Read these FAQs from the Office of Head Start (OHS) about making decisions on community need, program structure, recruitment and enrollment strategies, and short- and long-term approaches to workforce development.
These resources cover how Head Start programs assess the needs of communities and recruit children and families most in need. They also provide insight on which program option best meets the needs of each child and family. Use these resources to develop eligibility services that ensure consistent and appropriate enrollment practices.
Read answers to FAQs about the guidance that adds the receipt of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to Head Start eligibility criteria.
Learn more about how the receipt of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits now qualifies families for Head Start eligibility.
Check out these videos from Head Start alumni to learn how being a Head Start student gave them a head start in life.
Learn what it means for Head Start programs to promote access and equity in Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) activities.
Head Start and Early Head Start staff can use this resource to bring an equity lens to discussions about Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) procedures and best practices.
Explore this page for an overview of eligibility for Head Start, the first step in implementing Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) services.
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.