AMS 2.0: Is your Head Start Program Ready?

Fort Lauderdale, FL US
November 8, 2017 to November 9, 2017

Ever felt like you learned a lot at a training, but aren’t sure how to implement what you’ve learned?  Want to gain a deeper understanding of what the performance standards require and how to effectively operationalize those requirements?  In the fast pace of daily work in a Head Start program, are you confident that you’ll be able to spot the potential compliance issues in any scenario and that you’ll be armed with the right answers on the issues?

FTLF has developed an exciting new training format for Head Start Leadership that is designed to help you bridge the gap between training and reality - mirroring your reality as a Head Start leader by including a mixture of case studies and instruction.  With our unique approach, we’ll teach the performance standards, uniform guidance and other grant requirements using real-world case studies that implicate multiple grant requirements in a single scenario.  In practice, issues never come with a well-organized PowerPoint slide that identifies the relevant regulations and lays out helpful tips.  Instead, issues crop up when you least expect it, with a host of complicated facts muddying the water.  The Case Study Approach helps you practice analyzing issues, identifying regulations and applying rules, giving you the confidence to lead successfully. 

The mixed format combines the benefits of a small workshop, including hands-on learning and opportunities to be inspired by how other programs operate, and the benefits of a large training, including lots of networking and a diverse audience of Head Start agencies.   

Conference participants can earn up to 14 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications.


Target Audience

  • Head Start Leadership
  • CEO, Executive Director/ Head Start Director
  • CFO
  • COO
  • HR Director 

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the relevant Head Start Program Performance Standards and Uniform Guidance provisions implicated in a fact scenario presenting potential compliance issues.
  2. Apply the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Uniform Guidance provisions to successfully mitigate potential compliance issues.
  3. Describe current hot-topic issues that every Head Start leader should know.
Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/08/2017 - 8:00am EST
Event ends: 
11/09/2017 - 5:00pm EST
The Westin Fort Lauderdale
400 Corporate Dr.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
United States

Hotel options for attendees:

720 E Cypress Creek Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
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6001 NW 6th Way, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
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555 NW 62nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
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6650 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
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5851 North Andrews Avenue Extension, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
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Edward "Ted" Waters

Serving as Managing Partner of the firm since 2003, and a member of the Health Law and Federal Grants practices since 1992, Ted focuses his practice on helping organizations to solve problems, often in crisis situations. A national authority in the area of federal grants, particularly in the health and community service spheres, he advises clients on all aspects of program requirements, including issues such as cost-based reimbursement, governance and the never-ending list of grant administration matters. Ted’s expertise in financial, cost reporting, reimbursement, and administrative issues is widely recognized, and illustrated by his selection as a 2014 and 2015 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in health care. Ted routinely handles challenging issues for clients such as government audits, internal investigations, and litigation, deftly guiding them to a resolution. His priority is to help each organization carry out its mission and ensure that legal challenges do not distract from that focus. From his more than a decade of experience running the firm, Ted understands acutely the challenges of keeping an organization running, and offers practical, down-to-earth counsel to support organizational leaders in doing just that. [Full Bio]

Nicole Bacon

Nicole is a Partner in the firm’s Federal Grants, Litigation, and Health Law practice groups. Nicole offers her clients specialized guidance in compliance with federal grant law including specific programmatic requirements as well as the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements of Federal Awards. Nicole represents a variety of community-based organizations, before State and Federal courts as well as administrative bodies. Nicole leads the firms Head Start education and training efforts, by designing seminars and meetings both in-person and via webinar on a number of grants-related topics.  Nicole ensures that participants are up-to-date on federal regulations, management and financial requirements to protect their grants. Prior  to joining the firm, Nicole worked as a staff attorney for almost five years with Legal Services of Northern Virginia and Rappahannock Legal Services, representing low-income clients, including Spanish speaking clients, in family law, housing, and consumer matters. [Full Bio]

Alexandra Rosenblatt

Alexandra is a Senior Associate with the firm in the Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups.  In her tenure at FTLF, Alexandra has worked on a wide variety of issues affecting Federally Qualified Health Centers, Head Start programs, and state and local governments.  In addition, Alexandra conducts frequent trainings for federal grantees. Her trainings focus on privacy, third party agreements, and risk management. Prior to joining Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, Alexandra was a litigation associate with firms in Colorado and Hawaii.  [Full Bio]

A Certificate of Attendance is available for the attendee immediately following the completion of the training by clicking "Launch Course" under the registration tab under the registration tab.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: Head Start Leadership or “C-Suite” including: CEO, Executive Director/ Head Start Director, CFO, COO, HR Director, but all are welcome.
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group-Live 

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Cost for this Two-Day Training: $895

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All cancellations prior to October 8, 2017, will receive a full refund.

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