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Fiscal Essentials

Online • Live • 10 PD Hrs

Whether you are budgeting for annual wages and benefits, overseeing renovations to a facility, or responsible for a single site’s overall budget, knowing and complying with all of the fiscal requirements associated with Head Start services is essential. This course goes beyond the basics and covers the fiscal responsibilities of staff who oversee funds and property.


This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of fiscal responsibility for all staff and governing entities with financial roles. Participants can use course materials to assess, plan, and improve their financial management system, develop and execute operating and capital budgets, and maintain safe, effective learning environments. This course also helps grantees prepare for Focus Area (FA) 2 fiscal monitoring and annual audits.

Course Level: Intermediate

Requirements/Prerequisites: None, however, Fiscal Basics is highly encouraged for staff with less than three years of experience in fiscal management

Target Audience: Leadership and Management, Support Services

Course Meeting Times: Office hours on the first Wednesday of every month from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Completion Timeline/Duration: Two months

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

Course Outline

Course Facilitators

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: $425

NHSA Member Rate: $295

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

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