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Changes in Head Start Performance Standards as They Apply to ERSEA

There aren’t a lot of changes to the ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance) requirements for Head Start in the new Performance Standards. However, there are a few important changes to note. As one of the 10 Head Start Management Systems, ERSEA specifies key elements and requirements to create and maintain a Head Start…

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HHS Announces Two Grants Available for Expansion of Early Head Start Programs

At the end of July, the Office of Head Start emailed an announcement to agencies and other stakeholders regarding two competitive grant opportunities for the expansion of Early Head Start Programs in their communities. The first grant announces American Indian/Alaska Native EHS Expansion and EHS-Child Care Partnerships. The second pertains to EHS Expansion and Migrant…

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National Indian Head Start Directors Association Management Training Conference Recap

Last week, I attended and presented at the 24th annual National Indian Head Start Directors Association (NIHSDA) Management Training Conference. Held June 9-12 in Minneapolis, MN, this year’s theme was “Catching and Protecting the Dreams of Our Children.” According to conference literature, the NIHSDA board chose this theme because it represents “the many opportunities our…

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