Agency Messages - November 2018

Agency Messages - November 2018 — Nov 20, 2018

The Iowa Head Start Association Board met Tuesday, November 20, 2018 and has the following messages for you:

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.

Send your questions to the IHSA listserv!

If you have a question and would like input from your peers, please send the question to with a request that it be forwarded to the director list.  Reply all with your answers so everyone can be looped in.

Parent Leadership Review

Thanks to all who sent parents and staff to the 2018 Parent Leadership event!  The day was a great success and plans are already being made for 2019.

IHSA Board Officer Elections

Des Moines Public Schools Head Start Coordinator, Melissa Leyen was voted in as the IHSA board treasurer.  Congratulations, Melissa!  She joins the incumbent executive board membership:

            Tonya Weber, President

            Judy Russell, Vice President

            Secretary, Paulette Webb

IHSA Membership Cards

Iowa Head Start Association membership cards are now available. 

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. 

2018-2019 Professional Development Offerings

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