Eligibility (ERSEA)


Recruitment is the second step in a program’s Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) services. Head Start programs need to be strategic and thoughtful in their recruitment planning efforts. Explore these resources to learn how to help Head Start programs refine their recruitment plans and messaging, and ways to monitor recruitment efforts.

Tools and Resources

ERSEA: Developing Effective Recruitment Services

Recruiting for Head Start programs is a systematic year-round process.  Use this resource to find tips and guiding questions to help you manage your program’s recruitment efforts. Find out how recruitment should be data-informed and measurable. 

Understanding the Hispanic Community in Your Area

In this 15-minute video, learn a process and strategies programs can use to ensure that their community assessment includes specific data to address the needs of Hispanic children and their families.

Policies and Regulations

Recruitment of children, 45 CFR §1302.13

The Head Start Program Performance Standards require programs to reach those most in need of services. Review these regulations to learn about specific recruitment areas and how to serve special populations.

Topic:Eligibility (ERSEA)


Resource Type: Article

National Centers: Program Management and Fiscal Operations

Last Updated: March 15, 2019