complete the following submission form about your proposed webinar.

The information you will be asked to provide includes the following:

  • Presenter and/or co-presenter information (bio: 50-100 words)
  • Webinar title (up to 12 words)
  • Webinar description (abstract: 50-100 words)
  • Alignment of webinar content with CEC’s professional standards
  • Learner outcomes (learning objectives: 3-4 outcomes that precisely describe the skills, knowledge and/or behaviors that participants will know or be able to demonstrate after the workshop)
  • Target audience
  • Evidence to support the content of proposed webinar
  • History of presenter/proposed content with CEC or other organizations

CEC Webinars will be presented over the course of 2016. Webinars are typically one hour long, and are generally scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. eastern time, during the school year. Scheduling for webinars is at the sole discretion of CEC although every attempt will be made to find a mutually agreeable time and date for each webinar with the presenter(s). CEC also provides selected webinar presenters with an honorarium of $250 for their time in presenting the one-hour webinar.

Thank you in advance for submitting your proposal information by no later than Tuesday, December 15.

Please note that you will not receive a copy of the proposal that you submit. If you would like to retain a copy for your records, please copy and paste your proposal information from this form into a Word document.

Source: Council for Exceptional Children

Available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016WebinarCFP

ZERO TO THREE Request for Applications: State Policy Action Team Meeting on Integrating Quality Home Visiting Services in State Early Childhood Systems

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is pleased to convene a state policy action team meeting to support states and territories with the intentional integration of quality home visiting services in their early childhood systems. ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. The Policy Center is a nonpartisan, research-based resource for federal and state policymakers and advocates on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. This meeting is supported by the Birth to Five Policy Alliance.


Available at: http://main.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/RFA.pdf?docID=12801&JServSessionIda004=dk7xejcyn1.app212c

Birth To Three: Call For Proposals

This year’s theme is Growing Hearts and Minds…Children, Families, and Communities

The Birth To Three Institute (BTT) is a professional development opportunity for early childhood professionals working in Early Head Start, Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, American Indian/Alaska Native, and other group care or home visiting settings that serve pregnant women, infants, toddlers and their families. The goal of BTT is to disseminate information about best practices in the field, as well as research implications for improved practice. BTT is also a venue to network with the broader child care community.

On behalf of the Office of Head Start, the Early Head Start National Resource Center is inviting submission of proposals for the 16th Annual BTT in Washington, DC, June 11- 14, 2012.

Source: Early Head Start National Resource Center

Available at: http://ztt.confex.com/ztt/btti12/cfp.cgi

NCELA Call for Papers: Young English Learners

AccELLerate! is the quarterly review of the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition, covering issues of interest to stakeholders in the education of English learners.

We invite contributions to the winter 2012 special theme issue that deals with young children (0-6 years) from non-English-speaking or bilingual backgrounds. We seek papers that explore

  • aspects of young ELs’ social-emotional development, language development, and emergent literacy, numeracy, and other academic skills;
  • conceptual frameworks, curricular and instructional strategies and supports, including parental involvement and family literacy, that promote language learning;
  • linguistically, culturally, and age appropriate assessment instruments and practices; and
  • professional development and training for educators.

We also welcome papers that examine pre-K and kindergarten initiatives and discuss program implementation, quality standards, and the efficacy of early childhood interventions.

Submissions may be theoretically and empirically based or address more general issues of policy, practice, and program development and evaluation. Preference is given to manuscripts that are well-prepared, well-organized, and well-written. We always welcome contributions from teachers who work with this population.

Three categories of papers are published in the review. Full-length articles (approximately 1,000 words including all references, tables, and figures) should provide objective synthesis and interpretation of a subject of importance to the field or report original research. Success Stories (around 500 words) describe successful projects and programs or provide brief reports of new observations, concepts, or methodologies. Teachers’ Gems of Wisdom (around 250 words) share professional insights and best practices in teaching ELs. Papers that have been published or are under consideration for publication elsewhere in an accessible, retrievable form are not acceptable for submission to the review on grounds of prior publication. However, summaries of previously published work may be submitted.

To submit an article

  • All submissions should include complete contact information (phone number and email) for the primary author and a short biography with the name, title, and affiliation of each author.
  • All articles will be reviewed carefully; NCELA may request revisions by the author(s) and/or may make needed revisions. A submission does not guarantee publication; revising an article does not guarantee publication.
  • Submissions must be received by October 25, 2011.
  • Complete submissions should be sent to Natalia Romanova, quarterly review coordinator, at romanova@gwu.edu
  • All authors will be notified of the publication status of their articles by January 10, 2012.

Manuscript preparation guidelines

The acceptable format for manuscript submission is MSWord. For writing and editorial style, authors must follow guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009), except that, in order to improve the readability of the publication, references should be cited in the text in bracketed numbers, with references following each article in the same numerical order; other notes should be indicated by consecutively numbered superscripts. Go to http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/accellerate/