COVID-19 and the Head Start Community

Supporting Economic Stability

There are a number of things Head Start programs can do to support family economic stability while their communities are maintaining social distance. This section is regularly updated with the most relevant guidance and resources. All published resources are listed under Recent Updates.

Building Foundations for Economic Mobility (BFEM)
Head Start and Early Head Start programs are well positioned to partner with families to achieve their goals. Explore this collection of resources from the BFEM Initiative to help families focus on their well-being and progress.

Economic Mobility Toolkit for Head Start and Early Head Start
Respond to families' concerns about economic stability. Explore this toolkit as a one-stop shop for everything programs need to know about financial capability services, education, and employment offerings for Head Start and Early Head Start families.

How Non-filers Can Get Their Economic Impact Payment
If families don't usually file a tax return, help them submit their information to get an Economic Impact Payment, also known as the coronavirus stimulus check.

Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments
Learn more about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) coronavirus response and discover tax help for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations, and others—including health plans—affected by COVID-19.

Earned Income Tax Credit and Other Refundable Tax Credits
Review information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and child tax credits. These credits are among the largest IRS public benefits for low-income households. Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care staff can ensure families are informed about these credits and other financial tools. Use these resources to help determine eligibility and next steps.

Helping Parents Finance Their Education and Training Goals
Learn about opportunities and challenges for families as they pursue their education and training goals. Find resources families can use to weigh their financial options, including savings, student loan comparisons, and budgeting.

Helping Staff and Families Understand and Use Credit to Achieve Financial Goals
Learn about the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Office of Financial Empowerment. Discover how to access credit reports, submit a complaint to CFPB, and more.

Partnering with Community Colleges to Support Student Parents
Explore how Head Start and Early Head Start programs can play a role in helping student parents identify higher education programs in their area. Learn ways to partner with community colleges to push for the creation of resources for student parents.

Partnering with Parents on Their Education and Training Goals
Explore the range of goals and needs that families typically identify during family goal-setting activities. Discover effective strategies you can use to connect families to resources and opportunities through referrals and community partnerships.

Connect with staff from around the country to exchange ideas and share resources. There are regularly scheduled orientations for new users. Consider joining the Economic Mobility community.