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April 23 - 27, 2018
45th Annual National Head Start Conference and Expo
Anaheim, CA

(Monday, April 23)

The Anaheim Experience! Jamboree Housing and Head Start and The Packing District

Join Orange County Head Start, Inc. for the Anaheim Experience! Come learn and visit at the Jamboree Housing and Head Start Center—an innovative Head Start center co-located with a low-income housing center, Boys and Girls Club, Health Clinic, and a church! OCHS has remained the largest childcare program in Orange County, providing quality services to over 3,800 of the county’s most vulnerable children and their families.

Then, head on over to lunch and leisure shopping at the Anaheim Packing District’s Packing House. Anaheim residents and visitors alike are enjoying a new communal gathering place in the heart of downtown. The Packing District includes the restored Packard Building and former Car Showroom, Farmers Park, and the restored citrus Packing House. The Packing House features 20+ artisan eateries with live music on the Mezzanine Stage every weekend!

Monday, April 23

Fee: $35. Sign-up when you register, or go to My Conference Center if you have alredy registered.


(Tuesday, April 24)

A Special Behind the Scenes Tour of Lakeshore Learning! 

Join Lakeshore Learning Materials for a behind the scenes tour of their headquarters in Carson, CA to see where the magic happens. Lakeshore is proud to take you on a journey through different departments like our research and development department, where former teachers design and create the products you see; our onsite childcare center for our employees’ children, where we test out many of the products; and our onsite photo studio, where we will take a special group picture. Transportation to and from the convention center, light snacks and special prizes will be provided. Space is limited so reservations are first come, first served. Wear comfortable shoes and prepare for a fun, interesting tour!

Tuesday, April 24 - multiple busses departing in the morning and returning mid-afternoon.

Fee: Free, but a reservation is required. Sign-up when you register, or go to My Conference Center if you have alredy registered.


(Wednesday, April 25, 7pm)

Scholarships and Awards Dinner

Each year, NHSA acknowledges individuals who have made a significant difference in their Head Start program, have demonstrated outstanding achievement through community service or leadership, or have overcome adversity to succeed as a parent. Programs are also recognized for innovative efforts to deliver high-impact services to children and families.

At the Annual National Head Start Conference, we introduce the winners at the Scholarships and Awards Dinner. This year, the dinner is Wednesday, April 25 at 7pm. Please join us to celebrate the achievements of your fellow NHSA members! Tickets may be purchased when registering for the conference. If you have already registered, purchase tickets through My Conference Center.

Speaker: TBA

Wednesday, April 25, 7pm 

Tickets: $125

(Thursday, April 26)

NHSA's Afterglow Lounge -

After a full day of sessions Thursday, April 26, head to our Afterglow Lounge. Have a great time dancing, enjoying the music and company, and relaxing with colleagues.

Thursday, April 26 - 8pm  10pm

Fees: Free