Head Start

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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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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Head Start Smarts: The New Performance Standards in San Antonio

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December 13 and 14, 2016
Hilton Palacio del Rio (on the River Walk)
San Antonio, TX

Take a deep dive into the requirements that Head Start and Early Head Start programs must now meet under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards during our two-day Institute in San Antonio on December 13 and 14, 2016.

Are you prepared for the new Performance Standards? The federal Office of Head Start recently announced the much-anticipated new Head Start Program Performance Standards.  The new Performance Standards represent the biggest changes to the rules for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in over twenty years.  These new rules are effective November 7, 2016, with some provisions phased-in over the next five years.  Our all-new, two-day Head Start Smarts: The New Performance Standards Institute will take an in-depth look at the revised Head Start Performance Standards, what they mean for Head Start and Early Head Start agencies, and what programs must do to remain in compliance with Head Start and Early Head Start requirements.  By attending this exclusive training, you will learn about the new Performance Standards in detail and will gain practical information that can be applied to help your agency in meeting the new Performance Standards.

The training will explain the requirements for Head Start and Early Head Start agencies not only under the new Performance Standards but also under relevant provisions of the Head Start Act and grants management rules.  The Head Start Smarts: The New Performance Standards Institute will be an intensive “boot camp” for both experienced management, staff, and governing body and Policy Council members, as well as those new to Head Start and Early Head Start, to prepare them for the new world of Head Start.

This special, two-day  Institute in San Antonio is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of the new Head Start Program Performance Standards to ensure that your agency remains in compliance with program requirements.  During the Institute, you will explore the Head Start and Early Head Start Performance Standards and related requirements, including:

  • Key differences between the old and new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Structure of the new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Implementation timeline of the Head Start Performance Standards over the next five years (2016 through 2021);
  • Governance requirements under the new Head Start Performance Standards (including impasse policies);
  • Requirements for management systems and program administration (including fiscal integrity, human resources, privacy and recordkeeping, and quality improvement);
  • Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) requirements;
  • Program operations and educational services under the new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Requirements for parent, family, and community engagement;
  • Services to children with disabilities under the new Performance Standards;
  • Health and safety requirements;
  • Facilities rules (including construction, renovation, and purchase) under the new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Requirements related to transportation services;
  • Monitoring and recompetition requirements under the new Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Enforcement actions and appeals under the new Performance Standards; and,
  • Relationship between the Head Start Performance Standards and the Head Start Act and other grants management rules.

In addition to discussing these key topics and more as part of an in-depth exploration (and explanation) of the new Head Start Performance Standards, you will also have ample opportunities over both days of the Head Start Smarts: The New Performance Standards Institute to ask and get answers to your individual questions about the new Performance Standards and how they affect your agency.

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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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