Thursday, March 2, 2017 at
9:00am- 5:00pm

Friday, March 3, 2017 at

8:30am- 12:30pm
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Somerset Inn
2601 W Big Beaver Rd
Troy, MI 48084

Phone #: (248) 643-7800
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Michelle Rittenhouse
Michigan Head Start Association

MHSA 26th Annual 
Childhood Training Conference

Thursday-Friday, March 2-3, 2017

MHSA's 26th Annual Early Childhood Training Conference is the only in-state event that has an exclusive focus on the needs of Head Start parents, staff, directors, and communities. We are excited to bring you the best practices from the field as well as national speakers to increase your impact in the areas of family engagement, health services, compliance, school readiness, and much more! And with the release of the new Head Start performance standards, it is even more crucial to gather as the Head Start community. 

Click here to view session descriptions.
(Final program subject to change.)

Pre-Conference Full-Day Workshop
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm
Click here to register for the Pre-Conference 

Annual Early Childhood Training Conference
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Friday, March 3, 2017

Please visit our website to view Pre-Conference and Conference schedules

Opening Keynote Speaker

Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, Ed.D. 
Early Childhood Specialist 
and National Trainer
Devereux Center For Resilient Children


"Promoting Adult Resilience" is a presentation designed to meet you where
you are and take you to a place of greater strength, determination and resiliency. Participants are sure to leave this presentation with energy, enthusiasm, and a commitment to make a few positive changes in their lives that will lead to greater happiness and fulfillment that will undoubtedly resonate in the work they do everyday with children and families.

Keynote Speaker

Walter S. Gilliam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology Director
Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy
Yale University Child Study Center

"Preschool expulsion and suspension: What we now know about disproportionality, implicit bias, and possible ways to address these" will discuss the latest findings regarding expulsion and suspension practices in early education settings, gender and racial disproportionality, and potential causes for these disparities, including the potential role of implicit bias. Although the presentation will focus on research findings, attendees will also be exposed to emerging information about how early educators understand implicit bias and how preschool expulsions and suspensions are understood within a social justice and civil rights framework.

About the Location
Somerset Inn
Tower, $109, Executive Wing, $135
Cut-off Date: February 13, 2017 

For reservations, call (248) 643-7800
and ask for the MHSA 26th Annual Early Childhood Training Conference Room Rate

Conference Registration Rates
Member: $295
Non-Member: $335

Breakfast is included on Thursday and Friday, and lunch on Thursday only.