22nd Annual Wisconsin Head Start Association Training Conference

February 26- 28, 2024
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells
Call for Exhibitors deadline has passed. Contact brians@whsaonline.org with any questions. 

 Call for Presenters

Conference overview:

Wisconsin Head Start Association is hosting the 22nd annual training conference titled CARING, COMPASSIONATE, COMMITTED. This theme references the ability of every Head Start staff member to to show genuine concern for the well-being of others, to empathize with their feelings and needs, and to follow through on promises and responsibilities. Join your Caring, Compassionate, and Committed colleagues and the parents you serve in a relaxingly educational experience that will hopefully leave us all feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle this important work.

The 2024 Annual Conference will be an exciting opportunity for professional development and we are currently seeking proposals for training sessions.  Whether you are a seasoned presenter, or this be your first time, we encourage you to submit your proposal to participate in this amazing conference where roughly 500 people attend.

Call for Exhibitors deadline has passed. Contact brians@whsaonline.org with any questions. 


For this attendees, could we say: All ECE professional, parents, and advocates are welcome to attend including Head Start, Early Head Start, Tribal nations, farm worker/migrant and seasonal programs, Even-start, Child Care, Birth-to-Three, Home visiting, Advocates, Higher Education, ECE students, state partners, CCR&R, Health care partners, social service advocates, and mentors.

Training session/presenter guidelines:

WHSA has been able to deliver high quality professional development and networking opportunities for our members and community partners through the generosity of great professionals like you sharing their expertise. Due to the high costs of managing an event of this size, WHSA is not able to pay the majority of conference presenters and relies on the expertise of our members and collaborative partners to consistently offer successful conferences.

Session format, topics and length:

Workshop sessions are 1 ½ hour in length. The committee will also entertain 3 hour proposals with supporting documentation. Topic themes can have a wide range of focus as identified on the proposal form. Proposals should contain learning objectives that reflect developmentally appropriate ECE practices, Head Start values around family engagement and current research and theory.

AV & equipment:

A screen and AV cart will be provided in each room by the WHSA. Projectors will also be provided and set up to accommodate either VGA or HDMI input. Please bring any  necessary adaptors for your computer. Presentations should not be contingent on internet access, but internet is available in the conference center. Historically, it has been adequate.

Lodging and Marketing Materials:

Presenters are responsible for their own lodging, transportation and any physical handout copies. Digital copies of all handouts should be submitted to Brian at the below email address not later than one week prior to the event  so that they may be added to the online conference program. WHSA prohibits all presenters from selling and/or marketing items within a training session.  WHSA provides conference exhibit space and offers advertising space in the conference program. Interested presenters and others may visit our 2024 Call for Exhibitors web page  (Coming Soon) or contact Brian at brians@whsaonline.org  to secure exhibit or ad space.

A sleeping room block will be available at the Kalahari under “WHSA”. If you need to utilize a sleeping room, please make your reservations as soon as possible. The room block deadline is Friday, January 26, 2024. Sleeping rooms can be acquired by calling 877-253-5466. For best possible rates, make sure you are under the WHSA block.


Presentation Proposals Deadline: Extended January 19, 2023

Additional questions:

Please contact Brian Stults at brians@whsaonline.org or Jennie Mauer jenniem@whsaonline.org with specific questions or to submit additional information to accompany your proposal.  Please put in the subject line “2024 Conference proposal”.

Call for Exhibitors deadline has passed. Contact brians@whsaonline.org with any questions. 

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