Recruitment

Explore resources to learn how to support Head Start programs in  refining their recruitment plans and messaging, and ways to monitor recruitment efforts.

Selection

Explore these resources for ideas programs can use to plan and implement their selection criteria.

Enrollment

Explore these resources to find strategies to help programs enroll families in most need of Head Start services. Also, discover ways to maintain full enrollment. 

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.

Attendance

Explore these resources to help programs establish strategies to promote regular attendance.

Family Income Guidelines: Military Income

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides information that will assist programs in determining the gross income of those families with members in the armed forces. Family service staff will find this information beneficial in determining the eligibility of children of military families for enrollment in the Head Start program.

ERSEA

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

Quick Tips for Establishing a Selection Criteria

The Head Start recruitment process requires full program enrollment. Grantees and delegate agencies can use this tip sheet to establish their programs’ recruitment efforts. Applications are to be taken from as many Head Start-eligible families living within the recruitment areas as possible throughout the course of the program year. This procedure allows for a waiting list to be established so that as vacancies occur, slots are filled as quickly as possible.

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).