2019 IHSA Home Visitor Conference - October 23-24

August 30, 2019

Greetings IHSA Members!


It gives me great pleasure to share with you information regarding our Fall Home Visitor Conference! We think this year’s conference will be a fantastic learning and networking opportunity for those programs that provide home-based programming. I’ve had the privilege of sending my program Home Visitors in the past and they always come back feeling enriched and excited about using the information they received. I highly recommend every program who has home visitors to consider sending them to this event!


Attached is the registration packet for the upcoming Home Visitor Conference. The packet includes the following:

  1. Registration Materials

  2. Agenda with sessions outlined, and

  3. Accommodation’s information


I hope you will take advantage of this conference. I included the at-a-glance details below:

Head Start/Early Head Start Home Visitor’s Conference

October 23rd and October 24th, 2019

Embassy Suites North at 3912 Vincennes Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268


If you have any specific questions regarding the Home Visitor’s Conference, please reach out to: Ms. Kris Mathews at kmathews@hoosieruplands.org  


We hope to see you and your Home Visitors there!

New Mailing Address

August 13, 2019

IHSA Address Update. 

IHSA has a new address! Please send any correspondences to the following address:

500 W Main Street

Mitchell, Indiana 47446 

Retirement of Cheryl Miller

June 25, 2019

The IHSA would like to give a huge thank you and congratulations to Cheryl A. Miller on her recent retirement as Executive Director. She has served in this position for over 17 years and was an active part of the Board for many years prior to that.

Cheryl is a passionate advocate for our low-income Head Start children and families and has worked to assure that their voices have been heard. She is a firm believer in Head Start and has never swayed from being one of our champions.

We wish Cheryl the best of all things as she moves into a "life of leisure"! Congratulations, Cheryl! On behalf of our membership, we thank you for your unending dedication!

Head Start Students Graduate

June 20, 2019

Kokomo High School’s senior graduates. All of these students were Head Start students!

Head Start Student highlighted

April 29, 2019

This is a success story of a past HS child in the Area Five program

Meet Scarlett Gonzalez, 18 yrs. old.

She is an Area Five Agency Head Start student who will be graduating high school this year in the top ten of her class as an academic honors student.

She will be one of the first in her family to attend college.

Scarlett was just awarded the Daughters of American Revolution Good Citizenship Award.

Her extra activities include Book Club, Logansport Children’s Choir, and Logansport Winter Percussions Ensemble.

She founded a new student club called Students Speak. This new group of students volunteered for an adoption event at the local Humane Society,

organized a “March for Our Lives” gun control event in our town, participated in the Women’s March in Indy, spoke this year in Indianapolis at their Climate Strike, 

and spoke at a local rally for children of immigration last summer.

Scarlett hopes these experiences will help her on her journey to earning a bachelor's degree, and an eventual master’s degree, at New York University this fall,

where she will be majoring in Public Policy and Environmental Studies. 

She also hopes to one day start a non-profit business that will help others.

Her father joined her in the interview. They added that her big brother also attended our Head Start program here and is also attending college.

They appreciate that children get a “Head Start” on education in our community.

Scarlett has even agreed to help give back to the Head Start children by helping them with their preschool garden this summer.

Please join Area Five Agency and Head Start in congratulating Scarlett on her academic accomplishments and on her good citizenship success.

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