Responding to COVID-19

How Head Start can help support vulnerable children and families

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in older adults or individuals with underlying medical conditions.

How can we limit the spread?

Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases by avoiding close contact with people who are sick; covering cough and sneeze; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and washing your hands with soap and water.

What should you do if you're sick?

If you are sick with COVID-19, or suspect you are, follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community.

Head Start plays an essential role in the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of children and families all across the country. As the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus continues, we recommend that Head Start programs closely monitor the recommendations of public health officials regarding how to slow the spread of COVID-19.

There is no higher priority for Team NHSA than the health and safety of Head Start children, families, and staff. We are working hard to share the Head Start community’s concerns with decision-makers in Washington, D.C, and we will support you in every way that we can during this difficult time.

We pledge to remain unwavering in our work and promise to abide by the highest set of principles in our commitment to the Head Start family.

We have compiled lists of helpful resources to assist you with information on the best pactices to keep families and children healthy and safe. Additional resources on program management are also included to provide guidance during these unprecedented times. We will continue to update these resources lists as more becomes available.


See how programs across the country are finding new solutions to better support children and families in their community.

Need Additional Support?

On Wednesdays, we are hosting weekly "kitchen table" community conversations for NHSA members until the threat of COVID-19 has subsided.