When

Each QEC will meet four times during the 2021-2022 school year. 
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Where

This is an online event. 

 

We are planning to meet VIRTUALLY on Zoom in OCTOBER AND DECEMBER. We are tentatively planning to hold the February and May QECs in an hybrid format with an IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL option. We will be following recommendations from the CDC for any and all in-person meetings. More details to come. 

Registration Fees

Registration fee includes all FOUR meetings in the Content Area You Register For. 

Fees are based on whether you will participate in the full day QEC from 10:00am-2:30pm that includes two topical areas OR the 1/2 day QEC option that you can choose to attend in the morning OR afternoon that includes one topical area.

Half Day Registration will include all four meetings in the one content area and one time frame you select when registering.

Registrations can not be mixed between days and/or content areas. If you want to attend two different QECs on two different days for half days sessions, you must register under the Half Day Registration price. If you want to attend two different QECs for full day, you must register for two different QECs for the full day registration price.

Full Day Registration (10:00am—2:30pm—includes registration to both topical areas on one day)

$319.00 per person for IHSA Member

$460.00 per person for Non Member

 

Half Day Registration (choice of attending morning QEC from 10:00am—12:30pm OR afternoon QEC from 12:00pm—2:30pm)

$ 179.00 per person for IHSA Member

$ 325.00 per person for Non Member

Contact

Michelle Iocca 
Illinois Head Start Association 
217-241-3511 
miocca@ilheadstart.org 
 

2021 - 2022 Quality Enrichment Circles 

For the 12th straight year, join us for the IHSA signature event, Quality Enrichment Circles, known as QECs! QECs, sometimes referred to as “communities of practice” are a group of people who share a common concern or a passion for something they do and they want to learn how to do it better.

As we continue to experience unprecedented times, the need to attend the QECs and network with your colleagues is more important than ever! During the meetings we will talk and share ideas insights and strategies to help each other solve problems and develop a common practice or approach to your content area. The agenda will be designed by you and what you need from the meeting. While implications and new strategies that have arisen and are still ever-changing due to the COVID and the new delta variant, these challenges will be at the center of most discussions, however, we will also be including additional important topical areas that need to be discussed not around COVID-19. 

The 2021-2022 Quality Enrichment Circles (QEC’s) are going to be held FOUR times during the calendar year. QECs will meet in October, December, February and May.  We are planning to meet VIRTUALLY in OCTOBER AND DECEMBER. We are tentatively planning to hold the February and May QECs in an hybrid format with an IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL option. We will be following recommendations from the CDC for any and all in-person meetings. The QECs this year will have a fun new twist because we are dividing them into TWO separate meetings focusing on two different focus content areas on the same day. Participants can choose to come for the entire day OR they can come for just the morning session or the afternoon session OR they can mix and match between days and content areas!  The morning meeting will meet from 10:00am—12:30pm and the afternoon meeting will meet on the same day from 12:00pm—2:30pm. The two meetings on the same day will overlap in time between 12:00pm—12:30pm where participants will be encouraged to eat their lunch while watching a motivational and inspiring  video. 

QECs will continue to meet regionally in the South, Central and Chicago. 

MORNING (10:00am-12:30pm)                                            AFTERNOON (12:00pm—2:30pm)

1. Education                                                                           Coaching

2. Family Services                                                                  ERSEA

3. Disabilities                                                                          Mental Health & Wellness

4. Health                                                                                Nutrition

5. Early Head Start                                                                Home Visiting

Dates

 

Education QEC (morning) & Coaching QEC (afternoon)

October 4, 2021                    

November 30, 2021                     

January 28, 2022               

April 28, 2022       

Family Services QEC (morning) & ERSEA QEC (afternoon)

October 5, 2021                    

December 6, 2021                     

January 31, 2022               

April 29, 2022    

Health QEC (morning) & Nutrition QEC (afternoon)

October 12, 2021                  

December 8, 2021                     

February 1, 2022

May 2, 2022     

Disabilities QEC (morning) &  Mental Health & Wellness QEC (afternoon)

October 13, 2021

December 10, 2021

February 3, 2022

May 3, 2022     

Early Head Start QEC (morning) & Home Visiting QEC (afternoon)

October 15, 2021

December 15, 2021

February 4, 2022

May 6, 2022