• WSA Fall Meeting Nov 15-16 Online!
  • Parent Ambassadors Leadership Opportunity
  • Health Institute
  • Early Learning Workforce report from NHSA
  • Links and Resources

Join your fellow parents, staff, and directors at our terrific
WSA Fall Meeting!
We’re excited to announce our WSA Fall Meeting, which we’ve moved online (curse you, COVID!) to November 15-16 this year. We’re focusing this year on great speakers who specialize in the things that matter the most to our families and programs – equity, resilience, and advocacy for children and families.
This is a great event for parents, staff, and directors, and an opportunity to learn from leaders and each other. Join us!
Dates:               November 15 10-4pm, November 16 10-4pm
Cost:                 $99 for members, $129 for non-members.
Registration:   https://bit.ly/wsafall2021
Speakers include:
·      Erin Jones, Educational Consultant
·      Amanda Bryans, Office of Head Start Division Director
·      Dr. Iheoma Iruka, University of North Carolina Research Professor
·      Sharonne Navas, Equity in Education Coalition
·      Marjorie Sims, Aspen Institute
We look forward to seeing you there!


Amazing Leadership Opportunity Available
Our award-winning parent leadership program Washington State Parent Ambassadors is recruiting for our 2022 cohort of amazing parents!
The parents selected for this program participate in a year-long parent advocacy and leadership training program. They receive training on communications, leadership, legislative advocacy, racial equity and justice, and grassroots organizing and are responsible for training parents in their local areas and participating in advocacy efforts on both the state and federal levels. Parents receive 16 college credits for completing the program.
Over the years Ambassadors have played a pivotal role in defeating the Governor’s plan to drastically cut child care assistance and ECEAP, and have led the charge for improvements to the child care subsidy system, expanded early learning opportunities for children in the child welfare system, and the expansion of ECEAP to all eligible children. Most recently, Parent Ambassadors were at the forefront of the passage of the Fair Start for Kids Act, the state’s largest investment in to early childhood education in history.
You do not need to be a current Head Start/ECEAP parent for this amazing opportunity – it is for any parent of a child 8 or under who is passionate about advocacy and making a difference in the lives of children and families.
Parent Ambassadors is a life-changing experience – join us in 2022, and please share with other parents you know!!

Application & Information

Health Training Opportunity!

We’re partnering with Head Start California to give health staff in Washington access to a three-day, virtual conference experience on Oct. 25-27. Look forward to 35+ sessions, three live keynotes, interactive Q&A sessions, & exciting networking opportunities at the HSC Virtual Health Institute. Can’t make it Oct. 25-27th? Purchasing the conference grants, you access to all content for 30 days post event! Registration is $50 off with the promo code WAHEALTH21!

Register now for the HSC Virtual Health Institute, Oct 25-27. Have you attended a virtual conference? It’s never been easier or more fun! You can connect with colleagues & interact LIVE with most speakers during their scheduled Q&A session. Morning fitness classes, stretch breaks, and an after-conference networking session are included! No special computer equipment is needed.

Take a look at the session catalog

How do we expand the early learning workforce equitably?
Here in Washington our Head Start and ECEAP programs are facing an unprecedented staff shortage, at the same time we are planning for a significant expansion of ECEAP and potentially other Early Learning programs as well.
The National Head Start Association and its partners at the HeadStarter Network and Bellwether Education Partners put together a great report looking at this question. Among their recommendations:
  • Redefine credentials
  • Rethink degree attainment
  • Optimize practice-based training
  • Expand job-embedded coaching
  • Connect In-Service Preparation to Career Advancement

Resources we’ve collected this week
You’ve shared lots of interesting and useful things with us this week!
Sadly and unsurprisingly, vulnerable children have fared worst during the pandemic in terms of school access and success. Click on the ‘K-12 Enrollment’ box and you will see a 42% reduction in pre-k participation, and children who were the least likely to attend were experiencing homelessness, had a learning disability, low income, etc. (Seattle Times)
The federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Office of Head Start are recognizing the critical staff shortages in early learning programs nationwide, and is urging states to use their American Rescue Plan funds to address this issue.
Congress is considering funding Universal Preschool this fall – here’s an interesting podcast about some potential costs. (Vox)
Why we do what we do – Miguel’s story really highlights what our programs can do to help children with disabilities and their families. This is also a terrific example of how the ECEAP Complex Needs Fund has given programs the resources to get children what they need. (Easter Seals Yakima)
Interesting research around vaccine attitudes. (KFF)
Office of Head Start (and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) has a webinar Oct 21 at 10am PT to guide programs through the resources available to help parents with rent, utilities, moving costs, housing, etc. No registration required, just click here and use the passcode 12345. A follow-up chat and Q&A is available at noon on October 10.
Rep. Jackie Speier has a nice essay about the impact of the Build Back Better Act for women and the economy. (Cosmopolitan)
The US Treasury Department issued a report highlighting market failures in America’s child Care system and how Build Back Better can help. (First Five Years Fund)
For every four COVID-19 deaths, one child loses a parent or caregiver. And 65% of these are children of color. (NPR)
Don’t forget all the great things HS/EHS Region X Training and Technical Assistance has available!

Have a great week!
Katy & Joel & Scarlett and April