Mastering ERSEA

February 3, 2021 to February 4, 2021

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, Federal Grant Law, and Family Law 
  • Small breakout groups 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
  • Electronic course materials available for download

Target Audience

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

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: 
  • 8.50 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/03/2021 - 10:30am EST
Event ends: 
02/04/2021 - 3:30pm EST


FTLF Virtual Classroom
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - Thursday, February 4, 2021
*All specific agenda times are subject to change*

Day 1

Wednesday, February 3, 2021  
10:30 am - 4:00 pm ET
10:30 am - 11:00 amIntroductions
11:00 am - 12:15 pmIncome Eligibility (What is "income")
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmBreak
12:30 pm - 1:45 pmIncome Eligibility (Who is included in "family")
1:45 pm - 2:30 pmLunch Break - Meet Your Region Breakouts (optional)
2:30 pm - 3:30 pmOther Paths to Eligibility:  Foster Care, Public Benefits and Homelessness 
3:30 pm - 4:00 pmQ&A and Wrap-Up

Day 2

Thursday, February 4, 2021
10:30 am - 3:30 pm ET
10:30 am - 11:45 amOther Paths to Eligibility:  Foster Care, Public Benefits and Homelessness (cont.)
11:45 am - 12:00 pmBreak
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmRecruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance
1:00 pm - 1:45 pmLunch Break - To-Do List Breakouts (optional)
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance (cont.)
Record Keeping, Privacy, and Training Issues
3:15 pm - 3:30 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]


Jennifer A. Davison is a partner in the firm’s Family Law practice group. Ms. Davison helps her clients identify, prioritize and realize their unique goals for the future.  Her clients appreciate her efficient, pragmatic approach to reaching agreements that provide for the whole gamut of clients’ short- and long-term financial needs, including daily living expenses, career planning, retirement security, and funding for college. [Full Bio]


Katherine, a partner in the family law practice at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, practices all aspects of family law including complex financial issues and child related matters. She has been litigating family law cases for over ten years.  As a former trial attorney with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Katherine has extensive experience in the courtroom.  She ensures her clients understand the court process and are well prepared in the event a case goes to court. [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]

Participants can earn up to 10.20 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 Internet Based

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website (formerly

Available Credit

  • 8.50 Certificate of Attendance


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