Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Training Series

Head Start regulations require that your Governing Board and Policy Council be trained on the new Head Start Program Performance Standards, but this can often be an onerous task!  FTLF has developed a series of on-demand webinars to train your Board and Policy Council on these new regulations at a time that is convenient for everyone.  View one webinar at each Board/ Policy Council meeting or host a day long training session, this comprehensive on-demand series provides you with flexibility while meeting the requirements. 

What is included?

Twenty webinars (10 for Governing Board and 10 for Policy Council)

A new webinar for the Board and Policy Council will be released each month from August 2017 through May 2018.  The webinars are concise (approximately 15 minutes) providing ample time to focus on other matters during the meeting.  Each webinar comes with a Guide that provides additional information, resources and ideas for activities.

Eligibility webinar  

You will have unlimited access to our 1-hour Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance (ERSEA) webinar.


Webinar Titles and Release Dates

For full webinar descriptions, click the Program Tab in this activity.  The first webinar in each series will be released during the last week of August.  Each subsequent webinar from each series will be released during the first full week of each month beginning in September 2017.
Governing Board Webinars
  1. Welcome to the Board!  (August '17)
  2. Introduction to Head Start and the new Head Start Program Performance Standards (September '17)
  3. The roles and responsibilities of the Board (October '17)
  4. The roles and responsibilities of the executive team (November '17)
  5. Federal grants 101 (December '17)
  6. Data-driven decision making: a primer (January '18)
  7. How to excel on monitoring reviews (February ' 18)
  8. Human resources concepts the Board needs to know (March ' 18)
  9. Privacy in the age of big data (April ' 18)
  10. Lessons learned: Looking to the past for ideas about how to improve in the future (May '18)
Policy Council Webinars
  1. Welcome to the Policy Council! (August '17)
  2. Introduction to Head Start and the new Head Start Program Performance Standards (September ' 17)
  3. The roles and responsibilities of the Policy Council (October ' 17)
  4. The roles and responsibilities of the executive team (November '17)
  5. Federal grants 101 (December '17)
  6. Data-driven decision making: a primer (January '18)
  7. How to excel on monitoring reviews (February '18)
  8. Human resources concepts the Policy Council needs to know (March '18)
  9. Privacy in the age of big data (April '18)
  10. Lessons learned: Looking to the past for ideas about how to improve in the future (May '18
Complimentary Eligibility Webinar

Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance (ERSEA) and Program Design Under the New HSPPS

Course summary
Course opens: 
08/07/2017
Course expires: 
08/07/2019
Cost:
$1,500.00

Governing Board Webinars

1. Welcome to the Board!  
Our introductory webinar will provide concise advice on running meetings and recording minutes.  The webinar will give new members the confidence to actively participate in meetings, and will give seasoned Board members a refresher on best practices.  We will also offer tips on how to record effective meeting minutes to set your program up for success on monitoring reviews.  
 
2. Introduction to Head Start and the new Head Start Program Performance Standards
Head Start agencies are required to provide Board training on the new program performance standards.  This webinar provides Board members with a solid understanding of Head Start’s core programmatic requirements and the way those requirements are implemented in the performance standards.  
 
3. The roles and responsibilities of the Board
The Board has legal and fiscal responsibility over the Head Start program.  But what does that mean?  We will provide concrete examples to explain the fiduciary duties of Board members.  We will also identify common areas where Boards overstep their roles.
 
4. The roles and responsibilities of the executive team
In this webinar, we’ll go into more detail regarding key Head Start requirements and the roles and responsibilities of the executive team in implementing these requirements.  We will discuss Head Start hot spots, such as eligibility, program services, dual language learners and children with disabilities.  
 
5. Federal grants 101
Board members should be well-versed in major requirements of the Uniform Guidance.  We’ll explain foundational concepts of federal grant programs and identify high-risk areas that deserve special attention.  
 
6. Data-driven decision making: a primer
The Head Start Program Performance Standards emphasize that Boards must have access to relevant data to make informed decisions.  We’ll use the annual self-assessment as a case study to identify the data that should be available to Board members and discuss how to effectively document the use of data.  
 
7. How to excel on monitoring reviews
Monitoring reviews will include interviews with Board members.  Practice makes perfect!  In this webinar we’ll provide advice on how to effectively prepare for these interviews and we’ll review questions that are likely to be asked.  Finally, we’ll review areas where programs commonly stumble during interviews.  
  
8. Human resources concepts the Board needs to know
We’ll review important human resources issues such as evaluating the executive director and managing legal risk.  We’ll also review the Head Start Act to explain Board responsibilities over human resources issues.  
 
9. Privacy in the age of big data
Data is only as good as its accuracy.  The Head Start Program Performance Standards recognize this important concept and require the Board to approve a program’s data management procedures.  We’ll review best practices to ensure the integrity and security of program data.  
 
10. Lessons learned: Looking to the past for ideas about how to improve in the future
Congratulations!  We’ll reflect on successes of the past year and talk about ways to identify opportunities for improvement.  Successful Boards are thoughtful and reflective Boards – the end of a school year is the perfect chance to think and reflect!
 

Policy Council Webinars

 
1. Welcome to the Policy Council!  
Our introductory webinar will provide concise advice on running meetings and recording minutes.  The webinar will give new members the confidence to actively participate in meetings, and will give seasoned Policy Council members a refresher on best practices.  We will also offer tips on how to record effective meeting minutes to set your program up for success on monitoring reviews.  
 
2. Introduction to Head Start and the new Head Start Program Performance Standards
Head Start agencies are required to provide the Policy Council training on the new program performance standards.  This webinar provides Policy Council members with a solid understanding of Head Start’s core programmatic requirements and the way those requirements are implemented in the performance standards.  
 
3. The roles and responsibilities of the Policy Council
The Policy Council is responsible for the direction of the Head Start program.  But what does that mean?  We will explain the duties of the Policy Council as laid out in the Head Start Act.  We will also identify common areas where Policy Councils overstep their roles.
 
4. The roles and responsibilities of the executive team
In this webinar, we’ll go into more detail regarding key Head Start requirements and the roles and responsibilities of the executive team in implementing these requirements.  We will discuss Head Start hot spots, such as eligibility, program services, dual language learners and children with disabilities.  
 
5. Federal grants 101
Policy Council members should be well-versed in major requirements of the Uniform Guidance.  We’ll explain foundational concepts of federal grant programs and identify high-risk areas that deserve special attention.  
 
6. Data-driven decision making: a primer
The Head Start Program Performance Standards emphasize that the Policy Council must have access to relevant data to make informed decisions.  We’ll use the annual self-assessment as a case study to identify the data that should be available to Policy Council members and discuss how to effectively document the use of data.  
 
7. How to excel on monitoring reviews
Monitoring reviews will include interviews with Policy Council members.  Practice makes perfect!  In this webinar we’ll provide advice on how to effectively prepare for these interviews and we’ll review questions that are likely to be asked.  Finally, we’ll review areas where programs commonly stumble during interviews.  
  
8. Human resources concepts the Policy Council needs to know
We’ll review the Head Start Act to explain Policy Council responsibilities to approve personnel policies and to approve hiring decisions.  
 
9. Privacy in the age of big data
Data is only as good as its accuracy.  The Head Start Program Performance Standards recognize this important concept and require the Policy Council to approve a program’s data management procedures.  We’ll review best practices to ensure the integrity and security of program data.  
 
10. Lessons learned: Looking to the past for ideas about how to improve in the future
Congratulations!  We’ll reflect on successes of the past year and talk about ways to identify opportunities for improvement.  Successful Policy Councils are thoughtful and reflective Policy Councils – the end of a school year is the perfect chance to think and reflect!

Nicole Bacon

Nicole Bacon, a Partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, works 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. [Full Bio]

Alexandra Rosenblatt

Alexandra is a Senior Associate with the firm in the Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups.  Prior to joining Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, Alexandra was a litigation associate with firms in Colorado and Hawaii.  Alexandra has successfully represented clients in all phases of litigation, including investigations, complex discovery, and trial. [Full Bio]

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08/07/2019
 
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REFUNDS/ CANCELLATIONS
FTLF can accommodate changing the name on a registration to someone else within your organization or transferring the registration to another already-scheduled on-demand or upcoming live webinar up to 24 hours prior to the webinar start time.

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