Sixth Annual Head Start Health and Safety Institute


  • Start: March 5, 2020 8:00 am
  • End: March 6, 2020 4:30 pm

Make sure that your Head Start or Early Head Start program is playing it safe (and healthy) when you attend the Sixth Annual Head Start Health and Safety Institute in Dallas, Texas, on March 5-6, 2020.

Health and safety issues are among the leading causes of noncompliance and deficiency findings for Head Start and Early Head Start agencies.  Health, safety, facilities, and transportation, have been and continue to be areas of special attention for the Office of Head Start and its monitoring efforts.  You can set your program up for monitoring success, though, by attending the Sixth Annual Head Start Health and Safety Institute.  The Health and Safety Institute will explain the key health and safety requirements that every Head Start and Early Head Start program must follow.  The 2020 edition of the Head Start Health and Safety Institute will also discuss changes to monitoring and other recent developments to keep you up-to-date with program requirements and expectations.  When you attend this special, two-day conference, you will learn how to comply with the current Head Start health, safety, facilities, and transportation standards and avoid common problem areas.  In addition, you will also learn how to implement best practices and respond to recent developments affecting Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, facilities, and transportation.  Make plans today to join your colleagues from across the country at the Sixth Annual Head Start Health and Safety Institute on March 5-6, 2020, in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

TOPICS

The Head Start Health and Safety Institute will feature a new, updated curriculum for 2020.  By attending this once-a-year training, you will learn about the most important Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, transportation, and facilities requirements, and how your program can implement them.  The detailed topics that will be discussed include:

  • Spotting and avoiding Head Start health and safety “red flags”;
  • Recent developments affecting Head Start monitoring;
  • Health and safety rules under the Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Application of health and safety requirements to different program options;
  • Implementing health services requirements;
  • Complying with Head Start facilities rules and requirements;
  • Environmental health and safety issues for non-center-based program options;
  • Successfully addressing health and safety issues;
  • Legal issues and best practices in construction contracting;
  • Compliance with the Davis-Bacon Act;
  • Head Start transportation standards under the Program Performance Standards;
  • Effective on-going, self monitoring practices; and,
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about health, safety, facilities, and transportation. 

The Head Start Health and Safety Institute will discuss these topics as well as other critical health and safety requirements and best practices that you need to adopt to have a successful Head Start or Early Head Start program.  You will also have multiple opportunities to ask and get answers to your individual questions about Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, transportation, and facilities, during the conference.

AGENDA

The Sixth Annual Head Start Health and Safety Institute will be held in Dallas, Texas, on March 5-6, 2020.  The planned agenda for each day is as follows:

Day One (Thursday, March 5, 2020)

Complete your onsite check-in for the conference and enjoy a continental breakfast.

This session will present an overview of health and safety issues for Head Start and Early Head Start agencies.  The session will emphasize the most common problem areas or "red flags" that programs should avoid.  Numerous real world examples of "what not to do" will be highlighted.

Enjoy a morning beverage break between sessions.

Head Start monitoring continues to evolve.  This session will discuss recent changes and updates to the Head Start monitoring protocols as applicable to health, safety, facilities, and transportation.  This session will also discuss other recent developments affecting health and safety requirements.

Take a ninety minute break to sample the Dallas lunch scene.  Note:  Attendees are "on your own" for lunch.

This two-part session will present an overview of Head Start and Early Head Start health and safety standards.  The discussion will focus on the requirements found in the Head Start Program Performance Standards as supplemented by Caring for Our Children.  Application of health and safety requirements to different program options will also be discussed.

Enjoy a fifteen-minute break between afternoon sessions.

The exploration of Head Start and Early Head Start health and safety standards will continue during the second part of this two-part session.

The Sixth Annual Head Start Health and Safety Institute will adjourn for the day at 4:30 p.m.

Day Two (Friday, March 6, 2020)

Complete your daily conference check-in while enjoying a continental breakfast.

This session will examine common facilities issues encountered by Head Start and Early Head Start programs.  The focus will be on the Head Start facilities standards.  Related issues arising under other requirements will also be discussed.

Enjoy a beverage break between the morning sessions.

Whether your program is building a new facility or renovating an existing one, you need to know the basics of construction law.  This session will discuss common construction law concepts and issues.  A special emphasis will be placed on practical advice for avoiding disputes with contractors and suppliers.

Take a ninety minute break to sample the Dallas lunch scene.  Note:  Attendees are "on your own" for lunch.

Head Start facilities projects are subject to the federal Davis-Bacon Act.  This session will discuss the requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act from an owner's perspective.  This session will also discuss related wage and hour and prevailing wage issues common to facilities projects.

Enjoy a fifteen-minute break between afternoon sessions.

If your program provides transportation, you must understand the Head Start transportation standards.  This session will explain the transportation rules found in the Head Start Program Performance Standards.  This session will also discuss common transportation-related issues and recent developments.

The Sixth Annual Head Start Health and Safety Institute will adjourn at 4:30 p.m.

OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES

The Sixth Annual Head Start Health and Safety Institute will provide you with the legal, regulatory, and technical knowledge needed to comply with Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, facilities, and transportation requirements.  After attending, you will be able to:

  • Identify common Head Start and Early Head Start health, safety, transportation, and facilities issues;
  • Describe the Head Start monitoring process for health and safety concerns;
  • Outline health and safety requirements for Head Start and Early Head Start programs under the Program Performance Standards;
  • List additional resources and best practices relative to health and safety for Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Outline the Head Start facilities standards;
  • Identify common legal and contractual issues related to facilities construction and renovation; 
  • List the requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act for project owners;
  • Outline the Head Start transportation standards; and,
  • Describe the components of an effective on-going monitoring system.

AUDIENCE

You will benefit from attending the 2020 edition of this annual conference whether you are an Executive Director, Head Start or Early Head Start Director, Governing Board or Policy Council member, Facilities Manager, Transportation Manager, Center Administrator, or front-line program staff.  The experience level for the Head Start Health and Safety Institute is overview/update.  There are no prerequisites for attendance.

SPEAKER

R. Brian Tipton is a practicing attorney with more than two decade’s experience working with nonprofits and grant-funded organizations across the United States.  Currently, Brian is Managing Director with The Private Client Law Group, P.C., in Atlanta, where he heads the firm’s charitable solutions and grant-funded organizations practice.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of the Louisiana State University and the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University.  Brian regularly represents Head Start and Early Head Start programs (as well as other grant-funded entities) in the areas of regulatory compliance, audits, funding source disputes, administrative appeals, and litigation.  Brian also consults with organizations on governance, human resources, programmatic, and corporate matters, and develops and presents training programs for nonprofits and grant-funded entities.

CONFERENCE HOTEL

The Sixth Annual Head Start Health and Safety Institute will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Campbell Centre in Dallas, Texas.  Rooms are available for special conference rates starting at $135 per night (plus tax), which is less than the government per diem.  These special conference rates are available for March 4 through 6, 2020, and may be offered for additional nights subject to hotel availability.  Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667).  Please ask for the special group rate for “The Graham Private Client Law Group Head Start Training” or use code “GP1” to receive the discounted rates.  Reservations can also be made on-line by clicking here for the reservations page.  The hotel reservation cut-off date is February 13, 2020 (or until the block is full).  Because of the small number of rooms available, we advise making your reservations as soon as possible.

 

Registration Details

 

$399 / Early Bird
(By February 13)

 

$449 / Regular
(After February 13)