Month: October 2016

OMB Super Circular Training in Phoenix Area

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December 6 and 7, 2016
Embassy Suites Phoenix Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ (Phoenix Area)

The OMB Uniform Grants Guidance (better known as the Super Circular) will soon turn two and, like most two-year-olds, continues to grow and change.  Make sure that you know the key requirements under the OMB Super Circular and stay up-to-date on the latest developments and changes affecting Federal grants management by attending our 2-day Federal Grants Symposium: OMB Super Circular Training and Grants Management Update in Scottsdale (the greater Phoenix area).

Effectively managing grants requires having the right knowledge.  Grants management rules continue to evolve both under the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (more commonly referred to as the Super Circular) and in general.  Since the Super Circular was issued in 2014, the OMB has made amendments (with the latest taking effect earlier this year); significant challenges in implementing the Uniform Grants Guidance have been found; new audit requirements have taken effect (with accompanying changes to the guidance in the Audit Compliance Supplement); and legal and legislative actions have continued to affect grants management.  Staying in compliance with grants requirements means having a solid understanding of the fundamentals under the Super Circular and keeping up-to-date with these and other recent developments. 

Attending this special, two-day event in Scottsdale will help you stay current and compliant while learning about the Super Circular’s key requirements as well as recent changes and related grants management developments.  The conference will cover not just recent developments but will also review the key rules governing grants management under the Super Circular, including administrative requirements, cost principles, procurement and property management, and audit standards.  The Federal Grants Symposium: OMB Super Circular Training and Grants Management Update will benefit both experienced grants professionals and those new to the world of Federal grants and will offer important information for all types of grant-funded organizations (grantees, subrecipients, and pass-throughs).

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Head Start Smarts: The New Performance Standards in San Antonio

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December 13 and 14, 2016
Hilton Palacio del Rio (on the River Walk)
San Antonio, TX

Take a deep dive into the requirements that Head Start and Early Head Start programs must now meet under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards during our two-day Institute in San Antonio on December 13 and 14, 2016.

Are you prepared for the new Performance Standards? The federal Office of Head Start recently announced the much-anticipated new Head Start Program Performance Standards.  The new Performance Standards represent the biggest changes to the rules for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in over twenty years.  These new rules are effective November 7, 2016, with some provisions phased-in over the next five years.  Our all-new, two-day Head Start Smarts: The New Performance Standards Institute will take an in-depth look at the revised Head Start Performance Standards, what they mean for Head Start and Early Head Start agencies, and what programs must do to remain in compliance with Head Start and Early Head Start requirements.  By attending this exclusive training, you will learn about the new Performance Standards in detail and will gain practical information that can be applied to help your agency in meeting the new Performance Standards.

The training will explain the requirements for Head Start and Early Head Start agencies not only under the new Performance Standards but also under relevant provisions of the Head Start Act and grants management rules.  The Head Start Smarts: The New Performance Standards Institute will be an intensive “boot camp” for both experienced management, staff, and governing body and Policy Council members, as well as those new to Head Start and Early Head Start, to prepare them for the new world of Head Start.

This special, two-day  Institute in San Antonio is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of the new Head Start Program Performance Standards to ensure that your agency remains in compliance with program requirements.  During the Institute, you will explore the Head Start and Early Head Start Performance Standards and related requirements, including:

  • Key differences between the old and new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Structure of the new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Implementation timeline of the Head Start Performance Standards over the next five years (2016 through 2021);
  • Governance requirements under the new Head Start Performance Standards (including impasse policies);
  • Requirements for management systems and program administration (including fiscal integrity, human resources, privacy and recordkeeping, and quality improvement);
  • Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) requirements;
  • Program operations and educational services under the new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Requirements for parent, family, and community engagement;
  • Services to children with disabilities under the new Performance Standards;
  • Health and safety requirements;
  • Facilities rules (including construction, renovation, and purchase) under the new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Requirements related to transportation services;
  • Monitoring and recompetition requirements under the new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Enforcement actions and appeals under the new Performance Standards; and,
  • Relationship between the Head Start Performance Standards and the Head Start Act and other grants management rules.

In addition to discussing these key topics and more as part of an in-depth exploration (and explanation) of the new Head Start Performance Standards, you will also have ample opportunities over both days of the Head Start Smarts: The New Performance Standards Institute to ask and get answers to your individual questions about the new Performance Standards and how they affect your agency.

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