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Event Registration - Illinois Head Start Association

IHSA 46th Annual Conference

03/12/2024 - 03/13/2024
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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IHSA 46th Annual Conference
03/12/2024 - 03/13/2024
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST

Event Description
Every year the Illinois Head Start Association gathers professionals and parents from across the state of Illinois to attend our Annual Conference. The conference (spread out over the course of 2 days) will provide deep, innovative training and professional development opportunities and an excellent forum for exploring best practices and connecting with your colleagues. These training opportunities allow Directors, Staff, Parents and Head Start Friends to get the most current approaches to materials in their respective areas.
Join us in March 12-13, 2024 for our Annual Conference that houses the IHSA Component Meetings & Elections, IHSA Business Meeting, Directors Forum, Awards Luncheon, Trade Show and Exhibit Hall and Powerful Inspiring Keynote Presentations.

Don’t miss this time to come together to reflect, network, learn, and discuss solutions for the success of young children and families during this critical and challenging time in early learning education.Register now, and pay later

Online registration does NOT require a credit card payment. Just choose the "Pay via invoice" option at checkout and your agency can pay by mail at a later date.  To utilize this option, please select the "PAY VIA INVOICE" option. If you have questions about anything to do with the registration process, please email
Conference Schedule at a Glance
***Tentative Schedule - Times and activities subject to change***
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
7:30 am - 6:00 pm Conference Service Desk Open & Exhibit Hall Opens
7:30 am - 10:00 am Morning Mingle w/Exhibitors
10:00 pm - 11:30 am Opening Remarks & Opening Keynote
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch/Component Meetings & Election
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break w/Exhibitors
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm Breakout Sessions
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception/Exhibit Hall

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
7:30 am - 8:30 pm Conference Service Desk Open
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 am - 10:00 am Breakout Sessions
10:15 am - 11:45 am Breakout Sessions
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Luncheon/Award/Keynote/Raffle Winner Announcement

Additional Conference Information

This year's conference will provide high-quality educational sessions for Illinois Head Start/Early Head Start Directors, Managers, staff, and parents! Attendees will have opportunities to engage in a variety of in-depth educational sessions that focus on various subjects of interest to the Head Start and Early Head Start community.

Full Conference Registration Fee Includes:
  • All sessions including general and  keynotes 
  • Entry to the IHSA 2024 Exhibit Hall
  • Opening Luncheon & Welcome Reception on Tuesday afternoon
  • Wednesday Awards Luncheon & Closing 
  • Refreshment Breaks and Beverages

Conference Registration Rates

There are many options to attend and pay for the conference. Discover the rate that best fits your or your groups needs.  Registration rates are as follows:

Registration Fees w/Daily Pass Rates  [ALL registrations received BEFORE FEB. 28th]

Full Conference

Tues Wed
Registration Passes
Member $447.00 $302.00 $302.00  
Group* $402.00
Non Member $600.00
All registrations received on or AFTER February 28th
Member $536.00 $347.00 $347.00
Group*     $447.00
Non-Member $690.00

*Group Rates- Applies to member agencies registering 5+ individual at the same time from the same program. This package is limited to the full 2-day conference. This only applies to groups of 5 or more from the same agency, registering at the same time, for the full conference (Tuesday & Wednesday).

If you plan on attending only one day of the conference, please choose the daily pass rate. 

Note: the IHSA Team does our best to fill all spots for Professional Development events.  Our conference and event registration forms continue to include IHSA’s no cancellation clause, a standing policy -- "Once registrations have been submitted online—there are NO cancellations.  Name changes will be accepted up to 72 hours before the event."  This is done as a notification for viewer acknowledgment - before he or she chooses to manually click the submit button.  However strict this policy may seem at times, we always still allow for agencies to send a replacement for the original registrant). 

Registration does not include travel and lodging, attendees are responsible for their own arrangements. Potential travelers are encouraged to plan their travel and hotel reservations based on their comfort level and ability. There is always the possibility that the meeting will need to pivot back to an entirely virtual event should Covid guidelines change. There are several hotels conveniently located near the event.  

Attendees are responsible for making and canceling their travel reservations as needed. Please be mindful of cancellation and change fees as you make your travel plans.
Conference Accommodations

The IHSA Annual Conference will take place in the Wyndham Springfield City Centre - Springfield Hotels, Illinois, 700 East Adams Street, IL 62701, Springfield, Illinois.
Individual reservations may be made by calling 217-789-1530 and pressing 1 for reservations.

Mention that your are part of the  IL Head Start Conference to ensure you and/or your group receive the conference group rate. Deadline to book your room to take advantage of the special conference pricing is on or before February 19, 2024.