The A to Z's of Head Start

November 18, 2020 to November 20, 2020

While every Head Start organization is different, the same rules apply to everyone (and there are a lot of rules). It can be challenging to keep everything straight between requirements under the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), state regulations, and federal laws like the Uniform Guidance. In the era of the Designation Renewal System (DRS), getting it wrong can have huge negative consequences.

Over three days, FTLF attorneys will:

  • Describe the laws that apply to Head Start programs
  • Explain where the rules come from, what they mean on a practical level, and how to meet the standards for compliance
  • Provide the View from Washington – news from Capitol Hill and potential changes and challenges for Head Start programs on the horizon

This training is a crash course in managing a Head Start program, covering the key topics every Head Start leader needs to understand; highlighting the challenges you face everyday and sharing specific examples to ensure that you know how to identify an issue and address what you've learned.

  • Documentation and recordkeeping obligations
  • Consequences of knowingly violating eligibility rules
  • Avoiding common pitfalls in eligibility determinations
Fiscal Integrity and Management Issues
  • Facilities and property management (Federal Interest)
  • Financial management systems
  • Procurement policies and procedures
Grants Management
  • Time & effort reporting
  • General requirements and program-specific flexibility
  • Areas of heightened risk and implementation challenges
Human Resources
  • Navigating pre-employment and the hiring process
  • Complying with requirements that apply during employment
  • Approaching the termination process
Data Management Privacy Issues
  • Drafting your policy
  • Preventing non-compliance or deficiency findings
  • Preparing for the Aligned Monitoring System (AMS) 2.0
  • Understanding Head Start Program Performance Standards
  • Being "review ready" every day
Vendor-Delegate (Subrecipient) and Contractor Relationships
  • Choosing between subawards and contracts 
  • Applicable regulatory requirements
  • Structuring successful relationships

Whether you’re brand new to Head Start leadership or need a refresher on recent changes and revised federal rules, you'll leave feeling confident about your program’s ability to meet and maintain compliance with its programmatic obligations. 

Target Audience

All are welcome, but we think those in the following roles will find this training especially helpful:

  • 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:

  • Understand how to show compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards
  • Identify Uniform Guidance requirements most relevant to Head Start Programs
  • Describe how to successfully mitigate common compliance issues
  • Discuss current hot-topic issues that every Head Start leader should know
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 16.50 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/18/2020 - 10:30am EST
Event ends: 
11/20/2020 - 4:30pm EST
FTLF Virtual Classroom
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - Friday, November 20, 2020
*All specific agenda times are ET*

Day 1

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020
10:30 am - 5:30 pm ET
10:30 am - 10:45 amWelcome and Overview
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Head Start 2020 Update
  • Changes to the Uniform Guidance
  • CARES Act and COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Changes to DRS and Head Start Monitoring for FY 2021
  • Executive Order 13950 
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
12:30 pm - 1:45 pmHead Start Governance
1:45 pm - 2:15 pmBreak
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Head Start HR Requirements
  • Background checks
  • Drafting Effective Personnel Policies and Procedures
  • Staff Requirements
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Internal Investigations and Self-Reporting
  • Health and Safety Violations
  • ERSEA Violations

Day 2

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020
10:30 am - 5:30 pm ET
10:30 am - 12:15 pm
  • What is Income Eligibility
  • Who is Eligible and how to determine it
  • Under-enrollment
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Data Management and Privacy of Child Records
2:00 pm - 2:45 pmBreak
2:45 pm - 4:00 pmOverview of the Federal Grants System
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
4:15 pm - 5:30 pmFederal Interest and Property Management

Day 3

Friday, Nov. 20, 2020
10:30 am - 4:30 pm ET
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Agreements Under Head Start Grants: Contractors, Delegates, and "Partners"
12:00 pm - 12:15 pmBreak
12:15 pm - 1:45 pmCost Allocation, Indirect Cost, and Cost Allowability
1:45 pm - 2:30 pmBreak
2:30 pm - 3:45 pmNon-Federal Share/Match
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmWrap Up and Open 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 or 1-855-200-3822.


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]


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 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 19.80 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-Live 

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

  • 16.50 Certificate of Attendance


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