Idaho Head Start Association

The Idaho Head Start Association (IHSA) supports Head Start programs through advocacy, Partnerships,

Every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to reach their full potential.

Operating as usual

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 10/30/2023

Don't miss out on applying for one of our awards & scholarships! Go to our website for instructions. Applications are due November 15th.

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 10/21/2023

Spreading the word about Head Start at the 1st annual Reading is Lit event organized by the BYU Education Society. The kids are LOVING our pipe cleaner activity! We’ll be at the Galaxy Event Center at Wahooz until 3!

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 10/18/2023

Our Executive Director was able to present this proclamation to the children and staff at one of the .i.c.a.p Head Start classes. Thanks, for proclaiming October as Idaho Head Start Awareness Month!

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 10/17/2023

As part of we want to be sure eligible families know where to find their nearest Head Start program!

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 10/12/2023

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 10/11/2023

The IHSA Board of Directors is convened this week for our board meeting and strategic planning session! How should our plan look in this post-pandemic early childhood landscape?

10/10/2023

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day from all of us at Mountain States Early Head Start. Our offices are closed today in observance of the holiday.

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 10/09/2023

Head Start is more than just preschool! Swipe to learn!

10/05/2023

Thank you to our Head Start teachers!

10/04/2023

A timeline of Head Start milestones as we recognize

10/02/2023

Happy Month! In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson created Head Start as part of the War on Poverty.
“We set out to make certain that poverty's children would not be forevermore poverty's captives."🌹
makes a difference for children & families. ❤️💙

09/28/2023

This summer, the Office of Head Start’s Deputy Director, Tala Hooban, visited our Mountain States Early Head Start program up north. She even got to participate in her first home visit. Did you know that Head Start is more than just Pre K? Expectant families and kiddos 0-3 are served by Early Head Start 🐣

Mountain States Early Head Start

09/26/2023

Big thanks to the Emmett Lion’s Club for inviting us and WICAP’s Merlene Wilson to discuss some partnership opportunities. Lunch at was delicious as always 🌮🌯🍲 .i.c.a.p

09/26/2023

Introducing our Nonprofit Management Intern, Souvanny Carpenter! She’ll be supporting our Executive Director in an executive assistant capacity as well as taking on some independent projects.

Souvanny is a Treasure Transfer scholarship recipient majoring in Health Sciences at BSU. She plans on becoming a dentist. She chose to intern with IHSA because she wants to advocate for Head Start families and children.

In her free time, she likes to read, travel, and bake. She even just ran her first half marathon!

Welcome, Souvanny!

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 09/21/2023

IHSA & representatives from the CSI Head Start/Early Head Start team had a great day on Capitol Hill visiting the Idaho delegation discussing the significance of Head Start on Idaho families, our economy, and our future. Head Start kiddos sent us with some special drawings of why they love Head Start! 🖍️🥕👧🏽👶

09/20/2023
Photos from Community Council of Idaho, Inc.'s post 09/15/2023

Our Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program, Casa de Colores! Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

Photos from Friends of Children and Families, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start's post 09/14/2023

Photos from Community Council of Idaho, Inc.'s post 09/10/2023
09/07/2023

Register now for a virtual workshop series – participate from the comfort of your home! Workshops are available for parents and caregivers of children ages 0 though 5. Morning and Evening options available! Free materials will be shipped directly to you following each workshop of the series. Sign up today at the link below!

https://readyforkindergartenidaho.org/workshops/virtualworkshops-b87jz

Timeline photos 08/31/2023

Messy play!

Messy play engages the senses and children learn foundational cognitive principles as they exercise motor, language, and social skills.

◼️ Messy play builds foundational skills across Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) domains

◼️ The open-ended quality of messy play allows children to explore and learn at developmentally appropriate levels.

◼️ Messy play activities are fun and engaging, easy to set up, and not always messy!

08/25/2023

Our programs across Idaho prioritize children and families with exemplary resources and services such as access to early education, health screenings, and so much more! please help Head Start to to Idahoans with the greatest need.

National Head Start Association

08/23/2023

Our ED attended last week’s summer leadership meeting organized by the National Head Start Association. Learning from colleagues across the country has us feeling ENERGIZED here in Idaho! 💡 🧠⚡️📚.

Idaho Head Start Association names new executive director - Idaho Business Review 08/17/2023

Join us in welcoming our new executive director, Megan Woller 🎉🥳 Read about her experience and plans for IHSA in the IBR article below.



We thank Bill Foxcroft for his near decade-long commitment to IHSA and wish him well in his retirement! 🏄‍♀️⛷️

Idaho Head Start Association names new executive director - Idaho Business Review The Idaho Head Start Association has recently announced Megan Woller as its new executive director in Boise. Woller, an honoree of the Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 list in 2022, holds a master’s in public administration and a bachelor’s in health education and promotion. Her e...

08/12/2023

Did you know that dental decay is the #1 chronic disease in children in the U.S.?🦷



Attending the Idaho Oral Health Alliance conference this morning reiterated the importance of Head Start’s commitment to promoting oral health in children birth to 5 through our programs 🪥💧👧🏻🦷 ❤️.

Photos from CSI Head Start/Early Head Start's post 08/11/2023
05/12/2023

Head Start Needs You!
Teachers at Head Start make an impact on the lives of children who need it most. What are you waiting for? Find a Head Start program near you and apply today at https://www.idahohsa.org/jobs.

05/11/2023

Make a Difference!
Launching a career with Head Start marks the beginning of a journey to help shape the next generation. Find a Head Start program near you and apply today at https://www.idahohsa.org/jobs

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 03/09/2023

The 2023 Idaho Head Start Association Conference opened with a blast of warmth and inspiration provided by Dr. L. Carol Scott. Dr. Scott is all about helping each person reach their potential in their personal and professional life. In her talk, she shared practical and powerful strategies to remove hidden barriers and ignite self-confidence. You can find her book, "Just Be Your S.E.L.F.–Your Guide to Improving Any Relationship," on her website and have a bit of Dr. Scott with you whenever you want. https://lcarolscott.com/

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 02/28/2023

Karey Perkins Robles shared her powerful story of personal growth with a crowd of more than 100 people at the IHSA Awards Banquet on Feb. 23. Karey spoke of discovering WICAP's Emmett Head Start when she was feeling isolated and unconfident. Her children have since flourished and she's developed amazing leadership and public speaking skills and become a confident parent. It was an honor to have Karey deliver our keynote address. Pictured here with her husband Edwin.
WICAP Community Collaborative

02/27/2023

The Idaho Head Start Association welcomed Carey Sipp, PACEs Connection, Director of Strategic Partnerships and author of "The Turn Around Mom" to our 2023 Conference on Feb. 23. Carey presented the morning keynote, an inspirational pep talk titled "HELP: How Asking for It Saved My Children and Me." Carey spoke from her personal experience as a single mom and survivor of childhood trauma and domestic violence. Carey continued to share her insights and advice with Head Start and Early Head Start parents later in the morning. We appreciate Carey traveling from North Carolina to be with us.

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 02/24/2023

Congratulations to our Idaho Head Start Association Award and Scholarship winners, Representative Ilana Rubel (Ilana Rubel for Idaho), Joel' Haines, Trudy Cressy, Shagaye Burbank, Matt Dibben and Neveah Elliston. Not shown are Cara Bray and Jan Williams. Thank you to Friends of Children and Families, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start , North Idaho College Head Start, and WICAP Community Collaborative Head Start for nominating these incredible people.

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 02/23/2023

Parents have gained skills and resources during the Head Start Conference. Lisa Bryson of the Idaho Oral Health Alliance shared tips on teeth brushing and oral health with parents at the 2023 Conference. Portneuf Library Librarian Amanda Bowden helped parents discover Science Technology Engineering Art and Math activities in popular kid's books. Parents also swapped recipes and tested out a few.

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 02/23/2023

Head Start parents visited the Idaho Statehouse today as part of the 2023 Conference. They spoke with Senator Melissa Wintrow Melissa Wintrow for Idaho, delivered messages to their legislators and watched Senators and Representatives at work. They praised Head Start and Early Head Start for the positive impact they've experienced. They also started training the next generation of Head Start advocates!

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 02/22/2023

Day 2 at the 2023 Idaho Head Start Conference. What a great crew of parents and staff. We were roused to action by Tommy Sheridan of the National Head Start Association.

02/22/2023

Congratulations to Jan Williams, Idaho Head Start Association 2022 Head Start Hero! Jan's love for literacy and reading brought her to Head Start. In 2012, Jan provided enough funding for Friends of Children and Families, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start to send each student home with a personal copy of Dr. Seuss' ABC book. Jan has provided funding that allows FOCAF to provide 10 books to each child in the Head Start and Early Head Start program each year since then. Hundreds of families have started their home libraries with the books provided by Jan. Jan's generosity has improved academic success, vocabulary development, and success for these children and their siblings throughout school and into adulthood. Thanks Jan.

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