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

  • Child’s age (6 – 30 months)
  • Income Verification (TANF/ SSI/Foster/1040 2021 Tax Return
  • Proof of Address (Utility bill, cable bill, etc.)


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.


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).


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


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.


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.