At a Glance: Region XI Head Start During the COVID-19 Pandemic: New Supports for Staff

Publication Date: August 3, 2021
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Introduction

Research Questions

  1. What new professional development and day-to-day operation supports did Region XI Head Start children’s programs provide for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  2. What supports to improve staff well-being did Region XI Head Start children’s programs provide for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  3. What supports to improve staff retention did Region XI Head Start children’s programs provide for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2019 (AIAN FACES 2019) is a study describing the children, families, and programs in Region XI Head Start. In 2019, there were about 145 Region XI Head Start programs across the United States. These programs served about 20,000 children, and most of those children were AIAN. AIAN FACES spring 2020 data collection began in late February, but most programs were shut down by mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AIAN FACES study team, with advice from members of the AIAN FACES Workgroup, created a survey based on COVID-19 and collected data from program and center directors from June 2, 2020 to July 17, 2020.

Key Findings and Highlights

  1. Region XI Head Start children’s programs provided many supports for professional development and day-to-day operations for their staff during the COVID-19 pandemic that were not provided before.
  2. Region XI Head Start children’s programs encouraged staff to engage in many new or increased supports to improve their well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Region XI Head Start children’s programs provided many new or increased supports to improve staff retention during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Citation

Walker, A., Barofsky, M., & Hoard, L. (2021). At a Glance: Region XI Head Start During the COVID-19 Pandemic: New Supports for Staff. OPRE Report #2021-106, Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Glossary

AIAN FACES 2019:
American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2019
Region XI Head Start:
Head Start grants to federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes