Head Start Human Resources Requirements

Washington, DC US
May 21, 2019 to May 22, 2019
As a Human Resources manager of a Head Start agency, you are responsible for navigating specific Head Start employment requirements and a host of general federal and state employment laws.  Your unique job responsibilities require unique training. 

FTLF’s Head Start Leadership Workshop: Human Resources Requirements is the ideal training opportunity for any Head Start human resources manager.  The workshop will focus on both general employment laws and specific Head Start requirements.  The small group format allows for robust discussion with your colleagues – other human resources managers at Head Start programs – so that you can learn how other agencies manage human resources.

Among other things, this intensive training will focus on:

  • Four Habits of Highly Effective Agencies:  Learn the four steps to ensuring that your program maintains a culture of compliance and continuous improvement.
  • The intersection of Head Start Governance and Human Resources:  A report to Congress noted that for FY 2014, failing to report to the governing body and policy council was the number one noncompliance finding, showing up on the reviews of nearly a quarter of grantees nationwide.  Learn the human resources responsibilities of the governing board and policy council and the reporting obligations of management.
  • Drafting effective personnel policies:  The HSPPS require agencies to have written personnel policies that are approved by the governing board and policy council.  Well-written personnel policies are crucial to an effective human resources program. 
  • Background Checks:  The HSPPS significantly increased the background check requirements for program employees and certain contractors.  Learn the ins and outs of background checks:  what you have to do, when, and for whom.
  • Staff Qualifications and competencies:  The HSPPS increased the qualifications for certain positions and defined qualifications for others.  Learn what qualifications are required, what qualifications allow for grantee flexibility, and what to do with grantee flexibility.
  • Drafting a coordinated approach for professional development:  The HSPPS require you to develop a coordinated approach for addressing the professional development of Head Start employees.  Learn what this requirement means and how to satisfy it.
  • Internal investigations:  Head Start agencies can gain protection from liability – both in human resources and other areas – by making sure that some employees have been trained to perform internal investigations.  Learn the importance of internal investigations and how to perform effective investigations so that you can train others in your agency.
  • Social media:  The use of social media has become ubiquitous in our society.  But social media can also create liability for employers.  The law on these issues takes into account individuals’ privacy rights as well as employers’ overarching need to protect themselves, their employees, and the reputation of the organization. Like all other employers, Head Start programs should know about this continuously developing area of law that impacts employer-employee relationships.
Join FTLF's Head Start Practice Group Attorney, Nicole Bacon, for a small group intensive training that will provide you with the skills you need to successfully manage your Head Start program’s most important resource – its staff! 

    Target Audience

    • Human Resources Directors / Managers
    • Other Directors, Managers, Coordinators, and key staff directly involved with on-boarding or managing Head Start staff
    • Head Start Leadership, including CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CMOs
    • Executive Directors / Head Start Program Directors

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the four steps to creating a culture of compliance and continuous improvement
    • Discuss the human resources responsibilities of the governing board and policy council and the reporting obligations of management
    • Draft effective personnel policies
    • Define pre-employment requirements, such as background checks and health exams
    • Identify minimum staff qualifications and competencies
    • Develop a coordinated approach for professional development
    • Perform effective internal investigations
    • Identify problematic social media situations that could pose challenges for the organization, explain what should be in a social media policy, and demonstrate knowledge of policy language that has been found to be overly broad
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 12.25 Certificate of Attendance
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    05/21/2019 - 9:00am EDT
    Event ends: 
    05/22/2019 - 3:00pm EDT
    Washington, DC
    Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    *All specific agenda times are subject to change*

    Day 1

    Tuesday, May 21, 2019
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    8:30 am - 9:00 amRegistration & Continental Breakfast
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Introductions and Overview
    Seven Elements of a Compliance Program
    Head Start Governance and Human Resources
    10:30 am - 10:45 amBreak
    10:45 am - 12:15 pm
    Drafting Effective Personnel Policies and Procedures
    Background Checks
    12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
    Networking Lunch
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Social Media Policies
    Coordinated Approach
    3:30 pm - 3:45 pmBreak
    3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
    Data Management and Privacy of Child Records 

    Day 2

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    8:30 am - 3:00 pm
    8:30 am - 9:00 am
    Continental Breakfast
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Conducting Internal Investigations
    10:30 am - 10:45 amBreak
    10:45 am - 12:15 amHead Start Qualification Requirements
    12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
    Working Lunch
    Compensation Issues and Time and Effort
    2:15 pm  - 3:00 pmQ&A and Wrap-Up

    What is included?

    • One and a half days of small-group, collaborative Head Start specific training led by experienced FTLF attorneys who regularly counsel and advise Head Start programs
    • Sample policy on social media that can be easily altered for your Head Start program
    • Listening Lunch with NHSA staff
    • Networking opportunities with peers from across the country
    • Continental breakfast and lunch
    FTLF Training Center
    1129 20th Street NW
    Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20036
    United States
    +1 (855) 200-3822
    Feldesman Training Room


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    Embassy Suites - Georgetown
    1250 22nd Street, NW
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    Nicole Bacon, 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]


    An Associate in the Health Law and Federal Grants practice groups, L'Kel assists with the review and revision of bylaws, affiliation agreements, and other contracts. L’Kel helps Federally Qualified Health Centers prepare for HRSA operational site visits and identify compliance risks by assisting with mock on-site reviews and managing compliance risk assessments. To that end, she reviews key policies and procedures and other documents to identify potential gaps in compliance and recommend actions to correct any deficiencies. [Full Bio]


    Jonay focuses on litigation matters in the Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups and works with clients on a range of issues, including the Federal Tort Claims Act, the False Claims Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and Medicaid reimbursement.  She also assists with compliance and regulatory affairs matters.  Jonay’s experience with all three branches of the federal government allows her to provide a unique perspective to her clients. [Full Bio]

    Participants can earn up to 14 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


    • Prerequisites: None 
    • Target Audience: Human Resources Managers
    • Advanced Preparation: None  
    • Program Level: All
    • Delivery Method: Group-Live 

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    Available Credit

    • 12.25 Certificate of Attendance


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