Strategic Planning for Staff Transition and Recruitment

March 10, 2022

As the Head Start program approaches its sixth decade, many early members of the movement are transitioning out of their leadership roles, making way for the next generation of Head Start directors. How should Head Start leaders capitalize on the wisdom of the first generation to create innovative solutions that address current challenges?

Join FTLF attorneys Edward “Ted” Waters and Nicole Bacon, along with Ann Linehan, former Deputy Director of the Office of Head Start, to hear their thoughts and insight on the changing landscape of Head Start. Be part of the conversation on:

  • Developing the next generation of leaders. As longstanding leaders transition out of their roles, what should Head Start agencies be thinking about to cultivate the skills of new leaders who can meet the challenges of today and the future?  
  • Recruitment, compensation, and retention of qualified staff. Head Start agencies compete for talent with other early childcare providers and school districts more than ever before. We will discuss how Head Start programs can ensure that they have an adequate number of qualified staff, including ideas on how to recruit qualified staff from outside the organization and train existing staff members to advance in their careers within the organization.
  • Responding to limitations in State and Federal funding. In this segment, we will discuss how Head Start agencies can leverage available resources to achieve their future goals. 

Target Audience

  • C-Suite
  • Executive Director/ Head Start Director
  • HR Director/Manager
  • Grant Manager
  • Finance Staff
  • Any staff new to Head Start or newly promoted to a leadership role

Learning Objectives

After this training, you will be able to:

  • Discuss how to be innovative within the confines of both the Head Start Program Performance Standards and the Uniform Guidance;
  • Identify and apply the relevant Head Start Program Performance Standards and Uniform Guidance provision to prepare for successful operations and long-term compliance; and
  • Identify strategies on how to reduce risk within your Head Start agency.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/10/2022 - 1:00pm EST
Event ends: 
03/10/2022 - 4:30pm EST


Virtual Classroom
Thursday, March 10, 2022
*Agenda times are all ET*
Thursday, March 10, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmIntroduction and Developing the next generation of leaders
2:00 pm - 2:10 pmBreak
2:10 pm - 3:00 pmRecruitment, compensation, and retention of qualified staff
3:00 pm - 3:10 pmBreak
3:10 pm - 4:00 pmResponding to limitations in State and Federal funding
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmWrap-Up and Discussion


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 or 1-855-200-3822.


Ann Linehan recently retired from her position as the Deputy Director of Office of Head Start (OHS). Ann served as Deputy Director since 2011 and prior to the Deputy position, she held senior management positions in OHS for 15 years overseeing Program Development, Quality Assurance, and Program Operations. Her leadership has been instrumental to improving program performance and increasing federal and local accountability. 

Ann began her federal career in 1992 in Region I as the Head Start Regional Program Manager responsible for Head Start programs in New England. Before joining the federal government, she was the Executive Director of a non-profit agency for nearly a decade that provided Head Start and Child Care services in eight communities in Massachusetts. Ann began her career as a special needs teacher for medically fragile children. She holds a BS in Sociology and Psychology and a Masters in Education from Boston State.


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]


Serving as Managing Partner of the firm since 2003, and a member of the Health Law and Federal Grants practices since 1992, Ted is 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, grant administration, cost reporting, and administrative issues and routinely handles challenging issues such as government audits, internal investigations, and litigation. Ted's priority is to help each organization carry out its mission by offering practical, down-to-earth counsel and to ensure that legal challenges do not distract from that focus. [Full Bio]


Participants can earn up to 3.40 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: C-Suite, Executive Director/ Head Start Director, HR Director/Manager, Grant Manager, Finance Staff, Any staff new to Head Start or newly promoted to a leadership role
  • 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 (formerly

Available Credit

  • 3.00 Certificate of Attendance


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