Tip Sheet on Recruitment Strategies for Head Start Enrollment

In an effort to reach those most in need of Head Start services, each Head Start grantee and delegate agency must develop and implement a recruitment process. Program staff members can use this tip sheet to establish their recruitment and selection criteria. This process is designed to actively inform all potentially eligible families of the availability of services and encourage them to apply. Note: This resource is under review.

In order to reach those most in need of Head Start services, each Head Start grantee and delegate agency must develop and implement a recruitment process that is designed to actively inform all families of the availability of services and encourage them to apply. This process may include canvassing the local community, use of public service announcements, and referrals from other agencies. As you plan your recruitment efforts, you may want to consider the following:

  • Defining the geographic recruitment area
  • Developing a recruitment plan consistent with the community’s goals
  • Establishing recruitment goals such as targeting unserved populations see ACYF-IM-HS-99-09 for more information
  • Identifying specific recruitment strategies that include considerations for linguistic diversity
  • Coordinating the agency's community outreach and awareness with other community agencies
  • Determining specific strategies to recruit children who have severe disabilities as required in 45 CFR 1308.5(f)
  • Establishing collaborations with child care agencies
  • Distributing flyers, brochures and other program information. See Quick Recruiting Tips for more strategies.
  • Establishing relationships with the local education agencies (LEA) for children who may be eligible for dual placements.

Source:
45 CFR 1305

Tip Sheet on Recruitment Strategies for Head Start Enrollment. HHS/ACF/ACYF/HSB. n.d. English.

Last Reviewed: October 2012

Last Updated: October 27, 2016