Iowa Head Start Association Spring Newsletter

Have you heard about all the exciting news happening at IHSA?

It's time for Head Start Preschool Sign-Up!

Are you pregnant or do you have a child that is birth to five years old? Learn how your child can qualify for no-cost Head Start Preschool or Early Head Start services!

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Mark your calendars!

IHSA is planning an amazing event for Head Start staff, parents and partners!

  • IHSA Annual Meeting
  • Awards Celebration
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • In-Person Networkings
  • Team Building
  • Fun...Fun...Fun!

Meet Lori Ferris!

IHSA has a new

Executive Director

As a previous Head Start and Early Head Start Director, Lori brings a valuable appreciation and perspective to help support the unique needs of programs, staff and families. Being passionate about advocating for her state’s youth and at-risk children and families is something she has cultivated throughout her life. One of her goals as the IHSA Executive Director is to promote a culture of ongoing learning and growth through responsive professional development and mentoring opportunities for programs across the state. She looks forward to collaborating with Head Start leaders, staff, parents, and partners while moving the Head Start and Iowa Head Start Association missions forward.

Meet the IHSA 2022-2023 Award and Scholarship Winners

Children's Champion Award!

Shanell Wagler


of the Year!

Dr. Robert Welch

Tri-County Head Start

Excellence in Community Service!

Dr. Annalee Fencl

Northeast Iowa Pediatric Dentistry

Family Advocate

of the Year!

Nicolle Smith

Drake Head Start

Teacher of the Year!

Debra Spencer

WCCA Head Start

Support Staff

of the Year!

Mary Middleton

Drake Head Start

Staff - Higher Education Scholarship!

Misty Naberhaus

New Opportunities

Head Start

Alumni High School Senior Higher Education Scholarship!

Asher Weed

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