February / March 2018 
Updates from IHSA Executive Director, Lauri Morrison-Frichtl

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and 
inspires your hopes. 
                            -Andrew Carnegie

I hope this finds each of you happy and healthy!  It was wonderful to see so many of you at the IHSA Conference.  It makes me happy to spend time with my Head Start family.  There are several things to highlight this month.  First, the IHSA Government Affairs Committee has developed a White Paper on "Illinois Head Start Children Are At Risk - Fewer Children and Families Enrolled Means Loss of Opportunity." We are looking for feedback!  Please follow this link to read the White Paper.  Submit feedback to  lfrichtl@ilheadstart.org.  Second, we are accepting Parent Ambassador Applications for our 2018-2019 class.  Please follow this link for more information.
Finally, here is a Federal Legislative Update  Road-Map.   There is quite a bit to cover in a short legislative update. So here's my road-map to help you follow along at home:

          1.       Budget Deal For Fiscal Year 2018
          2.       President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2019
          3.       Immigration
          4.       CLASS and Designation Renewal System
Budget Deal for Fiscal Year 2018
The budget deal agreed to by Congress and signed by President Trump is ultimately very good for low income children and families. It lifted the budget caps fairly substantially over the next two years. It includes an increase of $63 billion for fiscal year 2018 and an increase of $68 billion for fiscal year 2019. This means that the size of the pie will grow making more room for Congress to provide funding for programs that serve low income children and families. And while Congress must still specify how much each program like Head Start will receive under these increased caps by mid-March there were several agreements put in place. These include:    ...     Read more HERE from Lauri

Thank you for all that you do!  Wishing you a wonderful March filled with much happiness and may the luck of the Irish  be with you.  

"May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.  May good luck pursue you each morning and night."     - Irish Blessing for Luck

Take care,

Updates from Associate Head Start State Collaboration Director, Donna Emmons

The spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at 12:15 P.M. EDT. This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
At the spring equinox, the amount of daylight and darkness is approximately equal. The name equinox comes from Latin words which mean "equal night"- aequus (equal) and 
nox (night).  Enjoy the increasing sunlight hours, with  earlier dawns and later sunsets!  

Signs of the Equinox in nature:
   * The vernal equinox signals the beginning of nature's renewal in the Northern Hemisphere!  
   * Worms begin to emerge from the earth. In fact, the March Full Moon is called " The Full Worm Moon " for this reason.
   *  Read more HERE from  the Farmers' Almanac website.
  • Head Start and Homelessness 
  • Early Childhood Block Grant Update 
  • Encryption List (Send me your zip codes if you haven't!!!!!) 
  • DCFS and Enrolling foster Kids 
  • Suspension / Expulsion 
    For details on all five Top Topics and for upcoming conferences, read more HERE from Donna.

WASHINGTON, DC -  Friday, February 9, 2018
Nearly 100,000 Head Start Children Were Impacted by Storms  

The National Head Start Association today welcomed congressional passage of legislation to provide $650 million to meet the recovery needs of Head Start programs impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. NHSA was also pleased the budget deal passed by Congress early this morning extended the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV), a program that helps guide low-income, at-risk mothers in parenting.


Click  HERE for important details on this Cross-Training offer! 

Parent Ambassador Program

Real Parents Real Stories Real Impact

Application for Parent Ambassadorship (and instructions)

Here is more about the P.A. program!

Membership Matters
Friendly reminder for soon-to-be member agencies: 
90-day grace period expires March 31st -- just weeks away! 

Afterward, member rates granted for your  2018 
registered trainings / events may revert to non-member rates.  
So, do not hesitate to call with any question  - thank you. 

Current 2018 IHSA Agency Members (as of 03-02-18)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Western Egyptian EOC
West Central Community Services
Wabash Area Development Inc.
Two Rivers Head Start
Tri-County Opportunities Council
Tazewell-Woodford Head Start
Southern Seven Health Department
SIU-Edwardsville Head Start
SIU-Carbondale Head Start
Riverbend Head Start & Family Services
Project NOW
PACT-West Central
Mount Vernon School District #80
Metropolitan Family Services
Kankakee School District #111
Illinois Action for Children
Heartland Head Start
Evanston/Skokie School District #65
El Valor
Educare of West DuPage
Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
East Central Illinois Community Action
Community Link / First Step
Community Action Partnership of Central IL
City of Rockford
Christopher House
Children's Home & Aid
Childcare Network of Evanston
Chicago Commons
Champaign County Head Start
Centerstone Early Head Start
CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp.
Child Care Resource & Referral
Catholic Charities of Joliet
CAP of Lake County
CAA McHenry Co
Baby Talk, Inc.
Anna Waters Head Start
SIUE team wins national prize for augmented reality in Head Start proposal
Dec 7, 2017 10:02 AM

EDWARDSVILLE - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville computer science graduate student Ehren Wolfe and Stephen Hupp, PhD, professor of psychology in the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior, along with a team of creative minds from across the nation, earned first place for their innovative ideas during the 2017 Tech and Early Education Incubator held Dec. 2-3 in Austin, Texas.

(L-R) Stephen Hupp, professor of psychology at SIUE; Step Aument, with ReadyRosie; Kate Hodges and Su Fang, students at the University of Texas at Austin; Colleen Anderson, with ReadyRosie; Jake McClure, chairman of Salado Montessori; Karen Carradine, vice president of Head Start, Geminus Corporation; Joel Saldaña, Head Start director of operations; and SIUE computer science graduate student Ehren Wolfe.

The incubator event brought together technology, design and early childhood innovators, and challenged them to "develop an idea that enhances the impact of early childhood education through the use of technology." Wolfe and Hupp were invited to the competition because of their research involving a robot named Mo, who has worked with children in SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms.

For the competition, they collaborated with a team of interdisciplinary thinkers, including Colleen Anderson and Step Aument from ReadyRosie, Jake McClure from Salado Montessori, Karen Carradine from Geminus Corp., Joel Saldaña from the National Head Start Association, and Su Fang and Kate Hodges from the University of Texas at Austin. The team also received helpful guidance from Rachel Sibley, an augmented reality expert from Leap Motion.

The team achieved the grand prize for their winning idea of Project Safe-AR-i (pronounced "safari"), an Augmented Reality App, similar to Pokémon Go. Wolfe was nominated as team leader.   "Attending the Incubator was an incredible experience," Wolfe said. "It was extremely rewarding to see the power of interdisciplinary teamwork in action to bring an impactful idea into existence. I'm thrilled for our win and the opportunity to continue working with such an amazing team of thinkers and doers who are passionate about making a difference for children in Head Start." 
IHSA Upcoming Training Opportunities . . 

March 2018  
March 14th & 15th: CLASS Observation Training - NOW FULL

April 2018  --  Quality Enrichment Circles
April 23rd -- 27th: Central QECs - 
          (Educ / FamServ / MH&Dis / Health&Nutri / EHS)
April 24th -- 27th: South QECs -
          (Educ / FamServ / MH&Dis / EHS)
April 30th: Chicago QEC - (Education)

May 2018
May 1st -- 4th: Chicago QECs - 
         (FamServ/ MH&Dis / Health&Nutri / EHS)

Current Job Openings 

IHSA Staff Alumni Project
IHSA Staff Alumni Project
Join the Illinois Head Start Association. 
For this year ONLY -- it's free to Staff Alumni.
Annual individual associate membership is regularly $35)

This  lucky  deal continues  -- so tell your friends 
and help get the word out to former
Head Start staff members

Illinois Head Start Staff Alumni project mission: To encourage and support former Head Start staff who still love the program to reconnect, become informed, and receive opportunities to make a difference in local programs and the state association.  You are Head Start.

Were you on staff in a Head Start program? Did you love it? Was it one of the most fulfilling times in your life? Was it more of a calling, rather than a job? 

  • Reconnecting with colleagues from Head Start throughout Illinois;
  • Building social networks & planning some activities (including annual Friend's component meeting);
  • Getting updated and staying informed on Head Start in Illinois and across the nation;
  • Lending your voice to advocate for this wonderful program;
  • Sharing ideas, getting to volunteer, and/or donate, if you choose;
  • Adding a little more fun into your day to day life; and 
  • Being part of a Head Start program model for across the country!
believes that those best equipped to testify to 
the life-changing impact of Head Start programs are Head Start alumni." 

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Smile as each new month greets you . .   
March    ..
 the month of which
observ ances
To get your daily exercise, you could click "Run"
To improve your appearance, adjust  Display Settings
To feel like a new person, press "Refresh"
To "Add/Remove" someone in your life, go to settings > control panel
"Help" with the chores -- why, it's just a click away , or
If you don't like cleaning the house at all, press "Delete"
When life gets too noisy, set those speakers to "Off"
Hey, no worries about lost car keys with the "Find" feature
Want the kids go to bed immediately? -- c
lick "Send" and
When we mess up in life "Ctrl, Alt, Delete" to start all over!

source: https://hubpages.com/entertainment/thedailyjoke_March2008

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