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Our mission has been and will always be to support early childhood programs. We have no hidden agenda. Your health & safety is our top priority. We have been disappointed by the lack of uniformity across the country in guidance for early childhood professionals. 

Based on the latest information, we encourage child care programs to temporarily cease operations. We do not take this decision lightly, as we recognize the financial impact this will have on many. Please read our full post on the subject, which you can find here: Coronavirus: It is Time for Child Care Programs to Close 


We recognize child care is an essential service and it is vital that front line workers have access to child care. For those continuing to operate, check out our online course for recommendations on how best to continue operations during this public health crisis. 

COVID-19 Resources

The resources on COVID-19 below are free to use and free to share. Don't forget to wash your hands and check back for additional resources as the situation continues to evolve.

COVID-19 Resources in Spanish

As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread, we know there are concerns, especially among early childhood professionals. So, we wanted to provide this information to you so that you can be as informed as possible. This is an evolving situation, and public health officials do not have all the answers yet, but we will be presenting on what we do know so far. As the situation evolves, the course will be updated to include the latest information.

Video sobre el coronavirus del Presidente de Region II Head Start, Iran Rodriguez.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic - National Dashboard for Early Childhood


The Institute for Childhood Preparedness is committed to providing you with the latest information during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. We understand that these are challenging times and there is a considerable amount of conflicting information at this time. Our experts are committed to helping cut through the noise and provide you with the essential information you need as an early childhood professional.

The image above depicts the current status of early childhood programs in the United States. While over 38 states have opted to close their K-12 programs, we have not seen similar action taken to close early childhood programs. This disparate approach is confusing. Currently, only six states have closed early childhood programs. 

Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us. We continue to engage public health departments, licensing authorities and policy makers about the latest scientific information on coronavirus. While many sectors are beginning to recognize that child care is essential - that does not mean that early childhood professionals should work without the highest levels of safety and protection. 

Our online Coronavirus course provides a plethora of information from pandemic and public health experts. Please check this page often, and refer to our blogs below, as they are constantly updated with the
latest information.

 COVID-19 Resources for Educators

Pandemic Influenza: Advice and Suggestions from an Expert

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs

Talking with children about the Corona Virus Disease 2019

COVID-19 Blogs