2019 Directors Institute

 Wednesday, June 5 - Friday, June 7, 2019 


Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM CDT
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT

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Illinois Beach Hotel & Conference Center
1 Lake Front Dr.
Zion, IL 60099

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Registration Fees:

Member Rate: $285.00 per person

Non Member Rate: $435.00 per person

Registration Fee includes:

Wednesday: afternoon snacks, evening special event to include dinner

Thursday: breakfast and lunch

Friday: breakfast

Need MORE Reasons to Attend? Bring the FAMILY and make this a          "MINI-VACAY!" 

Whether you dream of staying on the beach but don't want to travel too far or you just want a unique lakefront experience, Illinois Beach Hotel is the ideal destination for you. Take a trip to the state's only hotel on the shore of Lake Michigan. This resort features an on-site restaurant and an indoor swimming pool. Each guest room includes free Wi-Fi, and cable TV is provided in every room. Guests have the convenience of an in-room Keurig coffeemaker, and some rooms include a balcony. Lakeside Restaurant is on-site and serves American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy a cocktail and Lake Michigan views from Sandpiper Lounge.  A spa with a sauna, a hot tub, and a tanning bed is provided at the Zion Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center. There is also a fitness center with classes available. A game room is also on site.

Illinois Beach Hotel is located in Illinois Beach State Park, known for over 4,000 acres of beach, dunes, wetlands, prairie, and oak savanna. Spend the day swimming in the lake, hiking a trail, boating, or simply enjoying nature.

Enjoy the private beach OR head out to many nearby attractions! Six Flags Great America is only 13 miles away while shopping at the Gurnee Mills Mall can be reached in a short 24-minutes! Don't miss Jelly Belly Warehouse and much more!



Michelle Iocca
Illinois Head Start Association

We invite new, current and future leaders the opportunity to come together to connect, reflect, learn and build. The Directors meetings are an important opportunity to gather and collectively assess the challenges facing us, and identify how to move forward, cooperatively, and sometimes with solutions for you to apply within your own agencies. This event is not just education or networking, but truly designed to be a venue for problem-solving and creating value that you can take back to implement with your own Head Start teams. Don't miss the opportunity to come together with other statewide Head Start/Early Head Start Directors and to enjoy some well deserved time away from the Agency!

The 2019 Directors Institute will take place at the Illinois Beach Resort in Zion, Illinois. Experience a destination unlike any other at Illinois’ only hotel on the shore of Lake Michigan. llinois Beach Resort is the only premiere resort hotel in the state that is nestled into the shimmering beaches of Lake Michigan offering its guests a unique experience, which no other hotel in Illinois can provide!

The 2019 Directors Institute will begin at 1:00pm on  Wednesday and end at Noon on Friday.


To reserve your sleeping room, call the hotel directly at: (847) 625-7300

Sleeping Room Rate:$99.00

BOOK YOUR ROOM BEFORE MONDAY, May 8th. The block will be released on this date!

Check back for the tentative agenda!


The Nature Cure for Mental Wellness!

A trip to Illinois Beach Hotel might just be exactly what the doctor ordered. Ecotherapy is the applied practice of nature-based treatments that can support your health and wellbeing. Sometimes it really is that simple—fresh air is good for you. Why some doctors are writing prescriptions for time outdoors! Tucked away into a scenic state park, Illinois Beach Hotel offers guests a true escape into nature. Illinois Beach Hotel is located in Illinois Beach State Park, known for over 4,000 acres of beach, dunes, wetlands, prairie, and oak savanna. Spend your free time swimming in the lake, hiking a trail, boating, or simply enjoying nature. The Illinois Beach Hotel will sweep you away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life and into a scenic paradise.  Don't miss this wonderful training opportunity at an amazing location!