Early Head Start

Annual Head Start Governance and Management Institute in Las Vegas

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October 26 and 27, 2017
The Tropicana, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

Make sure that you understand the requirements of the revised Head Start Performance Standards and know how to implement good governance practices and strong management systems by attending the Head Start and Early Head Start Governance and Management Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 26 and 27, 2017.

Governance and management are the twin engines that drive high-performing Head Start and Early Head Start agencies.  Stay on track to achieving sustained program success by attending the annual Head Start and Early Head Start Governance and Management Institute to learn the major requirements of the new Head Start Program Performance standards and the keys to implementing effective governance and management systems.  The last year has brought a new management and governance framework, new Head Start Program Performance Standards, a new monitoring protocol, and new initiatives.  As Head Start requirements and best practices evolve, understanding the rules and having effective governance and management are more important than ever.  When you attend this unique two-day Governance and Management Institute, you will ensure that you and your agency are up-to-date on governance and management requirements, the new Performance Standards, monitoring changes and current focus areas, and the latest best practices.

With all the changes to Head Start and Early Head Start over the last year, the Governance and Management Institute features a revised and updated curriculum for 2017.  Over the course of two days, you will learn about Head Start and Early Head Start governance and management issues in detail, including:

  • Major rules of the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Requirements of the revised Head Start and Early Head Start management systems framework;
  • Roles and responsibilities of the Governing Body and Policy Council under the Head Start Act and revised Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Management responsibilities under the revised Performance Standards and Head Start Act;
  • Achieving a good working relationship between management and governance in Head Start and Early Head Start agencies;
  • Oversight and program planning obligations and relationship to service delivery;
  • Effective communications systems;
  • Recordkeeping, reporting, and the role of data in Head Start management;
  • Human resources issues (including management staff qualifications);
  • Best practices in Head Start and Early Head Start governance and management;
  • Fiscal management under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Application of Part 75 to Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Revised Head Start and Early Head Start monitoring system;
  • Implementing effective internal controls;
  • Common Head Start and Early Head Start governance and management issues (and how to avoid them); and,
  • Answers to frequently asked governance and management questions.

There will also be extensive opportunities for you to get answers to your individual questions about Head Start and Early Head Start governance and management requirements and best practices throughout both days of the Institute.

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Head Start Smarts Webinar Series (August 2017)

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August 10, 2017 (Meeting Your Match: Cost-Sharing and Related Issues)
August 17, 2017 (Head Start Human Resources Fundamentals)
2:00 p.m. EDT – 1:00 p.m. CDT – 12:00 p.m. MDT – 11:00 a.m. PDT
Stay up-to-date on key Head Start requirements!

Register for the remaining entries in the “Head Start Smarts: Back to School Webinar Series” on August 10 and 17, 2017, to make sure that your agency starts the new program year in compliance with current Head Start and Early Head Start requirements.

Our “Head Start Smart: Back to School Webinar Series” will continue in August with two, additional 90-minute webinars.  On August 10, 2017, join us for “Meeting Your Match: Cost-Sharing and Related Issues,” to learn about the Head Start match requirement, what does and does not count as match, and common issues faced in trying to meet cost-sharing requirements, in addition to issues concerning program income and fundraising.  The series will conclude on August 17, 2017, with “Head Start Human Resources Fundamentals,” during which you will learn about changes to key components of human resources management from basic staff qualifications and background checks to standards of conduct and required training and staff development.

By registering for these 90-minute webinars, in addition to receiving the latest information about these important Head Start and Early Head Start standards, you will have the opportunity (during each webinar) to ask individual questions about program requirements.

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Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston

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May 23 and 24, 2017
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina

Effective strategies for Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance have long been at the heart of any successful Head Start or Early Head Start program.  Staff, management, the governing body, and the Policy Council should all understand key ERSEA requirements under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards.  By attending our exclusive, two-day training institute in Charleston on May 23 and 24, you will learn the keys to ERSEA success.

Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (commonly called “ERSEA”) are among the keys to a successful Head Start or Early Head Start program.  However, ERSEA requirements have been undergoing changes, starting even before the recent implementation of the most significant revisions to the Head Start Program Performance Standards in over 20 years.  Under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards, the ERSEA standards are at the heart of program operations.  Furthermore, the Office of Head Start continues to require full enrollment while, under the revised Performance Standards, encouraging agencies to provide more enrollment opportunities and services to vulnerable populations.  Additional changes have been made to all areas of ERSEA.  By attending the Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 23 and 24, 2017, you will learn the new ERSEA rules and ensure that you possess the keys to success for your Head Start or Early Head Start program.

During the two full days of this special 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 new Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Services to homeless children and other vulnerable populations;
  • Enhanced eligibility verification requirements under the new Performance Standards;
  • Relationship between ERSEA and planning;
  • Recordkeeping and privacy rules under the revised Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Transitions between Early Head Start and Head Start as well as school;
  • Services to pregnant women;
  • Effective recruitment strategies for Head Start and Early Head Start;
  • Reserving enrollment opportunities;
  • Attendance requirements under the revised Performance Standards;
  • Suspension and expulsion rules for Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Changes to requirements for filling vacancies under the new Performance Standards;
  • General approach to ERSEA under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards; and,
  • Common ERSEA issues and how to avoid problems related to ERSEA.

The Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston will discuss these topics and other critical information about Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance requirements and best practices to help ensure the success of your Head Start or Early Head Start program operations.  You will also have multiple opportunities to ask and get answers to your individual questions about ERSEA throughout both days of the Institute.

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Third Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute in New Orleans

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March 9 and 10, 2017
Hampton Inn and Suites Convention Center
New Orleans, LA

Learn how to avoid common Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, facilities, and transportation compliance problems and make sure that your program is meeting the requirements of the new Head Start Program Performance Standards by attending the Third Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute in New Orleans on March 9 and 10, 2017.

Is your program playing it safe? Health and safety have been the most important compliance areas for Head Start and Early Head Start agencies in recent years, and that will not change with the implementation of the new Head Start Program Performance Standards.  The new Performance Standards continue the Office of Head Start’s focus on all areas of health and safety (including health services, environmental health and safety, child supervision and discipline, facilities, and transportation).  By attending the Third Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute in New Orleans on March 9 and 10, 2017, you will not only enhance your understanding of health and safety rules (including new rules under the revised Performance Standards) but also get up-to-date on related requirements and best practices to ensure that your Head Start or Early Head Start program is still playing it safe when it comes to health and safety standards.

The curriculum for the Third Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute has been completely updated for 2017 to incorporate the requirements in the revised Performance Standards to help your program stay in compliance with these new health, safety, transportation, and facilities-related rules.  During this exclusive, two-day Institute, you will explore the Head Start and Early Head Start health and safety standards in detail, including:

  • Health and safety rules under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Critical but common environmental health and safety red flags and how to avoid them;
  • Health services requirements (including health status, nutrition, and mental health);
  • Role of parents and parental consent requirements;
  • Application of health and safety requirements to different program options (including center-based, home-based, and family child care);
  • Integrating Caring for Our Children Basic and related best practices;
  • Implementing active supervision;
  • Facilities rules and requirements under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards as well as facilities issues and what to do in response;
  • Requirements and issues related to child supervision and appropriate discipline;
  • New background check requirements as well as the intersection between health and safety and human resources;
  • Environmental health and safety issues for non-center-based program options;
  • Transportation standards under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Application of risk management principles in designing health and safety practices;
  • Implementing a successful ongoing monitoring system; and,
  • Addressing health and safety issues and mitigating consequences of health and safety problems.

The Third Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute will discuss these topics and other critical information about health and safety requirements and best practices to prepare you 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 health, safety, transportation, and facilities throughout both days of the Institute.

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Third Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in Las Vegas

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February 23 and 24, 2017
The Tropicana, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

Ensure that your Head Start or Early Head Start program is fiscally fit.  Attend the Third Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 23 and 24, 2017, to make certain that your agency stays up-to-date on fiscal integrity requirements and remains in compliance with the revised fiscal management rules under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards to common fiscal integrity problems.

Sound fiscal management has always been critical to the success of every Head Start and Early Head Start program, but fiscal integrity has become even more important following the federal Office of Head Start’s recent implementation of the first new Head Start Program Performance Standards in over two decades.  By attending this special, two-day Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute, you will not only learn about the new Performance Standards and how they affect fiscal management (including what has and has not changed), but you will also stay up-to-date on recent developments in grants management, law, policy, and accounting and auditing, that impact Head Start fiscal integrity.  This yearly training event features a new curriculum for 2017 with an emphasis on current developments and how you and your Head Start or Early Head Start agency should respond to remain in compliance with the new program rules and other requirements.  The Third Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute will also examine common fiscal management issues and how to address these problem areas.

The two-day conference in Las Vegas will help your Head Start or Early Head Start program maintain sound fiscal management practices under the revised Head Start Performance Standards.  During this unique Institute, you will explore Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity issues in detail, including:

  • The impact of the new Head Start Program Performance Standards on fiscal integrity;
  • Fiscal management red flags and how your program can avoid these common problem areas;
  • Recent changes to the OMB’s Uniform Grants Guidance and the HHS implementing regulations in Part 75;
  • Ensuring cost allowability and avoiding disallowances;
  • Meeting matching requirements and generating in-kind contributions;
  • Proper management of program income and unrestricted funds (including fundraising issues);
  • Fiscal integrity issues related to facilities and property management;
  • The role of internal controls and risk management under the new Performance Standards and how to strengthen your agency’s internal controls;
  • Transition from A-133 audits to the new Subpart F standards (including revisions to the latest version of the Audit Compliance Supplement); and,
  • Effectively addressing fiscal integrity issues.

In addition to discussing these topics and more to provide you with critical information about fiscal integrity requirements to ensure that your program has a sound fiscal management system, there will be ample opportunities during both days of the Third Annual Head Start Fiscal Fitness Institute for you to get answers to your questions about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management.

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