Thursday, March 8, 2018 at
9:00am- 5:00pm

Friday, March 9, 2018 at

8:30am- 12:30pm
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Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel
3200 Boardwalk Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Phone #: (734)-996-0600
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Michelle Rittenhouse
Michigan Head Start Association

MHSA 27th Annual 
Childhood Training Conference

Thursday-Friday, March 8-9, 2018

MHSA's 27th 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. 

Full-Day Annual Pre-Conference
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

MHSA is offering a Pre-Conference workshop and Pre-Conference training. Please register for either of the Pre-Conference events separately. 

Please select a Pre-Conference event to learn more and register: 
The Head Start/Early Head Start Aligned Monitoring System Training (AMS 2.0) Presented by WIPFLi

Six Essential Practices of Relationship-Based Care

Annual Early Childhood Training Conference
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - Friday, March 9, 2018

View Conference Program Here

Opening Keynote Speaker:

Stacey Bess: Author, Educator, Advocate for Children

Stacey Bess, a leading national advocate for the educational rights of impoverished children, is MHSA's keynoter for the 27th Annual Early Childhood Training Conference. She is an award-winning educator with great insight into the hearts of children in need and believes that the way to most effectively teach children any subject is to treat them with love and kindness. Bess began her teaching career at "The School With No Name" located in the Salt Lake City shelter where she taught math, reading and self-worth to homeless and transient children. While working at The School With No Name, Bess chronicled the heart-wrenching stories of her students so she would never forget how far these children had come. Reviewing the stories, she discovered profound life-lessons and eventually published a book, "Nobody Don't Love Nobody," that was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie in 2011 called "Beyond the Blackboard." Bess has won prestigious local and national awards -- including the esteemed National Jefferson Award, along with honorees First Lady Barbara Bush, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackman and Ambassador Walter Annenberg. Her story continues to change lives as her audiences are inspired to become more invested in their communities. 

Closing Keynote Speaker:

Tommy J. Sheridan, Senior Director, Government Affairs, National Head Start Association 

Tommy Sheridan is the Senior Director of Government Affairs for the National Head Start Association (NHSA) in Alexandria, VA, where he has worked since 2009. He is the main liaison between the Head Start community and the powers that be in D.C. In this role, Tommy works with the Head Start community to lobby, advocate, educate and inform Congress, the White House, and the Federal Administration about Head Start and early learning. He plays a significant role in strategizing, developing and implementing the Head Start community's vision for the future of Head Start. Prior to NHSA, he worked in the Minnesota State Senate and on several political campaigns. Tommy received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Louis University and a Masters of Public Administration degree from George Washington University. 

About Hotel Reservations:
Sheraton Ann Arbor
Cut-off Date for Discounted Room Rate: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Room Rate: $119
For Reservations, call (734) 996-0600
and ask for the MHSA 27th Annual Early
Childhood Training Conference Room Rate

Conference Registration Rates
Early Bird: Before February 2, 2018 
Member: $255
Non-Member: $295
Regular Rate: After February 2, 2018
Member: $295
Non-Member: $335

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