Helping Families and Staff Maximize Tax Credits

Thursday 26 January 2017, 03:00 PM – 04:15 PM

Tax credits for the working poor lift more families out of poverty annually than any other poverty-reduction effort. Join us for a discussion about tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and how to help ensure families claim all tax credits and deductions for which they are eligible. Learn how to connect families with free tax services This webinar is part of the Building Foundations for Economic Mobility Webinar SeriesTopics Include:

  • Locating local free tax preparation services in your program’s area
  • Exploring available resources for beginning partnerships or delivering tax preparation services on-site
  • Using effective approaches for tax preparation to encourage financial goal-setting with families and staff

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Source: National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

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Webinar: Boosting Your Program’s Bottom Line: Ideas for Differentiation and New Revenue Streams

January 24, 2017
2:00 – 3:30pm ET

Let’s face it: Quality early childhood programs are expensive to operate, and the competition for enrollment can be fierce. We’re always looking for new ideas to boost our program’s revenue and make our program stand out from the crowd. Child care marketing genius, Kris Murray, will join us to help you learn the ingenuity you need to earn additional revenue and differentiate your program with solutions families will crave.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to define your program’s “key value differentiators” to attract more families to your program;
  • How to identify additional products and services that will bring in more revenue than tuition and other funding without “fundraising”,
  • Strategies for launching your new products and services;
  • How to locate resources to support your new revenue boosting campaigns.

All sessions are 1.5 hours long, and include a brief announcement from our sponsor.

Can’t participate in our webinars at the appointed time? Never fear! All of the webinars are recorded. To view the recording, simply register now and you will receive an email with a link to the recording when it is ready to be viewed. You can still download the certificate by watching the recording to the end when the certificate link is announced and displayed on the screen.

Only 1,000 people at one time can attend our webinars, but registration often tops 4,000. Only the first 1,000 people to click the link to attend the webinar will be able to get in. We start the webinars 30 minutes in advance of the start time. Arrive early to make sure you get in.

Please be advised that you will only be eligible for the great door prizes if you participate in the live session.

You can earn .2 CEUs for each webinar. The cost is $15 paid to University of Oklahoma online when you apply. Learn more here: Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from University of Oklahoma

OHS Head Start Program Performance Standards Talk

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

2–3:30 p.m. EDT

Register Online Now!

Join the Office of Head Start (OHS) in this conversation for Head Start grantees’ management and staff members, T/TA System staff, and other stakeholders about the newly released Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS).

Join us this month to discuss supporting implementation of the HSPPS, as well as hot topics we are hearing from the field.

Learn more about:

  • Update on background checks
  • Using the Program Management and Fiscal Operations (PMFO) Management Systems Wheel as a guiding tool
  • Developing an HSPPS implementation process utilizing the four stages of the Implementation Science Framework
  • Suggested planning processes
  • The role of the governing body and Policy Council
  • Task Functional teams

Before the webcast, please read HSPPS Sections 1302.70, 1302.72, 1302.101(b), and 1302.103.

Who Should Participate?

The webcast will benefit an array of audience members, including Head Start and Early Head Start executive leadership, program directors, managers, and staff members. Please call in with other colleagues in your organization where possible.

How to Register

Select the link to register:

This registration is only valid for the webcast on Dec. 14.

Space is limited. Sign up today to attend the session from your office or conference room. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join. The webcast will be accessible via computer, tablet, and other Internet-connected devices. Phone access is available for those requiring alternative accommodations. Send an email to to receive telephone access.

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Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements 2014 Regulations and Related Resources


The new federal fiscal regulations (also referred as Uniform Guidance or the “Supercircular”) took effect for awards and award increments received on or after Dec. 26, 2014. The Office of Head Start (OHS) recommends that grantees transition to the new fiscal regulation throughout 2015. This website will maintain information pertaining to the former regulations through the end of 2015. Thereafter, the former regulations will be archived, and this website will reflect only the new federal fiscal regulations.

Read more about transitioning grants to the new regulations

You are strongly encouraged to review the resources below. Use them to become familiar with the expectations and impact of the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements 2014 Regulations on your organization. If you are unsure about how to apply the new fiscal regulations and requirements within your organization, please contact your Regional Office for assistance.

Source: Office of Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

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Statement on Continuing Resolution for FY2016


Continuing Resolution Passes Congress, Critical Funding Needs Remain Unresolved

Tomorrow marks the start of federal Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16), as Congress passed a “Continuing Resolution” (CR) for the first 10 weeks of the fiscal year, acting at the last possible minute to keep the government running until mid-December. Yet this short-term action can’t be counted as an accomplishment because the CR fails fundamentally to meet the resource needs of programs that support low-income families, as it temporarily continues last year’s inadequate funding levels—the lowest in a decade, adjusted for inflation—for all annually appropriated federal programs.

This marks an ominous start to the fiscal year for crucial services, such as child care, education, job training, and health care, that can help hard-working poor and low-income people lift themselves and their families to economic security. And while this short-term fix averts the disruption and severe consequences of an immediate government shutdown this week, it merely postpones the crucial decisions on funding for key priorities—setting the stage for yet another shutdown stand-off when the CR expires on December 11, 2015.

The consequences are grim if Congress fails over the coming weeks to sharply raise funding levels as it deliberates over the FY 2016 budget. For example:

  • Holding child care funding at its current levels means that fewer children will receive the stable and healthy child care they need to thrive and their parents need to succeed on the job. Recent data show that participation in child care funded through the Child Care and Development Block Grant program has fallen to a 16-year low, with just 1.4 million children being served in 2014, and spending at an 11-year low as of 2013.
  • Fewer workers will receive the skills training and postsecondary credentials they need to move toward better jobs, as the current funding levels for key adult and youth employment and training and adult education  programs are almost 6 percent lower than the amounts authorized in last year’s bipartisan reauthorization of the federal workforce development law. This continues a decline in funding for these programs of more than 30 percent in real terms over the past 15 years.
  • Communities of color have been hit especially hard by federal disinvestment in key programs such as child care, workforce training, and Head Start. Youth of color, particularly out of school youth, simply don’t have the resources they need to succeed, and young children cannot get the start they need and deserve without help. With children of color soon to be half of all children—and already half of children under five—their success matters deeply to America’s future.

To avoid devastating impacts on families and on America’s future, Congress must fully fund effective investments in education, employment, young children, and anti-poverty strategies like those just described, which in turn means putting an end to the arbitrary, devastating budget caps that go back into effect this fiscal year. These budget caps, established by the “sequestration” provision of the 2011 budget law, are steering Congress toward misguided disinvestment in essential priorities. In Fiscal Year 2016, these caps squeeze total domestic funding to just below last year’s levels—and far below both historical levels and what is needed.

And when total funding is insufficient, the budgets for key programs for low-income individuals and families will likely be harmed even more—as illustrated  by the proposals of the majority in Congress to make still deeper cuts for key child, youth, education, and anti-poverty priorities, as they strive to maintain overall flat funding levels for domestic appropriations under the caps. Last summer, for example, the House and Senate committees passed Fiscal Year 2016 appropriation bills for the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Departments that cut more than $3.6 billion from Fiscal Year 2015 levels that were already too low. While these bills have not passed—and President Obama has pledged to veto them—the proposed cuts show what’s in store if the caps are not lifted.

These budget choices are particularly misguided given the reality of recently released Census Bureau numbers on poverty showing persistently high rates of poverty, particularly for America’s next generation of workers and citizens, including children (under 18) and young adults (ages 18 to 24). One in five children and young adults, and nearly one in four young children under age 5, was poor in 2014. A national response to poverty and economic insecurity among America’s next generation, and to the sharp racial disparities and inequality that undercut our future, is within our reach. We can drive down the damaging prevalence of poverty and economic insecurity if we make a national commitment to this goal. Such a commitment should start this fall, with the enactment of a federal budget that expands and invests in the crucial education, child care, safety net, and workforce development programs that stabilize families and promote success. Such a truly national commitment must also focus resources and attention on those who face the most barriers—children, youth, and families of color, immigrant families, and those whose opportunities are limited by pervasive poverty in their neighborhoods and communities.

Congress should act immediately to avoid another shutdown threat later this year, by negotiating a comprehensive budget deal that lifts the budget caps for annual appropriations in FY 2016 and future years, protects key mandatory safety net programs including Medicaid and SNAP, and fully funds priorities for the most vulnerable Americans.

Source: CLASP

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Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Baseline Assessment Tools


The purpose of the baseline is to understand the grantees and partners’ current capacity. Baseline information will be used to identify technical assistance needs or other supports. This includes additional start-up funding that may be needed to ensure grantees and partners are on track to meet Early Head Start requirements at 18 months. The baseline will gather information from the following areas: environmental health and safety; fiscal management systems; governance; program management systems including eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance (ERSEA); and comprehensive services.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center, Office of Head Start

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Management Matters

Management Matters is a series of informational videos and interactive learning modules developed by the National Center for Program Management and Fiscal Operations (PMFO). Each 15- to 20-minute presentation focuses on an aspect of program management or fiscal operations valuable to a busy Head Start leader. We’ve provided the full presentation and resource materials below, along with a PowerPoint file with notes for leaders who wish to present the material to others. Take a short break from your daily routine to listen, watch, and learn about an important management matter.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center, National Center for Program Management and Fiscal Operations

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New Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards ACF-IM-HS-14-07


The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued new uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements effective Dec. 26, 2014, which are applicable to all Head Start and Early Head Start agencies and sub-recipients, including delegate agencies. The Office of Head Start (OHS) is providing general guidance to assist grantees in planning for implementation of the new requirements.

Source: Office of Head Start Policy

Learning for New Leaders: Head Start A to Z: New Sessions Available on the ECLKC!

November 20, 2014

Learning For New Leaders: Head Start A to Z is a collection of sessions and resources designed to address the unique needs of new Head Start and Early Head Start leaders. Use the materials to orient and support new directors and managers. They also can be used in individual professional development, face-to-face group settings, and for distance learning.

Head Start A to Z Sessions

Each session includes everything needed to get started on your own or facilitate a training with other leaders. Find a description with background information, key messages, outcomes, ideas for planning ahead, and trainer notes. A PowerPoint presentation, video, and handouts also are provided.

Leader’s Role in School Readiness

Review the policies and standards related to school readiness. This session outlines the four strategic steps and overall process for developing school readiness goals. Leaders will learn the relationship between school readiness and program goals, and how the 10 Head Start management systems support them.

Fiscal Management

Explore the role of leadership in overseeing a program’s financial management system. This includes establishing a clear mission and key results, as well as programming. Leaders also are responsible for budgeting, ensuring financial controls, accounting, financial reporting and review, and auditing.

Leader’s Role in Data

Discover the roles that leaders play in fostering the use of data-driven decision-making in their programs. This session actively engages you in understanding the difference between data and information. It also describes the Head Start Program Planning Cycle and shows how the use of data is integrated into and supports that cycle.

More sessions will be added in the coming months. Remember to check back often!

Additional Resources

Care Package

Find tools that encourage leaders to step back and reflect. The resources serve as a reminder and offer tips to help you take care of yourself.

Insights for New Directors

Experienced directors share useful insights based on their experience in this series of short video clips.

Access this Resource

Head Start A to Z was developed by the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NCPMFO). Select the link to read the overview and start exploring the sessions:


For more information, contact NCPMFO at or (toll-free) 1-855-763-6647.


Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes for Young Children with Disabilities and their Families

The ECTA Center shared the current status of developing a system framework for Part C and Section 619 systems on December 6, 2013. The framework is being designed to support states in: analyzing the capacity of their current systems; build quality systems that support implementation of effective practices; and, ultimately, improve child and family outcomes.

Presentation File: Developing a Framework to Build High Quality Part C and Section 619 Systems
Handout: Introduction to the ECTA System Framework
Draft Components: Governance and Finance

Source: The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

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