Joyce Thomas speaking at the HSA conference

New York State Head Start Association Annual Professional Development Conference

The evening opening session of the New York State Head Start Association Annual Professional Development Conference was held on March 25th in Tarrytown, NY.  Regional Administrator, Joyce A. Thomas provided the keynote address for this year’s conference.  Joyce Thomas’s remarks focused on “Navigating the Course of Change”, also the theme of the conference, as it relates to federal funding and federal program initiatives.   This change will consist of; new grant funding for new and existing Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships,  the implementation of the My Brother's Keeper initiative, and use of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 funding to efficiently and effectively operate Head Start Programs.  Joyce also provided conference participants an update on Affordable Care Act enrollment.  The ACA enrollment deadline was quickly approaching, and recent numbers indicated that more than 717,000 New Yorker’s had enrolled on NY State Health.  Additionally, a representative from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Ana Cody, Senior Manager, Outreach & Community Engagement, was on site to provide information and resources to participants on their programs and trainings which focus on child safety.