(Organization Registration) Acing Your Monitoring Review

December 6, 2023 to December 7, 2023

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 our 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

After this training, you will be able to:

  • 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: 
  • 10.50 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/06/2023 - 10:30am EST
Event ends: 
12/07/2023 - 5:00pm EST


FTLF Virtual Classroom
Tuesday, May 23 - Wednesday, May 24, 2023
*All specific agenda times are ET and subject to change*

Day 1

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Overview of Head Start Monitoring
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Program Design, Management, and Quality Improvement
  • Program Design
  • Governance
  • HR Requirements
12:00 - 12:15 p.m.Break
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA)
1:15 - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Health Program Services
  • Health and Safety Reporting
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.Break
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fiscal Infrastructure
  • Fiscal Capacity and Budget Execution (Cost Allocation, Indirect Cost, and Cost Allowability)
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.Q&A and Wrap-Up

Day 2

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Fiscal Infrastructure
  • Personnel Compensation and Fringe Benefits
  • Procurement Policies and Procedures
12:15 - 12:30 p.m.Break
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
Fiscal Infrastructure
  • Federal Interest and Property Management
1:15 - 2:00 p.m.Break
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Education and Child Development Services
3:00 - 3:15 p.m.Break
3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Family and Community Engagement Services
The Big 6: Tips for Making Sure the Review Goes Smoothly
3:45 - 5:00 p.m.Q&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 learning@ftlf.com or 1-855-200-3822.

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]

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]

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits will not be issued for those attending as part of an organization-wide registration. Blank certificates of attendance will emailed to the individual who for the organization after the conclusion of the training

Available Credit

  • 10.50 Certificate of Attendance


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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 Instructions

Registering for this course provides full access to your entire organization; bring as many staff members as you would like!

  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits will not be issued for those attending as part of an organization-wide registration. Blank certificates of attendance will emailed to the individual who for the organization after the conclusion of the training.
  • Registration must be in the name of the main contact point for the organization. Once registered, please send the names, titles, and emails of all attendees from your Head Start agency to learning@ftlf.com. Instructions for accessing the training will be emailed to the main contact and agency list of attendees approximately one week prior to the training. Course materials may be accessed by the main contact and distributed to those attending the training.

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We accept payment by PayPal, credit card, and check. Payment for any live training is due upon registration. If payment is not received in full prior to the start of the event, FTLF reserves the right to cancel your order and deny you entrance to the training.

Cancellation/Transfer Policy

All cancellation or transfer requests must be received in writing at learning@ftlf.com. Requests for refunds or transfers for in-person events will be granted according to the following schedule:

  • 45 or more days prior to the event, requests for a full refund or a transfer, minus a $75 administrative fee, will be granted.
  • Between 15 to 44 days prior to the event, requests for cancellations will be granted, subject to an administrative fee equal to 50% of the paid registration fee. Requests for transfers may be granted, space permitting and subject to a transfer fee.
  • Within 14 days of the event start date, no requests for refunds or credits will be granted. At FTLF's discretion, late transfers may be granted, space permitting and subject to a transfer fee.

Cancellation of a registration with group pricing may result in the discount being revoked or reduced for the entire group.

If there are extenuating circumstances regarding your cancellation, please reach out to the FTLF Training Team directly at learning@ftlf.com.

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