Head Start Human Resources Requirements

March 17, 2021 to March 18, 2021

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.  We encourage 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.

This training will help you hone 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

    After this training, you 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: 
    • 11.50 Certificate of Attendance
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    03/17/2021 - 10:30am EDT
    Event ends: 
    03/18/2021 - 5:30pm EDT


    FTLF Virtual Classroom
    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - Thursday, March 18, 2021
    *Agenda times are all ET*

    Day 1

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM ET
    10:30 am - 11:00 amWelcome and Introductions
    11:00 am - 12:15 pmNavigating Vaccine Mandates and Anti-Discrimination Laws
    12:15 pm - 12:30 pmBreak
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pmHead Start Governance
    Background Checks
    1:30 pm - 2:15 pmBreak
    2:15 pm - 3:30 pmBackground Checks (cont.)
    Employee Health & Wellness Discussion
    3:30 pm - 3:45 pmBreak
    3:45 pm - 5:00 pmHead Start Staff Qualifications
    5:00 pm - 5:30 pmWrap-up and Q&A

    Day 2

    Thursday, March 18, 2021
    10:30 AM - 5:30 PM ET
    10:30 am - 11:45 amCompensation Issues and Time & Effort
    Overtime Requirements
    11:45 am - 12:00 pmBreak
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pmInternal Investigations Activity
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pmBreak
    1:45 pm - 3:00 pmHead Start Human Resources Policies and Procedures
    Data Management and Privacy of Child Records
    3:00 pm - 3:15 pmBreak
    3:15 pm - 3:45 pmData Management and Privacy of Child Records (cont.)
    3:45 pm - 5:00 pmSocial Media Risk Areas
    5:00 pm - 5:30 pmWrap-Up and 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 learning@ftlf.com or 1-855-200-3822.


    Nicole, 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]


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


    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]

    Participants can earn up to 13.80 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


    • Prerequisites: None 
    • 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
    • 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 www.nasbaregistry.org (formerly www.learningmarket.org).

    Available Credit

    • 11.50 Certificate of Attendance


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    *FTLF regularly develops custom webinars and in-person or virtual trainings for private audiences ranging from boards of directors and individual organizations to members of state or regional associations. We can provide this Human Resources Requirements workshop or tailor a program to our meet your specific needs. Contact us to learn more. 

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