Ted Waters and Zoë Beckerman to Provide a 2-day Special Track at the NHSA National Conference in Nashville, TN
Feldesman Tucker’s Managing Risk in a Compliance Environment: Ensuring Successful Head Start Programs
Join Ted Waters and Zoë Beckerman, the nation’s leading authorities on Head Start law, for this 2-day training on critical risk management and compliance issues in Head Start. We’ll cover what risk management means in a legal context and how best to build systems that protect your program. We will also address some of the biggest problem areas for programs (including hot spots from program, fiscal, and HR such as criminal background checks, time-keeping, and self-assessments) and provide tips for minimizing your exposure, including ideas about ensuring systems with built-in feedback mechanisms to help keep you operating a high-quality program. We’ll even discuss the OHS Monitoring Protocol to highlight issue areas and solutions. Both days will include tips and techniques to help your program stay organized, documented correctly, and within the bounds of the law that applies to Head Start and Early Head Start. All participants will receive materials including slides, supplementary sources, and sample checklists and documents.
Goal and Learning Outcomes:
The goal of this session is to ensure that Head Start leaders and program staff understand the high stakes operations of Head Start programs and gain insight into building or strengthening their systems to assess risk and improve accountability for running high quality and compliant programs.
- More fully understand the accountability and transparency climate they are operating in;
- Gain risk management knowledge from a legal perspective;
- Pull tips from the OHS Monitoring System about spotting and assessing your risk; and
- Walk away with strategies and tips for ensuring compliant systems to meet their Head Start obligations.
Description of Training Content:
Risk Management from a Legal Perspective
- We will explain what Risk Management entails and discuss the development of systems to assess risk in program, fiscal, and HR.
High Risk Areas for Head Start Programs
- We’ll pull a series of high risk areas to discuss what they entail and how best to protect against having problems in these areas
- Subjects may include:
- Cost Allocation
- Time and Effort Reporting
- Eligibility and Enrollment
- Non-Federal Share
- Criminal Background Checks
- Health and Checks (of staff and children)
- Safety checks (of grounds)
- And more!
Tips and Insight from the Monitoring 360 Process
- The OHS Monitoring Protocol is chock-full of information to help programs understand what they need to concentrate on. We’ll pull items from the Protocol and discuss required RM meetings to help shed light on what programs can do to improve performance.
Both days will include tips, techniques, and checklists to help organizations stay organized, documented correctly, and within the bounds of the law that applies to Head Start grants. We will use a combination of adult learning techniques including power point/lecture, group discussions, and Q and A with the trainers. All participants will receive materials including slides, supplementary sources, and sample checklists and documents.
FTLF is the leader in Head Start training from a legal perspective. FTLF has trained hundreds of Head Start programs through the years, is a primary training partner for NHSA, and leads trainings across the country for Head Start groups of all sizes. Together, Ted Waters and Zoë Beckerman have advised and counseled numerous programs on the day-to-day regulatory and operational issues that arise in managing their federal grants and running their Head Start programs, as well as litigated numerous Head Start cases involving appeals of cost disallowances, program terminations, and related issues. Please see our bios for additional information.
This training is designed for Head Start directors, CFOs, HR directors, senior management, and Board members, but all are welcome.
Location and Hotel Information:
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Single/Double - $219
Hotel cut-off date: March 23, 2012
FTLF is not responsible for any hotel, airfare or other accommodations that participants make.
Length of the Special Track:
2 Days (April 16- 17, 2012) from 8:45 am to 4:45 pm both days.
You will be on your own for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Light snacks and beverages will be provided on breaks during the training.
Early-bird rate (ends 2/28/12):
$425 for NHSA members/$475 for non-members
$475 for NHSA members/$525 for non-members