Eligibility

Explore this page for an overview of eligibility for Head Start, the first step in implementing Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) services.

ERSEA

Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) systems provide for effective access to the program for children and families.

Welfare Reform Reauthorization

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).