Get Ready To Get Together at IHSA's Annual Conference!!

The Indiana Head Start Association is excited to be back live and in-person for the upcoming IHSA Annual Conference! The Conference is scheduled to take place on October 4 & 5, 2021 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Noblesville, Indiana! IHSA’s Annual Fall Conference will feature a School Readiness professional development track and a professional development track focused on Parent, Family and Community Engagement / Health / Mental Health for all Head Start & Early Head Start and Early Childhood Education staff from various programs across the state of Indiana! Information will be sent out to all Programs in the very near future!

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Professional Development Academy
Cohort #6
August 27, 2021
Creating Systems of Support in Education for Families and Youth Experiencing Homelessness & SNAP-ED in Indiana

The Indiana Head Start Association has kicked-off our brand-new Training initiative for our front-line staff which we have called the Help the Helpers Professional Development Academy. The Help the Helpers Professional Development Academy is designed for our Family Services Staff, Home Visiting Staff, Teaching Staff, and other essential staff who work directly with the families to provide expertise & important insight and tools to help them address families in crisis, set family goals and improve child, parent, and family outcomes.

The Help the Helpers Cohort #6 Professional Development training in August will focus on creating systems of support for Homeless Hoosier Families and Children. Gina Woodward from the Indiana Department of Educatioiin will host an 90 minute morning session that will offer general guidance on how to assist families experiencing homelessness through positive communication, systems navigation, resource acquisition, and referral. 

Julia Brunnermer and Amy Rupp , SNAP-Ed Coordinators for the Indiana Department of Health, will also be providing a 90 minute morning presentation to discuss with us the SNAP-Ed program in Indiana and how their division works to tackle food insecurity in low-income populations. Julia and Amy will discuss the scope of SNAP-Ed programming in Indiana and the mission and vision around the State Nutrition Action Committee (SNAC). We'll also have a chance to discuss and explore connections to the Nutrition Education Program Assistants (NEPAs) around the state.


For a more detailed look at the Help the Helpers Professional Development Academy Cohort #6 training scheduled for August 27, 2021, and registration information, CLICKING HERE!


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