Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) tasks are some of the most important work performed by Head Start programs. ERSEA governs how programs determine eligibility, enroll children, and track attendance. Discover resources to help programs assess the needs of their communities and recruit the children and families most in need. Explore materials and tools to help programs market their services, and develop and implement selection criteria. Also, find resources to identify community partners and better address community needs.
Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) systems provide for effective access to the Head Start program for children and families. Discover resources to improve your ERSEA system.Learn More
1302.13 Recruitment of Children
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 serving special populations.Learn More
1302 Subpart B—Program Structure
Explore the Head Start Program Performance Standards around requirements for determining program structure. Program options include center-based, home-based, family child care, and locally designed variations.Learn More
Poverty Guidelines and Determining Eligibility
When working with families, use the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) Poverty Guidelines to determine income eligibility for participation in Head Start and Early Head Start programs.Learn More