Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance (ERSEA) requirements have confused Head Start programs for many years. For some provisions, the language alone is intricate and tricky to understand, but even those rules that appear straightforward can be difficult to implement and apply to real-life situations. This workshop will provide an in-depth examination of the ERSEA requirements, answer frequently asked questions, and discuss approaches to common ERSEA challenges faced by Head Start programs.
Who is included in the "family" and what is "income"?
Income eligibility will be a major focus on the workshop. While the Head Start program recognizes the many family structures that exist in today’s world, doing so complicates the income eligibility determination process because there are so many variations. The workshop will cover key questions related to Head Start eligibility, including:
- Which individuals count as “family”?
- What money counts as “income”?
How do you determine and verify eligibility based on public benefits, homelessness, foster care?
Beyond income, there are other ways to be deemed eligible for Head Start services, especially for children and pregnant woman. The workshop will cover other common paths to eligibility and discuss strategies for determining and verifying eligibility under these methods.
Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance
Head Start services must be designed to meet the needs of your community. As a result, how your program structures selection criteria and sets priorities, matters, and must ensure that those families most in need receive services. The workshop will cover:
- Planning a recruitment strategy and who should be involved in the process
- Screening and other deadlines triggered by Head Start enrollment
- Strategies to comply with Full Enrollment Program Instruction
- Requirements for monitoring and reporting attendance under the Head Start Performance Standards
- Educational sessions by attorneys with experience in Head Start Compliance, Federal Grant Law, and Family Law
- Small group setting for more personal attention to your specific questions and challenges
- Interactive format to encourage candid discussion of program implementation challenges and successes
- Opportunities to network with colleagues in other Head Start programs
- Continental breakfast both days
- Bound course materials to take home
- Eligibility Workers
- Eligibility Managers
- ERSEA staff
- Executive Directors
- Head Start Program Directors
- Other senior staff
- But all are welcome!
After this training, you will be able to:
- Understand the Head Start ERSEA rules
- Identify which terms need to be defined in your organization's internal policies and procedures
- Know what types of documentation eligibility staff should collect and maintain to verify income eligibility
- Outline how to conduct internal monitoring to verify whether your program is in compliance with the Head Start ERSEA requirements
Nicole Bacon, a Partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, works in the firm’s Federal Grants, Litigation, and Health Law practice groups. Nicole offers her clients specialized guidance in compliance with federal grant law including specific programmatic requirements as well as the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements of Federal Awards. Nicole represents a variety of community-based organizations, before State and Federal courts as well as administrative bodies. [Full Bio]
Phillip is Of Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups. A native of Puerto Rico, Phillip’s bilingual, nationwide practice serves non-profit organizations, municipalities, local government agencies, and other federal grantees. Prior to joining Feldesman Tucker, Phillip ran a practice from San Juan which spanned corporate, business, public policy, government and contract law, and included contested matters and appeals before state and federal courts. [Full Bio]
Participants can earn up to 11.60 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.
- Prerequisites: None
- Target Audience: Eligibility Workers, Eligibility Managers, ERSEA staff, Executive Directors, Head Start Program Directors, Other senior staff
- Advanced Preparation: None
- Program Level: All
- Delivery Method: Group-Live
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