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Property Essentials

Online • Live • 8 PD Hrs

Property Essentials supports Head Start grant recipients in ensuring their facilities and equipment are safe, healthy, and nurturing environments for children, families, and staff.


High-quality, well-maintained facilities are vital to quality early childhood education programming. Property Essentials supports Head Start grantees in ensuring that their facilities and equipment are safe, healthy, and nurturing environments for children, families, and staff. 

Building on the fundamentals explored in Property Management Basics, this course supports programs in developing systems, to ensure facilities meet compliance requirements and responsibilities that apply when Head Start funds are used to acquire or improve property. Property Essentials is ideal for all members of property teams—fiscal managers, directors, maintenance staff, property managers, health/safety managers, etc.

This course will delve into selected property topics, including what to do when property is no longer needed, federal interests and what they mean, valuation of donated space, depreciation, and cost allocation of shared facilities. Learners will be introduced to the Part 1303—Financial and Administrative Requirements of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, and other laws and regulations grantees must comply with.

Start Date: Pre-registration is open! This course will be available starting in January 2023.

Course Level:Intermediate

Requirements/Prerequisites: Property Management Basics is recommended.

Target Audience: Leadership and Management, Program Operations, and Support Services

Course Meeting Times: In addition to completing online modules, learners will be required to attend a live session on the second Tuesday of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.

Completion Timeline/Duration: One month

Alignment with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF): This credential supports programs in meeting Part 1303—Financial and Administrative Requirements the HSPPS and the Real Property Guidance and Regulations from the Office of Head Start.

Course Outline

Course Facilitator

Scott Samborski

Scott Samborski

Scott Samborski is experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of construction, having worked over 35 years as a real estate developer and as a licensed general contractor. He has had the unique opportunity to serve as an expert consultant with respect to the Head Start program facilities and real property. In addition to providing training and capacity building to federal staff and recipients in all Head Start regions, his expertise includes direct support to local programs for funding applications and compliance with federal regulations and Head Start Performance Standards.

Course Author

Belinda Rinker, JD

Belinda Rinker, JD

Belinda Rinker, JD, an attorney and managing member of SRCS, has over 30 years of experience working with grant-funded and nonprofit organizations. She recently retired from her position as a senior policy analyst at the national Office of Head Start in Washington, D.C., where she led fiscal, facilities, and disaster recovery initiatives. During her Head Start career, she gained hands-on experience in program operations and fiscal management. Belinda has extensive knowledge of the many governance and fiscal requirements that apply to federal awards and has provided training and compliance assistance at the grantee, state, and national level.

Alan Baquet, Ph.D.

Alan Baquet, Ph.D.

Alan Baquet, PhD, an economist and member of SRCS, has a robust background in educational, nonprofit, and private industry settings. He is nationally recognized for his research and teaching accomplishments. He successfully applied for and managed grant awards throughout his university career. He has expertise in supporting the operation of complex organizations, having served as a department head and associate vice chancellor in educational settings. Alan is certified in both Life Coaching and Appreciative Inquiry, critical skills that enhance his ability to facilitate strategic planning and organizational change initiatives.

Registration Rates

Regular Rate: $425

NHSA Member Rate: $295

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  • Online, Self-paced Coursework
  • Live Instruction
  • Access to a National Cohort of Peers
  • 8 Hours of Course Material
  • Video Content
  • 1 Month of Access to Online Course
  • Discussion Forums
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion with Professional Development Hours
  • 24/7 Access to Transcript

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