Practical Skills for Head Start HR

Atlanta, GA US
February 5, 2018
Join the attorneys at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, leaders in Head Start and Early Head Start training, for this hands-on, in-depth training covering important human resources issues facing Head Start programs. This training is designed to cover two of the most important roles of HR professionals: 1) Ensuring the organization’s internal policies and procedures allow for compliant and effective personnel and 2) Conducting effective internal investigations to identify and address problems as they arise.
Drafting and implementing effective personnel policies: The Head Start Program Performance Standards 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. The new Head Start Program Performance Standards give programs a lot of flexibility, requiring programs to make judgment calls on just how they can move from compliance to excellence. Many programs have taken this time as an opportunity to revamp their existing HR policies and procedures to not only comply with the new standards, but to tailor their internal rules to best meet the needs of their employees and communities. We will discuss best practices on how to innovate within the confines of the requirements.
Conducting 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.

Target Audience

FTLF recommends anyone involved in the hiring, firing, onboarding and staff education process within the Head Start organization, but all are welcome.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
  • Draft effective personnel policies;
  • Define pre-employment requirements, such as background checks and health exams in the written procedures;
  • Understand how to address the hiring process, including steps and tips in their HR policies;
  • Recognize best practices during employment, such as performance reviews and training/development; and
  • Perform effective internal investigations.
Course summary
Course opens: 
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Event starts: 
02/05/2018 - 8:00am EST
Event ends: 
02/05/2018 - 3:30pm EST
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States
+1 (404) 659-6500

This event will be held prior to the Region IV Head Start Annual Conference 

RIVHSA’s Annual Conference attracts hundreds of early care and learning professionals, parents and partners throughout the region and around the country. The conference is an incredible opportunity to connect with colleagues and experts in your own field and across disciplines. It is this unique gathering of participants which gives our conference its energy and wide-reach. Join us in Atlanta to learn new strategies, expand your network, discover new resources, as well as explore quality initiatives and best practices. In addition to inspiring general sessions and enlightening educational sessions, the event also features Pre-Conference Seminars, Public Policy Luncheon, Town Hall Meeting, Awards Gala, and our lively exhibitor marketplace showcasing the latest materials and products by industry leaders.


Nicole is a Partner 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. Nicole leads the firms Head Start education and training efforts, by designing seminars and meetings both in-person and via webinar on a number of grants-related topics. Nicole ensures that participants are up-to-date on federal regulations, management and financial requirements to protect their grants. Prior to joining the firm, Nicole worked as a staff attorney for almost five years with Legal Services of Northern Virginia and Rappahannock Legal Services, representing low-income clients, including Spanish speaking clients, in family law, housing, and consumer matters. [Full Bio]


Alexandra is a Senior Associate with the firm in the Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups. In her tenure at FTLF, Alexandra has worked on a wide variety of issues affecting Federally Qualified Health Centers, Head Start programs, and state and local governments. In addition, Alexandra conducts frequent trainings for federal grantees. Her trainings focus on privacy, third party agreements, and risk management. Prior to joining Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, Alexandra was a litigation associate with firms in Colorado and Hawaii. [Full Bio]

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