UPDATEDCoronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

New Conference dates: October 27-29, 2020

Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 

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


PENDING - We are excited to have National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning present the Kindergarten Readiness Partnership Institute this year.  K Readiness Institute flyer.pdf 

2020 Annual Conference Schedule  Being updated. Will post as we soon as schedule is reset. 

Presenter Biographies  PDF

Conference at a Glance  PDF

Staff Achievement - Form 

Winners have been announced for the 2020 McKinney Emerging Leader Scholarship! Congratulations. 

 Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Keynote

Kenneth Ward of College Bound, Inc., a Washington, D.C. based, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, offers public and public charter school students in grades 8-12 academic enrichment and resources to prepare for and succeed in college. Founded in 1991, the organization offers tutoring, mentoring, ACT/SAT preparation, and academic and career guidance free-of-charge to assist students in the District of Columbia metropolitan area in meeting their post-secondary educational goals. 

Kenneth spoke at the 2018 Directors Council and was such an inspiration, we have asked him back again.   

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Keynote

 For over 35 years, Dr. Robert Wicks, has been called upon to speak calm into chaos by individuals and groups experiencing great stress, anxiety and confusion.  Dr. Wicks received his doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, is Professor Emeritus at Loyola University Maryland, and has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, education, business, and social work.  In 2003 he was the Commencement Speaker for Wright State School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio and in 2005 he was both Visiting Scholar and the Commencement Speaker at Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago.  He was also Commencement Speaker at and the recipient of honorary doctorates from  Georgian Court University, Caldwell College and Marywood University. 

Over the past several years he has spoken on his major areas of expertise—resilience, self-care, maintaining a healthy perspective and the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures encountered in reaching out to others) on Capitol Hill to Members of Congress and their Chiefs of Staff, at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Mayo Clinic, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency, as well as at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Harvard Divinity School, Yale School of Nursing, Princeton Theological Seminary, and to members of the NATO Intelligence Fusion Center in England.

Dr. Wicks has published over 50 books for both professionals and the general public including the bestselling Riding the Dragon.  Among his latest books from Oxford University Press for the general public are: The Tao of Ordinariness: Humility and Simplicity in a Narcissistic Age;Perspective: The Calm within the Storm and Bounce: Living the Resilient Life.  Two of his latest books for professionals include: Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice and The Resilient Clinician. In 2006, Dr. Wicks received the first annual Alumni Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology from Widener University and is also the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Counseling Association’s Division on Spirituality, Ethics and Religious Values in Counseling.  In the military, he was as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Thursday, October 29, 2020 Keynote - Be the Gift that Keeps on Giving

El Brown is an educator, entrepreneur, author, proud Head Start alumna, and PhD candidate specializing in Early Childhood Education and Family Engagement at George Mason University. Prior to leaving the traditional classroom, El served as an Elementary and Early Childhood Educator in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. She is the founder of KinderJam, an Early Childhood Education care, enrichment, and training agency that has serviced young children and their families in 11 countries and 16 states. El believes that families and service providers of young children deserve to be exposed to the information and strategies that will assist them in helping our little ones maximize their personal potential. Above all, she is the proud mother of a 13-year-old son on the autism spectrum, affectionately known as SuperDuperKid (SDK).


To those that have already registered:


All registered conference attendees will have their conference registration fees forwarded to the new conference date. Should registered attendees not be able to attend, their registration fees may be transferred to other participants from your agency.


All exhibitors will have their vendor fees forwarded to the new conference dates.


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 – dates TBA
Regular – dates TBA
Annual Conference – October 27-29, 2020
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: 

Hilton Garden Inn
1060 Hospitality Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Room Rate – $109 a night

Hampton Inn and Suites 
1080 Hospitality Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22401