The Annual Training Conference is the VAHSA's signature event, held each spring. It draws 100s of Head Start staff, families and community supporters for 2 1/2 days of training and networking. 

Registration Now Open

2019 Staff Achievement Form - Must be submitted by March 18, 2019

Vendor Information

Workshop Schedule/Handouts and Conference at a Glance

Keynote Speaker - Tuesday April 2, 2019

Walter S. Gilliam is the Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center. He is a member of the board of directors for ZERO TO THREE, Child Care Aware of America, and the Irving Harris Foundation; a research fellow of the National Institute for Early Education Research; and former Senior Advisor to the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Dr. Gilliam is co-recipient of the prestigious 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Education for the coauthored book A Vision for Universal Preschool Education. His scholarly writing addresses early childhood care and education programs, school readiness, and developmental assessment of young children. His work frequently has been covered in major national and international news outlets, and he actively provides consultation to state and federal decision-makers in the U.S. and other countries.

Keynote Speaker - Wednesday April 3, 2019

Children's Author, Presenter and Head Start Student Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson will present the keynote and conduct a dynamic session for educators. Her commitment to education and to the power of Head Start will have you on your feet celebrating the work that you do!! Don't miss this powerful and informative session and keynote!!

Kimberly is actively involved in training educators, students and parents in the areas of reading, writing and leadership. By using progressive and curriculum based approaches, Kimberly is fully able to engage audiences and motivate learners through BEST research practices. Through the use of creative strategies and the arts, the goal is to promote literacy and reinforce deeper education through community impact and involvement.

Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson and Students of Clinton College will speak with us about their powerful new book, Shattered Glass: A Generation Explains shares various stories that speak to struggle, inequities and family interactions. Most importantly, you will hear stories of hope, resiliency and determination. These well-spoken and engaging millennials will guide you through conversations that validate the importance of self-esteem and community connections. They will also share what it means to be change agents in the 21st century.

For more details: Shattered Glass Flyer.pdf - Co-Authored by Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson and Students of Clinton College. 

Keynote Speaker - Thursday April 4, 2019

Dr. Michael S. Hubler, Ed.D., earned his doctorate of education degree from Regent University and his masters of administration degree from Radford University, where he was a graduate teaching fellow. He has earned many prestigious awards in providing educational and service programs to youth, including: organization of the year, citizen of the year, U.S. Congressional recognition, and outstanding minority education facility for the state of Florida. He has published over 50 books as Time to Sign/EC-LEARN’s curriculum development and social-emotional learning specialist. His doctoral specialization is the Social and Emotional Learning of Young Children and how it relates to behavior, learning and school readiness. He has experience in running both governmental and non-profit organizations for over 25 years.


Mrs. Lillian I. Hubler is the Founder and President of Time to Sign, Inc., which is the foremost sign language trainer of young children’s educators. She has trained more than 100,000 early childhood and special needs educators nationwide. She is a dynamic presenter whose presentations are educational best practices, engaging, and fun. Her methods and practices are used in thousands of schools and early childhood centers nationwide.



Applications are now being accepted for the McKinney Emerging Leaders Scholarship.

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 All registrations must be made online from this registration site.  There will be no on-site registrations. 


Registration fees include two lunches, breaks, conference materials, workshops and presentations.

Early Bird – January 5 – February 28, 2019
Regular – March 1 – March 22, 2019
Annual Conference – April 2-4 2019
Early Bird Rate Full Conference – $335 member/$385 non-member/$300 presenter
Early Bird Rate Single Day – $190 member/$240 non-member/$170 presenter
Regular Rate Full Conference – $360 member/ $410 non-member/$325 presenter
Regular Rate Single Day – $215 member/$270 non-member/$195 presenter



Virginia Head Start Association Cancellation Policy - A submitted registration is a commitment to pay. No refunds will be issued, though you may transfer your registration to another person at no additional charge.

Notice of Recording and Individual Release Policy - Events could be recorded by the event organizers or event participants and you may appear in the resulting recording. 

Payment Options: We accept payment online by credit card through Moolah. We also accept payment by mail to VAHSA, P. O. Box 4, Ashland, VA 23005.

Online Payment Notes: You do not have to have a Moolah Account to pay by credit card. Just choose the credit card option when asked. Please be sure to use the correct billing address when you pay by credit card.

Pay By Mail Notes: If paying by mail, fees are due by the time of the conference. If your fiscal systems do not permit pre-payment, then you must submit a purchase order. All fees are due within two weeks of the end of the conference or a late fee of 3% will be applied. 


Hotel Information: 

Holiday Inn Bristol Convention Center

3005 Linden Drive, Bristol, 24202

Telephone: 276-466-4100

Room Rate: $89.00 Single/Double-$99.00 King 

Parking: Free

Hotel Cut Off: March 23, 2019


Hotel Block for Fairfield Inn is sold out and is now closed.