Arizona Head Start Association Newsletter
Arizona Head Start Association
August 2012 Happenings


Greetings AHSA Members and Friends!


This will be a shortened version of our usual monthly 'Happenings' as it's already the end of the month!  Where does the time go?  Our programs have been busy with calling staff back to work and pre-service training, getting families registered and starting classes and home visits!  There's so much to do at this time of year, but it's all good - it's what we are all about!


We had a great quarterly meeting and training in Prescott last week with many of our programs participating, despite their heavy schedules back home.  We began with a great training provided by Laura Landis, 'Enhancing School Readiness Through Effective Family Engagement' which brought together all content areas for a collaborative approach to the concept of engagement is everybody's business!  In the afternoon, we had another lively training from the Center for Disease Control on the topic of 'Let's Move Child Care' which is so compatible with Head Start and the DHS Empower Pack that all of our programs use.  It was a terrific day of cross component learning!  The next day, our General Membership Meeting and Committee Meetings were full of information.  We heard from two of our own programs, SWHD and CPLC, about innovative practices as well as new information from the Department of Education on student identification numbers and the progress we are all making with collecting and reporting data.  Lastly, our Board Meeting concluded the week with the AHSA Committees reporting their activities, ranging from the Mental Health Symposium, Parent Leadership Institute, planning for a Health Institute, progress on using Teaching Strategies Gold and more!  We hope you can join us in November for our next meeting.  Until then, have a great start to a new school year!        


Our mailing address has changed.  Be sure to use our new address...  



PO Box 45483.

Phoenix, AZ 85064  

Note:  We have discontinued our fax line. 


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Upcoming AHSA Events:  Save these Dates ...




Phoenix - Desert Willow Conference Center  - registration coming SOON!
October 18, 2012             6th Annual Mental Health Symposium
October 19, 2012             6th Annul Mental Health Symposium

Quarterly Meeting
Phoenix -
November 14, 2012        AHSA Training Day
November 15, 2012        AHSA Quarterly Meeting & Committee Meetings
November 16, 2012        AHSA Board Meeting

Parent Leadership Institute
Phoenix - Southwest Human Development
February 7, 2013

Quarterly Meeting
Phoenix -
February 20, 2013          AHSA Training Day
February 21, 2013          AHSA Quarterly Meeting & Committee Meetings
February 22, 2013          AHSA Board Meeting

Meet AHSA Sponsors   


For the second year in a row, both Kaplan and Lakeshore have joined AHSA as Silver Level Sponsors.  To learn more about AHSA Sponsors and Affiliate Members, pricing plans and benefits, visit the AHSA website.

Please consider using these supportive vendors for your supply needs.  They are true early childhood partners!  We appreciate their ongoing support of AHSA.


Get Well Soon!  


Many of you know Mary Reinwasser, the Region IX ECE Manager/Arizona ECE Manager.  Together with Laura Landis, Mary provides Arizona Head Start programs with their T/TA assistance.  Mary has been experiencing some health challenges this summer and has been out of the office for several weeks.  Mary will continue to take some time off to focus on getting well.


Join us in wishing Mary a speedy recovery!


Get Well Soon Mary!  


Oral Health Resources on the Website!  


As early childhood and Head Start programs are beginning to focus more on Oral Health, we recently had an opportunity through the Office of Head Start to bring some resources here to Arizona.  Be sure to look on our website for messages specifically targeted to parents, early childhood staff and dental providers

In addition to these resources, we are in the process of distributing a new educational DVD to all of our programs throughout the state.  Eventually, they will be able to share these with their community partners so that we can improve oral health for ALL young children throughout the state.

Did you know that all children should have their first visit to the dentist by age 1?

View these resources here. 


CLASS Training - Instructional Support 


As a result of the May 2012 AHSA Training on CLASS Instructional Support - a huge success - a group of partners got together and decided to create a 'road show' to disseminate this information to a broader audience around the state.  Instructional Support is an area that many programs can benefit from.  More and more programs including Head Start and FTF Quality First programs are now using CLASS to improve interactions with children.

A collaborative effort with Arizona's Head Start T/TA System, AHSA, First Things First - Quality First, ADE-ECE and Arizona Child Care Association (ACCA) worked together to plan these trainings.

CLASS Trainings - Instructional Support - click for flyer with communities and dates.  *Note - Show Low, Flagstaff and Kayenta have been temporarily postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

AHSA is handling all registrations through our website, charging $30 with each recipient getting lunch and a pre-loaded flashdrive with all training materials to conduct the same training in their own communities with their staff and partners.  So far, we've implemented two of these trainings, in Littleton and Chandler and they have been very successful.  If all goes well, look for more of these as the year progresses.  Register here


Upcoming Conferences & Trainings


CLASS Trainings - Instructional Support
various dates September-October 2012
various communities in Arizona
Register here!

National Head Start Fall Leadership Institute 

September 17-21, 2012
Washington, DC

6th Annual Arizona Head Start Association Birth to Five Mental Health Symposium
Theme:  Building Social Emotional Foundations for School Readiness
Vendor/Exhibitor Application
October 18-19, 2012
Phoenix, AZ

DEC's 28th Annual International Conference On Young Children With Special Needs & Their Families
October 28-30, 2012
Minneapolis, MN

NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo
November 7-10, 2012
Atlanta, GA

27th National Training Institute (NTI)
November 29 - December 1, 2012
Los Angeles, CA

December 1-5, 2012
Dallas, TX

National Head Start Winter Leadership Institute
January 28 - February 1, 2013
Washington, DC

AHSA Parent Leadership Institute
Phoenix, AZ
February 7, 2013

10th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Supporting Young Children's Social Emotional Development
March 20-23, 2013 
Clearwater Beach, FL

40th National Head Start Conference - info coming soon
April 28 - May 2, 2013
Washington, D.C.


Are you interested in joining AHSA as an Affiliate Member or a Corporate Sponsor

Depending on your level of membership or sponsorship, your participation includes a menu of benefits such as attending AHSA events at member prices, vendor tables at our annual conference, speaking in person to AHSA membership & board, company logo on AHSA website, and sending email to our list of over 2200 recipients!

                  Contact Bonnie for more information or an application! 


We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the AHSA Happenings.  If you would like to have information included, please contact usPlease forward to members of the Head Start community and our ECE Friends.  Encourage them to 'subscribe' to learn more about what is going on in Arizona's Head Start programs!

Arizona Head Start Association
602-338-0449 (phone) 
480-540-9987 (cell) 
PO Box 45483. 
Phoenix, AZ 85064 (office hours by appointment only)
Note - Our fax number has been discontinued!