The A to Z's of Head Start

Orlando, FL US
November 7, 2018 to November 8, 2018

There are many requirements in the Head Start world. Between the new Head Start Program Performance Standards, state regulations, and federal law requirements under the Uniform Guidance, it can be challenging to keep everything straight. In the era of the Designation Renewal System (DRS), getting it wrong can have huge negative consequences. Join us in Orlando, FL for a crash course on managing a Head Start program. Whether you’re brand new to Head Start leadership or need a refresher on recent changes and revised federal rules, this overview will leave you feeling confident about your program’s ability to meet and maintain compliance with its programmatic obligations.

Every Head Start organization is different, but the same rules apply to everyone. Over two days, FTLF attorneys will describe the laws that apply to Head Start programs, explain where the rules come from, what they mean on a practical level, and how to meet the standards for compliance. In each area, we will provide specific examples to ensure that you know how to spot an issue and be able to apply what you learn in a real-world setting.

Before we wrap up, we’ll provide the View from Washington – an up-to-date summary of the year in review on Capitol Hill and potential changes and challenges for Head Start programs on the horizon.

This training will cover the key topics every Head Start leader needs to understand, highlighting the challenges you face everyday, including:

  • The basics of the Head Start eligibility process and the consequences of knowing violations of the eligibility rules
  • Common pitfalls in determining eligibility
  • Required documentation and recordkeeping obligations
  • Other topics related to recruitment, selection, enrollment and attendance
Fiscal Integrity and Management Issues
  • Compensation
  • Cost principles
  • Facilities and property management (including Federal Interest issues)
  • Financial management systems
  • Reporting requirements
  • Procurement policies and procedures
Grants Management
  • Government-wide grants management requirements impacting Head Start Program awards
  • Head Start Program-specific implementation challenges related to key grant management requirements
  • Special areas of flexibility
  • Areas of heightened risk
Human Resources
  • Best practices for pre-employment and the hiring process
  • Program requirements that apply during employment
  • How to approach the termination process
  • The Human Resources Lifecycle of the Head Start employment relationship
Data Management Privacy Issues
  • Where to start and what your policy should say
  • How to protect yourself from non-compliance or deficiency findings in privacy
Vendor-Delegate (Subrecipient) Relationships and Contracting Requirements
  • The differences between subawards and contracts under grants;
  • The specific regulatory requirements that apply when making and managing subawards; and
  • Strategies for structuring successful subrecipient relationships.

Environmental health and safety disclosures, Time & Effort reporting, tips for preparing for review events under the Aligned Monitoring System (AMS) 2.0, and more!


Target Audience

All are welcome, but we think those new to Head Start Leadership or recently promoted to a “C-Suite” position will find this training especially helpful, and more experienced managers will appreciate the refresher and opportunity to network with other professionals in the field.

  • CEO
  • Executive Director/ Head Start Director
  • CFO
  • COO
  • HR Director/Manager

Learning Objectives

After this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the relevant Head Start Program Performance Standards and Uniform Guidance provisions implicated in a fact scenario presenting potential compliance issues;
  2. Apply the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Uniform Guidance provisions to successfully mitigate potential compliance issues; and
  3. Describe current hot-topic issues that every Head Start leader should know.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 14.00 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/07/2018 - 8:00am EST
Event ends: 
11/08/2018 - 3:30pm EST
Orlando, FL
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - Thursday, November 8, 2018
*All specific agenda times are subject to change*

Day 1

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018        
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 amRegistration and Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:30 amContent Delivery
10:30 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 12:15 pmContent Delivery
12:15 pm to 2:00 pm
Networking Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Content Delivery
3:30 pm to 3:45 pm
3:45 pm to 5:00 pmContent Delivery and Q&A

Day 2

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018        
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 am
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Content Delivery
10:30 am - 10:45 amBreak
10:45 am - 12:15 amContent Delivery
12:15 am - 1:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmContent Delivery and Q&A


Topics Covered
  • Vendor/Delegate Distinctions
  • Giscal Integrity and Management
  • Environmental Health and Safety disclosures
  • Grants Management
  • Time and Effort Reporting
  • Head Start Human Resource requirements
  • Data Management Privacy Issues


Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
6601 Adventure Way
Orlando, FL 32819
United States
+1 (866) 360-7395

To make reservations, please call (866) 360-7395 and identify yourself as part of the Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell (or FTLF) Head Start group.

Please reserve your room as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the group rate; room block expires Tuesday October 16, 2018.

Our guests receive the following added perks:

  • Complimentary WiFi in your room
  • Discounted self-parking ($12 per car per day)
  • No resort fee
  • Complimentary access to entertainment venues (your room key works as a CityWalk Party Pass to access venues including: the Red Coconut Club, Bob Marley – A tribute to Freedom, Pat O’Brien’s, CityWalk’s Rising Star; and Groove at Universal’s CityWalk)
  • Extended group room rate, good for three nights prior to and after our training, should you wish to extend your stay

Park Tickets: Unfortunately, FTLF's group size does not qualify us for discount tickets to local theme parks. If you are interested in visiting one of the parks you can contact the hotel concierge by calling 888-430-4999 or visit the Universal Studios website here.


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, 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]


Conference participants can earn up to 14 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: CEO, Executive Director/ Head Start Director, CFO, COO, HR Director/ Manager
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group-Live 

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website

Available Credit

  • 14.00 Certificate of Attendance


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Early bird registration (until September 9): $995 per person
Regular registration (September 10 - October 24): $1,250 per person 
Late registration (October 25 - November 6): $1,495 per person 


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