Head Start Fiscal Management (In-Person)

Washington, DC US
March 19, 2024 to March 20, 2024

The Office of Head Start has always been concerned with the fiscal management of Head Start organizations. With the release of the Head Start Performance Standards (HSPPS) and the Uniform Guidance, fiscal management is more important than ever: the HSPPS require strong and effective fiscal management as well as a structure to ensure proper oversight of all program areas.

As a result, Head Start programs need to have a deeper understanding of what the law requires and permits and how to successfully innovate within the limits of the law. This understanding will not only improve accountability but also reduce risk and result in a high-quality program.

Join the nation’s leading Head Start attorneys for this two-day training addressing the hottest fiscal issues affecting Head Start programs since the release of the performance standards.
Attendees will leave this hands-on training with practical tips and techniques as well as slides, supplementary resources, sample checklists and documents.

Topics Include:

  • Compensation
  • Cost principles
  • Facilities and property
  • Financial management systems
  • Reporting requirements
  • Procurement policies and procedures

How is this training different? 

  • It’s collaborative. Attorneys will lead participants in collaborative, solution-oriented discussions.
  • It’s active. This training is hands-on. Our attorneys will lead you in exercises to help you learn how to read statutes and regulations 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.

Target Audience

  • CFOs, Finance Managers, and Finance Department Personnel
  • Other Managers involved in Budgeting and Funds Management
  • Head Start Leadership, including CEOs, COOs, CMOs
  • Executive Directors/Head Start Program Directors
  • Grant Managers, Specialists, and Administrators
  • Program Officers
  • Grant Officers


Learning Objectives

After this training, you will be able to:

  • Identify how to reduce risk within your Head Start program
  • Understand how the HSPPS affects fiscal issues
  • Discuss how to be innovative within the confines of both the HSPPS and Uniform Guidance
  • Describe the key fiscal risk areas for Head Start programs and strategies to reduce risk
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 11.25 Certificate of Attendance
  • 13.00 CPE
    FTLF 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.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/19/2024 - 10:00am EDT
Event ends: 
03/20/2024 - 5:15pm EDT


Washington, DC
Tuesday, March 19 - Wednesday, March 20, 2024
*Agenda times are all ET*

Day 1

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.Introductions and Overview
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Unpacking your Notice of Grant Award: What did you really agree to?
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Cost Allowability 
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Break
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Cost Allocation, Blended Funding, and Indirect Cost Rate Agreements
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Federally Supported Facilities and Other Property Issues

Day 2

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Contractors, Subrecipients, Delegates, or "Partners:" Choosing the Best Agreement Under Your Head Start Grant
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Internal Controls
Small Group Activity - Internal Controls Case Study 
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Break 
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Top Compliance Concerns: Compensation Issues and Time & Effort
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.Match, Administrative Cap, and Waivers
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Wrap-Up and Q&A
Feldesman Training Center
1129 20th Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
United States
+1 (855) 200-3822


We have preferred rates with the following hotels (located within 0.3 mi). Use the links to book direct (Hilton and Hyatt don't require adding an additional code): 

Other options (located within 0.4 mi):


Nicole Bacon

Nicole Bacon, a Partner at the firm, works in the firm’s Federal Grants, Litigation, and Health Care 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 Escoriaza

Phillip Escoriaza is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants and Health Care 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]

Ted Waters

Ted Waters has served as Managing Partner of the firm since 2003, and as a member of the Health Care 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 13.00 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: CFOs, Finance Managers, and Finance Department Personnel; Other Managers involved in Budgeting and Funds Management; Head Start Leadership, including CEOs, COOs, CMOs; Executive Directors/Head Start Program Directors; Grant Managers, Specialists, and Administrators; Program Officers; Grant Officers
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group-Live

Feldesman Leifer 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

  • 11.25 Certificate of Attendance
  • 13.00 CPE
    FTLF 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.


Please login or register to take this course.

Training is Not Recorded

This training will not be recorded for later viewing, as we would like attendees to be comfortable and candid, sharing their experiences and asking scenario-based questions. The discourse between the attorneys and participants is a valued part of each training.

Registration Fees:

Early Registration
Through December 31
Regular Registration
January 1 and later

Group Discounts

Bring your team! Discounts are available for groups of three (3) or more individuals from the same organization. Please contact us to process your registration.

Groups of 3 - 6
Groups of 7 - 10
Groups of 11 - 15
Over 15 attendees
10% off 15% off20% offCall us!

Registration Instructions

Each registration must be in the name of the individual(s) who will attend. This allows us to communicate important course information to the actual attendee(s), add training materials and handouts to the right account, and properly assign certificates of attendance or CPE credits. 

To register for this training:

  • For yourself: login to your account and register with your personal information
  • For someone else: login with the ATTENDEE’S login information or create an account for the ATTENDEE and register from the ATTENDEE's account
  • For a group: email training@feldesman.com to complete group registration

If you encounter problems or have questions contact us.

Payment Policy

We accept the following forms of payment: American Express, Mastercard, Visa, ACH, PayPal, electronic check, and check. For information about the methods of payment we accept, please review our Payment FAQs


Review our Cancellation Policies.

Can I transfer from in-person to the virtual classroom? 

You can transfer from attending in-person to virtually according to the following schedule:

  • Within 45 days of the event start date, transfers from in-person to virtually will be subject to a transfer fee. 
  • Within 14 days of the event start date, no transfers from in-person to virtual will be permitted. 

Please note that no refunds of the price difference, if any, will be given. All cancellation or transfer requests must be received in writing at training@feldesman.com.