Mastering ERSEA - LSF Dedicated Training

This is a private virtual training developed for and hosted by the Lutheran Services Florida - Duval County staff. If you are a staff member, please contact LSF directly for the access code.

If you are not on staff but interested in training on ERSEA, please review our Head Start training page or Contact Us.

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
What's Included?
  • Educational sessions by attorneys with experience in Head Start Compliance and Federal Grant Law
  • Interactive format to encourage candid discussion of program implementation challenges and successes
  • Electronic course materials available for download

Learning Objectives

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
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 9.00 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 


FTLF Virtual Classroom
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - Friday, February 26, 2021
*Agenda times are all ET*

Day 1

Thursday, February 25, 2021
9:30 am - 3:15 pm ET
9:30 am - 9:45 amIntroductions and Icebreaker
9:45 am - 11:00 amIncome Eligibility (What is "income")
11:00 am - 11:15 amBreak
11:15 am - 12:30 pmIncome Eligibility (What is "family")
12:30 pm - 1:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmEligibility Based on Public Benefits
2:30 pm - 3:15 pmQ&A and Wrap-Up

Day 2

Friday, February 26, 2021
9:30 am - 3:15 pm ET
9:30 am - 10:45 amEligibility Based on Foster Care and Homelessness
10:45 am - 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am - 12:00 pmRecruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance (Cont.)
Record Keeping, Privacy, and Training Issues
2:30 pm - 3:15 pmQ&A and Wrap-Up


This live, interactive training will take place in FTLF's Virtual Classroom, hosted by Zoom.  Should you have any technical questions or would like more information, please contact us at or 1-855-200-3822.


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]


Amanda is in an Associate with the firm’s Health Law and Federal Grant Law practice groups where she represents a variety of community-based organizations and federal grant recipients. She routinely counsels on matters of regulatory compliance and contracting, with a particular focus on guidance related to privacy issues like identifying privacy vulnerabilities and developing data sharing agreements. [Full Bio]

This course does not offer continuing education credits.

Certificate of Attendance is available for the attendee immediately following the completion of the training. To view and download this certificate, navigate to the Registration tab and click "Take Course" followed by "Certificate".

Available Credit

  • 9.00 Certificate of Attendance
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This is a private virtual training developed for and hosted by the Lutheran Services Florida as a benefit for their members. If you are a staff member, please contact LSF directly for the access code.

If you are not a member but interested in training on ERSEA, please review our Head Start training page or Contact Us.

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