Explore this page for an overview of eligibility for Head Start, the first step in implementing Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) services.
Eligibility is a key first step in Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) services. Learn how to identify and enroll children and families with the greatest need for Head Start.
This Standards in Action vignette looks at Head Start Program Performance Standard 45 CFR §1302.14(b). Review eligibility and selection requirements for children with disabilities.
The HHS Poverty Guidelines are used to determine income eligibility for participation in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Program staff may refer to these resources when working with families.
Head Start offers family support services and the chance for families to participate as full partners in the education of their children. Parents may use this fact sheet to answer questions about the program.
Head Start programs must store eligibility determination records according to requirements at 45 CFR §1302.12. Programs may use the Head Start Eligibility Verification Form as a component of the eligibility determination record alongside copies of documents or statements deemed necessary to verify eligibility.
A video for the Head Start Showcase: Eligibility and Selection.
Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) systems provide for effective access to the program for children and families.
The eligibility final rule became effective March 12, 2015. The Office of Head Start (OHS) hosted a webinar for grantees to review this rule. It served as a refresher around OHS requirements regarding the determination and documentation of a family’s eligibility for Head Start services.
Former President George W. Bush signed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 on Feb. 8, 2006. Grantees will find this information useful when recruiting eligible children for Head Start. The law reauthorized the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF).