Prior Approvals, Waiver Requests and Other Dealings: How to Best Interact with the Office of Head Start

February 21, 2024

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Things don’t always go as initially planned. After the grant application has been approved, grant recipients often need to make modifications to manage the ever-changing circumstances. Whether you need to adjust the budget, tweak your program design, or have new leadership, you may need to seek prior approval from the Office of Head Start to permissibly make certain changes. Similarly, Head Start programs must think ahead for requests for waivers and slot conversions or reductions.   

During this webinar Feldesman attorneys will discuss when the prior approval requirements under the Uniform Guidance and the Head Start Program Performance Standards apply. We will also talk about strategies to communicate best with the Office of Head Start to obtain favorable and timely results.  

Please note: This webinar is offered as a complimentary product to all Head Start Training Package holders. For more information on our Head Start Training Package, click here or contact us.

Target Audience

  • Executive Directors 
  • Head Start Directors 
  • Management Team 
  • New Leadership/Management Staff 
  • Any program personnel who are new to the monitoring process 

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Know what grantees can do to limit the need for prior approval requests 
  • Understand what controls an organization needs to utilize to ensure prior written approvals are obtained in advance of cost/actions requiring prior approval 
  • Describe when a federal agency is allowed to require its recipients to request prior approvals under the Head Start Program Performance Standards and the Uniform Guidance 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/21/2024 - 1:00pm EST
Event ends: 
02/21/2024 - 2:15pm EST

Phillip Escoriaza

Phillip Escoriaza is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants and Health Care 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 the firm, 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]

Ted Waters

Serving as Managing Partner of the firm and a member of the Health Care and Federal Grants practice groups, 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 experience in financial, cost reporting, reimbursement, and administrative issues is widely recognized and he routinely handles government audits, internal investigations, and litigation. [Full Bio]

Participants can earn up to 1.50 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


If you purchase CPE credit for this webinar you must satisfy the following conditions in order to receive your certificate:

  1. Answer at least 5 of the polling questions during the webinar
  2. Complete the evaluation survey after the conclusion of the webinar or in the follow-up email

Upon completion of these requirements, we will email you your CPE Certificate within two (2) weeks.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: Executive Directors, Head Start Directors, Management Team, New Leadership/Management Staff, Any program personnel who are new to the monitoring process
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
  • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to five (5) polling questions.

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Available Credit

  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance


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