New England Head Start Association Annual Spring Conference

The New England Head Start Association hosted their annual spring conference on May 8 - 10, 2012.  Over 200 Head Start Directors, Managers, parents, State Collaboration Directors, Technical Assistance staff, and Regional Office staff attended this year’s conference.  Three tracks were offered to Directors, Managers, and parents, with many of the sessions focusing on two of the Office of Head Start’s initiatives of School Readiness and Parent Engagement.  Keynote speakers this year featured Brian Wells (Vice President of Engineering, Raytheon Corporation), Kristin Tenney-Blackwell (National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning), Beth Fredericks (Project Manager, Boston Children’s Museum “Countdown to Kindergarten”), and Thomas Sheridan (National Head Start Association, Senior Manager of Government Affairs).  Therese Murray (Senate President, MA) received the “Champion of Head Start Children Award.”