Many of you may be coming to DC this weekend for next week’s NHSA Winter Leadership Institute.  The agenda offers many opportunities to learn and take action throughout the week.

We are especially interested in the two sessions that include updates from the Office of Head Start.

  1. Tuesday, January 29
    Office of Head Start Update – Five Year Grants

The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 requires the Office of Head Start to convert all Head Start grants to five-year grants. Ross Weaver from the Office of Head Start will discuss and answer questions about the next steps in the process of converting all grants to five-year grants.

Ross Weaver, Director of the Quality Assurance Division, Office of Head Start

  1. Friday, February 1
    Office of Head Start Update

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, Director, Office of Head Start
Ann Linehan, Deputy Director, Office of Head Start
Colleen Rathgeb, Division Director, Office of Head Start
Amanda Bryans, Division Director, Office of Head Start
Sharon Yandian, Division Director, Office of Head Start
Damon Manning, Special Assistant, Office of Head Start

The Institute is at the Omni Shoreham, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008.

We are always interested in updates, especially we have the opportunity to hear directly from the Office of Head Start.  Let us know what you find interesting and we will do the same.  Hope to see you next week.

Thank you.


If your agency has activated a ‘trigger’ and is facing recompetition – you might want or need guidance. In most cases, we can help you get through this critical period and, if we can’t, we’ll certainly help you find the support you need.

We have extensive experience in grant writing generally and, as it relates to recompetition, specifically. We worked with several agencies during the first round of recompetition and would be happy to provide references.  More broadly we regularly partner with grantees to coordinate and write community assessments, as required by Federal Performance Standards.

If you think you have a legal issue OR want to prevent one through regulatory compliance and risk assessment, please do yourself a big favor and call Ted Waters at [email protected] or Zoë Beckerman at [email protected], both with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP.

If you are a delegate agency thinking about responding to an upcoming RFP to continue to serve your children and families on your own, but are unsure about grant writing, give us a call.

If you are a community based, solid organization with your heart and management practices in the right place and think could do just as well or better on behalf of young children and their families, we can help you think that through and move forward if you’d like. Call us: 703-299-6570 or 703-599-4329 or email [email protected].

Thank you.

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