About CARING for Children with COVID

The CARING for Children with COVID program is led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). This program leverages the clinical networks of NICHD, NHLBI, and NIAID to research SARS-CoV-2 infection in children and related conditions, including multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).

More information about the clinical networks is available in the following sections and more details about the research they are conducting is available on the Research page.

Collaborating Institutes

About NHLBI: NHLBI is the global leader in conducting and supporting research in heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders that advances scientific knowledge, improves public health, and saves lives. For more information, visit https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov.

About NICHD: NICHD leads research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all. For more information, visit https://www.nichd.nih.gov.

About NIAID: NIAID conducts and supports research — at NIH, throughout the United States, and worldwide — to study the causes of infectious and immune-mediated diseases, and to develop better means of preventing, diagnosing and treating these illnesses. News releases, fact sheets and other NIAID-related materials are available at https://www.niaid.nih.gov/.

Networks Conducting CARING Clinical Studies

Collaboration among the participating NIH institutes enables alignment among the following networks to study SARS-CoV-2 infection in children:


Data from CARING for Children with COVID activities will be housed in three cloud-based, interoperable data ecosystems to leverage existing resources and to facilitate data analysis and comparisons.

Datasets on these platforms will be made widely available to allow more researchers to conduct additional analyses and make more discoveries. Some early data are expected to become available in the first half of 2021.

More information about CARING for Children with COVID data ecosystems is available on the Research page.

Support for CARING Research

Research conducted as part of the CARING for Children with COVID effort is supported in part by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the ‘‘CARES Act.”

Coordination of CARING with Other NIH Institutes and Centers and Non-NIH Groups

Other NIH-supported research to better understand the impacts of SARS-CoV-2 infection and the COVID-19 pandemic on children is underway. To learn more about some of these groups and their efforts, go to the Related Activities page.