Agency Messages - January 2019

Agency Messages - January 2019 — Jan 17, 2019

The Iowa Head Start Association Board met Tuesday, January 15, 2019 and has the following messages for you:

Award Nominations

Have you submitted any nominations yet?  Grantees are strongly encouraged to submit at least 1-2 nominations as a minimum. We know you are very busy running your programs day to day; however, recognizing folks in our field for what they do at this level is quite meaningful.  Nominations will be due to Ashley Otte no later than Friday, March 1.


IHSA Board Committees

Are you interested in becoming more involved in the work of IHSA?  Please consider joining one of the board committees.  We are currently seeking members on the education, finance, and membership/awards committees.  Contact Ashley Otte – for more information or to add your name to the list.


New Board Member

Delora Jespersen-Hade has been nominated and approved to fulfill IHSA’s friend position on the board.  As IHSA’s Children’s Champion, we know Delora is knowledgeable and committed to this work. Congratulations and welcome


Data Sharing Request

Please know that a request will be coming for data sharing agreements.  This request is being made as part of the implementation plan for the Preschool Development Grant.  Award notice for the grant is expected by December 15th, but plans are moving forward.  Please contact Tom Rendon with questions.


IHSA Membership Cards

Iowa Head Start Association membership cards are now available. Please see the attachment.


Staff Email Updates

To ensure that all Head Start staff enjoy the value of their membership, please send updated staff lists with emails to


Head Start T-shirts are Available

The t-shirts sold at the Institute are still available. Sizes are limited. Cost is $15. They will be available at networking sessions and can be shipped for an additional fee. Contact if you’re interested.


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. 


2019 Professional Development Offerings

Please take advantage of the great PD offerings through IHSA.  Click here for a list of upcoming events.