Month: November 2017

Fourth Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute in Dallas

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March 8 and 9, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas Campbell Centre
Dallas, TX

Learn about recent changes affecting Head Start and Early Head Start health and safety requirements and how to avoid common compliance problems and implement a high-quality program that meets health, safety, facilities, and transportation standards during this special, two-day Institute in Dallas, Texas, on March 8 and 9, 2018.

Are health and safety top priorities for your Head Start or Early Head Start agency? For years, health, safety, transportation, and facilities-related issues have been among the most common reasons for deficiencies and serious findings for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and the Office of Head Start has placed a special emphasis on these common, problem areas.  That focus has not changed under the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards or the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 (which has been introduced for the 2018 Fiscal Year).  When you attend the Fourth Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute in Dallas on March 8 and 9, 2018, you will learn not just about the rules that programs must follow under the revised Performance Standards and the Head Start Act, but also how to implement best practices and respond to recent developments affecting health, safety, facilities, and transportation requirements, all while avoiding common deficiencies and other compliance problems.

The curriculum for the Fourth Annual Health & Safety Institute has been updated and revised for 2018 to incorporate recent changes ranging from the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 to updated facilities guidance.  During the Institute’s two full days, you will learn about Head Start and Early Head Start health and safety issues in detail, including:

  • Meeting health and safety requirements under the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Head Start Act;
  • Preparing for the impact of the revised, Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 framework;
  • Avoiding common but critical environmental health and safety issues;
  • Implementing health services (including health status, nutrition, and mental health);
  • Applying health and safety requirements to different program options (including center-based, home-based, and family child care);
  • Responding to facilities-related issues and satisfying facilities rules under the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Integrating Caring for Our Children Basic and related best practices;
  • Implementing active supervision;
  • Complying with Life Safety Code requirements;
  • Meeting requirements for child supervision and appropriate discipline;
  • Understanding environmental health and safety issues for non-center-based program options;
  • Implementing the revised transportation standards under the Performance Standards and best practices for safely transporting Head Start and Early Head Start children;
  • Identifying and mitigating risks related to health, safety, and transportation;
  • Implementing an effective ongoing monitoring system; and,
  • Addressing consequences of noncompliance and successfully responding to health and safety issues.

In addition to discussing these key health and safety topics and more, you will also have multiple opportunities over both days of the Institute to ask and get answers to your individual questions about Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, transportation, and facilities requirements.  Help your Head Start or Early Head Start program comply with critical health, safety, transportation, and facilities-related requirements, by attending this unique Institute in Dallas on March 8 and 9, 2018.

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Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans

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March 1 and 2, 2018
Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton, Convention Center
New Orleans, LA

Help your Head Start or Early Head Start agency implement and maintain sound fiscal management policies that will enhance the program while also preventing costly deficiencies and disallowances by attending this exclusive, two day Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 1 and 2, 2018.

A deep commitment to fiscal integrity is more important than ever to the success of every Head Start and Early Head Start agency.  Recent developments, including allegations of fiscal impropriety and implementation of the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 with its different approach to fiscal monitoring, mean that agencies must remain vigilant to ensure continued compliance with fiscal integrity requirements in 2018.  Aside from these developments, programs also still face challenges with the new Head Start Program Performance Standards as well as recent amendments to the OMB Uniform Grants Guidance (found in HHS Part 75) and updates to internal control and audit standards.  When you attend the Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans on March 1 and 2, 2018, you will not only learn how to effectively implement fiscal management requirements for Head Start and Early Head Start but also stay up-to-date on current developments affecting Head Start fiscal management, including the impact of the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0.

This annual training features a revised and updated curriculum for 2018 with an emphasis on hot topics and common problem areas to help programs stay ahead of the curve and in compliance with fiscal integrity standards and best practices.  During this special, two-day Institute, you will explore Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity issues in detail, including:

  • Identifying and avoiding common fiscal management problem areas;
  • Navigating fiscal integrity monitoring under the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0;
  • Implementing fiscal management requirements under the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards and HHS Part 75 (the Uniform Grants Guidance);
  • Maintaining an adequate fiscal management system;
  • Developing a compliant recordkeeping and retention system to support effective fiscal management;
  • Identifying and minimizing fraud, waste, and abuse;
  • Understanding and following rules for direct and indirect costs;
  • Complying with Head Start program income rules and fundraising guidance;
  • Meeting Head Start match requirements (including requirements related to in-kind contributions);
  • Understanding recent fiscal management guidance;
  • Documenting time and effort properly and related personnel cost issues;
  • Ensuring compliance with Head Start procurement standards and avoiding questions costs;
  • Implementing effective and sound internal controls;
  • Preparing for success under the Single Audit Act (Subpart F) and responding to issues; and,
  • Understanding and addressing the consequences of noncompliance with fiscal management requirements.

The Institute will discuss these topics and more to provide you with the critical information about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity requirements needed to ensure that your program has a sound fiscal management system and avoids problems.   There will also be extensive opportunities throughout both days of the Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans on March 1 and 2, 2018, for you to get answers to your individual questions about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management.

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