Eligibility (ERSEA)


Attendance is the fifth step in Head Start Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) services. Good attendance is essential for children’s development and learning and for future school success. Explore these resources to help programs develop strategies to promote regular attendance.

Tools and Resources

ERSEA: Encouraging and Supporting Regular Attendance

Learn about strategies programs can use to work with key stakeholders to promote regular attendance. Find tips and questions to help grantees develop policies around program attendance.

Pulling It All Together: Program Examples

Topic 4 from the Foundations for Excellence: A Guide for Five-Year Planning and Continuous Improvement, 2nd Edition, offers  an example of how a Head Start program sets a health services goal to build a comprehensive asthma approach. Explore how this approach promoted regular attendance and maximized all the children's learning opportunities.

The Head Start Program Planning Cycle Sample Action Plan

Explore this sample action plan from a fictional program to learn how to establish the measurable goal of improving attendance.

Policies and Regulations

Attendance, 45 CFR §1302.16

To promote regular attendance, a program must track attendance for each child. Review this Head Start Program Performance Standard for clarity around attendance issues and strategies programs should address. 

Topic:Eligibility (ERSEA)


Resource Type: Article

National Centers: Program Management and Fiscal Operations

Last Updated: March 13, 2019