The A to Z’s of Head Start: A Directors Bootcamp (Virtual)

November 7, 2024 to November 8, 2024

While every Head Start organization is different, the same rules apply to everyone (and there are a lot of rules). It can be challenging to keep everything straight between requirements under the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), state regulations, and federal laws like the Uniform Guidance. In the era of the Designation Renewal System (DRS), getting it wrong can have huge negative consequences.

Over two days, Feldesman 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
  • Provide the View from Washington – news from Capitol Hill and potential changes and challenges for Head Start programs on the horizon

This training is a crash course in managing a Head Start program, covering the key topics every Head Start leader needs to understand; highlighting the challenges you face every day and sharing specific examples to ensure that you know how to identify an issue and address what you've learned.


  • Documentation and recordkeeping obligations
  • Consequences of knowingly violating eligibility rules
  • Avoiding common pitfalls in eligibility determinations

Fiscal Integrity and Management Issues

  • Facilities and property management (Federal Interest)
  • Financial management systems
  • Procurement policies and procedures

Grants Management

  • Time & effort reporting
  • General requirements and program-specific flexibility
  • Areas of heightened risk and implementation challenges

Health and Safety

  • Current reporting requirements
  • Drafting written procedures that address your major issues
  • Managing fallout

Human Resources

  • Navigating pre-employment and the hiring process
  • Complying with requirements that apply during employment
  • Approaching the termination process


  • Preparing for the Aligned Monitoring System (AMS) 2.0
  • Understanding Head Start Program Performance Standards
  • Being "review ready" every day

Vendor-Delegate (Subrecipient) and Contractor Relationships

  • Choosing between subawards and contracts 
  • Applicable regulatory requirements
  • Structuring successful relationships

Whether you’re brand new to Head Start leadership or need a refresher on recent changes and revised federal rules, you'll leave feeling confident about your program’s ability to meet and maintain compliance with its programmatic obligations. 

Target Audience

  • C-Suite
  • Executive Director/ Head Start Director
  • HR Director/Manager
  • Grant Manager
  • Finance Staff
  • Any staff new to Head Start or newly promoted to a leadership role


Learning Objectives

After this training, you will be able to:

  • Understand how to show compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards
  • Identify Uniform Guidance requirements most relevant to Head Start Programs
  • Describe how to successfully mitigate common compliance issues
  • Discuss current hot-topic issues that every Head Start leader should know
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 13.00 Certificate of Attendance
  • 10.80 CPE
    FTLF 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.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/07/2024 - 10:30am EST
Event ends: 
11/08/2024 - 5:00pm EST


Virtual Classroom
November 7 - 8, 2024
*Agenda times are all ET*

Day 1

Thursday, November 7
10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.Welcome and Head Start 2024 Overview
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.What Is a Head Start Grant, a.k.a., What Did You Agree to?
12:00 - 12:15 p.m.Break
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Head Start Governance and Conflict of Interest

  • Role and responsibilities of governance: What is and is not allowed
  • Recognizing and addressing conflict of interest
1:15 - 2:00 p.m.Break
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Head Start Human Resources Requirements

  • Background checks
  • Drafting effective personnel policies and procedures
  • Staff requirements
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.Internal Investigations: Best Practices
3:30 - 3:45 p.m.Break
3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Providing Services With Less: It’s Time to Get Creative

  • Partnerships
  • New to you sources of match
  • Idea generation: Crowd sourcing with your peers

Day 2

Friday, November 8
10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Managing Health and Safety Challenges

  • Reporting incidents
  • Internal investigations put into practice
  • Peer group case studies
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Break
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Cost Allocation and Blended Funding

  • What gets charged where
  • How to keep it compliant
  • Group exercise
1:15 - 2:00 p.m.Break
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.Agreements Under Head Start Grants: Contractors, Delegates, and "Partners"
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.Federal Interest and Property Management Primer
3:30 - 3:45 p.m.Break
3:45 - 5:00 p.m.


  • What is income eligibility
  • Who is eligible and how to determine it
  • Under-enrollment


This live, interactive training will take place in the Feldesman Training Solutions Virtual Classroom, hosted by Zoom.  Should you have any technical questions or would like more information, please contact us at 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

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 10.8 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: C-suite, executive director/Head Start director, HR director/manager, grant manager, finance staff, and any staff new to Head Start or newly promoted to a leadership role
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

Feldesman Leifer LLP 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 (formerly

Available Credit

  • 13.00 Certificate of Attendance
  • 10.80 CPE
    FTLF 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.


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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.

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