The 43rd Annual National Head Start Conference and Expo will be held in beautiful Nashville, TN, from May 16–20. With Head Start beginning a new phase in its history, this year's conference theme is "The Next Generation of Opportunity". Conference attendees will look towards the future and explore ways to propel Head Start's mission even farther in the coming years.

As an annual sponsor of the National Head Start Conference, we look forward to attending this year's conference and providing you with some great information and resources. You can find us at booths 208 and 209 in the exhibit hall. Be sure to stop by and grab our new Early Childhood and Infant Toddler catalogs! You'll also have the opportunity to check out our new Premium Maple Furniture line and a variety of educational materials.

Featured Presenters

There are a number of informative sessions at the conference. Here's what not to miss:

Tuesday, May 17

Challenging Behaviors: What to Do When Nothing Else Works! (SOLD OUT)
41S Room: Bayou D | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Speaker: William DeMeo, Developmental Psychologist, Specialty Psychological Services

Engaging Early Learners with Augmented Reality? (SOLD OUT)
374 Room: Ryman Ballroom AB | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Speaker: Cynthia Kaye, CEO/Chief Zoo Keeper, Alive Studios, LLC
              Faith DeWard, Zoo Keeper, Alive Studios, LLC

Wednesday, May 18

Interactions and Relationships: Making Connections That Change Lives
224 Room: Governor's Ballroom C | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Speaker: Keith Pentz, National Early Childhood Specialist, Kaplan Early Learning Company

Supporting and Sustaining Change through Developmentally Appropriate Leadership
48S Room: Canal E | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Speaker: Steve Erwin, National Early Childhood Specialist, Kaplan Early Learning Company

The C4L (Connect4Learning) Project: Teaching and Learning the Interdisciplinary Way
40 Room: Delta Ballroom B | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Speakers: Douglas Clements, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning; Co-Executive Director,
                Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, University of Denver
                Julie Sarama, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies; Co-Executive Director,
                Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, University of Denver
                Nell Duke, Professor, University of Michigan

Children need you to take care of YOU! Strategies to improve your health and well-being!
303 Room: Governor’s Ballroom B | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Speaker: Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, Early Childhood Specialist and Trainer, Devereux Center for Resilient Children

Scalable Professional Development in Early Mathematics: The Learning and Teaching with Learning Trajectories Tool
47 Room: Governor’s Ballroom C | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Speakers: Douglas Clements, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning; Co-Executive Director,
                Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, University of Denver
                Julie Sarama, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies; Co-Executive Director,
                Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, University of Denver
                Carrie Germeroth, Associate Director, University of Denver

Extending the Read Aloud: Strategies that Promote Language and Literacy Development in DLL’s, ELL’s, and Struggling Learners
12 Room: Ryman Ballroom F | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Speaker: Vera Meyerholtz, Instructional Designer, Nemours BrightStart!

Thursday, May 19

Positive Images of Low-Prestige Minorities in Children’s Books Is Important for All Kids (Exchange Emerging Leaders Series)
EL349 Room: Bayou A | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Speaker: Lydia Carlis, Chief Eyemagination Officer, eyemaginED
              Kyra Ostendorf, Vice President of Curriculum, Assessment, and Professional Development, Kaplan
              Early Learning Company

Yes! All Children Are Smart (Exchange Emerging Leaders Series)
EL351 Room: Bayou A | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Speaker: Kyra Ostendorf, Vice President of Curriculum, Assessment, and Professional Development, Kaplan
              Early Learning Company
              Lydia Carlis, Chief Eyemagination Officer, eyemaginED