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.

Education Agenda 2017: Top Priorities for State Leaders, the Next Administration, and Congress


Today’s students are the next generation of American doers and thinkers. The most diverse population ever, they have the honor and the burden of keeping the United States on the forefront of innovation and social progress.

To ensure students can succeed, our country’s publicly-funded education system—from early learning to public schools, and through higher education and workforce training—must be strengthened. So far, this system has failed too many of our country’s young people—turning them off of learning before they exit elementary school, leading them to repeat grades or drop out, requiring them to engage in costly remediation, and more. Widespread disparities are festering between students from high-income and low-income families; racial justice is still wanting; and linguistic diversity is still seen as a challenge instead of an opportunity.

To reform this system, New America’s Education Policy program recommends that leaders in the new administration, members of Congress, and state and local policymakers turn their attention to 10 important actions:

  1. Expand access to quality early learning.
  2. Smooth transition points from pre-K through higher education and into the workforce.
  3. Transform the preparation and ongoing development of educators.
  4. Align research and development to educational practice.
  5. Build an infrastructure for supporting dual language learners (DLLs).
  6. Improve access to and linkages between education and workforce data while protecting student privacy.
  7. Hold “bad actors” in the higher education system accountable.
  8. Simplify and target financial aid to the students who need it most.
  9. Repair the federal-state partnership in higher education.
  10. Connect education and the labor market by moving beyond the “skills gap.”

Source: New America Foundation

Available at: http://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/policy-papers/education-agenda-2017/

Culture of Safety


In programs, all managers, staff, and families embrace the belief that children have the right to be safe by creating a culture of safety. They provide “an environment that encourages people to speak up about safety concerns, makes it safe to talk about mistakes and errors, and encourages learning from these events.” Children are safer when managers, staff, and families work together to improve the strategies they use in homes, centers, and the community so children don’t get hurt. Explore the resources below to learn more about creating a culture of safety.

Source: National Center on Health and Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/safety-injury-prevention/culture-of-safety.html

Leadership in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education


The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) believes that high-quality leadership should be developed and supported at all levels of service systems in early intervention / early childhood special education (EI/ECSE). The service systems within which we work are highly complex and are composed of a single entity or multiple entities. They are administered by many different agencies1 (e.g., education, health, human services), funded through numerous sources, and governed by multiple federal and state laws. EI/ECSE program administrators and practitioners are expected to work collaboratively across system, disciplinary, and program boundaries to support the optimal development of young children who have, or are at risk for, developmental delays/disabilities and their families. To do so effectively, personnel at all levels of EI/ECSE service systems must demonstrate individual and collective leadership skills.

Source: Division of Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children

Available at: http://dec.membershipsoftware.org/files/Position%20Statement%20and%20Papers/LdrshpPositionStatement_final_Mar%202015%20(1)(1).pdf

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: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/operations/learning/learning.html


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


Lessons in Leadership

This video and guide is part of a new series from the Early Head Start National Resource Center EHS NRC specifically designed to support EHS leaders. The materials in the EHS Resources for Leaders Series are intended to align with materials from the five other Head Start National Centers.

Currently, the series includes:

  • Lessons in Leadership: Lead, Learn, and Pass It On video and guide – a resource for leaders new to operating EHS and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start MSHS programs
  • EHS Leaders Community of Practice – a workspace on the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Centers website that has exclusive membership for EHS and MSHS program leaders: directors, managers, policy council members, and anyone else who leads some aspect of a program for infants, toddlers, and expectant families
  • Directors Forum – an electronic bulletin board for all EHS and MSHS directors

To find additional leadership development resources from all the National Centers, please refer to the Lessons in Leadership: Lead, Learn, and Pass It On video guide.

Source: Early Head Start National Resource Center and Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Learning for New Leaders: Head Start A to Z

September 8, 2014

The National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operation PMFO is pleased to offer Learning for New Leaders: Head Start A to Z. It is a collection of sessions and resources designed to address the unique needs of new Head Start and Early Head Start leaders. New directors, managers, and other leaders may use these materials for individual professional development. They also can be used in face-to-face group and distance learning settings to orient and support new directors and managers.

Source: National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations and the Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/operations/learning/learning.html

Implementation Quick Start


How Do You Share the News? If you’ve been learning about implementation science, chances are you’d like to share what you’ve learned with others in your organization. How do you grab their attention? How can you pique their interest in implementation science without overwhelming them?

SISEP has an answer! We’ve developed a new “Implementation Quick Start” lesson presentation to help you introduce the concept of implementation science and the Active Implementation Frameworks to your leadership, your team and your organization.  The streaming presentation is available 24/7 on the AI Hub.  Take advantage of this opportunity to spread the news!

Source: SISEP:State Implementation and Scaling-up Evidence-based Pratices Center

Available at: http://sisep.fpg.unc.edu/news/sisep-enotes-march-2014

National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Event

7/31/2013 2 – 3:30 EDT

Please join the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement NCPFCE for a lively webinar! Find out how program leadership can connect PFCE practices to support family outcomes and childrens school readiness. These practices are rooted in the Office of Head Start PFCE Framework.

This is the second webinar in a new series from NCPFCE, Understanding How Program Foundations Work Together to Strengthen Parent, Family, and Community Engagement.

Learn how to:

  • Encourage staff members to take on different roles to support PFCE practices
  • Engage all staff members in using data to guide PFCE practices
  • Create policies, practices, and program environments that encourage and reward PFCE
  • Build a culture of trust and encourage staff to learn from successes and challenges


  • Kiersten Beigel, Family and Community Partnerships Specialist, Office of Head Start
  • Brandi Black Thacker, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, NCPFCE
  • Mindy Zapata, Director of Early Head Start and Head Start, Southwest Human Development
  • Elizabeth Nichols, Site Director, Project Eagle

The webinar will be moderated by Christine Patton, Senior Research Analyst at Harvard Family Research Project.

Who Should Participate?

This webinar will benefit an array of audience members, including: Head Start and Early Head Start directors, managers, and parent leaders; T/TA providers; and early childhood leaders who are trying to improve family and child outcomes.

How to Register

Select the link to register for the webinar: https://ncpfce.ilinc.com/register/wvjjmtw


If you have questions or concerns, contact NCPFCE by email at ncpfce@childrens.harvard.edu or call 1-855-208-0909 toll-free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://hsicc.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/j/30F0175E522C598E/2ABD24CF6E74000C0F8C96E86323F7F9

Taking Charge of Change™

June 2013

While there is consensus among policymakers and practitioners about the importance of strong leadership in early childhood, few states have made leadership training a high priority in the implementation of their career development systems. Illinois stands out as a notable exception. For the past twenty years, the state has served as a shining example of a focused investment in the professional development of administrators of early childhood programs. The most well known is Taking Charge of Change™ (TCC).

Source: McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership.

Available at: http://mccormickcenter.nl.edu/taking-charge-of-change-report/