Industry Update: Understanding Information Memorandum ACF-IM-HS-22-07 on Reporting Child Health and Safety Incidents

October 26, 2022

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On September 27, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Head Start (OHS) issued Information Memorandum (IM) ACF-IM-HS-22-07 on Reporting Child Health and Safety Incidents. The IM clarifies the requirements of 45 CFR §1302.102(d)(1)(ii) for reporting significant incidents regarding the health and safety of children in Head Start programs.

Historically, health and safety violations have been one of the leading causes for deficiency findings and the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) previously left reporting standards vague and open-ended, but the newly released IM seeks to define to whom the incident should be reported, the reporting timeframe, and consequences for failure to follow those standards.

On this webinar, we will share best practices to help you meet or exceed the expectations for conduct and reporting set forth by OHS in this latest IM and review procedures for staff, consultants, and volunteers who violate the standards of conduct.

Target Audience

  • Head Start Leadership
  • CEO, Executive Director/ Head Start Director
  • CFO
  • COO
  • HR Director 

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the proper process for agencies issuing substantive guidance
  • Recognize what ACF-IM-HS-22-07 means for Head Start operations now and how it impacts past guidance
  • Identify strategies to have continued compliance under the new requirements
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
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Event starts: 
10/26/2022 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
10/26/2022 - 2:00pm EDT


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 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]

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance


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