Playing by the Rules: Solving the Puzzle of Head Start Requirements

Phoenix, AZ US
March 30, 2020

This training has been rescheduled to take place virtually at a future time as decided by NHSA. Once we receive word of the rescheduled date we will post that information here.

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FTLF is hosting a pre-conference session at the National Head Start Association's (NHSA) 2020 Annual Conference. To register for this training and/or the conference, please click here.

Head Start is full of requirements and while each organization is different, the same rules apply to everyone. Between the Head Start Program Performance Standards, state regulations, and federal law requirements under the Uniform Guidance, it can be challenging to keep everything straight. In the era of the Designation Renewal System (DRS), getting it wrong can have significant negative consequences.

Join FTLF for this pre-conference workshop covering the key rules and the highest risk areas for Head Start programs. We will discuss the challenges you face every day in key topic areas every Head Start leader needs to understand, including:

  • Fiscal Integrity and Grants Management
  • Head Start Human Resources Requirements
  • Data Management Privacy Issues
  • Self-disclosures (including health and safety violations)
  • Tips for preparing for review events under the Aligned Monitoring System (AMS) 2.0 FY20
  • Deficiency Findings and Documentation 

In this one-day workshop, FTLF attorneys will explain the rules of Head Start compliance, describe how to meet these standards, and discuss how to resolve concerns your program may face. In each area, we will provide specific examples to ensure that you know how to spot an issue and apply what you learned in a real-world setting.

Whether you are brand new to Head Start leadership or need a refresher on recent changes to the rules, this overview will leave you feeling confident about your program’s ability to meet and maintain compliance with its programmatic obligations.

Learning Objectives

After this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the relevant Head Start Program Performance Standards and Uniform Guidance provisions;
  • Apply the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Uniform Guidance provisions to successfully mitigate potential compliance issues
  • Understand current high-risk areas that every Head Start leader should know.
Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/30/2020 - 9:00am EDT
Event ends: 
03/30/2020 - 4:00pm EDT
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd Stret
Phoenix, AZ 85004
United States


What airport is closest to the Phoenix Convention Center?

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport 

How do I book my hotel room?

We’ve made booking your hotel room easier! Your hotel room can be booked (at NHSA's discounted rate) during the conference registration process. You can still select the length of stay, room type, and assign roommates. After checkout, you will receive a confirmation email with your hotel reservation information.

Conference Schedule

View the Schedule at a Glance

March 29 - 30, 2020 - Pre-Conference Days (Pre-Registration IS REQUIRED). 
March 31 - April 2, 2020 - Concurrent Sessions & Special Events 
April 3, 2020 - Travel Day 

What dates should I book my hotel room for? 

NHSA recommends checking in on Sunday, March 29th and checking out Friday morning, April 3rd.

Are meals provided at this conference?

Meals are not provided unless there is a special or ticketed event. 


Nicole, 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]


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. Ted’s expertise in financial, cost reporting, reimbursement, and administrative issues is widely recognized, and illustrated by his selection as a 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in health care. Ted routinely handles challenging issues for clients such as government audits, internal investigations, and litigation. [Full Bio]


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Registration for this training is being conducted by the National Head Start Association (NHSA). 

Questions? Please contact NHSA at or call 703-260-7575 between 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday- Friday ET.


NHSA Member Rate$550
Non-Member Rate$650

What is NHSA's cancellation policy?

Cancellations will be accepted up to March 7, 2020. There will be no cancellations accepted or refunds given after March 7, 2020. Cancellations made before the cancellation deadline will be assessed a $75 fee for each registration. Cancellations made after the deadline will be assessed the full registration fee unless there is an exempt circumstance.  Registrations with a balance due will still be subject to full payment. Substitutions made after March 7, 2020 will be assessed a $50 fee. To view the complete cancellation, substitution and refund policy, please click here. Send requests to