FTLF to host An In-Depth Look at the Supercircular, Fiscal Issues, and Alternative Funding Head Start training in Orlando, FL – November 6 & 7, 2014

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 – 8:30am – 4:30pm

Friday, November 7, 2014 – 9:00am – 4:30pm

Running a federally-funded Head Start or Early Head Start grant has never been more challenging. The myriad requirements, coupled with increased accountability and transparency, make running these programs high stakes. This training provides information from trusted and experienced Head Start and federal grants attorneys, Ted Waters and Zoë Beckerman, who for years have provided advice and counsel on the day-to-day issues that arise in running your program. It will also provide needed opportunities for you to share ideas and best practices with your colleagues from across the country.

Description of Training Content:

In this live, hands-on training, we’ll discuss the hottest issues in Head Start including fiscal requirements and the new Super Circular, and fundraising and developing alternate lines of funding streams.

Fiscal Requirements and the New Super Circular:

With OMB’s release of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Grants (the “Super Circular” or “Omni Circular”), there are significant modifications to the rules that govern how you administer and manage all federal grants. Grantees and sub-grantees should begin to understand the ins and outs of the new “Common Rules” for grants administration, Cost Principles, and Audit requirements so that you can come into compliance rapidly. Some of the big areas of change include time and effort reporting, sole source procurement restrictions, mandatory disclosures, and indirect cost rates. All of these changes will have legal consequences. We’ll discuss the nuances of the Super Circular so that your program can understand and identify where changes will be required that affect you legally and operationally.

Attention will be paid to the allowability of costs and cost allocation. And we’ll also address selected items of cost that we have identified as particularly problematic for programs. These include, but are not limited to: settlements, employee morale costs, and more. Issues leading to common cost disallowances, such as time and effort reporting, will also be covered.

We will also concentrate on critical grants administration topics that all programs need to ensure you get right. Some of these cause programs lots of trouble. They include:

  • Procurements
  • Matching (non-federal) share
  • Budget flexibility
  • Special award conditions
  • And more.

Funding and Fundraising Issues:

In this era of sequestration and continued economic uncertainty, you still need to secure funding for your program. Explore other sources of funding and related contracting issues of importance to Head Start programs. Learn about do’s and don’ts of non-federal (matching) share, blended and braided funding, effective contracting strategies for goods and services, and pursuing fundraising in Head Start. You’ll come away with knowledge about whether not item or service counts as match, tips to improve contracts for goods and services, and why fundraising matters and pitfalls to avoid.


All participants will receive extensive materials, including a booklet of the slide presentations and our valuable Head Start Library on a 2GB thumb drive. We’ve been compiling key sources for you for years – and we’ve even created some new ones of our own that are checklists and other helpful tools!


Edward T. Waters, Esq., Managing Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

J. Zoë Beckerman, Esq., Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP; Managing Principal, FT Solutions LLC

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. In addition, Ted has litigated numerous Head Start cases involving appeals of cost disallowances, program terminations, and related issues.

Length of the Training:

2 Days – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on November 6 and 9 am to 4:30 pm on November 7, 2014.

You will be on your own for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Light snacks and beverages will be provided on breaks during the training.

The end time for each day is subject to change.

Target Audience:

Specifically targeted at an intermediate level to Head Start directors, CFOs, senior management, other fiscal and HR staff, and Board members, but all are welcome.

Cost for this 2-Day Training:

Early Bird Pricing (before August 31, 2014):

$625 per person for 1 or 2 people

$600 per person for 3 or more people

After September 1st:

$675 per person for 1 or 2 people

$625 per person for 3 or more people

Available payment methods include purchase order, check, and credit card. Payment for this live training is due 2 weeks before the start of the event (October 23, 2014). If payment is not received in full 2 weeks prior to the start of the event, your order will be cancelled and you will be denied entrance to the training.

Location and Hotel Accommodations:


This training will be held at the Holiday Inn located at 1805 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in the Lakes Ballroom.

Room Block: 

We have arranged a budget-friendly room block in the same hotel for your convenience. Single and double rooms will cost $129 per night. You may book one of these discounted rooms online or by calling 877-834-3613 and using group code “TLF”. The cut-off date for receiving the discounted rate is October 6th, 2014.

Airfares and Airport Shuttle:

We have chosen this location for its convenience and cost. Airfares into the Orlando International Airport (MCO) are reasonably priced and our discounted room rate will make it easy for you to join us. Plus, you will not need to rent a car! You can make a shuttle service reservation to and from the hotel for just $36 round trip with Mears Transportation. To make your reservation, call 855-463-2776 or visit www.mearstransportation.com. The shuttle trip will take between 45 minutes to an hour. A quicker option, about a 20 minute ride, would be a cab at $50 or $60 one-way.

Dining Options & Nearby Attractions:

This Holiday Inn is conveniently located within walking distance from the Downtown Disney Area – an area packed with numerous food options and entertainment for your evening free-time. Additionally, the Holiday Inn offers the Palm Breezes Restaurant & Bar for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a Grab & Go Outlet in the lobby for coffee, sandwiches, and snacks.

How to Register:

If you are registering for 1 or 2 people, please register online by clicking here.

If you are registering for 3 or more people, please call our registration vendor, Peach New Media, at 866-702-3278 (8am-6pm Eastern Time).

Cancellation Policy for this Event:

For this live training, full refunds will be issued for cancellations received in writing or via phone prior to October 16th, 2014 (3 weeks prior to the start of the event). Should you need to cancel, please contact our registration vendor, Peach New Media, via email at support@peachnewmedia.com or via phone at 866-702-3278 (8am-6pm Eastern Time). Should you have scheduling or other last-minute problems after our cancellation cut-off date (within in the last 3 weeks prior to the start of the event), we will not issue any refunds. However, during that time, we will do our best to accommodate you via other means, possibly including and not limited to changing the name on your reservation to that of someone else within your organization or transferring the registration to another live event already on our schedule.


FTLF is not responsible for any hotel, airfare, or other accommodations

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