Month: August 2018
December 4 and 5, 2018
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina
By attending the Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston on December 4-5, 2018, you will learn how to comply with the Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (or “ERSEA”) requirements in the Head Start Act and Program Performance Standards, implement best practices for ERSEA, and avoid common problems related to ERSEA.
Make sure that your Head Start or Early Head Start program has the keys to Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (“ERSEA”) success. Recently, the Office of Head Start renewed its commitment to full program enrollment and has made grantee compliance with the ERSEA rules in the Head Start Act and revised Program Performance Standards a priority. In fact, ERSEA is the foundation for program operations under the Head Start Performance Standards. All Head Start and Early Head Start agencies must understand and implement these important requirements. By attending the second annual Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston on December 4 on 5, 2018, you will learn about the ERSEA requirements and ensure that you possess the full set of ESREA keys to a successful Head Start or Early Head Start program.
The curriculum for this special, two-day Institute has been revised for 2018 to include discussion of recent developments, such as the Office of Head Start’s new enrollment initiative, as well as ERSEA fundamentals. During the Institute, you will explore Head Start and Early Head Start Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance topics in detail, including:
- Eligibility rules for Head Start and Early Head Start (including Migrant and Seasonal programs) under the Head Start Act and the Head Start Program Performance Standards;
- Emphasis on providing services to homeless children and other vulnerable populations;
- Eligibility verification requirements under the Performance Standards;
- Recordkeeping and privacy rules for Head Start and Early Head Start;
- Relationship between ERSEA and planning requirements;
- Transitions between Early Head Start and Head Start as well as school;
- Early Head Start services for pregnant women;
- Developing an effective recruitment strategy;
- Attendance requirements under the revised Program Performance Standards;
- Suspension and expulsion rules for Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
- Reserving enrollment opportunities;
- Requirements for filling vacancies under the Head Start Performance Standards;
- General approach to ERSEA under the Head Start Program Performance Standards;
- Lessons from Head Start and Early Head Start monitoring; and,
- Common ERSEA issues and how to avoid problems.
The second annual Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston will discuss these topics and other critical information about ERSEA requirements and best practices to make sure that your Head Start or Early Head Start agency has the keys to programmatic success. In addition, when you attend the Institute on December 4 and 5, 2018, you will also have multiple opportunities across both days to ask your individual questions about Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance.
October 11 and 12, 2018
Two-Day Uniform Grants Guidance Training
By popular demand, we have added more dates for our “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training! Learn how to safely navigate the key administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards, under the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (a.k.a. the “Super Circular”) in Denver, Colorado, on October 11-12, 2018.
Make sure that your organization is in compliance with current grants management rules by attending this special edition of “Navigating the OMB Super Circular.” The OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance (more commonly called the “Super Circular” or the “Omnicircular”) created a new framework for managing Federal grants and subawards. However, the Super Circular was never intended to be static, and the Uniform Grants Guidance has undergone revisions and additions since its initial publication and continues to change. Navigating these evolving requirements is difficult, but failure to meet the Super Circular’s standards (even unintentionally) can have serious consequences for you and your organization. Noncompliance can result in repayment of grant funds, loss of grant funding, ineligibility for future awards, and criminal prosecution. However, our two-day training in Denver on October 11 and 12, 2018, will help you and your organization stay on the right path and avoid the major pitfalls in managing grants and subgrants under the Uniform Grants Guidance. During “Navigating the OMB Super Circular,” we will explore the Super Circular’s grants management requirements, discuss recent grants management developments and how they affect you, and identify potential problems and explain how you can prevent them.
By attending this special, two-day training opportunity in Denver, you will learn how to better navigate the OMB Super Circular’s complex requirements and avoid common compliance issues. This updated training will provide detailed explanations of the Uniform Grants Guidance’s key rules for all types of grant-funded organizations, including nonprofits, colleges and universities, hospitals, tribal entities, and state and local government. At the “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training conference in Denver, you will learn about the following topics:
- Changes to the OMB Super Circular and what grantees need to do to stay in compliance;
- Recent developments in the field of grants management;
- Administrative standards under the Uniform Grants Guidance;
- Unified cost principles under the Super Circular and rules for charging costs to Federal grants;
- Financial management system standards;
- Internal control requirements;
- Procurement and property management standards, including changes to the micro-purchase and small purchase limits;
- Records retention and access rules;
- Grant closeouts and later adjustments;
- Funding source remedies and enforcement actions;
- Differences between indirect and direct costs;
- Special rules for allowability of certain items of cost under the revised cost principles;
- Time and effort documentation standards;
- Prior “written” approval requirements;
- Single Audit Act audit requirements under Subpart F (formerly OMB Circular A-133) of the OMB Super Circular;
- Key differences between the OMB’s Super Circular (Omnicircular) and awarding agencies’ implementing regulations for the Uniform Grants Guidance;
- Consequences of fraud, abuse, and other violations of grants management requirements under the Super Circular;
- Answers to frequently asked questions about the Uniform Grants Guidance; and,
- Common compliance issues under the Uniform Grants Guidance and how to avoid them.
The “Navigating the OMB Super Circular” training will look at these issues and more to give you the up-to-date information about grants requirements that you need to manage your Federal grants and subawards more effectively, whether your organization is a direct grantee, subrecipient, or pass-through entity. You will also have multiple opportunities during both days (October 11 and 12, 2018) of the Denver training to ask and get answers to your individual questions about the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance and grants management, generally.