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Our attorneys have 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. The Office of Head Start has issued the Full Enrollment Initiative, ACF-PI-HS-18-04, which has placed more pressure on Head Start programs to work even harder to maintain full enrollment or risk facing huge financial consequences.

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 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 demonstrate compliance with ERSEA standards; and
  • Outline how to conduct internal monitoring to verify whether your program is in compliance with ERSEA requirements.
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Nicole Bacon

Nicole Bacon, a Partner at the firm, 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]

Participants can earn up to 1.8 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications per webinar (5.4 CPE credits for attending all 3 webinars) upon completion of all course requirements.


If you purchase CPE credit for this webinar you must satisfy the following conditions in order to receive your certificate:

  1. Answer at least 6 of the 8 polling questions during each webinar
  2. Complete the evaluation survey after the conclusion of the webinar or in the follow-up email

Upon completion of these requirements, FTLF will email you your CPE Certificate within seven (7) business days.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: Eligibility Managers, ERSEA staff, Executive Directors, Head Start Program Directors, Other senior staff, all are welcome
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
  • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to six (6) out of eight (8) polling questions during each webinar.

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