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National Head Start Manager and Director Academy

June 24, 2013 - June 27, 2013

Denver, CO

2013 Manager and Director Academy Overview


A PDF of the 2013 MDA program guide can be downloaded by clicking here. This version enables the user to type onto and save data and notes in the file.


The National Head Start Association is pleased to announce our 2013 Manager & Director Academy, June 24 - 27, 2013, Denver, Colorado. Our theme this year is Getting Results, Moving Forward.

The 2013 MDA will once again focus on critical issues facing Head Start agencies of all sizes, throughout the Unites States. The 2013 MDA will be under the direction of Ms. Kristen Hayes. In addition to Ms. Hayes, content experts will be presenting throughout the four days.  New this year - a special breakout for executive directors, directors and senior fiscal staff has been added to ensure time is allocated to drill down on strategic issues. Key topics to be covered in 2013 include - Leadership, Human Resources, Head Start Operations Systems Development, and Outcomes Based Management.

Once again, NHSA encourages teams of 3 or more to attend from each agency. Consult the on-line registration tool for team discounts. Continuing Education Units will be available.

Pre-registration is now closed.  

On-site registration is available Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 2 pm.


Family Development Credential

Held in conjunction with the Academy is the Family Development Credential Instructors’ Training Institute (FDCITI). This four day interactive train-the-trainer Instructors’ Institute will certify Head Start staff as instructors, who will then offer the FDC program by training staff in their local communities.

Click here to learn more about FDCITI.



"Excellent four days for my team and myself. Faculty offered a great deal of new content, and the daily facilitation by Kristen was a great resource. We put in to action a number of the strategies learned at MDA immediately",

Colleen Versteeg, Executive Director, Orange County Head Start,

Santa Ana, California



Renaissance Denver

Renaissance Denver Hotel

3801 Quebec Street
Denver, Colorado 80207

Location:  The Renaissance Denver Hotel, the closest hotel to Denver Airport with a free airport shuttle, is conveniently located off I-70, midway between Denver International Airport (DIA) and Downtown Denver.

Room Rate of $135: Call 800-468-3571, by June 3, 2013


Kristen Hayes – 2013 MDA Facilitator

Kristen Hayes

Kristen Hayes, MPM is a Management Consultant and advocate of high-quality programming for children and families. With 10 years’ experience in program implementation and public policy formation, she has worked with organizations across the country to secure grant funding through two Federal departments, and helped grantees effectively utilize funds to meet required outcomes. Since February 2011, Kristen has consulted with Head Start/Early Head Start agencies on a variety of projects including evaluating and improving existing management systems, coaching new Directors through ACF grants administration requirements, conducting organizational assessments to increase the efficiency with which Head Start funding is utilized, and supporting programs through the re-designation process.

During the MDA, Kristen will facilitate break out sessions in a small group consultation format for Executive Directors, Program Directors, and Financial Officers.  Prior to the MDA, participants will be asked to complete pre-reading assignments that will help to create a common ground for the conversations at the MDA.  In addition, participants will be asked to bring samples of select documents to be reviewed and discussed in small group activities.  These executive break out sessions will focus on conversations about compliance, monitoring reviews, the designation renewal system, and sequestration with an eye towards identifying opportunities for improvement and solutions for today's challenges.  Kristen's daily "Reflections" sessions for all participants will focus on leadership and management, nonprofit practice, Federal monitoring reviews, and resources to assist programs in achieving their goals.




2013 MDA Training Team

Click the photos for speaker bios. For a full list of speaker bios, click here.


Monday, June 24, 2013
Leadership – Session led by National Center for Program Management & Fiscal Operations

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Human Development – Session led by Wipfli’s Tammy T. Jelinek, Strategic Alignment Manager & Seth M. Finestack, Manager

Click here for an overview of this session

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Head Start System – Session led by Colleen Versteeg, Executive Director, Orange County Head, Start, Inc.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Outcomes Based Management – Session led by Barbara W. Montero – Vice President, T & TA, Aelero Learning

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Time Room Description
 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Pre Function A Registration & Networking Room: Pre Function A
 8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Ballroom AB Welcome & Introductions
 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Ballroom AB Cornerstone presentation by selected experts
 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.   Break
 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Ballroom AB Cornerstone presentation by selected experts
 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.   Lunch on your own
 1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Ballroom AB Reflections on the morning
 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Aspen Break out 1: Managers, Coordinators
 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Telluride Break out 2: Executive Directors, Program Directors, and Financial Officers
 3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.   Transition to large group
 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Ballroom AB Question and answer with the presenters
Reflections on the day

Schedule is subject to change, based upon faculty’s learning objectives.

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