UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program


June 18–29, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

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Applications are now available for the 2018 UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program. This 12-day intensive leadership and management development training session is for Head Start and Early Head Start directors and managers. Designed from a strategic planning perspective, the curriculum focuses on applying current management concepts to Head Start needs and interests. More than 80 hours of classroom instruction include lectures, group discussions, case studies, and workshops. The program is June 18-29, 2018.

Graduates of the Fellows Program are awarded a certificate from UCLA. They are also given the option to receive academic-level credits at an additional cost. The program has enhanced the management and leadership capabilities of more than 1,500 Head Start directors and managers nationwide.

Target Audience

This program is open to Head Start and Early Head Start directors and managers who have been in their current position for a minimum of two years, and have experience in a leadership role at a local, state, or regional community organization. Participation in a community organization does not need to be current.

In addition, participants must identify a “co-participant” who will attend the final two and a half days of the program. The co-participant is identified as the participant’s supervisor or board chair. Two-person teams from the same program also are eligible to apply (limited number selected).

Cost for Participants

The National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (PMFO) will defray the majority of program costs for both the participant and co-participant. This will include tuition, training materials, lodging, and most meals. Participants are responsible for a registration fee of $3,100. Participants and co-participants are also responsible for their travel expenses to and from Los Angeles.

How to Apply

Selected participants will be notified by May 4, 2018.


If you have questions, please contact Jeanette Boom at jeanette.boom@anderson.ucla.edu or 310-825-6306.

The UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program is offered by PMFO, in partnership with UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

School Readiness Spotlight Series: Directors

Week 1 (July 14 – 18, 2014): Directors

Everyone has a role to play in helping children meet school readiness goals! The Office of Head Start OHS defines school readiness as “children possessing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and for later learning and life.”

Each week, the School Readiness Spotlight Series will highlight a different role in Head Start. Find out what school readiness means for you and how your position impacts school readiness goals. Share useful resources and identify new opportunities for collaboration and growth. This week focuses on Head Start directors.

How Directors Support School Readiness

Head Start directors provide vision and leadership in the development, understanding, and purpose of school readiness goals. They work with staff, governing body, Policy Council, and community members to develop and implement long- and short-term program and school readiness goals.

Resources for Directors

Explore the resources below to deepen your understanding of what school readiness means for you.

Improving School Readiness and Promoting Long-Term Success: The Head Start Roadmap to Excellence

Guide staff, governing body and Policy Council members, and the community in the development of long- and short-term program and school readiness goals.

What Head Start Leaders Need to Know: Management Systems

Establish a continuous improvement planning process that addresses all Head Start management systems. Ensure that progress toward goals is being assessed periodically, and no less than three times per year.

Data in Head Start and Early Head Start: Creating a Culture that Embraces Data

Employ ongoing monitoring to aggregate and analyze data. Use the data to evaluate progress toward goals and make mid-course corrections when needed.

Next Steps

Visit the School Readiness portal to review the steps toward school readiness. Find more resources and read stories from the field.


Please send your comments or questions to PMFOinfo@edc.org or call 1-800-763-6647.

Subscribe to receive more information about how you can support school readiness.

Thank you for the work you do every day on behalf of children and families!

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center and the Head Start National Centers

Conference Call on Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: A Conversation with Center Directors

April 25, 3 – 4 pm ET

Register to get an inside view on how Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) work and how they could work as effectively as possible from the perspective of three child care center directors participating in QRIS.


Camelia Babson-Haley
Director, Youth & Family Outreach
Portland, ME

Dana Ramsey
Vice President of Operations, Childcare Network- Child Development Schools, Inc.
Raleigh, NC

Kathleen Zdenek
Child Development Director, Easter Seals
State College, PA

Moderated by: Hannah Matthews, CLASP and Karen Schulman, National Women’s Law Center

Source: CLASP: Policy Solutions for that Work for Low-Income People

Available at: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5728/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=48254