Al Osborne, Ph.D.
Faculty Director, Senior Associate Dean
Designed from a strategic planning perspective, the UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for Head Start executives to participate in a 12-day, intensive leadership and management development training session at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Since 1991, the program has trained over 1,400 Head Start directors and managers who provide comprehensive services to nearly 1 million economically disadvantaged children and their families each day. The program was previously funded by Johnson & Johnson from 1991-2015.
The competency-based curriculum focuses on the leadership and management skills, knowledge and abilities most relevant to Head Start/Early Head Start programs. Key curriculum components include:
Several case studies form actual Head Start programs are used to illustrate key concepts and enhance learning. The curriculum is taught by faculty from UCLA Anderson and other universities and supplemented by professionals in the wider community, based on the needs of each year’s participants.
The Management Improvement Project (MIP)
The MIP is the practical application or experiential component of the program, allowing participants to immediately translate the UCLA program curriculum to improve performance at their own organizations. It identifies and addresses an organizational weakness or external opportunity through the development of a strategic plan for tackling an issue.
Individual Consultation by MBA Students
The program employs MBA students as Teaching Associates (TA) who lead small study groups to clarify and discuss session content with participants and act as consultants as participants develop their strategic projects.
Technology-Enabled Online Learning Community
A Web-based "learning management system" coordinates the education process and delivers some of the program content. An easily accessible information source for online presentations, reading and useful links, the system is available to Fellows as a resource upon completing the program.
@ UCLA Anderson School of Management
The UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program is a partner in the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NCPMFO), which is funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start.
As part of NCPMFO, the Fellows Program will be offered June 20—July 1, 201 6, at UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Criteria for Admission:
Participants are responsible for a registration fee of $3,100 plus travel expenses for themselves and their co-participant. We do select a limited number of two-person teams from the same program.
The learning process does not end with the conclusion of the UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program. Fellows will continue to benefit from a community of program alumni that fosters support around common objectives. Networking during and after the program will create and strengthen relationships that will enhance the management education and entrepreneurial skills of Head Start/Early Head Start grantees nationwide. An e-mail list allows participants to stay informed about strategic, operational and policy issues, as well as to share information with other alumni of the program.
As Teaching Associates (TA), MBA students work closely with participants and faculty and use problem solving, strategic planning and facilitation skills in a consulting environment. Working in small groups, the TAs assist participants through the strategic planning process with rigor and help them prepare an action plan to implement when they return to their organizations.
TAs are also assigned a professor to assist with the preparation of course materials, which may involve researching, writing or rewriting case studies before and after the summer programs. This is a competitively paid position with the bulk of responsibility during the summer. Information session and selection of Teaching Associates occur during Winter Quarter. For more information, please contact Diana Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.