Wisconsin Head Start Association is hosting the 23rd annual training conference on February 24-26, 2025. Hold these dates on your calendar to make sure you are free to join your ECE colleagues and the parents you serve in a educational experience that will leave us all feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle this important work.

The 2025 Annual Conference will be an exciting opportunity for professional development with professionals from Head Start, Early Head Start, parents, Tribal, Migrant, Even-start, child care, Birth-to-Three, home visiting, higher education, ECE students, state partners, CCR&R, health care partners, social services, mentors, coaches. There is truly something for everyone at attend this special Early Childhood Education event!

Save the Date: February 24-26, 2025


February 24- 26, 2025


Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
1305 Kalahari Dr.
Wisconsin Dells, WI  53965


Topics including but not limited to: curriculum design, the power of play, fatherhood, dual language, inclusion, parenting, mentoring, data, community partnerships, teaching, administration, staff wellness, mental well-being, program management.

Room Block Information:

Coming Soon!

Monday Keynote Address: 

Children’s author and educator, Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson grew up in Shelby, NC. She received her Doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. and also holds a Master’s Degree from Clemson University, in Youth Development and Leadership. Additionally, Kimberly has an Early Childhood Education Degree and a Communications Degree from UNC- Chapel Hill.

Kimberly is a creative thinker and has a passion for teaching and helping others. She is currently serving as a course facilitator at Harvard University, has taught a doctoral class at Northeastern University, and currently teaches at Clemson University and Clinton College. Dr. Johnson considers herself a product or the Head Start Program.

Dr. Kim Johnson – I am Head Start

Tuesday Keynote Address:

Mitch Factor has been a lead teacher in Tribal Head Start for over 30 years. Mitch now presents to Tribal Employees across the United States, Alaska and Canada. Mitch specializes in wellness, parent and family involvement, male involvement, and staff working as a collective unit to benefit the child and family. Mitch presents at conferences, national conferences and Tribal events. Mitch Factor is also a humorist and enjoys laughing and having fun while presenting.

2025 Conference At-A-Glance Schedule:

Coming in Winter, 2025

Call for Presenters:

WHSA Annual Conference – WHSA 2025 Call for Presenters

Call for Exhibitors:

WHSA Annual Conference – 2025 Call for Exhibitors


For questions, comments or if you would like more information,  email Brian at brians@whsaonline.org.

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