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Broken Image 2023 - 2024 (Chicago Area) IHSA Quality Enrichment Circles
08/01/2023 - 05/13/2024

HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START QUALITY ENRICHMENT CIRCLES (QECs)

For the 14th straight year, join us for the signature event, Quality Enrichment Circles, known as QECs! QECs, sometimes referred to as “communities of practice” are a group of people who share a common concern or a passion for something they do and they want to learn how to do it better. In these unprecedented times, attending Quality Enhancement Conferences (QECs) and networking with colleagues is crucial. These meetings allow us to share ideas, insights, and strategies, fostering a common approach to our work. By collaborating and learning from each other, we can brainstorm solutions and improve our content areas together. Let's seize this opportunity to connect, support, and strengthen ourselves professionally during these challenging times.

The agenda for these QECs will be tailored to your needs, ensuring that you can address the specific areas and challenges that matter most to you. By participating in QECs, you not only gain valuable knowledge but also have the opportunity to shape the discussions and focus on what you need from the meeting.

The 2023-2024 Quality Enrichment Circles (QEC’s) are going to be held THREE (3) times during the calendar year. QECs will continue to meet regionally in the South, Central and Chicago with the exception of:
  • HR & Fiscal meets in one central location (Springfield) - register with program/agency group to take advantage of the group discount
  • Site Managers meets virtually (all dates)
QEC Dates for each of the different content groups: 
 
ABOUT QUALITY ENRICHMENT CIRCLES
 
What are Quality Enrichment Circles or QECs?
Quality Enrichment Circles (QECs) otherwise known as “communities of practice” are a group of people who share a passion or a concern for something they do, and find opportunities for growth.

What happens in QECs?
During the meeting we will share ideas and insights, help each other solve problems and develop a common practice or approach to your content area.

Where are QECs held?
The QEC meetings are held in three (3) different regions throughout Illinois: South in Mt. Vernon, Central in Springfield and the City of Chicago.

When do QECs happen?
QEC groups will meet three times; two in person and one virtually - Fall, Winter and Spring.

What are the different QECs or Content Areas for 2023-2024?
There are six (7) Quality Enrichment Circles for 2023-2024. The circles reflect and support a varied range of roles across many agency structures. They are listed below. If you don’t see your role represented or not sure which circle to choose, give IHSA a call @ 217.381.5007

CONTENT AREAS & DATES


Disabilities, Mental Health & Wellness QEC
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 (v)
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Early Head Start & Home Visiting QEC
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (v)
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Education & Coaching QEC
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 (virtual)
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Family Services & ERSEA QEC
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 (virtual)
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Health & Nutrition QEC
Thursday, October 19, 2023
Thursday, February 1, 2024 (v)
Thursday, April 4, 2024

Site Managers QEC
Thursday, October 26, 2023 (v)
Thursday, February 8, 2024 (v)
Thursday, April 11 2024 (v)
**This group meets as a statewide group virtually (all dates)

HR/Fiscal QEC 
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 (v)
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 (v)
Thursday, May 9, 2024 (v)
**This group meets as a statewide group virtually (all dates)


Click here to register for (Chicago Area) IHSA Quality Enrichment Circles




QEC REGISTRATION INFORMATION

 
  • Full Registration Fee Includes all three (3) QEC meetings
  • Meals Included: Each in-person QEC meeting will have a light continental breakfast and lunch
  • All QEC meetings will be held from 10:00am—3:00pm Winter QECs meet virtually
  • **Central Region QECs has a hybrid option. Participation not limited to Central - other participants from other regions welcome with this option.
  • Contact Cathy Welsh, cwelsh@ilheadstart.org or 217-381-5007 (cell), 217-241-3511 (office)

REGISTRATION RATES:

 
  • Five or more registrations from the same Agency: $275.00 / $295.00 (**virtual option - available for Central and Site Managers' QECs only**)
  • Non Member Fee: $449.00
  • $300.00 (in person) / $330.00 (virtual only) **virtual option - available for Central and Site Managers' QECs only**
  • Prorated Fee - $100.00 (ip) / $110.00 (v-available for Central and Site Managers' QECs only) - per day, per content area

CONTENT AREAS & DATES

Disabilities, Mental Health & Wellness QEC
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 (v)
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Early Head Start & Home Visiting QEC
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (v)
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Education & Coaching QEC
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 (virtual)
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Family Services & ERSEA QEC
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 (virtual)
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Health & Nutrition QEC
Thursday, October 19, 2023
Thursday, February 1, 2024 (v)
Thursday, April 4, 2024

HR/Fiscal QEC
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 (v)
Thursday, May 9, 2024

Site Managers QEC
Thursday, October 26, 2023 (v)
Thursday, February 8, 2024 (v)
Thursday, April 11 2024 (v)
 

LOCATIONS: 

 
  • Central QECs / IHSA 3435 Liberty Drive / Springfield
  • Chicago QECs /EL Valor Carlos H. Cantu Center 2434 S. Kildare / Chicago
  • South QECs / Rend Lake College Marketplace 321 Potomac Blvd/Mt. Vernon
    • Oct 17-Oct 19 will be in Room 344
    • Oct 24-Oct 26 will be in Room 354 a&b
  • Site Managers' QEC - Meets as a statewide group virtually - zoom link provided as meeting date gets closer.
  • HR/Fiscal QEC - Meets as a statewide group in person at  IHSA 3435 Liberty Drive / Springfield





Broken Image 2023 - 2024 (Central) IHSA Quality Enrichment Circles
10/16/2023 - 05/13/2024

HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START QUALITY ENRICHMENT CIRCLES (QECs)

For the 14th straight year, join us for the signature event, Quality Enrichment Circles, known as QECs! QECs, sometimes referred to as “communities of practice” are a group of people who share a common concern or a passion for something they do and they want to learn how to do it better. In these unprecedented times, attending Quality Enhancement Conferences (QECs) and networking with colleagues is crucial. These meetings allow us to share ideas, insights, and strategies, fostering a common approach to our work. By collaborating and learning from each other, we can brainstorm solutions and improve our content areas together. Let's seize this opportunity to connect, support, and strengthen ourselves professionally during these challenging times.

The agenda for these QECs will be tailored to your needs, ensuring that you can address the specific areas and challenges that matter most to you. By participating in QECs, you not only gain valuable knowledge but also have the opportunity to shape the discussions and focus on what you need from the meeting.

The 2023-2024 Quality Enrichment Circles (QEC’s) are going to be held THREE (3) times during the calendar year. QECs will continue to meet regionally in the South, Central and Chicago with the exception of:
  • HR & Fiscal meets in one central location (Springfield) - register with program/agency group to take advantage of the group discount
  • Site Managers meets virtually (all dates)

QEC Dates for each of the different content groups: 
 
ABOUT QUALITY ENRICHMENT CIRCLES
 
What are Quality Enrichment Circles or QECs?
Quality Enrichment Circles (QECs) otherwise known as “communities of practice” are a group of people who share a passion or a concern for something they do, and find opportunities for growth.

What happens in QECs?
During the meeting we will share ideas and insights, help each other solve problems and develop a common practice or approach to your content area.

Where are QECs held?
The QEC meetings are held in three (3) different regions throughout Illinois: South in Mt. Vernon, Central in Springfield and the City of Chicago.

When do QECs happen?
QEC groups will meet three times; two in person and one virtually - Fall, Winter and Spring.

What are the different QECs or Content Areas for 2023-2024?
There are six (7) Quality Enrichment Circles for 2023-2024. The circles reflect and support a varied range of roles across many agency structures. They are listed below. If you don’t see your role represented or not sure which circle to choose, give IHSA a call @ 217.381.5007

CONTENT AREAS & DATES

Disabilities, Mental Health & Wellness QEC
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 (v)
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Early Head Start & Home Visiting QEC
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (v)
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Education & Coaching QEC
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 (virtual)
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Family Services & ERSEA QEC
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 (virtual)
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Health & Nutrition QEC
Thursday, October 19, 2023
Thursday, February 1, 2024 (v)
Thursday, April 4, 2024

Site Managers QEC
Thursday, October 26, 2023 (v)
Thursday, February 8, 2024 (v)
Thursday, April 11 2024 (v)
**This group meets as a statewide group virtually (all dates)

HR/Fiscal QEC 
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 (v)
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 (v)
Thursday, May 9, 2024 (v)
**This group meets as a statewide group virtually (all dates)


Click here to register for CENTRAL Region Quality Enrichment Circle




QEC REGISTRATION INFORMATION

 
  • Full Registration Fee Includes all three (3) QEC meetings
  • Meals Included: Each in-person QEC meeting will have a light continental breakfast and lunch
  • All QEC meetings will be held from 10:00am—3:00pm Winter QECs meet virtually
  • **Central Region QECs has a hybrid option. Participation not limited to Central - other participants from other regions welcome with this option.
  • Contact Cathy Welsh, cwelsh@ilheadstart.org or 217-381-5007 (cell), 217-241-3511 (office)

REGISTRATION RATES:

 
  • Five or more registrations from the same Agency: $275.00 / $295.00 (**virtual option - available for Central and Site Managers' QECs only**)
  • Non Member Fee: $449.00
  • $300.00 (in person) / $330.00 (virtual only) **virtual option - available for Central and Site Managers' QECs only
  • Prorated Fee - $100.00 (ip) / $110.00 (v-available for Central and Site Managers' QECs only) - per day, per content area

CONTENT AREAS & DATES

Disabilities, Mental Health & Wellness QEC
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 (v)
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Early Head Start & Home Visiting QEC
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (v)
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Education & Coaching QEC
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 (virtual)
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Family Services & ERSEA QEC
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 (virtual)
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Health & Nutrition QEC
Thursday, October 19, 2023
Thursday, February 1, 2024 (v)
Thursday, April 4, 2024

HR/Fiscal QEC
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 (v)
Thursday, May 9, 2024

Site Managers QEC
Thursday, October 26, 2023 (v)
Thursday, February 8, 2024 (v)
Thursday, April 11 2024 (v)
 

LOCATIONS: 

  • Central QECs / IHSA 3435 Liberty Drive / Springfield
  • Chicago QECs /EL Valor Carlos H. Cantu Center 2434 S. Kildare / Chicago
  • South QECs / Rend Lake College Marketplace 321 Potomac Blvd/Mt. Vernon
    • Oct 17-Oct 19 will be in Room 344
    • Oct 24-Oct 26 will be in Room 354 a&b
  • Site Managers' QEC - Meets as a statewide group virtually - zoom link provided as meeting date gets closer.
  • HR/Fiscal QEC - Meets as a statewide group in person at  IHSA 3435 Liberty Drive / Springfield





Broken Image 2023 - 2024 (South) IHSA Quality Enrichment Circles
10/16/2023 - 05/13/2024

HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START QUALITY ENRICHMENT CIRCLES (QECs)

For the 14th straight year, join us for the signature event, Quality Enrichment Circles, known as QECs! QECs, sometimes referred to as “communities of practice” are a group of people who share a common concern or a passion for something they do and they want to learn how to do it better. In these unprecedented times, attending Quality Enhancement Conferences (QECs) and networking with colleagues is crucial. These meetings allow us to share ideas, insights, and strategies, fostering a common approach to our work. By collaborating and learning from each other, we can brainstorm solutions and improve our content areas together. Let's seize this opportunity to connect, support, and strengthen ourselves professionally during these challenging times.

The agenda for these QECs will be tailored to your needs, ensuring that you can address the specific areas and challenges that matter most to you. By participating in QECs, you not only gain valuable knowledge but also have the opportunity to shape the discussions and focus on what you need from the meeting.

The 2023-2024 Quality Enrichment Circles (QEC’s) are going to be held THREE (3) times during the calendar year. QECs will continue to meet regionally in the South, Central and Chicago. 

The 2023-2024 Quality Enrichment Circles (QEC’s) are going to be held THREE (3) times during the calendar year. QECs will continue to meet regionally in the South, Central and Chicago with the exception of:
  • HR & Fiscal meets in one central location (Springfield) - register with program/agency group to take advantage of the group discount
  • Site Managers meets virtually (all dates)
QEC Dates for each of the different content groups: 
 
ABOUT QUALITY ENRICHMENT CIRCLES
 
What are Quality Enrichment Circles or QECs?
Quality Enrichment Circles (QECs) otherwise known as “communities of practice” are a group of people who share a passion or a concern for something they do, and find opportunities for growth.

What happens in QECs?
During the meeting we will share ideas and insights, help each other solve problems and develop a common practice or approach to your content area.

Where are QECs held?
The QEC meetings are held in three (3) different regions throughout Illinois: South in Mt. Vernon, Central in Springfield and the City of Chicago.

When do QECs happen?
QEC groups will meet three times; two in person and one virtually - Fall, Winter and Spring.

What are the different QECs or Content Areas for 2023-2024?
There are six (7) Quality Enrichment Circles for 2023-2024. The circles reflect and support a varied range of roles across many agency structures. They are listed below. If you don’t see your role represented or not sure which circle to choose, give IHSA a call @ 217.381.5007

CONTENT AREAS & DATES


Disabilities, Mental Health & Wellness QEC
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 (v)
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Early Head Start & Home Visiting QEC
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (v)
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Education & Coaching QEC
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 (virtual)
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Family Services & ERSEA QEC
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 (virtual)
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Health & Nutrition QEC
Thursday, October 19, 2023
Thursday, February 1, 2024 (v)
Thursday, April 4, 2024

Site Managers QEC
Thursday, October 26, 2023 (v)
Thursday, February 8, 2024 (v)
Thursday, April 11 2024 (v)
**This group meets as a statewide group virtually (all dates)

HR/Fiscal QEC 
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 (v)
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 (v)
Thursday, May 9, 2024 (v)
**This group meets as a statewide group virtually (all dates)


Click here to register for (South) IHSA Quality Enrichment Circles




QEC REGISTRATION INFORMATION

 
  • Full Registration Fee Includes all three (3) QEC meetings
  • Meals Included: Each in-person QEC meeting will have a light continental breakfast and lunch
  • All QEC meetings will be held from 10:00am—3:00pm Winter QECs meet virtually
  • **Central Region QECs has a hybrid option. Participation not limited to Central - other participants from other regions welcome with this option.
  • Contact Cathy Welsh, cwelsh@ilheadstart.org or 217-381-5007 (cell), 217-241-3511 (office)

REGISTRATION RATES:

 
  • Five or more registrations from the same Agency: $275.00 / $295.00 (**virtual option - available for Central and Site Managers' QECs only**)
  • Non Member Fee: $449.00
  • $300.00 (in person) / $330.00 (virtual only) **virtual option - available for Central and Site Managers' QECs only**
  • Prorated Fee - $100.00 (ip) / $110.00 (v-central and Site Managers' only) - per day, per content area

CONTENT AREAS & DATES

Disabilities, Mental Health & Wellness QEC
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 (v)
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Early Head Start & Home Visiting QEC
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (v)
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Education & Coaching QEC
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 (virtual)
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Family Services & ERSEA QEC
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 (virtual)
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Health & Nutrition QEC
Thursday, October 19, 2023
Thursday, February 1, 2024 (v)
Thursday, April 4, 2024

HR/Fiscal QEC
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 (v)
Thursday, May 9, 2024

Site Managers QEC
Thursday, October 26, 2023 (v)
Thursday, February 8, 2024 (v)
Thursday, April 11 2024 (v)
 

LOCATIONS: 

  • Central QECs / IHSA 3435 Liberty Drive / Springfield
  • Chicago QECs /EL Valor Carlos H. Cantu Center 2434 S. Kildare / Chicago
  • South QECs / Rend Lake College Marketplace 321 Potomac Blvd/Mt. Vernon
    • Oct 17-Oct 19 will be in Room 344
    • Oct 24-Oct 26 will be in Room 354 a&b
  • Site Managers' QEC - Meets as a statewide group virtually - zoom link provided as meeting date gets closer.
  • HR/Fiscal QEC - Meets as a statewide group in person at  IHSA 3435 Liberty Drive / Springfield




Broken Image 2023-2024 Statewide Directors Institute
06/05/2024 - 06/07/2024

🌟 Calling all Head Start and Early Head Start Leaders in Illinois! 🌟
 

🔍 Dive into Dynamic Discussions: Join us at the 2023 Directors Institute, where executive directors, directors, and management teams from Head Start and Early Head Start programs across Illinois come together to explore pressing issues, share insights, and chart the course for success.

🤝 Connect and Collaborate: Forge invaluable connections with fellow leaders in the early childhood education sector. Exchange ideas, collaborate on innovative solutions, and strengthen your network for collective growth.

🎓 Elevate Your Expertise: Stay at the forefront of best practices and trends in early childhood education. Gain fresh perspectives, practical strategies, and actionable insights to enhance your program's impact and effectiveness.

🌳 Retreat to Rejuvenation: Escape the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in the serene surroundings of Allerton Park. Refresh your mind, rejuvenate your spirit, and return to your work with renewed energy and clarity.

Tailored for Your Needs: Benefit from sessions specifically designed to address the unique challenges and opportunities facing Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Illinois. From regulatory updates to innovative programmatic approaches, the agenda is crafted with your success in mind.

📅 Save the Date: Don't miss this opportunity to connect, learn, and grow alongside your peers in the early childhood education community. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for the finalized agenda, coming soon!
 

Ready to elevate your leadership and drive positive change in your organization? Secure your spot at the 2023-2024 Directors Institute now!

Let's inspire excellence together! 🚀


Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center
515 Old Timber Rd
Monticello, IL 61856


👉🏽 Register Today!




DETAILED AGENDA COMING SOON!
 
STATEWIDE HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START - Directors Institute 2023-2024 - SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE
  • Wednesday, June 5, 2024 - 1:00 PM - 4:45 PM 
  • Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday, June 7, 2024 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 


Allerton Park & Retreat Center Sleeping Room Rate: $110.00 Plus Tax /night
Allerton Park & Retreat Center Location: 515 Old Timber Rd, Monticello, IL 61856
Phone Number: (217) 333-3287 to book your stay or Reservation Link

Directors Institute Registration Fee:
  • $425.00 member for individual registration
  • $361.00 (3 or more from the same agency registered at the same time) 
  • $550.00  for Non-Member

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.




Self-Care Gift Boxes 2023-2024 order form
09/06/2023 - 09/06/2024


 
[Note .. the "text box" within our order form allows you to include notes about your delivery location/hours, any purchase order number (not required), and any other details of which you need us to be aware. If you need to later provide additional information for the delivery, simply send details to mwood@ilheadstart.org].  

~ TWO PAYMENT OPTIONS ~

PAY BY CHECK: save money by paying IHSA with a paper check (or money order). The main contact will be emailed the invoice shortly and an electronic receipt will be sent upon received payment [free shipping]. 

PAY BY CREDIT CARD: if you prefer to have an invoice and payment-link emailed to you for a credit card payment, be aware that a 3.5% payment transaction fee will be applied to your invoice (to cover the 3rd party cost).  Note: for this payment option, simply select 'Bill Me (Print Billing)' .. the main contact will be emailed the INITIAL invoice shortly.  The FINAL invoice [as well as our payment-link to pay for your purchase online] will be emailed after we have called the main contact to confirm all details with him/her/them.  After your online payment has been made, the receipt for your records will arrive to the main contact's email address [free shipping].  

  



👉🏽 Order your agency's SELF-CARE Gift Boxes today - your staff will be glad you did :-)






2024 Region V Head Start Association Conference
11/05/2024 - 11/08/2024

You're invited to the 2024 Region V Head Start Association Conerence!  This conference is hosted by the Region V Head Start Association in partnership with Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin HSAs. Join us at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Chicago from November 5th (Pre-Conference) to November 8th, 2024. Let's come together to reconnect, learn, and inspire as we stand united as Guardians of the Future!

The theme "Powered by Head Start: Guardians of the Future" highlights those who work in Head Start/Early Head Start by spotlighting their pivotal role in shaping the future. It acknowledges the dedication and impact of colleagues across all areas associated with HS/EHS, positioning impactful, everyday individuals as guardians or caretakers of the next generation.

This celebration is rooted in the understanding that those involved in HS/EHS play a crucial part in empowering children during their formative years. It recognizes the hard work and commitment of individuals within the HS/EHS who contribute to the holistic development of children and empowering families, addressing not only educational needs but also health, nutrition, and parental engagement.  It emphasizes that the collective efforts of HS/EHS practitioners are instrumental in creating a positive and promising future for the children and families they serve, turning the theme into a tribute to their dedication and impact on generations to come.


Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601


Registration is Coming Soon for this event