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Event Registration - Illinois Head Start Association

Region 5 Head Start Association Conference
10/04/2022 - 10/07/2022

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Location: HYATT REGENCY DOWNTOWN CHICAGO, 151 E Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601

Registration ends on 09/30/2022
👉🏽 Register Today with IHSA. Then hop on over to Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown Chicago to book your room(s).

Event Description



When and what time is the R5HSA Conference taking place?
Tuesday, October 4th - Friday, October 7th, 2022

Is R5HSA Conference an In-Person Event?  

As the nation navigates safely reopening, R5HSA is hosting the Conference as an in-person event in Chicago, Illinois.  This Conference is an excellent professional development and networking event for Head Start and Early Head Start Professionals and other early childhood educators and administrators. R5HSA commits to delivering high-quality, high-energy conference experiences and our commitment to that standard remains unchanged.

Conference Tracks Include:

  • Program Management
  • Program Governance
  • Financial Management
  • Enrollment, Recruitment, Selection, Eligibility and Attendance, (ERSEA) 
  • Early Education and Child Development Childhood Program Services
  • Health Program Services (Mental Health, Trauma, Resiliency, Disability Services, Nutrition, Oral Health)
  • Family and Community Engagement Program Services
  • Leadership
  • Workforce/HR 
 !!! Attn: EXHIBITORS VENDORS SPONSORS - click HERE for your SIGN-UP form - deadline is Friday, Aug. 26th !!!  Questions? Please contact:  

Here is a copy of the W-9 form.

Will there be COVID safety protocols?

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for the protection of all our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and staff. It is imperative that all registrants for the conference follow health and safety guidelines when attending the conference. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease. By attending the Region 5 Head Start Association Conference, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. 


Excitement is in the air as the Region 5 Head Start Association (R5HSA) welcomes you back in person at our 2022 Annual Regional Head Start Association happening in-person in Downtown, Chicago, IL.

Our theme this year is “What a Journey: Don’t Stop Believing!” 

We recognize how challenging that last several years have been.  The journey throughout the historic pandemic has been eye opening and has left an impact on each and everyone of us.  The same goes for the children and families we serve.  "What a journey!" it has certaiinly been and continue to be for all our Head Start/Early Head Start professionals as they continue to dedicate themselves to being resilient individuals, responsive to our communities and focused on rebuilding and even transforming into the new normal together.

Believing in the Head Start mission grounds us in the work ahead.  The conference content is rich and balanced for every type of adult learner. We'll host dynamic keynote speakers, networking opportunities, hands on learning and varied sessions targeting varied facets of Early Head Start and Head start programming.

For our R5HSA Conference, we are offering learning formats to support deep learning and connections among attendees:

  • 3-hour Deep Dive Sessions – Includes both learning and practice time for attendees
  • 1.5-hour Breakout Sessions  – Introduces concepts and strategies, panels, and discussions
  • 30-minute Small Talk Sessions – Single topic offerings, includes video site tours, curriculum presentations and more

We are also excited to offer back our exhibitors and sponsors space for table displays, networking time and opportunities to connect with you.

Click here to learn more about the conference sessions and itinerary - coming soon! 

Click here to learn more about our in person events COVID-19 guidelines.



Conference Lodging


Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, IL

**Deadline to book your room to take advantage of the special conference pricing is Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

Offering an energetic urban retreat near Navy Pier, Hyatt Regency Chicago features the most hotel rooms and largest selection of meeting space in downtown Chicago.  A gateway to the city's top attractions, you can walk to Millennium Park, or shop on Magnificent Mile.

A number of self-parking options are available nearby, the closest being, 111 East Wacker. Please visit those individual websites for pricing and availability.
Hotel Valet Parking available for $79/Overnight* (not included with registration to the conference)

Access downtown Chicago and beyond from Hyatt Regency Chicago, located steps to public transportation stations, including the L train and CTA buses.  Explore the city by foot with convenient parking options nearby or leave your car at the hotel valet parking.

Click on image above to book your room


Area Attractions

Discover downtown Chicago’s popular attractions and things to do from Hyatt Regency Chicago (link to site). Walk out our front doors to the Chicago Riverwalk for boat tours or Millennium Park for outdoor recreation and events. Shop Magnificent Mile, visit the nearby museums, or check out the breathtaking views along Lake Michigan, all within a few minutes from the hotel.

Conference Rates and Deadlines

Registration Packages - Applies to Member/Non Member Early Bird Registration Rate
 20 June 2022
29 July 2022
Regular Registration Rate
30 July 2022
9 September 2022
Registration Rate
10 September 2022 through
30 September 2022
All Conference Pass
10.4.2022 - 10.7. 2022
Includes access to standard conference events
550.00 625.00 750.00
One Day Passes Access to day-time activities on a single day.
Tuesday - 10.4.2022
Wednesday - 10.5.2022
Thursday - 10.6.2022
Friday - 10.7.2022
150.00 175.00 175.00


​Registration Fee Includes (based on individual registered): Access to sessions
  • 2-3 field trips on Wednesday & Thursday
  • Keynote addresses
  • Grab and Go Lunches*
    • ​For individuals registered for All Conference Pass, Wednesday, and Thursday

About the Keynote Speakers

Click on each image to find out more about this year's speakers.