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ERIC Number: ED639925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Selecting Families with the Greatest Needs: Lessons from the Head Start REACH Case Studies. OPRE Research Brief. OPRE Report 2023-297
Caroline Lauver; Harshini Shah; Louisa Tarullo
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Head Start programs engage parents to support children's growth from birth through age 5 through services that promote early learning and development, health, and family well-being. These programs specifically seek to assist families with low incomes and families facing a variety of other adversities. The Head Start REACH: Strengthening Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Approaches with Families project is focused on understanding the eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance/ retention (ERSEA) approaches that Head Start programs use to engage Head Start--eligible families experiencing adversities. In this brief, the authors detail how programs develop and implement their criteria and processes for selecting families for enrollment. Selection refers to the procedures a program follows to assess their community's needs, update their selection criteria, and use those criteria to assign points to submitted applications. The authors highlight how programs use their selection processes to identify and select families with the greatest need. They also summarize approaches that programs perceive as successful and those that reflect opportunities for growth. The Methods section at the end of this brief details the sampling, data collection, and analysis methods.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. Administration for Children & Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE); Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) (ACF/DHHS), Office of Head Start (OHS); Mathematica
Grant or Contract Numbers: HHSP233201500035I; 75P00120F37053