At a Glance: Region XI Head Start During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Preparation for Future Emergencies

Publication Date: August 3, 2021
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Introduction

Research Questions

  1. To what extent was the ability to use Head Start funds more flexibly in times of emergency helpful to Region XI Head Start children’s programs directors?
  2. To what extent was the guidance to create a plan for continuing operations helpful to Region XI Head Start children’s programs directors?
  3. What supports do Region XI Head Start children’s program directors hope to have to prepare for future emergencies?

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. The majority of Region XI Head Start children’s program directors thought the ability to use Head Start funds more flexibly in times of emergency was very helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. More than ½ of Region XI Head Start children’s program directors thought guidance to create a plan for continuing operations was very helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Region XI Head Start children’s program directors hope to have many different supports to prepare for future emergencies, especially trainings for family services staff and other staff to deliver content and services remotely.

Citation

Walker, A., Barofsky, M., & Hoard, L. (2021). At a Glance: Region XI Head Start During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Preparation for Future Emergencies. OPRE Report #2021-107, 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