In September, a group of parents and staff from CABC-BCHS attended the Parents as Leaders Training followed by the Families Unite for Head Start Spirit Rally. Following the rally, the parents were able to put the knowledge they received into action by visiting their legislators to talk about the importance of Head Start in communities and families. After they returned home, these parents continued using their voices to write a Letter to the Editor that was published in the October 20th edition of the Altoona Mirror. We are pleased that Candace McQuillen, Casey Croft, and Rachel Wilt will be facilitating a workshop session covering this training at the Parent Leadership Track of the Fall Administrators Meeting November 28-29, 2017 at the Best Wester Premier/Central Hotel & Conference Center in Harrisburg.

Would you like to see your program featured in next month's Spotlight Program?
PHSA is looking for submissions for future Program Spotlight features. Tell us about the AMAZING, but everyday things that are going on in your program by emailing


Register Today!  
Registration for the 2017 Fall Administrator meeting is open! This years meeting will be held at the  Best Western
Premier Harrisburg  on November 28-29, 2017.   Please be sure to register on our website by November 17th to avoid a late fee.

Special Parent Leadership Track!
This year, we have added a Parent Leadership Track, held at the same time as the Administrators Meeting.  This is a great opportunity for advocacy liaisons, parent engagement staff, and parent leaders in your programs to learn more about their roles and network with each other. Sessions for this track include Head Start Governance, Conflict Resolution, Basic Advocacy, Advocacy Strategies/Pre-K for PA, and Making Change Stick. Please click here to register for the Parent Leadership Track. For more information, contact


The  Liaison Project  was started in order to identify advocacy leads in each program who will educate parents and staff on the importance of continued education and advocacy for the growth of Head Start in PA. We now have 23 staff liaisons working hard to mobilize parents and staff to advocate for Head Start in PA and educate the public on the importance of Head Start for our families and communities. To learn more about this project and its benefits for your program, read  here  or contact


Karen Grimm-Thomas accepted a position at OCDEL.  She is the new Director of External Relations, for Deputy Secretary Suzann Morris.  Her first day was November 6, 2017.

PHSA already misses Karen in many ways.  Karen worked for PHSA for over 11 years.  Her last day working for PHSA was October 24th, 2017.


The Pennsylvania Head Start Association (PHSA) is interviewing to find a new Associate Executive Director.  This is an excellent opportunity for a passionate Head Start advocate.  


Send questions to Blair Hyatt -



A growing number of PA Head Start Programs, ( AIU3 Early Head Start, Cenclear, Chester County IU, Lancaster CAP,  Philadelphia Head Start, Private Industry Council and more), are implementing ReadyRosie this Fall as a parenting curriculum.  ReadyRosie is an innovative, research-based approach that combines family workshops on very current topics PLUS ongoing support for families through video modeling and texting- via mobile devices.  The ReadyRosie data dashboard measures the engagement of families for simple outcome reporting and even in-kind time from families.  A former member of the PA Head Start community has contributed to the content development of the family workshops. To explore the benefits of ReadyRosie for your families, please contact PA's Support Specialist: 
Mark Losey,,  412-400-0932 .


To make it even easier for Head Start stakeholders to implement farm to early care and education, the National Farm to School Network has created
This new, comprehensive resource aims to promote understanding amongst Head Start stakeholders of how farm to ECE supports achievement of Head Start Program Performance Standards and contributes to learning and development benchmarks as outlined in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. If you are interested in learning more about Farm to ECE or to share your programs' Farm to ECE stories contact .

2018 Youth Garden Grant

KidsGardening awards funding and gardening supplies to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs. Youth Garden Grants  are awarded to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs. Any nonprofit, school, or youth program planning a new garden project or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3-18 is eligible to apply. Application must be submitted by December 8.

OCDEL is celebrating our 10th year serving Pennsylvanians through early learning programs and services. Take a look at some of the Happy Birthday Messages  shared at the recent ECE Summit, including one from PA Department of Education's Secretary Rivera. Thank you to all early learning professionals, stakeholders, business partners, and community friends for being a part of OCDEL!

OCDEL and our partners want to share a wonderful welcome to  Marnie Aylesworth who has been named Director of the PA Key. Although Marnie is new to this position, she comes with extensive experience in the early learning world. We look forward to her experience and the leadership she brings to the PA Key. Send her a welcome at

Finally, please take a moment to visit the redesigned PA's Promise for Children website. The website was recently launched and now makes it easier for families to find the information and support regarding their child's development. I encourage you to visit the website  and share it with the families you serve. 




Teacher Time: Social and Emotional Development for Preschoolers will take place Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, 3-4PM EST. Register online now! Topics for the webisode include:
  • Exploring the Approaches to Learning domain and the Social and Emotional Development sub-domains: "Emotional Functioning" and "Sense of Identity and Belonging"
  • Supporting the development of children's emotional functioning
  • Using information about families, communities, culture, and home language to support preschool children
  • Identifying strategies used by teachers and family child care providers to support children's growth and development in these areas 
Teacher Time 2017-2018 Webisode Calendar
Save the date for the whole Teacher Time series! Each webisode will focus on Approaches to Learning, plus another ELOF domain.
Join us the third Friday of each month, 3-4PM ET. Recorded webisodes will be posted on the MyPeers Teacher Time Community page and the Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC).
Date Age Group Focus ELOF Domains Focus
Infant and Toddler Language and Literacy
01/19/2018 Preschool Language and Literacy
02/16/2018 Infant and Toddler Cognition
03/16/2018 Preschool Cognition
04/20/2018 Infant and Toddler Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development
05/18/2018 Preschool Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development

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Register now for the Fall Administrator's Meeting and Parent Leadership Training Nov. 28-29, 2017

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Michelle Smith
Pennsylvania Head Start Association
415 Market Street
Suite 206A
Harrisburg, PA 1710
717-526-4646 (o)
717-508-4681 (c)



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