COVID-19 and the Head Start Community

Opening and Operating In-person Services

For programs providing in-person services, the health and safety of staff, families, and children is the highest priority. Programs must adhere to guidance from the CDC and local health officials. Explore considerations for reopening and operating Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Latest Updates lists all published resources.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Resources
We need to use all of our prevention tools to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, and vaccines are one of the strategies to protect your health and prevent disease. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Find answers to Head Start and Early Head Start grantees’ common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about what CDC experts are saying about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Before Reopening

  • COVID-19 and Early Care and Education Considerations Before Reopening
  • Early care and education directors and staff, and training and technical assistance staff can use this tool to find resources and practices for caring for children during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • COVID-19: Health and Hygiene
    Head Start and Early Head Start programs should take steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 among their staff, children, and families. CDC provides up-to-date information about the current outbreak. 
  • Reopening Infant/Toddler Programs: Transition Tips
    Relationships and continuity are key to infant and toddler development. As programs prepare to open their doors and welcome back babies and their families, they can use these strategies to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation
    Temporary closures or reduced operations of a building and a reduction in water use can create hazards when it comes time for reopening. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated guidance with specific steps to minimize such risks.     

Operating In-person During COVID-19

Supporting Children with Disabilities

Bringing children and families back together after an unexpected, long break has many benefits. It allows time for families to connect with each other, provide routines and structure for children, and prepare children and families who are transitioning to kindergarten. This will also provide a time to update health and medical records and complete assessments or evaluations.

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