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This research brief uses nationally representative data from the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AIAN FACES 2019) to understand how Region XI Head Start children’s centers responded early in the COVID-19 pandemic to support children and families. It describes the strategies that children’s centers used to communicate with families and the needs that families reported to center staff. It also explores whether children’s centers provided supports that corresponded with families’ needs and how the services and referrals that children’s centers provided to children and families changed during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This brief describes the implementation of We Grow Together, a research-based professional development system for caregivers working with infants and toddlers in center-based care and family child care homes.

This brief describes differences in beliefs, knowledge, and practices of infant and toddler caregivers from fall 2018 to spring 2019 — before and after implementation of the We Grow Together Professional Development System.

The AIAN FACES 2021-22 data collection will examine child, family, and staff well-being in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022. Head Start program leaders, federal staff, and researchers recognize the need for information about how children, families, teachers, and programs are doing to inform and support children, families, and programs following the COVID-19 pandemic in Region XI.

This brief describes the professional development experiences of caregivers and PD providers that participated in the field test of the We Grow Together Professional Development System.

Explore OPRE's infographic on barriers to communicating with Region XI Head Start children's families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Explore OPRE's new infographic on the new supports offered to Region XI Head Start staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Explore OPRE's infographic on Region XI Head Start's preparation for future emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Explore this OPRE funded research brief that uses nationally representative data from the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES 2019) to understand the prevalence of material hardships, financial strain, and social supports among parents with children in Head Start.

Explore this brief that describes four research projects evaluating two-generation approaches to supporting children and parents together in the context of Head Start.