Head Start & Early Head Start Center Closure




Effective Monday, March 16th, all Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency Head Start locations will close due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. This includes our location at the Life Learning Center in Bondhill, the Theodore Berry Center in West End, Winton Campus, Millvale Early Learning Center, Camp Washington Center, and Discovering Minds Learning Center in Bondhill. Centers will remain closed through Friday, April 3rd, reopening on Monday, April 6th. The health and safety of our students and families are our highest priority and we want to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus.

A letter went out to Head Start/Early Head Start parents on Friday, March 13th with detailed information on how we are taking action in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. You may preview the letter below:

Dear Parents:
As you know, there has been much discussion about the coronavirus virus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our families and children are our priority. After much deliberation and with consultation with the Cincinnati Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health, we have made the decision to close all Head Start and Early Head Start sites effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020. The program will reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020. We want to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus and to ensure that all of children and families are safe.

We will be creating learning packets for parents to pick up on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM that will contain learning materials that parents can complete with their children. We strongly encourage all families to subscribe to ReadyRosie, our parenting curriculum, as well.

The Ohio Department of Health and the CDC indicate that the measures we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses, like the common cold or the flu, are basic good health practices and are the most effective way to protect yourself and your family against COVID-19. These measures are:
  • Consider getting a seasonal flu shot. It is not too late! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a yearly flu shot for all children 6 months to 5 years and anyone who cares for children in that age range.
  • Make sure to cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Encourage frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water for at least 20
    seconds. Remind your child and model frequent handwashing at home.
  • If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects such as toys and doorknobs.
  • Stay at home if you are sick and away from others so you do not pass it on.
    If there are any changes in the dates or the duration of the closure, parents will be notified via the parent information line at (513) 569-1842, our Facebook page, and local news outlets.
    If you would like additional information, please feel free to reach out to our Health Coordinator Micah Davis at (513) 569-1840 extension 1418 or via email at mdavis@cincy-caa.org. You can also contact your child’s Site Administrator/ Principal.
    Sincerely,
    Renee Daniel
    Vice President of Early Childhood Education