Changes: Preparing a Head Start Enrollment Reduction/Change of Scope

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February 6th, 2023 – Virtual
Brought to you by the Head Start Associations of
WI, MN, IN, OH, IL, & MI. 

Are you considering an enrollment reduction? Join your colleagues from Region V to learn together about both the big picture considerations and nuts and bolts of preparing an enrollment reduction/change of scope.

Our agenda has a mix of national experts, including former Deputy Director of the Office of Head Start, Ann Linehan, NHSA’s Dr. Deb Bergeron, leaders form the Office of Head Start, and program leaders from throughout the region who have successfully submitted their enrollment reduction requests that have been approved.




February 6, 2023


$149 per participant
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Head Start managers and directors considering a
reduction or change of scope request.

Tentative Schedule:

  1. Welcome 8:30-8:45
  2. OHS/Karen McNamara 8:45-10:15: Preparing a successful enrollment reduction/conversion request
    • Some review of nuts and bolts
    • Biggest issues we’ve seen over the last year
    • Using wage comparability and community needs assessment data to make your request
  3.  Break 10:15-10:30
  4. Ann Linehan and Dr. Deb Bergeron, 10:30-11:30
    • Reviewing the appendix
    • Breakouts, honest conversations about readiness and gaps
    • Emotions, courage to make these changes
  5. Lunch 11:30-12:00
  6. Ann Linehan and Dr. Deb Bergeron, 12-1:00
  7. Break 1:00-1:15
  8. Program panel A: Directors with Experience with Reductions/Conversions 1:15-2:15
  9. Break 2:15-2:30
  10. Program panel B: Directors with Experience with Reductions/Conversions 2:30-3:30
  11. Q&A with Karen McNamara 3:30-4:00

Meet your presenters:

Ann Linehan, Senior Advisor, NHSA and Former Deputy Director of the Office of Head Start

Prior to retiring from her position as the Deputy Director of Office of Head Start (OHS), Ann served as Deputy Director since 2011 and prior to the Deputy position, she held senior management positions in OHS for 15 years overseeing Program Development, Quality Assurance and Program Operations. Ann’s leadership has been instrumental to improving program performance and increasing federal and local accountability. Ann began her federal career in 1992 in Region I as the Head Start Regional Program Manager responsible for Head Start programs in New England. Before joining the federal government, she was the Executive Director of a non-profit agency for nearly a decade that provided Head Start and Child Care services in eight communities in Massachusetts. Ann began her career as a special needs teacher for medically fragile children. She holds a BS in Sociology and Psychology and a Masters in Education from Boston State.

Dr. Deborah Bergeron, Deputy Director of Community Engagement & Innovation

Prior to becoming the Deputy Director of Community Engagement & Innovation at NHSA, Dr. Deborah Bergeron was the director of the Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and also represented the Office of Head Start (OHS) as its director. Known as “Dr. B” to former students and teachers, she has spent three decades in pre-K–12 public education as a classroom teacher and school administrator.

Dr. B joined OHS in April 2018, Dr. B has used her experience as an elementary principal and her strong background in pre-K–12 instructional leadership to provide unique insights into how Head Start programs can support our most vulnerable children in becoming school ready. She has focused her energy on improving the relationship between Head Start programs and the public school system. Dr. B continues to work at both the national level and with education influencers at the state and local levels to affect change

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