Winter Leadership Institute – Opportunities to Learn and Connect

Last week the Head Start community convened at the National Head Start Association (NHSA) Winter Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia. This year’s theme was “The Next Generation of Commitment” and it truly was an exciting time to think about our path forward. If you attended, you probably noticed a focus on change; change leadership, strengthening change, and applying lessons learned to Head Start. It’s always interesting to hear how programs are thinking innovatively about new ways to leverage resources to serve more families in different ways. Did you have a favorite session, or make a new connection at the event? It was great to see so many committed people coming together in the same room to talk about how to strengthen Head Start. If we missed you at the Winter Leadership Institute we hope we’ll find other ways to connect soon!

As we walk away from informative conferences like the Winter Leadership Institute, we ask ourselves what can we do with the information we learned? As you return to your programs, think about how you can apply what you learned to real life challenges and opportunities you are experiencing.

Thank you.

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We have successfully worked with agencies in every round of recompetition to write winning grants, design competitive programs, confirm prudent budgets, and plan for a manageable start-up period.  Contact Amy Augenblick, Executive Director, at (703) 599-4329 or augenblick@foundationsforfamilies.com to learn about how we can help.

NHSA Provides Interesting Analysis of DRS Cohorts One to Three

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) recently released an Analysis of the Designation Renewal System, Cohorts One to Three. The report provides interesting snapshots of the cohorts and summary information related to cohort demographics, triggers for recompetition, and competition outcomes. The report offers a valuable, insider look at DRS – a recommended read for those of you who have already entered the process or could be triggered for recompetition in the future.

One of the most interesting things we learned form the report is that approximately 74% of grantees had their grants restored in full or in part. This is encouraging for programs entering DRS and speaks to the need to maintain a clear focus on quality and effectively addressing triggers. It suggests that current grantees are those best suited in their community to offer high-quality services to children and families. In the report, NHSA also states that DRS does not yet effectively target competition at poor quality grantees. Perhaps this could mean we’ll see some changes in the next round?

The summary of triggers presented in the report is intriguing as well. In Cohort One all 129 grantees were triggered for deficiency. In Cohort Two about a fifth of programs were triggered for CLASS scores in the lowest 10%, as well as a few grantees with CLASS scores below thresholds, revocation of license, or failure as a going concern. With Cohort Three there was even greater spread among these categories.

With DRS Round 5 on the horizon it serves us well to look back on the triggers, outcomes, and lessons learned from the first three cohorts. If your agency ends up on the list of grantees required to compete for continued funding, we can help.

Thank you.

Contact Us

We have successfully worked with agencies in every round of recompetition to write winning grants, design competitive programs, confirm prudent budgets, and plan for a manageable start-up period.  Contact Amy Augenblick, Executive Director, at (703) 599-4329 or augenblick@foundationsforfamilies.com to learn about how we can help.

Important! Open OHS FOAs (like DRS4) Placed On Hold and Can NOT be Uploaded

OHS Funding Opportunity Announcements On Hold

Just in case you thought you would upload your DRS4 application before leaving for Thanksgiving…think again.

Please note: all open Office of Head Start FOAs are being edited by ACF. They are not accepting any applications right now. It is a really good idea to sign up to receive updates on your specific announcement from Grants.gov. because then you will be notified by email when the modification is complete.

Unfortunately, once the announcements have been modified, you will need to download and complete the revised application package from Grants.gov in order to submit your application. OHS anticipates extending the due date for announcements with a closing date between Nov. 30 and Dec. 15, 2015. Most DRS4 applications were due on November 30, 2015.

In any event – we hope you and your staff have a happy Thanksgiving.  We know that communities, staff and families are thankful for the work you do.

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We have successfully worked with agencies in every round of recompetition to write winning grants, design competitive programs, confirm prudent budgets, and plan for a manageable start-up period. Contact Amy Augenblick, Executive Director at (703) 599-4329 or augenblick@foundationsforfamilies.com to learn about how we can help.