Agency Messages - March 2021

Agency Messages - March 2021 — Mar 17, 2021

The Iowa Head Start Association Board met Wednesday, March 17, 2021 and has the
following messages for you:

Annual Meeting – Save the Date!

The IHSA annual meeting will be held Thursday, September 30th at noon and will include recognition of award winners, election of IHSA board officers, and program celebrations. IHSA will be reaching out requesting a highlight from your last year.


Thanks to those who took the time to nominate staff!  Iowa winners have been forwarded to the region VII Head Start Association for competition. Programs will be receiving notice by the end of March with winner details.

Statewide WAGE$ Information

Iowa AEYC is pleased to announce that WAGE$ will be available to Head Start teaching staff starting July 1. We know you have questions and we are working hard to provide answers. 

Ashley Otte will attend the director’s networking session on April 6th at 10:30 am to discuss the program and answer Head Start Specific questions. Please plan to attend and/or invite other staff from your program.

Statewide information sessions will be held on:

April 1, 2021 – 1:00 PM

April 6, 2021 – 6:00 PM

April 14, 2021 – 6:00 PM

April 19, 2021 – 1:00 PM

May 4, 2021 – 6:00 PM

May 12, 2021 – 1:00 PM


Director Invites to Upcoming Board Meetings

In an effort to connect a wider audience to board work, IHSA board meeting zoom links will be provided to directors along with meeting agendas. The meetings are open to anyone and the board hopes you will listen in!


My Peers

In an effort to keep you connected to colleagues across the state, My Peers is available. The following is the link to information on how to join My Peers. ECLKC also has additional information on MyPeers for support as well. 


After joining you will obtain a confirmation from MyPeers it is not automatic.  After you login, it will take you to your Dashboard. At that point you can search for "Iowa" in the Search box located in the header.

and the "Iowa Head Start and Early Head Start Community" will be listed as a search result. 


Click on the title and welcome. You can join/pin this community for ease of location in the future. There are also options to select to be notified when resources are posted.


Upcoming PD Events

Please note, new events have been added. Hope to see you there!

Running Effective Meetings and Trainings - 03/25/2021

Coaching Networking - 04/06/2021

Director Networking - 04/06/2021

Health Networking - 04/06/2021

Difficult Conversations Training - 04/15/2021

Time Management and Prioritization Training - 05/13/2021

Staff Evaluation and Performance Improvement Training - 06/17/2021