COVID-19 and the Head Start Community

Sites Currently Serving Children

If your Head Start program remains open during this time, the health and safety of staff, families, and children is the highest priority. Programs choosing to remain open must adhere to guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health officials. This section is regularly updated with the most relevant guidance and resources. All published resources are listed under Recent Updates.

Follow CDC Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs. All facilities should continue to adhere to state and local child care licensing policies and regulations unless otherwise notified by state or local officials. Facilities currently serving children should address these additional considerations:

Adhere to current guidance about gatherings and events.

  • Avoid gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. [PDF, 679KB]
  • Plan to limit non-essential visitors and postpone or cancel use of classroom volunteers.

Discussion with CDC Regarding Guidance for Child Care Programs That Remain Open
On April 14, 2020, the Office of Child Care (OCC) hosted a webinar regarding CDC and Prevention (CDC) guidance for child care, including the latest Guidance for Child Care Programs That Remain Open. CDC staff members answered questions related to this guidance, and OCC staff members answered policy- and programmatic-specific questions.

Explore additional guidance on effective hand-washing and hygiene, information for families, cleaning and disinfecting your center, and using your program preparedness policies in this book.

The CDC offers support on issues such as talking with children and helping children cope with emergencies.