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Fiscal Basics

Online • On-Demand • 3 PD Hrs

This course introduces financial basics that everyone in Head Start needs to know. Participants will learn where Head Start funds come from, how they can be used, and the responsibilities staff and governing bodies have as stewards of federal dollars.


Fiscal management can be complex and challenging. Help set your organization up for success. Retired Office of Head Start Senior Advisor Belinda Rinker, JD, and her business- and life-partner Alan Baquet, PhD, bring decades of experience to this course and introduce learners to the basics that everyone in Head Start needs to know about money.

Topics include: Head Start funding sources; common budget costs; non-federal matching; general fiscal requirements; fiscal management resources; and more! Participants can access the course anytime, anywhere they have internet access, and complete the work at their own pace.

Course Level: Beginner

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Instruction and Effective Practice, Leadership and Management, Parents and Families, Program Operations, Support Services

Course Meeting Times: None

Completion Timeline/Duration: Three hours

Head Start Alignment: Head Start Program Performance Standards, Part 1303 - Financial and Administrative Requirements, Subpart A: Financial Requirements

Course Outline

Course Authors

Belinda Rinker, JD

Belinda Rinker, JD

Belinda Rinker, JD, is an attorney with over 35 years of experience working with grant-funded and nonprofit organizations. She recently retired from her position as a senior policy analyst at the Office of Head Start in Washington, D.C., where she led fiscal, facilities, and disaster recovery initiatives.

Alan Baquet, Ph.D.

Alan Baquet, Ph.D.

Alan Baquet, Ph.D. spent his career on the opposite end of the educational spectrum as a college professor and administrator. He is an economist who is passionate about financial management and is nationally recognized for his research and teaching accomplishments.

Registration Rates

Regular Rate: $195

NHSA Member Rate: $90

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  • Online, Self-paced Coursework
  • 3 Hours of Course Material
  • Video Content
  • 3 Months of Access to Online Course
  • Discussion Forums
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 24/7 Access to Transcript

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