42nd Annual Head Start Conference and Expo

March 29, 2015 – April 2, 2015 all-day
42nd Annual Head Start Conference and Expo @ Washington | District of Columbia | United States

NHSA’s Annual Head Start Conference and Expo is the largest national event devoted to the Head Start and Early Head Start community. This year more than 5,000 executive directors, directors, administrators, managers, teachers, policy council members, and parents from every state will gather in Washington, D.C. March 29 – April 2, 2015.

Since 1965, Head Start – the premier model for providing the whole child an opportunity for success in school and in life – has served more than 31 million children and their families. All year NHSA is leading a national celebration of Head Start’s 50 year anniversary, culminating with a spectacular gala on Wednesday night of the Annual Conference.

In addition, a number of additional special events are being planned to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. Be sure to check the preliminary scheduleand watch out for information in our 50th Anniversary Monthly Newsletter (subscribe here).

More than 200 educational sessions will provide professional development in these areas:

  • Classroom Management and Teaching Strategies
  • Assessments, Planning, and Management
  • Early Education/Care and Child Development
  • Health, Nutrition, and Safety
  • Parent/Community/Family Engagement
  • Self-Development and Awareness Building
  • Social Emotional Development and Challenging Behavior


Registration will open early Dec. 2014


Preliminary Schedule

Click here to view the Preliminary Schedule

View last year’s Program Guide

Download 2014’s program guide to see what you missed last year!


Information for Presenters and Volunteers

NHSA is currently accepting proposals for workshops through November 7, 2014. Access the online submission tool.

NHSA is currently seeking volunteers. Volunteers are needed for pre-conference preparation, assistance with the education sessions, and other conference events. In return for service, volunteers will receive a complimentary conference registration (educational sessions and non-ticketed events only),

For more information, please contact Nardos Abebe (nabebe@nhsa.org).

Reserve Your Booth Space Today

If your products and services can help deliver Head Start’s high-quality comprehensive services for children ages birth to 5, join us in Washington D.C.

Reserve your space on the exhibitor registration site.