Recorded Series: ERSEA FAQs

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP (FTLF) has been training Head Start programs on the ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance) requirements for many years.  Our trainings have covered an overview of all the requirements, but after each training event we often have multiple follow-up questions on just how to implement and apply the rules. Some ERSEA provisions are intricate and tricky, but even when the language seems straightforward, difficulties arise when applying that language to the countless real-life situations.

The ERSEA requirements seem to cause a great deal of anxiety for a number of reasons. First, eligibility requirements gained even more emphasis after the 2010 GAO Report that encouraged the Head Start community to make sure that staff understood the nature and seriousness of the eligibility determination process.  A 2019 GAO Report reemphasized the importance of eligibility as well as how programs track enrollment and attendance.  Around the same time, the Office of Head Start issued the Enrollment PI which has placed more pressure on Head Start programs to work even harder to maintain full enrollment or risk facing huge financial consequences. Today, as Head Start programs grapple with the newest phase of pandemic, determining eligibility and effectively recruiting eligible families to participate has added even more strain on ERSEA staff.

Over the years, we have logged the many ERSEA questions we have received, and, in this series, we will review the answers to those thorny questions that might be keeping you up at night as well as responses to the questions you didn’t even know you had.

Target Audience

  • Eligibility Managers
  • ERSEA staff
  • Executive Directors
  • Head Start Program Directors
  • Other senior staff
  • But all are welcome!

Learning Objectives

After this webinar series, you will be able to:

  • Understand the Head Start income eligibility 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; and
  • Outline how to conduct internal monitoring to verify whether your program is in compliance with the Head Start income eligibility requirements.
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Nicole Bacon

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]

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Read more about maintaining an attendance record in our FAQs.

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