January / February 2018 
Updates from IHSA Executive Director, Lauri Morrison-Frichtl
Now that 2017 is over, it's time to kick 2018 into gear. 

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."   - Francis of Assisi

In January many of us reassessed our busy lives and thought about what we want to accomplish or do to balance our lives during the next year. With that in mind we have some New Year ideas for you!

First, if you haven't registered for the IHSA Annual Conference and Parent Leadership Institute you need to!   Have you heard? We have Nefertiti Bruce Poyner as our opening keynote speaker! Nefertiti uses humor, personal stories and a spirit of enthusiastic optimism to help others "build their bounce." She is co-author of the Teacher's Choice Award Winning resource, Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children and Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You, designed to help caregivers build their own resilience. 

Then, to top it off we have Stacy Bess as our closing speaker. Stacey is an award-winning educator with great insight into the hearts of children in need. She believes that the way to most effectively teach children any subject is to treat them with love and kindness. Audiences around the nation have discovered the treasure of Stacey Bess and the magic she works with children. You will find everything you want and need, including national speakers, experts in your area, the Office of Head Start, and leave energized and ready to accomplish your 2018 goals! Go to the IHSA website to register now and find more information at www.ilheadstart.org.

Second, join your other colleagues on Hum Hub. Hum Hub keeps you connected to your peers. This is a special place to share your thoughts, share resources, ask the challenging question and receive the ongoing support in a small, networked community. Contact Michelle Iocca at miocca@ilheadstart.org to join.

Third, join us for the 3rd Annual Vanessa Rich Leadership Experience, July 11th and 12th. This leadership experience will enable you to get in touch with the important aspects of yourself as a leader...and to learn to be the voice of those without a voice. This opportunity will be held at Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, Illinois. A beautiful, retreat atmosphere, where you can enjoy your journey. Watch for more information coming on this soon!

Updates from Associate Head Start State Collaboration Director, Donna Emmons

February is Black History Month
     Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.
     The Black History Month 2018 theme, "African Americans in Times of War," marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles that black Americans have played in warfare, from the American Revolution to the present day.

ECBG Grants
: The last Early Childhood Block Grant re-competition, Prevention Initiative (PI) grants are  due February 9

All grants are due by 4:00 PM that day and are NOT electronic . They are hard copy, so plan accordingly. 

Check out the RFP webinars on the ISBE RFP site  HERE

Also there are helpful resources  HERE .  

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

PROMISE Award Given During Head Start on the Hill Breakfast  

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Head Start Association recognized eight U.S. Senators today for their continued support of Head Start with the PROMISE (Protecting Our Most Important Students Early) Award. Awardee Senator Shelley Moore Capito (WV), along with Head Start allies Senator John Boozman (AR) and Senator Jeff Merkley (OR), addressed leaders of the Head Start community during the annual Head Start on the Hill Breakfast, which kicked off a day of meetings with members of Congress and their staff.

For those congressional holiday greetings that went out this past season to various Illinois representatives and senators, we thank these $25 Amazon Gift Card Winners for their participation:

BCMW Community Services
CAP of Central Illinois (CAPCIL)
Champaign County Head Start (CCRPC)
Community Action of McHenry County
ERBA, Inc.
Kankakee Head Start 
Mt. Vernon Head Start
NICAA Head Start
Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC)
WADI, Inc.

Perhaps this may be something to consider as a new tradition? Stay tuned. 

February 2, 2018
via riverbender.com

ALTON -  Murray the Groundhog made a stop at the Alton Visitor Center Friday morning to let everyone know six more weeks of winter are on the way.

Mayor of Alton Brant Walker read brief proclamation declaring Friday "Murray Groundhog Day" in the city of Alton, with Murray, a permanent resident of the Treehouse Wildlife Center, being the "Official Groundhog Day Meteorologist."
An Age-By-Age Guide to Helping Kids Manage Emotions . .
Science & Wellness  posting by Sanya Pelini  www.parent.com  

An Age-By-Age Guide to Helping Kids Manage Emotions

We are all born with emotions, but not all those emotions are pre-wired into our brains.
Kids are born with emotional reactions such as crying, frustration, hunger, and pain. But they learn about other emotions as they grow older.

There is no general consensus about the emotions that are in-built verses those learned from emotional, social, and cultural contexts. It is widely accepted, however, that the eight primary in-built emotions are anger, sadness, fear, joy, interest, surprise, disgust, and shame. These are reflected in different variations. For instance, resentment and violence often stem from anger, and anxiety is often associated with fear.

Secondary emotions are always linked to these eight primary emotions and reflect our
emotional reaction to specific feelings. These emotions are learned from our experiences. For example, a child who has been punished because of a meltdown might feel anxious the next time she gets angry. A child who has been ridiculed for expressing fear might feel shame the next time he gets scared. In other words, how we react to our kids' emotions has an impact on the development of their emotional intelligence. Emotional invalidation prevents kids from learning how to manage their emotions. When we teach kids to identify their emotions, we give them a framework that helps explain how they feel, which makes it easier for them to deal with those emotions in a socially appropriate way.

Membership Matters . .
Thanks again to all Agencies that have responded graciously
 to last year's IHSA Membership Campaign.  Now that 2018 invoices have gone out, you will be happy to learn that your paid 2017 dues also provide your agency with a 90-day grace period (1st three months of this year) within such time you are automatically granted 2018 Member Rates on your registered trainings and events. Do r each out with any question. 

2017 IHSA Agency Members:

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Western Egyptian EOC
West Central Community Services
Wabash Area Development Inc.
Two Rivers
Tri-County Opportunities Council
Tazewell-Woodford Head Start
Southern Seven Health Department
Rock Island - Milan School District #41
Riverbend Head Start & Family Services
Quincy Head Start
Project NOW
PACT-West Central
Mount Vernon School District #80
Metropolitan Family Services
Kankakee School District #111
Illinois Action for Children
Howard Area
Heartland Head Start
Governors State University
Evanston/Skokie School District #65
El Valor
Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
East Central Illinois Community Action
Community Link
Community Action Partnership of Central IL
City of Rockford
Christopher House
Children's Home & Aid
Childcare Network of Evanston
Chicago Family Support Services
Chicago Commons
Champaign County Head Start
Centerstone Early Head Start
Catholic Charities of Joliet
CAP of Lake County
CAA McHenry Co
Baby Talk, Inc.
Anna Waters Head Start
IHSA Upcoming Training Opportunities . . 

February 2018
February 8th: HR Webinar Series #3 HR Systems & Best Practices


March 2018
March 2nd: Let's Talk about Transportation 

March 7th & 8th: Practice Based Coaching - Coach's Training - MORE INFO HERE
March 14th & 15th: CLASS Observation Training ( FULL
Current Job Openings . .


IHSA Staff Alumni Project . .

IHSA Staff Alumni Project

Join the Illinois Head Start Association.  
The annual individual associate membership is regularly $35. 
HOWEVER, this year it is FREE to Staff Alumni!  
You might even say it's a sweetheart of a deal :) 

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 exciting times in your life?  Did it seem like a calling rather than just a job?  

IMAGINE if you could:
  • Reconnect with colleagues from Head Start throughout Illinois
  • Build a social network; plan some activities including attendance at the Friend's component annual meeting at an affordable price
  • Get updated and informed on Head Start in Illinois and across the nation
  • Lend your voice to advocate for this wonderful program
  • Get ideas and opportunities to volunteer or donate if you choose
  • Have fun 
  • Be a model for other Head Start programs across the country
! READ ALL ABOUT IT  --  more ideas for $2 Per Child Campaign!
$2 Per Child Campaign RAFFLE

Please "click here" to let Mitch know of your raffle donation plans..

Smile and embrace your February!   

FEBRUARY --- the month of Love

What's the difference between me and a calendar?

A calendar has dates . .     

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