Head Start

Fourth Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute in Dallas

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March 8 and 9, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas Campbell Centre
Dallas, TX

Learn about recent changes affecting Head Start and Early Head Start health and safety requirements and how to avoid common compliance problems and implement a high-quality program that meets health, safety, facilities, and transportation standards during this special, two-day Institute in Dallas, Texas, on March 8 and 9, 2018.

Are health and safety top priorities for your Head Start or Early Head Start agency? For years, health, safety, transportation, and facilities-related issues have been among the most common reasons for deficiencies and serious findings for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and the Office of Head Start has placed a special emphasis on these common, problem areas.  That focus has not changed under the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards or the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 (which has been introduced for the 2018 Fiscal Year).  When you attend the Fourth Annual Head Start Health & Safety Institute in Dallas on March 8 and 9, 2018, you will learn not just about the rules that programs must follow under the revised Performance Standards and the Head Start Act, but also how to implement best practices and respond to recent developments affecting health, safety, facilities, and transportation requirements, all while avoiding common deficiencies and other compliance problems.

The curriculum for the Fourth Annual Health & Safety Institute has been updated and revised for 2018 to incorporate recent changes ranging from the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 to updated facilities guidance.  During the Institute’s two full days, you will learn about Head Start and Early Head Start health and safety issues in detail, including:

  • Meeting health and safety requirements under the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Head Start Act;
  • Preparing for the impact of the revised, Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 framework;
  • Avoiding common but critical environmental health and safety issues;
  • Implementing health services (including health status, nutrition, and mental health);
  • Applying health and safety requirements to different program options (including center-based, home-based, and family child care);
  • Responding to facilities-related issues and satisfying facilities rules under the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Integrating Caring for Our Children Basic and related best practices;
  • Implementing active supervision;
  • Complying with Life Safety Code requirements;
  • Meeting requirements for child supervision and appropriate discipline;
  • Understanding environmental health and safety issues for non-center-based program options;
  • Implementing the revised transportation standards under the Performance Standards and best practices for safely transporting Head Start and Early Head Start children;
  • Identifying and mitigating risks related to health, safety, and transportation;
  • Implementing an effective ongoing monitoring system; and,
  • Addressing consequences of noncompliance and successfully responding to health and safety issues.

In addition to discussing these key health and safety topics and more, you will also have multiple opportunities over both days of the Institute to ask and get answers to your individual questions about Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, transportation, and facilities requirements.  Help your Head Start or Early Head Start program comply with critical health, safety, transportation, and facilities-related requirements, by attending this unique Institute in Dallas on March 8 and 9, 2018.

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Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans

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March 1 and 2, 2018
Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton, Convention Center
New Orleans, LA

Help your Head Start or Early Head Start agency implement and maintain sound fiscal management policies that will enhance the program while also preventing costly deficiencies and disallowances by attending this exclusive, two day Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 1 and 2, 2018.

A deep commitment to fiscal integrity is more important than ever to the success of every Head Start and Early Head Start agency.  Recent developments, including allegations of fiscal impropriety and implementation of the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0 with its different approach to fiscal monitoring, mean that agencies must remain vigilant to ensure continued compliance with fiscal integrity requirements in 2018.  Aside from these developments, programs also still face challenges with the new Head Start Program Performance Standards as well as recent amendments to the OMB Uniform Grants Guidance (found in HHS Part 75) and updates to internal control and audit standards.  When you attend the Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans on March 1 and 2, 2018, you will not only learn how to effectively implement fiscal management requirements for Head Start and Early Head Start but also stay up-to-date on current developments affecting Head Start fiscal management, including the impact of the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0.

This annual training features a revised and updated curriculum for 2018 with an emphasis on hot topics and common problem areas to help programs stay ahead of the curve and in compliance with fiscal integrity standards and best practices.  During this special, two-day Institute, you will explore Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity issues in detail, including:

  • Identifying and avoiding common fiscal management problem areas;
  • Navigating fiscal integrity monitoring under the new Aligned Monitoring System 2.0;
  • Implementing fiscal management requirements under the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards and HHS Part 75 (the Uniform Grants Guidance);
  • Maintaining an adequate fiscal management system;
  • Developing a compliant recordkeeping and retention system to support effective fiscal management;
  • Identifying and minimizing fraud, waste, and abuse;
  • Understanding and following rules for direct and indirect costs;
  • Complying with Head Start program income rules and fundraising guidance;
  • Meeting Head Start match requirements (including requirements related to in-kind contributions);
  • Understanding recent fiscal management guidance;
  • Documenting time and effort properly and related personnel cost issues;
  • Ensuring compliance with Head Start procurement standards and avoiding questions costs;
  • Implementing effective and sound internal controls;
  • Preparing for success under the Single Audit Act (Subpart F) and responding to issues; and,
  • Understanding and addressing the consequences of noncompliance with fiscal management requirements.

The Institute will discuss these topics and more to provide you with the critical information about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal integrity requirements needed to ensure that your program has a sound fiscal management system and avoids problems.   There will also be extensive opportunities throughout both days of the Fourth Annual Head Start Fiscal Integrity Institute in New Orleans on March 1 and 2, 2018, for you to get answers to your individual questions about Head Start and Early Head Start fiscal management.

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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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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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