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Frequently Asked Questions

Enrolling Children

What qualifies a child for Sixpence?

Infants and toddlers (birth to age three) will be considered if they demonstrate at least one of the following risk factors:

  • Children (birth to age three) whose family income would qualify them for participation in the federal free or reduced lunch program;
  • Children (birth to age three) who were born prematurely or at low birth weight as verified by a physician; low birth weight (5.5 pounds) or prematurity (less than 37 weeks)
  • Children (birth to age three) who reside in a home where a language other than spoken English is used as the primary means of communication;
  • Children (birth to age three) whose parents are younger than twenty at the time of enrollment or who have not completed high school.

What requirements must a program meet for Sixpence?

Programs are required to have a weighted application that gives preference to our youngest and most at-risk children.  Programs are prohibited from enrolling three-year-old children. Research has indicated that the longer the child can be in a Sixpence Program, the better the child's outcomes.  Programs should try to serve each Sixpence child for a minimum of eighteen months. 

How should a program begin the enrollment process?

When first enrolling a family, go to the Sixpence Evaluation website: Please access Sixpence Evaluation Guidebook and Step by Step Collection Guide and input all demographic intake information, including family and child information for each family.

What should I do when first enrolling a family?

When you first enroll a new family, your families will need to sign the Authorization for Sharing Information Form.  Please fax or e-mail a copy of the form to the Munroe Meyer Institute's evaluation team, UNMC, as soon as possible.  Fax (402-559-5850) or e-mail to Lisa Alvarez. Keep a copy of the form for your program records.  You do not need to upload any enrollment or authorization forms to the Sixpence Website.

You should also:

  • Always maintain accurate information about each family and child.

  • update the website as necessary. 

  • Make sure you check all risk factors that apply to the family.   

  • Enroll the family right after the initial visit. 

  • If a family drops from the program, exit them as soon as possible.