Eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance (ERSEA) are some of the most important services performed by Head Start programs. This resource outlines strategies and guiding questions to help programs manage their ERSEA efforts. It identifies ways to build responsive systems to effectively deliver each element:
- Eligibility services find and enroll children and families with the greatest need.
- Recruitment services use data to measure and manage outreach efforts.
- Selection services identify responsive criteria to prioritize Head Start-eligible families.
- Enrollment services support reaching and maintaining a full enrollment all year.
- Attendance services include policies and procedures for working with key stakeholders to promote children's regular attendance.
How Responsive ERSEA Services Build on Community Assessments
ERSEA Essentials: How Responsive ERSEA Services Build on Community Assessments
Narrator: Community assessment plays an important role in every aspect of enrolling and serving Head Start-eligible children. Come with me as we look at how community assessment data can inform eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance, which is also known as ERSEA.
Data collected as part of the community assessment can help programs identify where eligible children and their families are living in the larger service area. Data also allows programs to fine tune where to focus recruitment efforts. Having up-to-date information around children’s needs and available community services will support programs in crafting appropriate selection priorities. With these priorities, programs can enroll those children who will most benefit from Head Start services.
Referrals from community service providers will enable programs to develop a waitlist of eligible children and maintain full enrollment. And finally, accurate community assessment data will inform program planning on how to overcome barriers to consistent attendance. As a result, enrolled children will have the benefit of a full Head Start experience.
A strong, up-to-date community assessment is the foundation for ERSEA, which is the gateway to your program.Close
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Program Management and Fiscal Operations
Audience: Directors and Managers
Last Updated: March 10, 2023