IHSA Agency Messages - November 2017

IHSA Agency Messages - November 2017 — Nov 16, 2017

The Iowa Head Start Association Board met Wednesday, November 14, 2017 and has the following messages for you:

QRIS Update

A work group of Head Start directors combed through the Head Start Performance Standards and aligned them with the proposed new QRIS system.  The group recommended that Head Starts come in at a level 5.  Documentation was provided to the QRIS oversight team in October. IHSA is awaiting response from the oversight team.


2017-2018 Strategic Goals

The board met in July to conduct strategic planning.  Two main goals emerged:

  1. Serve as a collective voice for the best interest of all Head Start grantees in the state.
  2. Support and grow emerging leaders at the board, local and state levels.

The board is especially focused on developing an effective two-way communication strategy with individuals who serve on state wide boards and committees.  If you serve in this capacity, you can expect a board member to reach out to you soon!


Open board position

The IHSA board has an open staff position.  If you are interested in serving on the board, or would like more information, please contact any of the board members or Ashley Otte – ashley@iowaaeyc.org.


Congratulations to the new IHSA board officers!

Officer elections were held at the November board meeting.  Officers are as follows:

President:                    Tonya Weber, New Opportunities

Vice President:            Judy Russell, Drake University

Secretary:                    Paulette Webb, North Iowa Community Action

Treasurer:                    Melissa Nelson, North Iowa Community Action


IHSA Event Cancellation Policy

The Iowa Head Start Association has a 48 hour cancellation/registration deadline policy. For cancellations that occur prior to the 48 hour deadline, paid registration fees can be applied to the next scheduled networking session or will be donated to the association.  Cancellations received after the 48 hour deadline will be automatically donated to the association. Registrations received after the 48 hour deadline will not be accepted. 


2017-2018 Professional Development Schedule

December 2017
5          Disability Networking – practical guidance around 504’s
5          Director Networking – duration, regional awards and review process
January 2018
9          Practice Based Coaching follow up – TA system support
9          Mental Health Networking – TA system support           
17         IHSA Board Meeting    
22-24    Family Support PBIS Training
30         Reflective Supervision Training
February 2018
6          Director Networking
6          Disability Networking – TA system support
March 2018
6          Nutrition Networking
6          Director Networking    
21         IHSA Board Meeting
April 2018
3          Director Networking    
3          Parent Family and Community Engagement Networking
May 2018
1          Director networking
1          ERSEA Networking
1-2        PIWI Train the trainer - TA system support
16         IHSA Board Meeting
TBD      TLC Training
July 2018
18         IHSA Strategic Planning
October 2018
5          IHSA Annual Meeting
5-6        Early Care and Education Fall Institute