Head Start Eligibility Verification Form

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.

FY 2017 Office of Head Start ERSEA Monitoring Protocol

The Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) Protocol guides the assessment of a program’s practices for verifying the eligibility status of children, families, and pregnant women receiving the program’s services and ensuring the appropriate enrollment of children into the program. 

Extending and Aligning Redetermination Periods

Research on continuity of care has found that instability is high with low-income families. Extending eligibility redeterminations to 12 months or more provides financial stability for families. It also gives continuous early care and education for children.