Head Start Environmental Health and Safety Institute

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February 23 and 24, 2016
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Las Vegas, Nevada
Exclusive, Two-Day Head Start and Early Head Start Training Institute

Not only have health and safety issues been leading causes of deficiencies for Head Start and Early Head Start programs over the last several years, the emphasis by the Office of Head Start on environmental health and safety shows no sign of weakening.  The transition to five-year grants has brought additional terms and conditions focused on health and safety and the new aligned monitoring system retains a keen focus on environmental health and safety (including facilities) issues.  Meanwhile, best practices continue to evolve, and the Office of Head Start has proposed new health and safety Performance Standards that would give greater weight to those best practices.  Our exclusive, two-day Institute in Las Vegas looks at the areas most likely to give rise to findings, deficiencies, and other issues, and explains what your Head Start or Early Head Start agency can do to avoid environmental health and safety problems.  The curriculum for the Head Start Environmental Health and Safety Institute has been completely updated and revised for 2016 to help your program play it safe and stay out of the recompetition pool.

During the two full days of the Institute, you will explore important Head Start and Early Head Start environmental health and safety topics (including facilities-related issues) in detail, including:

  • Common, critical environmental health and safety problems resulting in deficiencies and recompetition that your program must avoid;
  • How your program can provide safe environments for classrooms and centers applying the Head Start and Early Head Start Performance Standards and best practices;
  • Ensuring that your playgrounds are safe;
  • Implementing and integrating Caring for Our Children into your program;
  • Having a successful environmental health and safety review under the new, aligned monitoring framework;
  • Understanding the Life Safety Code and its relationship to your program;
  • Health and safety issues outside the facilities context (including child supervision and appropriate discipline);
  • Environmental health and safety issues for non-center-based program options;
  • Fulfilling safe transportation requirements;
  • Understanding and preparing for the proposed changes to health and safety requirements under the new Performance Standards;
  • Important non-safety-related facilities issues that your program cannot afford to ignore; and,
  • Effectively addressing environmental health and safety issues.

The Institute will discuss these areas and more to arm you with the critical knowledge about environmental health and safety requirements and best practices needed to operate a high-quality Head Start or Early Head Start program.  You will also have multiple opportunities to ask and get answers to your individual questions about Head Start and Early Head Start environmental health and safety.

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Southern Grants Forum

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April 29 – May 1, 2015
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia

Get the answers to your questions about grants management at the Spring 2015 Southern Grants Forum.  The Southern Grants Forum will be held from April 29 through May 1, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.  The theme is “The Super Reset,” and the Southern Grants Forum will feature sessions discussing the impact of the Office of Management and Budget’s uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit standards for grant-funded organizations, better known as the “Super Circular.”  In addition, the Spring 2015 Forum will address the effects of fundamental social and economic changes also underlying “The Super Reset.”

Join a dozen speakers presenting two dozen sessions discussing the future facing grant-funded organizations. The Forum will feature tracks for grants management, fiscal operations, governance and general management, and Head Start.  Individual sessions will discuss:

  • The Super Circular (Uniform Guidance),
  • Cost Principles and Allowability,
  • Procurement and Property Management,
  • Audits,
  • Understanding Financial Statements,
  • IRS Compliance,
  • Social Enterprise,
  • Raising Unrestricted Funds,
  • Strategic Planning,
  • The Davis-Bacon Act,
  • Head Start Aligned Monitoring, and
  • More!

The Spring 2015 Southern Grants Forum will have vital answers to grants management questions for all types of grant-funded entities, from nonprofits and units of governments to tribal organizations, higher education, and hospitals.

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The OMB Super Circular In-Depth in San Francisco

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April 9 and 10, 2015
Hilton Union Square Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Exclusive, Two-Day OMB Super Circular Training

The major Federal grant awarding agencies have finally issued regulations to implement the Office of Management and Budget’s new uniform guidance for administrative requirements, cost principles, and audits for Federal grants.  The guidance (commonly called the “Super Circular” or “Omnicircular”), and the Federal agency implementing regulations, provide a new framework for managing Federal grants and subgrants.  Despite the goal of uniformity, the OMB’s final guidance contains differences from earlier versions, and major Federal grant awarding agencies have included deviations from the OMB’s version of the Super Circular in their implementing regulations.  All non-Federal entities (pass-throughs, grantees and subrecipients) need to understand this new framework and conform their own policies and procedures to the Super Circular and awarding agency implementing regulations to remain in compliance with Federal requirements.  This conference will provide in-depth explanations of what the Super Circular and the awarding agency implementing regulations mean for Federal grantees and subgrantees.

Over the course of two days in San Francisco, the conference will explore the Super Circular (Omnicircular) and implementing regulations in detail, including:

  • Changes from the proposed OMB guidance to the final guidance;
  • Differences between the previous administrative standards and new standards under the Super Circular, including:
    • New procurement and property management standards,
    • Changes to fiscal management requirements,
    • New internal control standards,
    • Revised records retention requirements,
    • Changes to closeouts and later adjustments, and
    • Changes to funding source remedies;
  • Revisions to the cost principles, including:
    • Changes to treatment of indirect costs,
    • Changes to specific items of cost,
    • New requirements for personnel costs, and
    • Prior approval requirements;
  • Changes to Single Audit Act (formerly Circular A-133) audit requirements under the OMB Super Circular (Omnicircular);
  • Differences between the OMB’s version of the Super Circular and awarding agencies’ implementing regulations for the Super Circular (Omnicircular); and,
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the Super Circular (Omnicircular) and its implementation.

The conference will discuss these topics and more to provide attendees not only with the detailed information necessary to understand the requirements of the OMB Super Circular and the Federal awarding agencies’ implementing regulations but also the information necessary to update internal policies and procedures to comply with the new grant requirements.

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Head Start Fiscal Fitness Institute

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March 19 and 20, 2015
Residence Inn Arlington Capital View
Arlington, VA (Metro Washington, DC)
Exclusive, Two-Day Head Fiscal Management Training in the Washington, DC Area

Start the New Year with a resolution to ensure that your Head Start or Early Head Start program is fiscally fit.  The Office of Head Start has long been concerned with fiscal management, and, as part of the transition to five-year grant cycles, OHS has placed special emphasis on sound fiscal management.  Because of recent concerns over audit quality, OHS has been paying extra attention to fiscal management, and fiscal monitoring is still a key component of the new aligned monitoring system.  The recent implementation of the OMB Super Circular for Head Start and Early Head Start programs has also brought additional attention to fiscal management.  In short, strong fiscal management is more critical than ever for Head Start and Early Head Start.  Programs that want to avoid findings, possible recompetition, and costly disallowances must ensure that they are and remain fiscally fit.

This special conference is dedicated to ensuring that Head Start and Early Head Start programs achieve and maintain fiscal fitness.  Over the course of two days, the conference will explore Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management issues in detail, including:

  • Common Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management findings;
  • Fiscal monitoring under the new Head Start aligned monitoring system;
  • Procurement and inventory management;
  • Issues with match and program income;
  • Changes to required internal control standards under COSO and the Green Book;
  • Prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse, in Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Implementation of the new OMB Super Circular and the impact of the Super Circular on Head Start and Early Head Start;
  • Audit oversight issues and Single Audit Act audits under the OMB Super Circular; and,
  • Recent real-world examples of fiscal management issues and how they were (and should have been) addressed.

The institute will discuss these topics and more to provide attendees with the critical information about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management needed to get and stay fiscally fit.  There will also be extensive opportunities for attendees to ask questions about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management issues.

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Head Start Health, Safety, and Facilities Institute

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December 4 and 5, 2014
Rosen Plaza Hotel
Orlando, FL
Exclusive, Two-Day Head Start Health and Safety Training Institute

Not only have health and safety issues been the leading causes of deficiencies for Head Start and Early Head Start programs over the last several years, the emphasis by the Office of Head Start on these health, safety, and facilities issues seems to be growing with the transition to five-year grants and the introduction of the new, aligned monitoring system.  This special, two-day institute looks at the areas most likely to give rise to problems and explains what Head Start and Early Head Start agencies can do to avoid health and safety issues.  Because non-safety facilities-related issues have been another frequent source of findings and questioned costs, the institute will also tackle the toughest facilities issues faced by programs.  The Head Start Health, Safety, and Facilities Institute will help your Head Start or Early Head Start program stay safe and out of the recompetition pool.

Over the course of two days, the conference will explore Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, and facilities issues in detail, including:

  • Critical health and safety issues resulting in deficiencies and recompetition;
  • Discussions of real world examples, the consequences, and how issues could have been handled;
  • Providing safe environments for classroom based Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Ensuring playground safety;
  • Health and safety issues for other program options;
  • Health and safety monitoring under the new aligned monitoring framework;
  • The relationship between health and safety and CLASS;
  • Health and safety issues outside the facilities context (including child supervision and appropriate discipline);
  • Fulfilling safe transportation requirements;
  • Important non-safety facilities issues (including leases with related parties and payment of acquisition costs using Head Start funds);
  • Application of the Davis-Bacon Act to Head Start and Early Head Start facilities; and,
  • Responding to health, safety, and facilities issues.

The institute will discuss these topics and more to provide attendees with the critical information needed to ensure the health and safety of their Head Start and Early Head Start children, families, and staff, as well as to ensure compliance with other facilities-related requirements.  There will also be extensive opportunities for attendees to ask questions about Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, and facilities issues.

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