Resources to Help Grantees Understand Final Rule on Head Start Eligibility
The Final Rule on Head Start Eligibility codifies statutory eligibility requirements revised in the Improving Head Start Act of 2007 and strengthens procedures programs use to determine eligibility. It provides programs with clear instructions on how to determine if families are either income or categorically eligible for Head Start services. The Rule provides a balanced approach to program administration, improves overall program effectiveness, and better aligns Head Start with current practices in the field.
According to the Office of Head Start (OHS), the final rule will ensure the neediest children and families in our country benefit from Head Start services first.
The Eligibility final rule became effective March 12, 2015. However, Head Start programs still have a lot of questions. So the OHS released a few documents to help grantees better understand the rule.