Idaho Head Start Association

Idaho Head Start Association

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Thank you Idaho Head Start Association for posting on this historical day 🪶 #HappyIndigenousPeoplesDay
I'd like to share a rather unusual and free resource for promoting positive childhood experiences and preventing adverse childhood experiences...parenting norms bumper stickers. Advancing Parenting, a Camarillo CA nonprofit, produces parenting norms bumper stickers and makes them available at no cost to schools, businesses, organizations, and clinics. There are fifty-two in a set and each bumper sticker communicates a parenting behavior or practice generally recognized as supporting the healthy development of children. Just one will be read thousands of times!

Bumper stickers are a unique and powerful way for friends, family, and community members to share parenting wisdom. At stoplights drivers and passengers point, smile, and nod. Conversations begin and often a phone is used to take a photo of the sticker right at the stoplight. Presumably, they are being shared on social media. It's wonderful to see!

Sets of the stickers can be given away at events and/or put in holders and placed on counters and tables so folks can select one or more for their cars. Visit www.advancingparenting.org to request this free resource. Use a computer...our website is not optimized for phones. Please share.
Staff and Policy Council parents are participating in the Idaho Head Start Association annual conference virtually this year. Check out the video of Governor Brad Little proclaiming February as Head Start Awareness Month
We want to congratulate the Idaho Head Start Association on its 55 year anniversary!

Also, School District 25’s Head Start program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year! Refer to the flyer below or call (208) 233-6606 for more information.

#HelpingPeople #ChangingLives #HeadStart #OurFutureLegacy
One of our grantees, Idaho Head Start Association, is mentioned in National Head Start Association's latest brief!

Head Start gives young children living in poverty backgrounds the skills they need to be successful in school and life. Learn more: go.nhsa.org/state-investments
Please join Decoding Dyslexia Idaho at our public signing with Governor Little of our Proclamation declaring October as Dyslexia Awareness Month. Friday, October 4th at 2:00 at the Rotunda in our State Capitol. Bring your kiddos, those 1 in 5 who struggle in our schools across this state and support this important moment in bringing awareness and change.

https://www.facebook.com/events/928134127540189/
Please join Decoding Dyslexia Idaho for our first
Dyslexia Awareness & Educational Summit
Saturday, October 5th, 8:30-4:30
St. Luke’s Washington Group Plaza
720 Park Blvd. Boise, ID 83729

This summit is designed with educators, therapists, and parents in mind, bringing you resources and tools from specialist in our community. You’ll walk away with a clear understanding of what Dyslexia is, why early screening is so important and what signs you can watch for in the children you work with. Tips & tricks will be presented for teaching these students in the classroom and tools to help you coach these students through therapy sessions. Learn how to write effective IEP goals and how to better advocate for your student/child. Individuals who should attend this one-day Summit include general education teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, paraprofessionals, school counselors, OT/PT/SLP therapists, principals, and parents. The $40 price covers lunch and a day packed full of community leaders sharing and providing resources to support individuals with dyslexia. This is truly a day you won’t want to miss! Educators can earn 1 CE Credit through NNU. More CE Credit information will be given at the Summit.
• Connie Risser, Adult Dyslexic/NILD Educational Therapist
• What is Dyslexia
• Dyslexia Simulation
• Dr. Deb Glaser, National Trainer of distinguished teacher curriculum authored by Louisa Moats Ed.D
• The Reading Teachers Top Ten Tools
• Evelyn Johnson, CEO Lee Pesky Learning Center
• Early Screening and tools educators, therapists and parents can use to help identify these kids early
• Sherry Black, Dyslexia Consultant/Rise Above Dyslexia
• Answers to common questions about Dyslexia
• Karyn Kilpatrick, SPED Teacher/Coopalo Learning Center
• How to write an effective IEP
• Rachel Berger, Founder of Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota/Microsoft Assistive Technology Trainer
• Introduction to Microsoft AT support for the classroom
• Nick Stallings, Idaho Assistive Technology Project and our State Department of Education, Shannon Dunstan, how they work together creating change and the literacy projects the state is working on.
• Panel Discussion
• An opportunity to ask your questions and interact with our guest speakers

Visit eventbrite.com to get your tickets today
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dyslexia-awareness-summit-tickets-63452366737?fbclid=IwAR0N1nbnyk8ZTWx7OcgueASpboIfdkOwEUEOGJmtW_Kqz37twrGnGVJc_g4
“We stand ready as a state to continue investing in upstream solutions. Foster care is really expensive, it’s devastating, it’s hard and it’s our last resort.” - State Senator Abby Lee.

Idaho Head Start Association helps struggling families create more stability, prevent family separation, and build stronger communities and is one of the American Heart Association's Voices for Healthy Kids grant recipients. The goal of the grant opportunities is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Read more about how Idaho Head Start is helping families.
We're at Idaho Head Start Association this morning to support their work to help struggling families create more stability, prevent family separation, and build stronger communities. The Idaho Head Start Association is a Voices for Healthy Kids grant recipient. Voices for Healthy Kids is an initiative by the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aimed at creating a culture of health.
Congratulations to our staff for the recognition at this year's Idaho Head Start Association Annual Awards Banquet!

Ricardo Luna, the Education Coordinator at Felipe Cabral was honored as Teacher of the Year!

Russ Newbold, the Transportation Services Manager was honored as Support Staff of the Year!

We are so lucky to have you both at CC Idaho! You're both truly making a difference and we couldn't be more proud!!! Thank you for going above and beyond in your roles.
Thank you for your recognition Idaho Head Start Association
We sure are lucky to have such a committed and caring individual on our team! Russ, congrats on being named the 2018 Head Start Support Staff of the Year!!!

The Idaho Head Start Association (IHSA) supports Head Start programs through advocacy, Partnerships, Collaboration, Recognition, and Professional Development to work towards the best outcomes for Idaho’s children, families, and communities.

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

Operating as usual

04/14/2022

Visit the EICAP - Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership Early Head Start center on April 20 and bring a friend.

OPEN HOUSE! Come and check out the Hoopes Early Head Start Center April 20th!

04/02/2022

The Community Council of Idaho, Inc. is hiring. Some of the positions are perfect for people just starting out or re-entering the work force. Share this with your friends and community. Apply at https://ccidaho.applicantstack.com/x/openings

03/30/2022

ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN! Community Council of Idaho, Inc. offers FREE Head Start and Early Head Start classes from May to November for children of Idaho's wonderful migrant and seasonal workers. They provide comprehensive services to children from birth to five. La Adelita Center is in Caldwell and they have programs in many more communities. Learn more by calling 208-459-6536 or visiting https://communitycouncilofidaho.org/head-start/

03/28/2022

Head Start is the nation's most successful school readiness program and it's FREE to eligible Idaho families with children ages 3 and 4 (by Sept 1). Early Head Start provides FREE child development and support services to families with infants and toddlers and pregnant moms. Find the program near you and give your child the Head Start advantage. www.idahohsa.org

03/28/2022

Thank you to Idaho's fabulous farmworkers and to the Community Council of Idaho that operates Head Start and Early Head Start programs in 20 Idaho counties. It's a comprehensive service program for children and families that includes: Early Childhood Education, Nutrition, and Health & Wellness. Learn more at:
https://communitycouncilofidaho.org/head-start/

Happy ! invites you to join us from March 25-31 to celebrate and honor the hardworking farmworkers who keep our grocery stores and kitchen tables stocked with fresh produce. Throughout the week we will be highlighting families and sharing information on how you can help support farmworkers across the nation!

Timeline photos 03/24/2022

Give your child the Head Start advantage! There are Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout Idaho.

Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide access to comprehensive services for children ages birth to 5. Are you interested in enrolling your child in a Head Start program?

Learn how to apply here: https://buff.ly/2IL3Hoy

03/23/2022

Idaho's 13 Head Start and Early Head Start programs serve children from low-income families, foster children and children with special needs in 39 Idaho counties. Programs are FREE and provide meals, health checks, and parent support along with a proven school readiness curriculum. Find a program near you and give your child the Head Start advantage. www.idahohsa.org

The Head Start Advantage 03/22/2022

The Head Start Advantage

When parents thrive, children thrive. Idaho's 13 Head Start and Early Head Start programs understand parents are their child's first and most important teacher and they work with parents to prepare Idaho's youngest learners for school and life. Use this video to introduce Head Start to people you know with children ages 0-4. Enrollment for fall 2022 is starting soon. https://youtu.be/IBS-fcY4Tc8

The Head Start Advantage This 18-minute documentary film explores the lives of Head Start students, parents, teachers, and alumni working to envision and create a better world for al...

03/21/2022

Lap time builds strong families! Idaho's Head Start and Early Head Start programs help parents establish healthy family habits like daily reading. Find a program near you at www.idahohsa.org

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Photos from WICAP of Canyon County's post 03/21/2022

School readiness, medical and dental health, family engagement and loads of fun for kids and parents. Idaho's Head Start and Early Head Start programs are enrolling! Find out if there is a program near you at www.idahohsa.org

FY22 record-level investment of $11.04 billion in Head Start 03/12/2022

FY22 record-level investment of $11.04 billion in Head Start

Congress failed to adequately fund Head Start.

FY22 record-level investment of $11.04 billion in Head Start NHSA recognizes the record investment of $11.04 billion for Head Start and Early Head Start in the FY22 budget.

Guest opinion: Head Start can change families' lives 03/09/2022

Guest opinion: Head Start can change families' lives

"I wanted better for my children, but I was unsure of myself and how to create change. Head Start has been the change." IHSA Board member and WICAP of Canyon County /
WICAP's Emmett Head Start parent Karey Perkins Robles urges Idaho legislators to support Idaho Head Start programs in the Idaho Press.

Guest opinion: Head Start can change families' lives In 2019, I picked up a flier from Western Idaho Community Action Partnership (WICAP) Head Start at the laundromat and followed the directions to enroll my 4-year-old daughter. Little did

For a full recovery, the US must address its child care crisis 03/09/2022

For a full recovery, the US must address its child care crisis

"When our nationwide approach to supporting children is aligned to meet the urgent needs of families, communities and businesses, everyone makes gains," writes Yasmina S. Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association in The Hill. Idaho's 13 Head Start and Early Head Start programs have funding to provide their comprehensive services to only a fraction of the qualifying low-income families. For a full recovery, the US must address its child care crisis in Idaho and across the nation.

For a full recovery, the US must address its child care crisis Child care is critical to sustaining a highly skilled workforce today.

Head Start can change families' lives — Idaho Head Start Association 03/08/2022

Head Start can change families' lives — Idaho Head Start Association

"I wanted better for my children, but I was unsure of myself and how to create change. Head Start has been the change." IHSA Board member and WICAP of Canyon County/
WICAP's Emmett Head Start parent Karey Perkins Robles urges Idaho legislators to support Idaho Head Start programs in the Idaho Press.
https://www.idahopress.com/opinion/guest_opinions/guest-opinion-head-start-can-change-families-lives/article_86e71cca-2c01-5990-93b8-17e4a557f069.html or https://www.idahohsa.org/head-start-news/2022/3/7/head-start-can-change-families-lives

Head Start can change families' lives — Idaho Head Start Association By Karey Perkins Robles. Published March 6, 2022 in the Idaho Press In 2019, I picked up a flier from Western Idaho Community Action Partnership (WICAP) Head Start at the laundromat and followed the directions to enroll my 4-year-old daughter. Little did I know how dramatically this small action wo

03/04/2022

Bill and the IHSA Board congratulate all the winners of IHSA 2021 Awards. Thank you for being so awesome!
Head Start Parent Scholarship - Angela Sutton, Head Start Alumni Scholarship - Emily Hill, and Head Start Staff Scholarship - Mollie Benson all of North Idaho College Head Start. Support Staff of the Year - Candise Kron, Teacher of the Year - Maria Mejia, Head Start Parent of the Year - Priscilla Rios and Head Start Hero - Jim Tooman all from Friends of Children and Families, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start.

02/24/2022

Congratulations to IHSA 2021 Parent of the Year Priscilla Rios from Friends of Children and Families, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start. Priscilla has MS and is a self-proclaimed "wheelchair mom." Her engagement with Head Start has started her thinking about new education goals and working with children and families. Priscilla says, "I have dreams and aspirations to continue bettering myself, for me and for my children. I want them to know to never give up through any adversity life may throw at you." Thanks Priscilla!

Dr. Noreen Womack - Critical Factors in Early Brain Development 02/23/2022

Dr. Noreen Womack - Critical Factors in Early Brain Development

Dr. Noreen Womack's keynote address at the IHSA 2022 Conference was so good, we want to share it with you. Dr. Womack gave a fascinating presentation - Critical Factors in Early Brain Development. She dives into the details, but makes it easy to understand how important the early years are. Enjoy. https://youtu.be/LJfG9nZtDkY

Dr. Noreen Womack - Critical Factors in Early Brain Development Noreen Womack, MD works in the St. Luke’s Children’s Mobile Care clinic. Her main goal is to help St. Luke’s reach children that are undergoing difficult cir...

02/23/2022

Congratulations to the IHSA 2021 Teacher of the Year Maria Mejia. Maria is a Lead Teacher for Friends of Children and Families, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start. Maria says, "I have been working with Head Start for 10 years and can’t think of any other work that would fill me like working here has." Maria returned to school, after 30 years, to earn her Associates in Early Childhood Education.

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 02/22/2022

Head Start parents enjoyed a fabulous day at the IHSA 2022 Conference thanks to Anna Fields from Mountain States Early Head Start, Miguel Hernandez from EICAP - Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership Head Start, and Karey Perkins from WICAP's Emmett Head Start who organized the session, shared their Head Start stories, and led the small group discussions. Big thanks to Keri Allred, Executive Director of RUCD Head Start & Early Head Start who kicked off the afternoon with an uplifting presentation on selfcare.

Photos from Idaho Head Start Association's post 02/18/2022

Idaho's 13 Head Start and Early Head Start programs are led by amazing people including Ruby Allen, Director of College of Southern Idaho Head Start, Jenniffer Reynolds, Director of EICAP - Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership Head Start and Lisa Burke, Director of Friends of Children and Families, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start. It was wonderful to see you at the IHSA 2022 Conference.

02/18/2022

The winner of IHSA's Staff Scholarship is Mollie Benson from North Idaho College Head Start. Congratulations Mollie. We are excited to help you pursue your educational goals!

02/17/2022

IHSA Board member and WICAP of Canyon County Emmett Head Start parent Karey Perkins and Friends of Children and Families, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start parent and Policy Council member Joel' Haines visited legislators at the Idaho Statehouse on Feb. 17. They aced it. Please help Head Start secure $3 million by emailing your legislators today. https://www.idahohsa.org/head-start-healthy-start-action

02/17/2022

Congratulations to the 2021 Idaho Head Start Association Hero Jim Tooman. Jim is an alumni parent from Friends of Children and Families, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start. He served many terms on Policy Council and shared his time and expertise generously. Way to lead by example Jim!

02/16/2022

We loved seeing old friends and making new ones at the IHSA 2022 Conference last week. It was 3 full days of sharing, learning and celebrating. Debbie Ocasio from EICAP - Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership Head Start created a custom backdrop!

02/07/2022

Yes! The IHSA 2022 Conference will be this much fun. You can still register for three days of learning, sharing and celebrating. We have great keynote speakers and more than 28 presenters. It's online Feb. 8-10. Check out the agenda and get registration information at www.idahohsa.org
PC WICAP's Weiser Head Start

02/07/2022

The Idaho legislature is considering providing $3 million for Idaho Head Start programs; $1 million/year for three years to create 100 new slots for children across Idaho. Please call, email or write your Idaho legislators now and ask them to “Support Governor Little’s request for $3 million for Head Start to increase the number of families that can be served in Idaho.” Find your legislators here - https://legislature.idaho.gov/legislators/whosmylegislator/

02/04/2022

IHSA 2022 Conference Sponsor Plusoptix USA. Plusoptix develops, manufactures and markets handheld, binocular photorefraction devices. They deliver the highest measurement accuracy and product quality.

02/03/2022

Don't miss the IHSA 2022 Conference Feb. 8-10. Everyone is welcome to participate, connect, learn and celebrate the Head Start advantage. The Conference is virtual. Your ticket allows you participate in real time and watch recordings of each session at your convenience. Check out the full agenda and and register at https://www.idahohsa.org/2022-conference

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Governor Little at Mtn Home Head Start
Engaged Dads and Successful Kids
Strengthening Families and Communities Program
Head Start Healthy Start program January 22, 2019

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