Next Level Governance

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Region IV Head Start Association
2014 Leadership Summit Preconference Workshops
One-Day Live Institute


June 16, 2014 (Monday)
8:00 A.M.  – 4:30 P.M. EDT (On-site Check-in: 7:15 A.M.)
Atlanta, GA (Sheraton Atlanta Hotel)

Take your Head Start or Early Head Start program’s governance to the next level of effectiveness.  The Office of Head Start considers governance a key indicator of a successful Head Start or Early Head Start program, in part, because governance is the one component that touches all other aspects of the program.  Governance is emphasized in the new terms and conditions for five-year grant awards and will continue to be an area of focus for the Office of Head Start in its oversight of the five-year grants.  This greater focus on governance is not surprising.  Governance has been a key area for Head Start findings in recent years, and the Office of Head Start has concluded that poor or ineffective program governance is often a warning sign of an agency likely to have other problems.  These factors, combined with a shift toward more consideration of performance and effectiveness rather than just compliance with minimum standards, mean that governance has taken on an even larger significance for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Effective governance, however, takes more than knowing the basics. This full-day workshop will not only explain the fundamental rules for Head Start governance but provide insights and best practices needed to take your Head Start or Early Head Start program’s governance to that next level.

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Fundamentals of Head Start and Early Head Start Eligibility

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April 24, 2014 (Thursday)
2:00 P.M. EDT  /  1:00 P.M. CDT  /  12:00 P.M. MDT   /  11:00 A.M. PDT
2-Hour Live Webinar

Understanding and knowing how to apply the rules for eligibility are essential for every Head Start and Early Head Start program.  Ever since the Government Accountability Office reported the findings of its undercover investigation of Head Start eligibility and enrollment practices, compliance with ERSEA standards has taken on increased importance.  With the start of recompetition, compliance with eligibility standards has become even more important.

The Office of Head Start has increased monitoring of eligibility determinations and has released proposed revisions to the Head Start regulations to codify Head Start and Early Head Start eligibility requirements and to provide new rules for determining, verifying, and documenting eligibility for Head Start and Early Head Start.  These proposed new rules build on Program Instruction ACF-PI-HS-10-02, which addresses income eligibility for enrollment and reminds Head Start and Early Head Start programs that they “should provide annual training to employees responsible for determining and verifying income eligibility.”  This updated 2-hour webinar will explain the essential eligibility rules that all Head Start and Early Head Start agencies must know to ensure compliance with the program’s complex eligibility requirements and to avoid the consequences of violating the eligibility standards.

Participants will not only learn the rules for Head Start and Early Head Start eligibility but will have the opportunity to ask questions about eligibility requirements during the webinar.

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Avoiding Head Start Red Flags

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March 27, April 3, and April 17, 2014
2:00 P.M. EDT  /  1:00 P.M. CDT  /  12:00 P.M. MDT   /  11:00 A.M. PDT
3-Part Live Webinar Series (2-Hours Each)

Head Start and Early Head Start programs face the challenge of complying with complex requirements from the Head Start Act, the Head Start Performance Standards, and overarching grant management rules, while under increased scrutiny and heightened expectations from the Office of Head Start.  The 3-part webinar series “Avoiding Head Start Red Flags” will help Head Start and Early Head Start agencies spot key compliance issues or “red flags,” stay compliant with program requirements, meet the expectations of the Office of Head Start, and avoid findings and recompetition.  Each 2-hour webinar covers a different set of important “red flag” issues.  Register for individual webinars or receive a discount when registering for the entire 3-part series.


Avoiding Head Start Recompetition
March 27, 2014

Avoiding Head Start Fiscal Red Flags
April 3, 2014

Avoiding Head Start Human Resources Red Flags
April 17, 2014

Registration is available for the entire series at a discounted price as well as for the individual webinars.

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Understanding the New OMB Super Circular

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March 20, 2014 (Thursday)
2:00 P.M. EDT  /  1:00 P.M. CDT  /  12:00 P.M. MDT   /  11:00 A.M. PDT
2-Hour Live Webinar

In late December, the Office of Management and Budget released its much-anticipated uniform guidance for administrative requirements, cost principles, and audits for federal grants.  The “Super Circular” or “Omnicircular” provides a new framework for managing federal grants and subgrants.  This all-new, two-hour webinar will explain the key changes and key compliance deadlines and what the “Super Circular” means for federal grant recipients and subrecipients.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Changes to the structure of the OMB grants management guidance;
  • Differences between the existing and new administrative standards (including the new procurement standards);
  • Revisions to the cost principles, including changes related to personnel costs;
  • Changes to audit requirements under the OMB’s new guidance; and,
  • Compliance deadlines and key dates under the Super Circular.

Participants in this webinar will come away with an understanding of the major changes in the new OMB Super Circular and how those changes may affect their organizations as federal grantees and subgrantees.

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