Eligibility (ERSEA)


Enrollment is the fourth step in Head Start Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) services. Programs need to be strategic and thoughtful as they develop systems to enroll the neediest families in a timely manner. Find resources to support programs in maintaining full enrollment. 

Tools and Resources

ERSEA: Maintaining Full Enrollment

Explore how ERSEA systems can help programs enroll the neediest families in a timely manner. Find tips and questions to help programs better reach and maintain full enrollment all year.

Head Start: Better Data and Processes Needed to Monitor Underenrollment

In this U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) report, learn how programs can identify and address underenrollment. Find out what GAO recommends agencies do to improve enrollment data quality and establish more uniform criteria and procedures.

Supporting Full Enrollment

In this webinar, explore ways to achieve and maintain full program enrollment. Learn about the elements of effective outreach and recruitment.

Policies and Regulations

Enrollment, 45 CFR §1302.15

Programs must maintain their funded enrollment level and fill any vacancy as soon as possible. Explore this Head Start Program Performance Standard for enrollment regulations and expectations.

Topic:Eligibility (ERSEA)


Resource Type: Article

National Centers: Program Management and Fiscal Operations

Last Updated: October 28, 2019