Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 1:00 PM CDT
Friday, March 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT

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Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conf Center 
201 Broadway
Normal, IL 61761

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Registration Fees


Late Registration Fee

(ALL registrations received AFTER March 8th):

 $445.00 member / $595.00 non-member 

5 or more from same Agency $420.00 per person


At-A-Glance Conference Schedule Here


Breakout/Workshop Titles HERE 


Don't Miss the EXCLUSIVE Directors Forum! Agenda Here


Exhibit & Sponsorship Information

IHSA invites you to exhibit, sponsor and/or advertise at our 2019 Annual Training and Parent Conference! We hope to see you there!

Exhibitor Schedule

Set Up: Wednesday, March 27th anytime between 4:00-7:00pm

Open: Thursday, March 28th, from 7:45am-5:00pm and Friday, March 29th, 7:45-10:45am

Tear Down: Friday, March 29th anytime between 10:45am-1:00pm

The following food and/or beverages wil be served with the Exhibitors:

 Thursday / 7:45 - 9:45am / Coffee & Tea

 Thursday / 9:45 - 10:45am / Morning Break with Snacks

 Thursday / 3:00 - 4:00pm / Afternoon Break with Snacks

 Friday / 7:30 - 10:30am /  Coffee & Tea


More Information & Register Here for Exhibitors & Sponsors 


Michelle Iocca 
Illinois Head Start Association 

Every year the Illinois Head Start Association gathers professionals and parents from across the state of Illinois to attend our Annual Conference. The conference provides innovative training, wonderful professional development opportunities and an excellent forum for exploring best practices. These training opportunities allow Directors, Staff and Parents to get the most current approaches to materials in their respective areas at an affordable cost. Join us in Bloomington-Normal on March 27th - 29th for our 2019 Annual Training Conference that houses our Component Meetings, IHSA Business Meeting, Directors Forum, Awards Luncheon, Exhibitors, and the BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND the NOT TO BE MISSED....$2.00 Per Child Golden Sparkling Dinner!

The 2019 IHSA Annual Conference will begin on Wednesday, March 27th at 1:00pm and conclude on Friday, March 29th at Noon. Pre-Conference Meetings will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. This is the conference NOT TO MISS! 

FAN (Facilitating Attuned Interactions) Training

March 25th: 1:00-5:00pm

March 26th: 9:00am-4:30pm

March 27th: 8:30am—12:00pm

Erikson trains and consults with organizations that want to learn our approach to building better relationships with parents. This approach is called Facilitating Attuned Interactions, which we refer to as FAN. FAN’s ultimate goal is strengthening the provider-parent relationship, resulting in parents who are attuned to their children and ready to try new ways of relating to them. 

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Family Engagement and School Readiness: How Family Engagement Contributes to Young Children’s School Readiness

March 26th: 1-5:00pm

March 27th 8:30-12:00pm

The purpose of this workshop is to address how family engagement contributes to children’s school readiness. Workshop participants will:  *Understand how Head Start and Early Head start programs can work together across systems and service areas to promote children’s family engagement and children’s learning and development. *Recognize how parents and care givers nurture the capacities children will need to be ready to attend school. *Know that children whose parents are engaged with their education have better academic outcomes. *Be able to promote school readiness in a systematic, integrated and comprehensive way that focuses on family engagement that helps families prepare their children to thrive and learn in school. Presented by Ericka Williams,  Manager of Family and Child Support  Services, Catholic Charities of Joliet & Michele Jolivette, Senior Consultant, Jolivette Consultants

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If you still need sleeping rooms, here are some hotels close by!

Hyatt Place (right across the street) -  (309) 454-9288

Courtyard by Marriott Bloomington Normal - (309) 862-1166

Hampton Inn & Suites Bloomington-Normal - (309) 452-8900




Opening Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Edison 

Growing up in an environment that was a prescription for failure, young John John—his grandmother’s affectionate nickname for him—faced many hardships.  After exposing him to drugs and violence, his mother was removed from the household by the Department of Social Services when he was five years old. Two years later Jonathan’s father left to start a new family on another side of town. Then, his grandmother Cloraine that took on the challenge of raising him died of cancer when he was 14.

Now homeless, Jonathan was forced to take up residence in his aunt’s basement. To afford the $50.00 a month in rent and his portion of the electric bill, he worked a full-time job as a dishwasher/bus boy at Chili’s Grill and Bar in the evenings and on weekends. He graduated from high school with a 1.63 grade point average and completed his first year of college with a 0.82 GPA before dropping out completely.

Instead of becoming another statistic, Jonathan found the courage he needed within himself to rise above adversity. He enrolled in remedial classes at Wayne County Community College. In 1993, Jonathan graduated with an associate’s degree as a part of the Urban Teacher Program. In 1995 Jonathan continued his education at Wayne State University, earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in only 3 semesters. During college, Jonathan worked as a bus attendant, waiter, gas station attendant and often slept in his car so that he could hold down his jobs and attend classesCONTINUE READING ABOUT JONATHAN HERE


Closing Keynote Speaker: 

 Sonia Manzano:  "Maria" From Sesame Street

Actress & Author  

             You probably know her as Maria on Sesame Street. She has spent most of her life cavorting with Muppets! Manzano was raised in the South Bronx where her involvement in the arts was inspired by teachers who encouraged her to audition for the High School of Performing Arts. She was accepted there and began her career as an actress. A scholarship took her to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and in her junior year, she came to New York to star in the original production of the off-Broadway show Godspell. Within a year, Manzano joined the production of Sesame Street, where she eventually began writing scripts for the series. She was thrilled to help write the story line for “Maria’s” marriage and birth of “Maria’s” baby, played for a while by Manzano’s real-life daughter Gabriela. READ MORE ABOUT SONIA MANZANO HERE.