Wisconsin Head Start Association Spring Event: April 2-4, 2024  –  Challenge Yourself!

Wisconsin Head Start Association is working to create another fantastic Spring event! Join us on April 2-4 at the Concourse Hotel and Governor’s club in Madison, WI. A brief event outline can be found below. More information will become available as the event approaches.

Tuesday, April 2nd: WHSA Business, affiliate/BoD meetings, and supplemental content for those who do not take part in affiliate work focusing on challenging behaviors in the classroom.

Wednesday, April 3rd: Training on Advocacy and Civic duty, its effects on the Head Start Community, and why NOW is the time to make your voice heard! Join WI DPI/DCF for a director/high-management state leadership track. Additional content on overcoming challenging behaviors!

Thursday, April 4th: Find your voice! Join Wisconsin Voices for training on telling your story in an impactful way, speaking to legislative representatives, utilizing your experiences to become an impactful advocate and more! Visits at the Wisconsin State Capitol!*

*Groups are expected to schedule their own legislative visits. Please contact Jennie at jenniem@whsaonline.org if you would like assistance scheduling your visits. 

Register Now!

Where: The Concourse Hotel and Governors Club – Madison, WI
When: April 2-4, 2024

HS/EHS Parents: $195 (includes all professional development and the WHSA Advocacy Day at the Capitol)
HS/EHS Staff: $295 (includes all professional development and the WHSA Advocacy Day at the Capitol)
Advocacy Day Only: $150 (Parent & Staff. Only Includes the morning trainings and Legislative visits on Wednesday, April 4th)
Early-Bird Special: Save $50 on any full-event registration ticket. (Not applicable to Advocacy Day Only tickets. Expires: 3/1/24)

Audience: Everyone! Staff, managers, directors and Head Start parents!
Room block information: Individuals are requested to call The Concourse Hotel and Governors Club directly at 1-800-356-8293 to make reservations. The Group will advise its attendees to identify themselves as part of “WHSA 2024 Spring Event” when making their guest room reservations.
Room block deadline: March 11, 2024
Event Schedule:

AGENDA Spring 2024
More Information Coming Soon!

Questions: contact Brian at Brians@whsaonline.org or Jennie at Jenniem@whsaonline.org.


Meet Your Wednesday Keynote:

Uchenna Jones is a force of nature, blazing trails and leaving a lasting impact wherever she goes. As the Community Impact Director of Health at United Way of Dane County, she channels her passion for healthcare and community empowerment into tangible change. Uchenna has been on a relentless mission since 2002 to ensure that every woman, especially those of color, receives the highest quality maternal and infant health care. Her dedication shines through her business, A Doula Just For You, where she serves as a certified Doula, providing unwavering support and guidance to countless mothers-to-be. Uchenna’s impact doesn’t stop there. She’s a Nurse Consultant and Doula Trainer at Harambee Birth and Family Center, where she imparts her wisdom and expertise to the next generation of healthcare professionals.

Uchenna has been honored as one of Wisconsin’s 51 Most Influential Black Leaders for 2023 and celebrated as BRAVA’s 2024 Women to Watch. Yet amidst all her accolades, Uchenna remains grounded, guided by humility and an unwavering commitment to lifting others up. She uses her platform to carve out spaces of opportunity, nurturing environments where minds are inspired and perspectives are shifted for the better. Uchenna Jones isn’t just making waves – she’s creating a tidal wave of change, leaving a legacy of empowerment and possibility in her wake.

Event Sessions:

Behavior Has Meaning – Rebuilding and Reconnecting (Heather Mansell OHS TTA STGi): Discover that all behavior is a form of communication and has meaning. Learn to implement strategies that adults can utilize to support children’s needs, intentions and emotions while helping to build and develop their social and emotional skills. Tuesday, April 2nd.

Regulation for Everybody (Heather Mansell OHS TTA STGi): Review of dysregulation might show up in children’s behaviors. Explore ways in energy is matched with tasks and activities and engage in sensory based strategies to support both children and adults in the classroom. Wednesday, April 3rd.

Civics 101 Part 1 (LaToya White  & Tomika Vukovic, WI Voices): This portion of the Civics 101 class explores the fundamental pillars of democracy, emphasizing the importance of civic education. Topics include the right to vote, understanding jury duty, the role of taxes in society, civil rights, the Voting Rights Act, and an examination of the branches of government. Participants will engage in discussions and activities to foster informed citizenship and empower them to actively participate in their communities and government. Wednesday, April 3rd.

Civics 101 Part 2 (LaToya White  & Tomika Vukovic, WI Voices): In the second part of Civics 101 participants will learn about advocacy, which will equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively advocate for causes they believe in. Through the exploration of topics such as public writing and speaking, lobbying techniques, and an understanding of the legal landscape, students learn how to articulate their viewpoints persuasively and navigate the complexities of civic engagement. This class empowers students to become effective advocates for change in their communities and beyond. Thursday, April 4th.

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