Learn how to use data-based criteria to facilitate an equitable selection process.
This analysis provides information about the needs and resources of Head Start-eligible families and the community within a service area. This process informs the goal setting and design of new programs. Programs must review and update this data annually and the resources listed below offer assistance.
Use this worksheet to identify and evaluate the sources of data used to develop and maintain your program’s selection criteria.
This video explores how community assessment data offers the foundation for ERSEA decision-making and supports full enrollment.
This ERSEA Essentials video identifies how up-to-date community assessment data informs policies and procedures related to eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance.
The community assessment provides a starting point for understanding community strengths and identifying gaps in services. Review these questions for consideration to inform your program planning.
Learn how to identify and partner with the local providers and agencies who can assist in strengthening Head Start health services. Such partnerships can help programs meet the diverse needs of families.
Use these interactive overviews to test your understanding of foundational concepts of the collection and use of community assessment data.
Use this matrix to strategically plan early childhood education program operations and services during a pandemic.
Explore how a community assessment can help mobilize community resources and partnerships.
Consider ways to effectively and sensitively coordinate the data collection process.