Enrollment Information

Prior to enrollment, the Head Start Family Services staff and/or Partnership Specialist assists the parent or legal guardian in completing the necessary forms to apply for enrollment. The information that is supplied by the parent or guardian is confidential and maintained in locked file cabinets and password protected computers in the Head Start center and administrative office.

FAMILY INCOME ELIGIBILITY

A. Under-Income Guidelines Slots: At least 55% of the funded enrollment must be children from “low-income families”. These families’ total annual income before taxes is less than the most current HHS Poverty Income Guidelines. This includes families receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF – better known as Work First Family Assistance). In the event a family receiving SSI or TANF has an annual income above the HHS guidelines, they are still considered for an “under-income slot”. All family income may be for the past 12 months preceding the month in which the application is made or for the entire previous calendar year, whichever more accurately reflects the family’s current needs.

B. Over-Income Guidelines Slots:

  1. No more than 35%% of the funded enrollment may be considered for children from families with annual incomes between 100% and below 130% of the most current HHS Poverty Family Income Guidelines.
  2. No more than 10% of the funded enrollment may be considered for children from families with annual incomes 130% and above the most current HHS Poverty Family Income Guidelines.

When applications are received on more children meeting the income eligibility than the program can accommodate, the children receiving the most points according to the “Weight Scale” will be given first preference. Priorities for enrollment will include children from the following categories: from families receiving public assistance – SSI and/or TANF, from families with the lowest incomes, and children who are defined as “homeless” according to the definition of “homeless children and youths” in Section 725 (2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The exception to this priority status will be one or more of the following circumstances:

(1) When transportation is not possible to a top priority child’s home due to distance from the center, unsafe road conditions, limited space on the Head Start bus, and/or the parents are unable to provide transportation for their child (unless the child is eligible for the home-based option.)

(2) When there is not an available slot in a particular age group/classroom at the Head Start center or Partnership center; or

(3) When the program has not met its 10% requirement of children with disabilities and must select a child with disabilities over the child whose family receives public assistance (example). If any of these exceptions exist, the next highest priority child will be enrolled.

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Not less than 10% of the total number of children enrolled by BROC Head Start must be children with disabilities, eligible for special education and related services or early intervention services. The term “disabilities” means children with mental retardation, hearing impairments including deafness, speech or language impairments, visual impairments including blindness, serious emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairments, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, deaf-blindness, or multiple disabilities, and who, by reason thereof, need special education and related services. The term “children with disabilities” for children aged 3 to 5, inclusive, may, at a State’s discretion, include children experiencing developmental delays, as defined by the State and as measured by appropriate diagnostic instruments and procedures, in one or more of the following areas: Physical development, cognitive development, communication development, social or emotional development, or adaptive development, and who, by reason thereof, need special education and related services. If Head Start is not an appropriate placement according to the child’s Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.), referrals are made to the most appropriate childcare facility.

When applications are received on more children meeting the income eligibility than the program can accommodate, the children receiving the most points according to the “Weight Scale” will be given first preference. Priorities for enrollment will include children from the following categories: from families receiving public assistance – SSI and/or TANF, from families with the lowest incomes, and children who are defined as “homeless” according to the definition of “homeless children and youths” in Section 725 (2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The exception to this priority status will be one or more of the following circumstances:

(1) When transportation is not possible to a top priority child’s home due to distance from the center, unsafe road conditions, limited space on the Head Start bus, and/or the parents are unable to provide transportation for their child (unless the child is eligible for the home-based option.)

(2) When there is not an available slot in a particular age group/classroom at the Head Start center or Partnership center; or

(3) When the program has not met its 10% requirement of children with disabilities and must select a child with disabilities over the child whose family receives public assistance (example). If any of these exceptions exist, the next highest priority child will be enrolled.