Eligibility

Training and Research Foundation Head Start relies on the following information to determine eligibility:

  • Child’s age (0-5)
  • Income Verification (TANF/ SSI/Foster/1040 Tax Return (previous year)/W-2)
  • Proof of Address (Utility bill, cable bill, etc.)

Recruitment

TRF recruits throughout the year. We partner with many agencies and community programs to be visible and promote TRF services. TRF parents assist with recruitment in distributing flyers, informing their neighbors, family and friends of TRF services.

Selection

TRF uses a selection point system to select children based on highest to lowest points.  This process includes foster & homeless children, as well as children with disabilities to participate in the program based on the need as well as the educational plan (IEP).

Enrollment

Eligible and selected children are enrolled. TRF continuously enrolls children throughout the program year.

Attendance

Children’s attendance is crucial as they will benefit from educational and health services. Should a child be absent for excused reasons, it is highly recommended that the parent contact the site to report the absence and reason.

Parent workshops are offered for free throughout the program year such as:

  • Nutrition & Health
  • Education
  • Disabilities
  • Child Abuse Prevention
  • Domestic Violence information
  • Parent Advocacy
  • Parent Volunteerism
  • Male Involvement
  • Parent, Family & Community Engagement

Parent, Family & Community Engagement

TRF strives to meet the needs of each child and their family by providing parent activities and encouraging parent participation throughout the program.  One of TRF’s goals is to prepare children for the elementary school years by empowering families to participate in many activities such as workshops or trainings which will enable them to be effective advocates and parents.  With a primary focus on family self-sufficiency, we help parents to support their child’s school readiness goals and classroom curriculum at home, provide families with support during transition into Head Start and into Kindergarten and opportunities for parents to strengthen their leadership and advocacy skills.

HEALTH

TRF ensures that every child enrolled and before, must have up-to-date immunizations, a current physical and dental exam each year. As part of the programs’ goals, TRF provides health education activities/topics such as asthma, child obesity, childhood lead, childhood diseases, updates on immunization information. TRF screens all children for vision and hearing, and works collaboratively with UCLA Vision to ensure all children have a thorough screening. Heights and weight screenings are done twice a year for each enrolled childas part of the growth assessment. Mobile units are utilized to assist families in updating their child’s immunizations or for the parent. These services are free and highly recommended for families to participate.