Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) tasks are some of the most important work performed by Head Start programs. ERSEA governs how programs determine eligibility, enroll children, and track attendance.
From the first day of enrollment, a young child's attendance matters! Good attendance leads to lifelong learning and positive habits necessary for school and work. When young children are chronically absent from Head Start, Early Head Start, or child care, often they are likely to continue to be chronically absent in elementary school. Others may drop-out as they get older. Absenteeism decreases children's opportunity to engage in learning, impacting their development in all domains of the Child Development and Early Learning Framework. (See Making the Link Between Health and School Readiness to learn more about the impact of health on child development).
In this video clip, the meeting facilitator takes the opportunity to recap the meeting highlights before passing around the Individualized Education Program (IEP) document to be signed. Everyone at the meeting signs to signify their presence at the meeting. Parents sign the document to indicate whether they agree or disagree with different parts of the plan.
From the first day of enrollment, a young child's attendance matters. Good attendance leads to lifelong learning and positive habits necessary for school and work. This tip sheet can help program managers begin to plan and evaluate their health services to support children's attendance and improve their school readiness.