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NHSA Event
2019 National Head Start Conference
April 29th - May 2nd, 2019

Pre-Conference Sessions

You can register for these pre-conference sessions while registering for the conference. If you have already registered, you can easily add a pre-conference session to your registration.

 

Sunday, April 28 - Monday, April 29

 

In-Depth Training on OMB's Uniform Guidance (1.5 Days)

Sunday, 1pm - 5pm
Monday, 9am - 5pm

Having strong internal controls and understanding the rules governing how you can and cannot spend federal dollars are keys to fiscal management and overall compliance in your organization. Professionals new to the organization, as well as professionals who have been there for decades, will benefit from this review of the administrative and cost principles/allocation sections of the Uniform Guidance.

Join this training workshop to learn about the new Uniform Guidance regulations and, more important, how to implement them in your organization. Review the regulations you need to know to stay in compliance through examples, stories, and best practices learned from years of auditing and consulting. Take back up-to-date and relevant information to implement immediately in your agency.

Wipfli’s nonprofit experts have been presenting the highest-quality training for more than 40 years. Participants declare Wipfli training “empowering,” “outstanding,” “meaningful,” “invaluable,” and “relevant.” At this workshop, our experts will provide you with in-depth training relating to financial management and administration.

Speaker: Denes L. Tobie, CPA

Registration fee:

Members: $750
Non-Members: $855

New Directors Bootcamp (1.5 Days)

Sunday, 1pm - 5pm
Monday, 9am - 5pm

Are you a new Head Start director? Wondering who to reach out to about running a program or where to go for the latest information? Do you need colleagues who can show you the ropes and tell you about what they did and found most valuable when they first became a Head Start director? The New Directors Bootcamp is a new training opportunity from NHSA to help show you where to begin as a new Head Start director.

Registration fee:

Members: $250
Non-Members: $350

The Art and Power of Negotiation (1.5 Days)

Sunday, 1pm - 5pm
Monday, 9am - 5pm

Running a Head Start program is like running a business–you have to negotiate with people, governments, businesses, community partners, and so many others–so how are your negotiation skills? Are they polished? Do you feel that you’re walking in confidently to the negotiating room or are you stressed and scared? Stress no more, this intensive two-day seminar introduces key concepts, reviews effective and best practices, and teaches the basics of negotiation analysis. You can apply these skills to any environment including your Head Start program. Attendees will participate in a number of simulations, reflect on their negotiations, learn about position taking and interests, signaling, preparing for an internal or external negotiation, and many more.

Speakers:
Joshua Flax, Director of Strategy and Development
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Moira Caruso, Commissioner
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Registration fee:

Members: $500
Non-Members: $600

Monday, April 29

Utilizing Continuous Quality Improvement Methods In Your Program (1 Day)

Monday, 9am - 5pm

Head Start programs are expected to consistently meet high standards and provide high-quality services, and it is important to understand how quality improvement methods can help to best serve children and families. This workshop will introduce attendees to the world of improvement science, with a strong emphasis on tools/practices to re-calibrate their use of data and decision processes. Attendees will get hands-on practice with CQI frameworks and tools that they can bring back to their program

Speakers: Victoria Jones, NHSA, Sarah Neil, NHSA

Registration fee:

Members: $250
Non-Members: $300

Hot Topics in Head Start: Stay Current, Stay in Compliance (1 Day)

Monday, 9am - 5pm

It can be challenging to keep straight all of the requirements in the Head Start world, and, in the era of DRS, getting it wrong can have huge negative consequences. Join us for this one-day workshop on high-risk areas that have troubled Head Start programs over the years and the new issues that perplex programs today.

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

Every Head Start organization is different, but the same rules apply to everyone. In this one-day workshop, FTLF 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. In each area, we will provide specific examples to ensure that you know how to spot an issue and be able to apply what you learn in a real-world setting.

This training will cover the key topics every Head Start leader needs to understand, highlighting the challenges you face every day, including:

  • ERSEA
  • Fiscal Integrity and Grants Management
  • Head Start Human Resources Requirements
  • Data Management Privacy Issues
  • Self-disclosures (including health and safety violations)
  • Tips for preparing for review events under the Aligned Monitoring System (AMS) 2.0, FY19

Speakers: Edward 'Ted' Waters, and Nicole Bacon, Feldesman Tucker.

Registration fee:

Members: $550
Non-Members: $650

The Resilience Connection: Promoting Resilience of Children, Parents, Teachers, Managers, and entire Head Start Programs. (1 Day)

Monday, 9am - 5pm

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from misfortune or change and is recognized as playing a pivotal role in the overall health and well-being of children, the adults in their lives, and the organizations that serve them. Everyone needs resilience!

Participants of this one-day sessions will gain a stronger understanding of their own personal resilience as well as how their own well-being directly impacts the children in their care, their colleagues and the families their programs serve.

Speaker: Susan Damico

Registration fee:

Members: $400
Non-Members: $500

Time: Managing It Effectively for the Best Results (0.5 Day)

Monday, 1pm - 5pm

We all have the same amount of time in a day, but some people seem to manage their time better than others - why is that? Join this session to explore how your personal preferences in a day can impact your effectiveness on projects, during meetings, and with deadlines. Together we’ll identify ways to use everyday technology and planning tips to help you make better use of your time.

Speaker: Tammy Jelinek, MBA

Registration fee:

Members: $250
Non-Members: $300