Arizona Head Start Association Newsletter

Arizona Head Start Association

December 2011 Happenings 

Reflections of 2011


AHSA has had a busy and productive year with our members and partners!


Some of our accomplishments are as follows:

  • Communications & Outreach
    • 2010 Annual Report & Fact Sheet
    • Increased monthly newsletter readership to over 2200 readers
    • AHSA Information Tables at the following events...

  Obesity Conference

  Coordinated School Health Conference

  Homelessness Conference

  SAzAEYC Conference

  EAR Foundation Conference

  Native Fathers & Families Conference

  ASCC/ACCA Conference

  ITCA Conference

  ITMHCA Conference

  AHSA Mental Health Symposium

  OHS Conference - Washington, DC

o    AHSA Training Sessions at the following events...

  14 Regional Forums with ADE-ECSE & AzEIP

  3 Regional ADE & AHSA Homelessness Forums

  Obesity Conference

  First Things First Summit

  Native Fathers & Families Conference

  • Membership & Services
    • Implemented Affiliate Membership & Sponsorship Opportunities
    • Maintained Head Start Program Membership and Increased Tribal Head Start Participation
    • Provided Quarterly Trainings 
    • Provided Quarterly General Membership & Board Meetings
    • Provided Quarterly AHSA Committee Meetings 
      • Professional Development
      • Disabilities & Mental Health
      • Education
      • Family & Community Engagement
      • Health & Nutrition
  • AHSA Events
    • Dental Home Initiative
    • 5th Annual Mental Health Symposium
    • 2nd Annual Parent Leadership Institute
  • Advocacy
    • Visits to Capitol Hill
    • Calls and Meetings with NHSA
    • Letters and Email Alerts for Head Start & Early Childhood Programs
    • Support Letters with Collaborators
    • Written Responses to Public Comments
  • Collaboration & Partnerships
    • AHSA is fortunate to work with many community, state and national partners in a variety of ways...below are some of them...
      • HSSCO - Head Start State Collaboration Office and HSSCO Director, Amy Corriveau
      • Arizona Department of Education - Early Childhood Unit, Homeless Education, OELAS/AZELLA, PINS, Grants Management, Health & Nutrition, Migrant Education, Service Learning, and Special Education
      • Department of Economic Security - Child Care Administration, AzEIP, DDD, CPS, Foster Care, and Family Support & Prevention
      • Arizona Department of Health Services - Child Care Licensing, Oral Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs, Immunizations, Maternal & Child Health, Project LAUNCH, Sun Safety, WIC, Behavioral Health
      • First Things First
      • Children's Action Alliance
      • National Head Start Association & Region IX Association
      • Office of Head Start & Region IX Staff
      • Arizona State T/TA Center
      • Volunteers
      • Vendors
      • and MANY, MANY more!

Without the participation, help and support or our AHSA members, partners and friends, NONE of this would be possible.


While it's too difficult to name everyone, please know that each and every one of you who comes to a meeting, reads a newsletter, makes a phone call, attends a training, serves on a committee, and cares about Head Start in Arizona is appreciated!


Thanks for a terrific year!


Wishing all of you the best for 2012...





Bonnie Williams, Executive Director
Arizona Head Start Association

602-338-0449 (phone)  

PO Box 11281 

Phoenix, AZ 85064 (office hours by appointment only)