Eligibility (ERSEA)


Selection is the third step of a Head Start program’s Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) services. With careful planning and preparation, programs can ensure they have the data needed to develop and implement their selection criteria. Explore these resources to find ideas programs can use as they plan and implement their selection policies and procedures.

Tools and Resources

ERSEA: Thoughtful Selection Policies and Procedures

Programs must identify and enroll children and families who are most in need of Head Start services. Find tips and questions to  help programs implement thoughtful selection policies and procedures.

Quick Tips for Establishing a Selection Criteria

The Head Start recruitment process requires full program enrollment. Applications are to be taken from as many Head Start-eligible families living within recruitment areas as possible throughout the course of the program year. Grantees and delegate agencies can use this tip sheet to establish their programs’ recruitment efforts. 

Policies and Regulations

Selection Process, 45 CFR §1302.14

A program must use its community assessment to establish selection criteria that prioritize certain children and families. Review this Head Start Program Performance Standard as a guide to build a compliant selection process.

Topic:Eligibility (ERSEA)


Resource Type: Article

National Centers: Program Management and Fiscal Operations

Last Updated: March 13, 2019