2019 Awards and Scholarships Timeline

Award Application Submittal: October 1 – November 15

Awards Review and Selection: November 16 – December 10

Award Recipient Announcements: No later than December 16

Awards Banquet:  At IHSA Conference – February 5, 2020

IHSA Head Start Hero   

This award honors an individual or organization’s significant contributions as a consistent, strong, and tenacious Head Start advocate at the local or statewide level.   The nominee for this award should have a demonstrated history of supporting and advancing the Head Start promise that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Award specific criteria

Nominee must be an individual or organization that has demonstrated over time to be a strong, advocate for Head Start by -  

  • Being a strong and committed voice for Head Start and high-quality early childhood education.

  • Working to improve or expand the delivery of services at the program or statewide level in a sustainable way, or

  • Significant achievement through community service to Head Start and Early Head Start programs that has a positive impact upon our children, families and communities.

The nominee must submit responses for each of the following categories, in their entirety. Maximum point value for each category is indicated in parentheses.     


How to Apply

Option 1. Download a copy of the questions and upload to the website when completed.

  1. Download a copy of the application by clicking here.

  2. Fill out the name and email section of the online application Form.

  3. Upload your answers and references (If applicable) by clicking on the “Upload Documents” button.

  4. Click “Submit”.

Option 2. Complete the application entirely online.

  1. Complete the entire online application form below and upload your references by clicking on the “Upload Documents” button at the bottom of the page.

  2. Click “Submit”.

Online Application

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