Head Start Risk Management

August 13, 2020 to August 18, 2020

Head Start programs face new operational risks and vulnerabilities as they decide whether or not to reopen or remain virtual this fall.  This one-and-a-half day risk assessment training will walk through a series of questions to assess whether a program's written policies adequately handle key risks caused by the pandemic.

On Day 1, leading Head Start attorneys will review six areas related to operations during COVID-19 and will present the reasons why and how these areas pose specific risks.  Utilizing a risk assessment tool, the presenters will teach attendees how to conduct an organizational self-assessment and determine whether a policy may need an update.  Following an internal review, participants will gather for a half day to discuss questions and concerns after using the tool and to examine any gaps in written policies and how to address them. 

The following topics will be covered:

  • Technology and Information Systems
  • Training and Professional Development
  • Record Keeping and Reporting
  • Emergency Preparedness/Health & Safety
  • Human Resource Requirements
  • Fiscal Management

A choice to continue virtual operations or reopen in the fall will place a stress on Head Start management systems and services. Attend this training to become better equipped now to assess and consider policies and situations that will impact the 2020-2021 programming year.  

Target Audience

  • Head Start Leadership, including CEOs, COOs, CMOs
  • Executive Directors / Head Start Program Directors
  • CFOs, Finance Managers, and Finance Department Personnel
  • Program Officers  

Learning Objectives

After this training, you will be better able to:

  • Understand the importance of risk mitigation using written policies during COVID-19;
  • Complete complete a risk assessment of your existing policies for any gaps or questions; and
  • Conduct a peer-to-peer session to update policies, procedures and systems to stay in compliance.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.00 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/13/2020 - 10:30am EDT
Event ends: 
08/18/2020 - 5:00pm EDT
Virtual Classroom
Thursday, August 13, 2020 and Tuesday, August 18, 2020
*All specific agenda times are subject to change*

Day 1

Thursday, August 13, 2020  
10:30 am - 5:00 pm ET
10:30 am - 10:45 am
Introductions and Icebreaker
10:45 am - 11:15 am
Introduction to Risk Assessment & Importance of Written Policies and Procedures
11:15 am - 11:30 amOverview of Tool: Top Six Categories of Risk to Update Your Policies & Procedures
11:30 am - 12:00 pmCategory I: Record Keeping and Reporting
12:00 pm - 12:15 pmBreak
12:15 pm - 1:00 pmCategory II: Fiscal Management
1:00 pm - 1:45 pmCategory III: Technology and Information Systems
1:45 pm - 2:30 pmBreak
2:30 pm - 3:15 pmCategory IV: Emergency Preparedness/Health & Safety
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
3:30 pm - 4:15 pmCategory V: Human Resource Requirements
4:15 pm - 5:00 pmCategory VI: Training and Professional Development

Day 2

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET
3:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Review of Day 1
3:20 pm - 3:50 pmHow to Handle the Results of Your Risk Assessment
3:50 pm - 4:00 pmBreak
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmBreakout Sessions: Peer-to-Peer Review of Results
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wrap-Up and Q&A


This live, interactive training will take place in FTLF's Virtual Classroom, hosted by Zoom.  Should you have any technical questions or would like more information, please contact us at learning@ftlf.com or 1-855-200-3822.

Nicole Bacon

Nicole Bacon, a Partner at FTLF, 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]


Phillip is Of Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups. A native of Puerto Rico, Phillip’s bilingual, nationwide practice serves non-profit organizations, municipalities, local government agencies, and other federal grantees. Prior to joining Feldesman Tucker, Phillip ran a practice from San Juan which spanned corporate, business, public policy, government and contract law, and included contested matters and appeals before state and federal courts. [Full Bio]


Amanda is in an Associate with the firm’s Health Law and Federal Grant Law practice groups where she represents a variety of community-based organizations and federal grant recipients. She routinely counsels on matters of regulatory compliance and contracting, with a particular focus on guidance related to privacy issues like identifying privacy vulnerabilities and developing data sharing agreements. [Full Bio]


Serving as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants, Health Law, and Litigation & Government Investigations practice groups, Kristen represents universities, non-profit and for-profit organizations facing legal actions under Federal health care and grant regulations in addition to the False Claims Act and Civil Monetary Penalties Laws. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Schwendinger served for nearly eight years as an attorney and senior counsel in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG). [Full Bio]

Participants can earn up to 8.50 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience:Head Start Leadership, including CEOs, COOs, CMOs; Executive Directors / Head Start Program Directors; CFOs, Finance Managers, and Finance Department Personnel; and Program Officers  
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website www.nasbaregistry.org (formerly www.learningmarket.org).

Available Credit

  • 7.00 Certificate of Attendance
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