ERSEA

Annual Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston

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December 4 and 5, 2018
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina

By attending the Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston on December 4-5, 2018, you will learn how to comply with the Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (or “ERSEA”) requirements in the Head Start Act and Program Performance Standards, implement best practices for ERSEA, and avoid common problems related to ERSEA.

Make sure that your Head Start or Early Head Start program has the keys to Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (“ERSEA”) success.  Recently, the Office of Head Start renewed its commitment to full program enrollment and has made grantee compliance with the ERSEA rules in the Head Start Act and revised Program Performance Standards a priority.  In fact, ERSEA is the foundation for program operations under the Head Start Performance Standards.  All Head Start and Early Head Start agencies must understand and implement these important requirements.  By attending the second annual Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston on December 4 on 5, 2018, you will learn about the ERSEA requirements and ensure that you possess the full set of ESREA keys to a successful Head Start or Early Head Start program.

The curriculum for this special, two-day Institute has been revised for 2018 to include discussion of recent developments, such as the Office of Head Start’s new enrollment initiative, as well as ERSEA fundamentals.  During the Institute, you will explore Head Start and Early Head Start Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance topics in detail, including:

  • Eligibility rules for Head Start and Early Head Start (including Migrant and Seasonal programs) under the Head Start Act and the Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Emphasis on providing services to homeless children and other vulnerable populations;
  • Eligibility verification requirements under the Performance Standards;
  • Recordkeeping and privacy rules for Head Start and Early Head Start;
  • Relationship between ERSEA and planning requirements;
  • Transitions between Early Head Start and Head Start as well as school;
  • Early Head Start services for pregnant women;
  • Developing an effective recruitment strategy;
  • Attendance requirements under the revised Program Performance Standards;
  • Suspension and expulsion rules for Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Reserving enrollment opportunities;
  • Requirements for filling vacancies under the Head Start Performance Standards;
  • General approach to ERSEA under the Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Lessons from Head Start and Early Head Start monitoring; and,
  • Common ERSEA issues and how to avoid problems.

The second annual Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston will discuss these topics and other critical information about ERSEA requirements and best practices to make sure that your Head Start or Early Head Start agency has the keys to programmatic success.  In addition, when you attend the Institute on December 4 and 5, 2018, you will also have multiple opportunities across both days to ask your individual questions about Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance.

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Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston

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May 23 and 24, 2017
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina

Effective strategies for Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance have long been at the heart of any successful Head Start or Early Head Start program.  Staff, management, the governing body, and the Policy Council should all understand key ERSEA requirements under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards.  By attending our exclusive, two-day training institute in Charleston on May 23 and 24, you will learn the keys to ERSEA success.

Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (commonly called “ERSEA”) are among the keys to a successful Head Start or Early Head Start program.  However, ERSEA requirements have been undergoing changes, starting even before the recent implementation of the most significant revisions to the Head Start Program Performance Standards in over 20 years.  Under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards, the ERSEA standards are at the heart of program operations.  Furthermore, the Office of Head Start continues to require full enrollment while, under the revised Performance Standards, encouraging agencies to provide more enrollment opportunities and services to vulnerable populations.  Additional changes have been made to all areas of ERSEA.  By attending the Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 23 and 24, 2017, you will learn the new ERSEA rules and ensure that you possess the keys to success for your Head Start or Early Head Start program.

During the two full days of this special Institute, you will explore Head Start and Early Head Start Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance topics in detail, including:

  • Eligibility rules for Head Start and Early Head Start (including Migrant and Seasonal programs) under the Head Start Act and the new Head Start Program Performance Standards;
  • Services to homeless children and other vulnerable populations;
  • Enhanced eligibility verification requirements under the new Performance Standards;
  • Relationship between ERSEA and planning;
  • Recordkeeping and privacy rules under the revised Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Transitions between Early Head Start and Head Start as well as school;
  • Services to pregnant women;
  • Effective recruitment strategies for Head Start and Early Head Start;
  • Reserving enrollment opportunities;
  • Attendance requirements under the revised Performance Standards;
  • Suspension and expulsion rules for Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Changes to requirements for filling vacancies under the new Performance Standards;
  • General approach to ERSEA under the new Head Start Program Performance Standards; and,
  • Common ERSEA issues and how to avoid problems related to ERSEA.

The Head Start ERSEA Institute in Charleston will discuss these topics and other critical information about Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance requirements and best practices to help ensure the success of your Head Start or Early Head Start program operations.  You will also have multiple opportunities to ask and get answers to your individual questions about ERSEA throughout both days of the Institute.

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Fundamentals of Head Start and Early Head Start Eligibility

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April 24, 2014 (Thursday)
2:00 P.M. EDT  /  1:00 P.M. CDT  /  12:00 P.M. MDT   /  11:00 A.M. PDT
2-Hour Live Webinar

Understanding and knowing how to apply the rules for eligibility are essential for every Head Start and Early Head Start program.  Ever since the Government Accountability Office reported the findings of its undercover investigation of Head Start eligibility and enrollment practices, compliance with ERSEA standards has taken on increased importance.  With the start of recompetition, compliance with eligibility standards has become even more important.

The Office of Head Start has increased monitoring of eligibility determinations and has released proposed revisions to the Head Start regulations to codify Head Start and Early Head Start eligibility requirements and to provide new rules for determining, verifying, and documenting eligibility for Head Start and Early Head Start.  These proposed new rules build on Program Instruction ACF-PI-HS-10-02, which addresses income eligibility for enrollment and reminds Head Start and Early Head Start programs that they “should provide annual training to employees responsible for determining and verifying income eligibility.”  This updated 2-hour webinar will explain the essential eligibility rules that all Head Start and Early Head Start agencies must know to ensure compliance with the program’s complex eligibility requirements and to avoid the consequences of violating the eligibility standards.

Participants will not only learn the rules for Head Start and Early Head Start eligibility but will have the opportunity to ask questions about eligibility requirements during the webinar.

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