The National Head Start Association (NHSA) Disaster Relief Fund is used to assist NHSA member Head Start and Early Head Start programs and their staff and families who become victims of natural disasters. We define a natural disaster as the following: a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth; examples include floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes. A natural disaster can cause loss of life or property damage.

The fund provides the following:

  • Program Award – Head Start/Early Head Start Program: Up to $5,000 per program
  • Individual Award – Head Start/Early Head Start employee or parent: Up to $500 per employee/parent

Total program request including assistance to program and staff/parents not to exceed $5,000

A request for assistance should not already be covered by other assistance such as FEMA, building, automobile, or medical insurance, etc. Examples of acceptable need include (but are not limited to):

  • Reimbursement for car or building insurance deductibles
  • Expenses incurred by Head Start Parents or Staff made homeless or temporarily displaced from their homes due to disaster damage
  • Vehicle repair to damage caused by disaster not covered by insurance
  • Medical costs as a result of disaster not covered by insurance

Disaster Relief Fund Requirements & Guidelines

Head Start program seeking NHSA disaster relief funds must be a current Program Member of the NHSA. Applications must be submitted by the director of the Head Start/Early Head Start program seeking assistance for itself, staff or parents. The Head Start Director must be responsible for ensuring the following:

  • Accountability for funds.
  • Disbursing funds as easily and quickly as possible.
  • Funds are not used to duplicate other assistance programs.
  • Funds requested should be in proportion to the need.
  • Creating easy, short forms for fund recipients to certify and sign.
  • Keeping proper records.
  • Providing a final report to NHSA sixty (60) days after expending funds.

How to apply

To apply for disaster relief, please download and complete the following forms and send them to Joel C. Saldaña, Jr., at

How can you help?

Donate to the NHSA’s Disaster Relief Fund