Available Slots: Analyze Enrollment

Each program needs a process to ensure that families experiencing homelessness receive services. It means providing immediate support and services to a family even if there are no available classroom slots.

Crystal's Story

Crystal is a two-year-old girl who lives with her mother. She is eligible for Early Head Start services based on homelessness and Early Head Start must enroll her. Programs don't always have slots available for new enrollees even though they are eligible for services. To see examples of what some programs might do for Crystal, select the links below.

  • Program #1 strategy

    Program #1 strategy

    Program #1 is a rural Early Head Start program in a community with very few families experiencing homelessness. The program will provide services to Crystal and her family until a slot becomes available.

  • Program #2 strategy

    Program #2 strategy

    Program #2 is a suburban Early Head Start program in a community where occasionally they encounter families experiencing homelessness. Program #2 will provide services to Crystal and her mother immediately and will arrange transportation to Redwood Early Head Start program, a more distant program that has an available slot. Once a slot becomes open in Program #2, the Redwood Early Head Start program and Program #2 will discuss with the family the option of moving to Program #2 since it is closer to the family. They will not require the move if the family prefers to stay in the Redwood Early Head Start program.

  • Program #3 strategy

    Program #3 strategy

    Program #3 is an urban Early Head Start program. Families experiencing homelessness frequently come to this program so it keeps slots available. In fact, Program #3 has a partnership with four area shelters which pick up and drop off children who are staying at the shelter. Program #3 will enroll Crystal immediately.

Available Slots: Explore Information

Before you work on strategies for addressing the issue of available slots in your own enrollment plan, do the following:

  • Review the information in the links below.
  • Discuss with a colleague how the information might apply to your enrollment plan.

Available Slots: Build Your Plan

In creating your enrollment plan, use the checklist below as you review and develop strategies regarding available slots to ensure that they address issues related to families experiencing homelessness. For more information, select the Tell me more links.

  • I have reviewed the strategies regarding available slots in the Analyze Enrollment and Explore Information tabs. Tell me more

    I have reviewed the strategies regarding available slots

    Consider the following questions:

    • Did you notice that the strategies regarding available slots may change depending upon the location of the program (rural, suburban, or urban)?
    • How do the strategies regarding available slots take into account how many families experiencing homelessness the program usually serves?
    • Do the strategies regarding available slots ensure that children experiencing homelessness will be able to attend a program?
  • I have considered whether any of the strategies regarding available slots in the Analyze Enrollment and Explore Information tabs will work in my program. Tell me more

    I have considered whether any of the strategies regarding available slots will work in my program

    Consider the following questions:

    • Can you use any of the strategies regarding available slots in your own program? Which ones?
    • Are there any of the strategies regarding available slots that will not work in your program? Which ones? Why won't they work?
    • Are there other strategies regarding available slots you might want to include in your enrollment plan?
  • I have thought about my strategies regarding available slots and how I might change them to help families experiencing homelessness. Tell me more

    I have thought about my strategies regarding available slots

    Consider the following questions:

    • Do your current strategies regarding available slots ensure that children experiencing homelessness will be able to attend your program?
    • What kind of strategies regarding available slots will work in your program?
    • What type of strategies regarding available slots should you include in your enrollment plan that will support families experiencing homelessness?
  • I have begun to formulate my strategies regarding available slots or have updated my existing strategies. Tell me more

    I have begun to formulate my strategies regarding available slots or have updated my existing strategies

    Consider the following questions:

    • Is there information in the Explore Information tab that can help you create or update your strategies regarding available slots?
    • Do you need to change your existing strategies regarding available slots to take into account families experiencing homelessness? How should you change them?
    • What strategies regarding available slots do you need to include in your enrollment plan to support families experiencing homelessness?
    • Have you reviewed your strategies regarding available slots to see if they ensure that children experiencing homelessness will be able to attend your program? What did you determine?

Last Updated: July 9, 2014