Acing Your Monitoring Review

December 2, 2020 to December 3, 2020

Head Start has entered a new era – new paradigm (innovation v. compliance), new performance standards (flexible v. prescriptive), and a new monitoring protocol.

This intensive training is ideal for any Head Start leader that will play a part in monitoring. The small group format allows for robust discussion with your colleagues – other Head Start leaders – so that you can learn from other agencies.

The workshop will identify best practices that allow programs to be “review-ready” every day.  Participants will also learn about strategies to prepare for a monitoring review, tips for acing the review itself, and contingency planning for unexpected events. 

Among other things, this training will focus on:

Continuous Improvement: 

  • Learn the skills to ensure that your program maintains a culture of compliance and continuous improvement.  The tips discussed will allow your program to be prepared for a review at any time.

Focus Area One:  Among other objectives, you will learn:

  • How to prepare for a Focus Area One review;
  • What reviewers are after;
  • Key compliance pitfalls;
  • How to memorialize the Focus Area One review for a Head Start on Focus Area Two.

Focus Area Two:  Among other objectives, you will learn:

  • How to prepare for a Focus Area Two review;
  • What reviewers are after;
  • Key compliance pitfalls; and
  • What to do if reviewers are reading the regulations incorrectly.
How is this training different?

It’s collaborative.  Research shows that adults learn best in a collaborative setting.  We’ve limited the training to a small group of participants so that trainers can lead participants in collaborative, solution-oriented discussions.

It’s active.  This training is hands-on. Our experts will lead you in exercises to help you learn how to read statutes, regulations, and agency guidance critically so that when there are changes to the law you will be better equipped to understand and adapt to the changes.

It’s practical.  You’ll leave this training with a roadmap to success, complete with to-do lists, best practices, and advice on policies and procedures.

Join FTLF's Head Start Practice Group Attorneys for a small group training that will provide you with the skills you need to succeed on new monitoring reviews. 

Don’t delay - space is limited!

Target Audience

All are welcome, but we think people in the following roles will find it especially helpful:

  • Head Start Leadership, including CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CMOs
  • Executive Directors/ Head Start Program Directors
  • HR Directors/Managers
  • Other Directors, Managers, Coordinators, and key staff directly involved in review preparation

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the steps to ensure that your program maintains a culture of compliance
  • Learn how to prepare for review events
  • Learn key compliance pitfalls
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 9.50 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/02/2020 - 10:30am EST
Event ends: 
12/03/2020 - 5:00pm EST


FTLF Virtual Classroom
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - Thursday, December 3, 2020
*All agenda times are ET*

Day 1

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
10:30 am - 5:00 pm ET
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Overview of Head Start Monitoring
12:00 pm - 12:15 pmBreak
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA)
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm 
Lunch Break
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Head Start Governance
Head Start Human Resources Requirements
3:15 pm - 3:30 pmBreak
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmHealth & Safety
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmQ&A and Wrap-Up

Day 2

Thursday, December 3, 2020
10:30 am - 5:00 pm ET
10:30 am - 11:30 amSix Tips for Making Sure the Review Goes Smoothly
Seven  Elements of a Compliance Program
11:30 am - 11:45 amBreak
11:45 am - 1:00 pmBudget / Cost Allocation, Indirect Cost, and Cost Allowability
1:00 pm - 1:45 pmLunch Break
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Procurement Policies
Federal Interest and Property Management
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm 
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmMatch / Non-Federal Share
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmQ&A and Wrap-Up


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]


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]


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 and the never-ending list of grant administration matters. Ted’s expertise in financial, cost reporting, reimbursement, and administrative issues is widely recognized and he routinely handles government audits, internal investigations, and litigation. [Full Bio]

Participants can earn up to 11.40 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: CEO, Executive Director/ Head Start Director, CFO, COO, HR Director/ Manager
  • 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

  • 9.50 Certificate of Attendance


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