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April 23 - 27, 2018
45th Annual National Head Start Conference and Expo
Anaheim, CA

Special Tracks

Effectively Managing Multiple Funding Streams
Tuesday, April 24, 9am - 5pm
(Registration Required)

Effectively managing cost allocations between state and federal early childhood funding streams.Training topics include regulation requirements, different methodologies, how to apply methodologies, building the holistic budget with cost allocations, and developing a cost allocation plan. Cost Allocation Exercise - understanding the impact different methodologies make on the same cost. Tools include cost allocation tables, cost allocation plan, and budget templates.

Presented by: Janice Stephens, CEO, Mississippi Early

Members: $290
Non-Members: $350

 

Fiscal and Program Working Together to Meet the Mission
Monday, April 23, 9am - 5pm
Tuesday, April 24, 9am - 12pm
(Registration Required)

In this 1.5-day preconference, we will discuss the areas where the fiscal and program leaders need to work together to meet the mission of the program. Topics to highlight include allowable costs, cost allocation, procurement (equipment, facilities, program supplies), budgeting, cost sharing and match, and the new Aligned Monitoring System (AMS 2.0).

Presented by: Denes L. Tobie, CPA, Partner, Wipfli, LLP
Tammy Jelinek, MBA, Partner, Wipfli, LLP

Members: $599
Non-Members: $699

 

How To Prepare for Monitoring in the New Era 
Monday, April 23, 9am - 5pm - Tuesday, 9am - 12pm
(Registration Required)

Head Start has entered a new era – new paradigm (innovation v. compliance), new performance standards (flexible v. prescriptive), and a new monitoring protocol under the Aligned Monitoring System (AMS) 2.0.
This one and a half day pre-conference session will identify best practices that allow programs to be “review-ready” every day. Participants will also learn about strategies to prepare for a monitoring review, tips for acing the review itself, and contingency planning for unexpected events.

Presented by: Ted Waters, Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell
Nicole Bacon, Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, and
Alexandra Rosenblatt, Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Members: $599
Non-Members: $699

 


Sessions

If you are in Anaheim before the opening session, and you are not at Disneyland, check out these free sessions! At 3 hours each, these sessions are a great opportunity to explore a topic deeply.

Click the session titles for details

 

Monday, 9am - 12pm

Linkages in Head Start and Child Care: Supporting Systems Coordination in Early Education

This session is designed to assist early care and education professionals to understand the similarities and differences between Head Start and child care systems and infrastructure. Using the EHS Partnerships as a backdrop, the session will be a real-time discussion of systems experiences to date. One outcome of this session is for Head Start to become more familiar with linkages to the CCDF Final Rule that will be helpful in strengthening and establishing state and community partnerships. 

Racial Equity in the Early Childhood System: Who's Responsible?

What does race have to do with anything? Racial equity has a lot to do with how children succeed academically. This session will focus on how children are similar but treated so differently due to their race, poverty, and their socioeconomic status. The research will show key threads that programs should review. Concrete strategies and a toolkit for parents, teachers, and administrators will be shared with participants so that they can go back and make a difference in their state's system.

Ready, Sign, Go! Using Sign Language to Promote Preschool Learning and Literacy

In this session, participants will receive hands-on learning using sign language throughout their preschool's daily routine. They will learn how to use it with their children to enhance literacy skills and help them express themselves more verbally in situations where they may not have words to use. American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most widely used language in the world, so teaching it to your preschoolers will also greatly add to their language acquisitions.

 

Monday, 2pm - 5pm

Using Interactive Techniques to Strengthen Compliance with Health and Safety Standards

Explore the challenges of meeting multiple sets of health and safety (H&S) requirements, such as the HSPPS and child care licensing. Learn how those requirements align with Caring for Our Children Basics. Topics include: maintaining compliance with H&S; engaging stakeholders in H&S; implementing strategies to support on-going monitoring. Concludes with an introduction to the National Program Standards Crosswalk tool to support continuous program improvement.

 

Tuesday, 9am - 12pm 

Improving Attendance in Head Start: Leveraging the Power of Peer Learning

The Head Start Performance Standards requires action when children miss 10% of class, the definition of chronic absence. This hands-on, interactive workshop showcases the peer learning activities of the Michigan Head Start Association in collaboration with Attendance Works that combine using data to deepen understanding of attendance issues and develop strategies to reduce chronic absence (missing 10% or more of class time) and improve outcomes for children.

Breastfeeding in the Community: Ensuring the Families get the Best Head Start

NACCHO implemented a national Breastfeeding Project to improve access to peer and professional lactation support in African American and financially-oppressed communities that are disproportionately burdened by unjust structural barriers limiting the capacity families to breastfeed at recommended levels. Come to this session to benefit from NACCHO's lessons learned from providing funding, training, and technical assistance to more  than 70 community demonstration projects from January 2015 to June 2016.

Improving Attendance in Head Start: Leveraging the Power of Peer Learning

The Head Start Performance Standards requires action when children miss 10% of class, the definition of chronic absence. This hands-on, interactive workshop showcases the peer learning activities of the Michigan Head Start Association in collaboration with Attendance Works that combine using data to deepen understanding of attendance issues and develop strategies to reduce chronic absence (missing 10% or more of class time) and improve outcomes for children.

The Fundamentals of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administration

This session will provide a comprehensive overview of the Fundamentals of CCDF Administration in an interactive format highlighting key elements of CCDF. The Fundamentals were recently revised to reflect the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014 and the CCDF Final Rule. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act is the law that, along with Section 418 of the Social Security Act, authorizes the federal child care subsidy program known as the Child Care and Development Fund.

 

Tuesday, 2pm - 5pm

Share, Care, and Play Fair: Using Drama to Enhance Children’s Social-Emotional Development

Explore children’s literature to identify social-emotional themes important to a child’s development. In this interactive workshop, learn drama strategies that promote the social skills of empathy, respect, self-control, kindness, cooperation, problem-solving, and self-confidence in our youngest learners. By examining literature through a new lens, this workshop will build the foundation for shaping children’s hearts and minds through the arts.