Highlighting the Importance of Head Start's Full Enrollment Initiative

The Office of Head Start (OHS) is committed to preparing America’s most vulnerable children to succeed by providing grantees with resources needed to deliver services to children and families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being. To achieve this, Head Start programs must provide services to 100 percent of the children they are funded to serve. Section 642(g) of the Head Start Act requires each Head Start agency to enroll 100 percent of its funded enrollment and maintain an active waiting list at all times with ongoing outreach to the community and activities to identify underserved populations.

The recently issued program instruction states the importance of full enrollment. It outlines the right of OHS to designate an agency as "Chronically Under enrolled" and recapture, withhold, or reduce the base grant for programs not fully enrolled. Review ACF-PI-HS-18-04 for more details.