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NOCAC Head Start will actively develop and implement a recruitment process designed to actively inform all families with eligible children within the recruitment area of the availability of program services, and encourage and assist them in applying for admission into the program. The program will include specific efforts to actively locate and recruit children with disabilities and other vulnerable children, including homeless children and children in foster care.


  1. Recruitment is a team effort and is done continuously throughout the program year not only to maintain enrollment and a wait list for the current program year, but also to start to think about the following years enrollment starting January 1st (Please see Enrollment and Recruitment Plan).
  2. The Social Services Manager tracks all recruitment activities and actively seeks out new and exciting ways in which to recruit eligible children based on the information collected from the programs Community Assessment.
  3. Ongoing recruitment strategies will include but are not limited to:
    1. Door to door contacts
    2. Press releases and advertisements in local newspapers, radio and television (**must be approved by the Child Development Director in advance**)
    3. Word of mouth to parents of age-eligible children
    4. Participation in community events, fairs, and festivals
    5. Social media/Websites
    6. Every Door Direct through the United States Postal Service
    7. Postcards
    8. Community partners/Networking meetings
    9. Posting Head Start brochures and posters at area businesses:
      1. Gas stations
      2. Grocery stores
      3. Food pantries
      4. Libraries
      5. Pizza establishments
      6. Subway
      7. Thrift shops
    10. Recruitment materials are available upon request by emailing the Social Services Manager and/or the Family Advocates.

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    1302.13
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    


Effective Date:   8/7/17 Reviewed Date:   10/15/21
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council:    
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