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

Duration: 75 minutes
Recorded on: 02/21/2024

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
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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]

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Available Credit

  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance


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