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Region IV 2018 Early Head Start Institute
Pre-Conference Seminar

"What is ERSEA?"

Topic: ERSEA protocols as it relates to directors and staff.
Trainer: Melvin Gravely, Chief Executive Officer, The Gravely Group
Date: Monday, September 17, 2018 8:30am-4:00pm
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The fee for this seminar is in addition to the conference registration fee and includes the Public Policy Luncheon. Advance registration is required, and on-site registration is not permitted for this event.

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Presentation Goal/Purpose:

Families receiving the most efficient and effective services ensure that we are creating a pathway for children to be provided with the best quality education that is available. The information and resources provided in this training allows Head Start staff to take ownership of the success of their agency. Their understanding of the components of ERSEA and how they play a significant part in the Head Start agency leading this effort and enables them to comply with all federal regulations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increase efficiency and effectiveness for improving access to services to eligible children and families.
  • Ability to clarify regulations, definitions and interpretations to build consistency and continuity throughout the program.
  • Understand eligibility requirements that supersedes the performance standards.
  • Increase understanding of interdependence of the recruitment, selection, and enrollment processes.
  • Provide strategies to assist agencies in obtaining and sustaining full enrollment.
  • Ability to identify and address attendance issues.
  • Strategies for full enrollment.

Presentation Overall Content:

  • Eligibility: This lecture will focus on the eligibility requirements and will provide participants with an overview on (a) determining eligibility, (b) eligibility requirements, (c) eligibility exceptions, and finally (d) implementation of the eligibility procedures.
  • Recruitment: This lecture will provide participants with an overview on requirements for recruitment of families. Participants will be asked to share / discuss their agency’s recruitment process looking at the pros and cons of its effectiveness in recruiting the greatest number of families to their program.
  • Selection: This lecture will provide participants with an overview on requirements for selection of families with the greatest needs for services and discuss (a) the agencies selection criterion; (b) agencies systematic process for selecting families; (c) how to maintain an accurate waitlist to use to fill vacant slots.
  • Enrollment: This lecture will provide participants with an overview on requirements for enrollment and discuss (a) enrollment issues and strategies for resolution; (b) importance of maintaining full enrollment; (c) filling vacancies with eligible families; and (d) managing enrollment levels to ensure that federal guidelines are being met at all times. Participants will further discuss some key points regarding enrolling children with disabilities, foster children and homeless families.
  • Attendance: The final lecture of this series will provide participants with an overview on requirements on attendance. Participants will discuss how to (a) manage attendance; (b) accurately count a child’s attendance; (c) identifying chronic absenteeism; and (d) what action is required (could mean termination).