T/TAS
Training & Technical Assistance Services

T/TAS Training Events Calendar


May
Monday, May 3rd
10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Location: Online
  • Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

May 3 - May 5, 2021
Virtual Training

May 3, 2021 – Independent Study (see brochure Agenda, page 2)
May 4-5, 2021 – Live Zoom Sessions: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT each day

Sessions are live. No recordings will be available.

View Brochure for full details, agenda, and participation and technology information.

To ensure you will be ready to participate in T/TAS online courses or virtual training, review our "Technology Guidelines for T/TAS Online Courses or Virtual Training Events" prior to registering. 

Online Registration 

Registration deadline is April 26th!

Standard Registration: $600

T/TAS@Your Service Subscribers: $560 - some restrictions apply
1.0 CEUs (10 contact hours) from Western Kentucky University: $25


What is the one thing that Head Start and Early Head Start staff ALL have in common? You guessed it, CHANGE. Programs have had to conduct business differently, reimagine how to build relationships, and to re-evaluate the needs of our communities. There might be some new Head Start staff that don’t know their program pre-pandemic. T/TAS at WKU understands the challenges encountered with those changes. We are here for you and responsive to your needs. Though we are in the midst of much change, the fundamentals remain much the same. T/TAS invites you to get back to the basics with Finding the Keys to ERSEA, A Virtual Edition. Designed for staff new to ERSEA and experienced staff seeking a refresher, this affordable virtual training covers the fundamentals of the ERSEA system in Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Finding the Keys to ERSEA, A Virtual Edition will start on May 3rd with an independent study day, and then continue May 4-5th with 2½ hour time blocks in the morning and afternoon each day. It will focus on the key areas of Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance. Participating staff will better understand the interplay of the Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 and Head Start Program Performance Standards in defining the requirements, directives, and best practices applicable in this service area. Discussions of each key area will focus on the questions that programs must consider in order to implement a program that meets the needs of their community, including: Identifying the neediest of the needy, serving homeless families, enrolling families from 101 to 130 percent of the poverty guidelines, and attendance as a predictor of school readiness. This virtual edition incorporates strategies and considerations relevant to the changes necessitated by the impacts of COVID-19.

Finding the Keys to ERSEA Virtual Edition is essential to bolster knowledge and skills Head Start and Early Head Start Managers, Coordinators, Directors, and Family Services staff new to their position, or experienced staff needing continuing education in the fundamentals. Governing Body and Policy Council members seeking a better understanding of an area over which they have primary oversight to support effective programming would also benefit. Finding the Keys to ERSEA is a prerequisite for the WKU TTAS event ERSEA: A Deeper Dive, designed to support experienced staff and leaders.

Participants will receive the Finding the Keys to ERSEA workbook that supports the training and includes relevant regulations and other useful resources. Enrollment is limited – register soon!

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will increase their knowledge of ERSEA;

  • Participants will expand their understanding of the practical application of the Head Start Program Performance Standards: Subpart A –Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance;

  • Participants will develop an understanding of the relationship of the Community Needs Assessment and ERSEA; and

  • Participants will enhance their understanding of how ERSEA impacts all services with emphasis on attendance as an indicator of school readiness.

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For event announcements via email, please join the T/TAS news and updates by email service at http://orgs.wku.edu/ttas/email-announcements.php.

Tuesday, May 11th
9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Location: Online
  • Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

May 11-25, 2021
A Virtual Training

May 11, 2021 – Begin Independent Study & Assignment (see brochure Agenda, page 2)

May 18, 2021 – Live Zoom Session: 9:00 AM – Noon CT (10 AM-1 PM ET|8-11 AM MT|7-10 AM PT)

May 25, 2021 – Live Zoom Session: 9:00 AM – Noon CT (10 AM-1 PM ET|8-11 AM MT|7-10 AM PT)



Sessions are live. No recordings will be available. Please check your time zone to make sure you know what time the training begins for you.


View Brochure for full details, agenda, and participation and technology information.

To ensure you will be ready to participate in T/TAS online courses or virtual training, review our "Technology Guidelines for T/TAS Online Courses or Virtual Training Events" prior to registering. 

Online Registration

Registration deadline Extended to May 15!

Standard Registration: $425

T/TAS@Your Service Subscribers: $375- some restrictions apply
.8 CEUs (8 contact hours) from Western Kentucky University: $25


Head Start and Early Head Start programs are required to align program activities conducted through program services with issues found within the community. In fact, 5-year grant applications, DRS applications, and new grantee applications have the requirement that program design (based upon community issues) be tied to the approach to service delivery.

The grant applications are asking for long-range goals; objectives and program impacts; programmatic and fiscal long-range goals; and short-term objectives to be accomplished during the 5-year period. These must be identified for each year of the 5-year grant. Related to this must be the community-wide strategic planning and needs assessment (including priority service areas, special populations, and health needs).

Head Start and Early Head Start programs are expected to provide services that meet the requirements of the Head Start Performance Standards while also meeting local needs and drawing upon local strengths. In order to document that they are adequately addressing local issues, Head Start and Early Head Start programs are required to conduct a Community Assessment once every five years with updates as needed in the intervening years.

When programs have difficulty with their Community Assessment, the challenges tend to fall into one of the following categories: (1) obtaining the useful data; (2) conducting analysis of the information; and/or (3) using the data and analysis to justify their program’s existence and service delivery methods. This 2021 Community Assessment workshop is designed to assist staff in these problem areas.

When programs have difficulty with their long-term plans and short-range objectives, it is usually due to a disconnect between what the programs wants to do for the future and what the program is doing in the present. This insightful workshop is designed to aid program managers as they attempt to design their program’s future and identify the goals for their next 5 years.

The 2021 Community Assessment is also designed to assist programs in identifying community needs and potential issues, and document those which will enter into the local program’s planning process and those which will be beyond the range of services. Attention will be paid to inserting community issues into program services plans and identifying potential impacts that community issues may have for the program’s operational environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the Community Assessment requirements of 45 CFR 1302.11.

  • Participants will also learn about the Community Assessment requirements of 5-year plans.

  • Participants will explore methods for estimating full day/full year needs.

  • Participants will be provided information on how the Community Assessment and its updates need to be used within the program and shared with the Board and Policy Council for the reviews.

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For event announcements via email, please join the T/TAS news and updates by email service at http://orgs.wku.edu/ttas/email-announcements.php.

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