Office of Head Start Upcoming Events

Explore and register for upcoming T/TA events, sorted by topic. Scroll down for General Interest; Education & Child Development; Family & Community Engagement; Financial & Program Management; Health & Social and Emotional Well-being; Partnerships in Education & Child Care; and Non-ACF Events in the Early Childhood Field.

To see events sorted by date, visit the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC).


General Interest

Monday, March 12
4–4:45 p.m. ET

MyPeers Orientation

Join this webinar for a 45-minute introduction to MyPeers, a community of practice forum for Head Start programs, staff, and partners. MyPeers is a virtual space for brainstorming, exchanging ideas, and sharing resources. Local program staff across the country can connect with and lend support to fellow early childhood colleagues.

Webinar Repeats (all ET): March 19 at 1 p.m.; April 12 at 2 p.m.; April 23 at 3 p.m.; May 8 at noon.; May 16 at 2 p.m.

Education & Child Development

Wednesday, March 7
3–4 p.m. ET

Spotlights on Innovative Practices: Relationship-Based Competencies for Professionals Who Work with Young Children

This is a live repeat of the December webinar which introduced the updated resource Relationship-Based Competencies for Professionals Who Work with Young Children in Group Settings.


Tuesday, March 13
3–4 p.m. ET

BabyTalks Series: Supporting Children’s Early Brain Development

For very young children, almost every experience is an opportunity for learning. Explore how children’s brains develop in the first few years of life.


Friday, March 16
3–4 p.m. ET

Preschool Cognition: Supporting Early Math

Join this Teacher Time webisode to hear from experts about early math development. Learn how to integrate early geometry concepts and skills, like shapes and puzzles, into everyday teaching practices.


Tuesday, March 20
3–4 p.m. ET

New and Revised: Making It Work – Implementing Cultural Learning Experiences in AIAN Early Learning Settings

Discover the importance of infusing language and culture in early learning programs. Hear about the newly updated Making It Work, a guide for implementing cultural learning experiences in American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) programs.


Family & Community Engagement

Thursday, March 29
3–4:15 p.m. ET

Helping Families Prepare for Income Changes Throughout the Year

Nearly two-thirds of low-income families go through significant changes in household income during the year. Head Start and Early Head Start programs can play a key role in helping families develop a plan to handle sudden income changes. This webinar is part of the Building Foundations for Economic Mobility (BFEM) webinar series.


Financial & Program Management

Thursday, March 8
3–4 p.m. ET

Program Planning and Data & Evaluation

This session will give an overview of the Program Planning and Data and Evaluation sections of the Head Start Management Systems Wheel. Topics will include coordinated approaches and how data supports continuous improvement.


Wednesday, March 28
3–4:30 p.m. ET

Successful, Supportive Relationships with State Early Childhood Systems

Explore both grantee and state perspectives on building relationships that support access to the Child Care and Development Fund subsidy. Hear from state representatives and two Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grantees, one rural and one urban, about the benefits of these relationships and what steps they took in building them. This webinar is part of the “Making Strides” series.


Thursday, April 12
3–4 p.m. ET

Facilities and Learning Environments

This session continues the exploration of the Head Start Management Systems Wheel. Review key considerations in facilities management. This includes an overview of the facility development and renovation cycle, as well as the health and wellness implications in facility management.


Thursday, May 10
3–4 p.m. ET

Transportation and Technology

This Head Start Management Systems Wheel session will address the fundamental concepts that support the systems of Transportation and Technology and Information Systems. This will include transportation planning, ensuring child safety, and the role of internal staff and external consultants in supporting your computers and software.


Health & Social and Emotional Well-being

Monday, March 5
2–3 p.m. ET

Tummy Time: A Simple Concept with Enormous Benefits

Tummy time gives babies a chance to stretch and strengthen their muscles, which helps them push up, roll over, crawl, and walk. Join this webinar to explore a new suite of materials for home visitors and other professionals working with families with infants. Learn to encourage and incorporate tummy time into families’ routines. Help caregivers use tummy time as a special chance to bond and interact with babies.


Tuesday, March 6
1–2 p.m. ET

Implementing Evidence-Based Hearing Screening Practices for Children 3 to 5 Years of Age in Head Start Programs

Learn about evidence-based hearing screening for children 3–5 years of age. Explore newly released instructional resources designed to assist those using Pure Tone screening.


Thursday, March 15
2–3 p.m. ET

Nutrition Education in the Classroom

Nutrition is key for children’s healthy development, but it can be challenging to make it a part of your daily routine. Explore tips and strategies to create healthier eating environments for children in the classroom and at home.


April 10–12
All Day
Dallas, TX

I Am Moving, I Am Learning Team Trainings

I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) is a Head Start program enhancement created to address childhood obesity. It was not designed as a curriculum or an add-on. Join the team training to find out how IMIL fits seamlessly into what programs are already doing to meet the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Apply online by March 9, 2018.


Partnerships in Education & Child Care

Tuesday, March 6
2–3:30 p.m. ET

Strategies for Building and Financing the Supply of High Quality Early Learning Webinar Series: State and Local Finance Strategies

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance, in collaboration with the BUILD initiative, will facilitate a discussion about state and local revenue-generation strategies that fund quality services for children.


Tuesday, May 1
2–3:30 p.m. ET

Strategies for Building and Financing the Supply of High Quality Early Learning: Utilizing Grants and Contracts, Payment Rates, and Financial Incentives to Increase Supply and Improve Quality

Hear from states that have used different strategies related to provider payments, grants and contracts, and financial incentives.

May 30 – June 1
All Day
Washington, DC

Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS)

Explore the latest findings from evaluations or programs, policies, and services that support low-income and vulnerable families on the path to economic self-sufficiency. RECS is presented by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Non-ACF Events in the Early Childhood Field

April 4–6
All Day


April 23–27
All Day
Anaheim, CA

Birth to Three Archive 2014


The 18th Annual Birth to Three Institute (BTT) was a three-day event designed to enhance the quality of services for expectant parents, infants, toddlers, and families. Explore the plenary sessions and webinars below by topic. They may be helpful to: Early Head Start (EHS), Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start, child care, and family child care staff; training and technical assistance providers; and the broader early childhood community.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center, Early Head Start National Resource Center

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Migrant and Seasonal Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships


Estimated Post Date: 5/20/14
Estimated Application Due Date: 8/4/14
Estimated Award Date: 11/4/14
Estimated Start Date: 12/1/14

Estimated Funding: $22,024,688
Estimated Number of Awards: 20
Estimated Award Ceiling: $22,024,688

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of approximately $22 million to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income, migrant and seasonal infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services. ACF solicits applications from public entities, including states, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in section 645A of the Head Start Act.

For more information, interested applicants should visit

Please note that the funding opportunity number (FON) has changed to HHS-2015-ACF-OHS-HM-R12-0826.

Source: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Head Start program offered for children of seasonal migrant workers

When there is nowhere else to take them, migrant farm workers will often dig a waist-deep hole near a field to put small children in while they work.

However, a program now in its third year in Yerington gives those migrant workers not just a place to take their children, but one to help prepare them for when they are old enough to begin school.

Teaching & Mentoring Communities has, for the third consecutive year, brought its Seasonal Migrant Head Start Program to Yerington, working with toddlers and pre-kindergarten children of migrant agricultural workers.

TMC, based in Laredo, Tex., serves communities in eight states, with the mission of helping children and their families by creating opportunities for advancement through education, training and other resources.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

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EHS TA Paper No. 15: Observation: The Heart of Individualizing Responsive Care


This paper supports staff in Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs who provide professional development. It offers information on observation as well as strategies to support and strengthen this important component of quality infant and toddler care. Use this resource with teachers, family child care providers, and home visitors who work with infants, toddlers, and their families.

Observation informs individualization. It is the first step in providing the kind of individualized, responsive care for infants and toddlers that builds relationships, supports attachment, and promotes healthy brain development. Because individualization cannot happen without observation, this technical assistance paper focuses on observation:

  • What it is
  • Why it is important
  • What to observe
  • How to observe and document
  • How to set up observation systems
  • Reviewing and reflecting on observation information

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

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National Center on Health Event: Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative Webinar

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Introduction to Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Hearing Screening

Friday, June 21, 2013

Noon – 1 p.m. EDT

Each day, children with hearing loss attend Early Head Start programs. How will we identify who they are? Join Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) for a webinar on otoacoustic emissions (OAE) screening methods. Learn about appropriate hearing screening practices for children ages birth to 3 and how to implement them in your program.

Topics for this Webinar Include:

OAE hearing screening technology

How to establish effective hearing screening protocols in your program

Follow-up strategies for children who don’t pass hearing screening

A brief preview of the topic is available for viewing on demand

Who Should Attend?

This webinar will benefit an array of audience members, including: Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start programs working with children ages birth to 3; and those who support hearing screening activities at the state or community level for infants and toddlers.

How to Participate

Register early! This webinar is limited to 100 participants. Visit the June 21 Webinar Registration page to sign up. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.


Before the webinar, watch this six-minute Introduction to Periodic OAE Hearing Screening video. Send your questions to by 11 a.m. EDT on Friday, June 21.


Early Head Start (EHS) Technical Assistance Papers – Head Start

Technical Assistance (TA) Papers highlight best practices in providing services to Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start children and families. Developed primarily for management staff (e.g., directors, supervisors, coordinators), TA papers provide clarification and in-depth information on a particular topic as well as guidance and strategies for putting the information into practice.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

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Award of Regions XI and XII T/TA and Collaboration Center


The Office of Head Start announces the award of a contract to FHI Development 360, LLC to operate a Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) and Collaboration Center for Region XI, serving American Indian and Alaska Native children and families, and Region XII, serving Migrant and Seasonal children and families.

The Center will operate under the leadership of a Project Director. Within the Center, each Region will be staffed by a Collaboration Director, a T/TA Manager, Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialists, and Grantee Specialists. The ECE specialists will support local programs in work related to school readiness, including positive child outcomes; parent, family and community engagement; career development needs of staff; and, collaboration with others at the national, tribal, state and local levels. Grantee Specialists will work with grantees with findings identified through the federal monitoring process and other areas of concern.

National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office Oral Health Initiative

National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office (NMSHSCO)

Oral Health Initiative

Reading Materials for Audio-Conference

Infant Toddler Curriculum

A Visit to the Dentist: Transcript

Fotonovela: “La Boquita de Felipe” & Transcript

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Resources for Pregnant Moms and their Babies

Source: National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office

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Local Head Start program shines in federal review


The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County’s Head Start, Early Head Start-American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs were highly commended by a federal review panel.

Source: Paso Robles Press

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