President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan

Remarks in the plan specific to Head Start

Requiring Staff in Head Start Programs, Department of Defense Schools, and Bureau of Indian Education-Operated Schools to be Vaccinated

To help ensure the safety of students, families, and their communities, the President’s plan includes requirements that teachers and staff at Head Start and Early Head Start programs, teachers and child and youth program personnel at the Department of Defense (DOD), and teachers and staff at Bureau of Indian Education-operated schools get vaccinated. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will initiate rulemaking to implement this policy for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, which provide comprehensive education and child development services to ensure that children are well prepared for kindergarten. The Department of Defense operates 160 K-12 schools for students from military families across the U.S. and abroad, and the Department of the Interior operates 53 schools through the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) across the U.S. on and off tribal lands. These schools and programs collectively serve more than 1 million children each year and employ nearly 300,000 staff. This action will help more schools and early childhood centers safely remain open and give comfort to the many parents that rely on them every day to keep their children safe.

From Region IX Office of Head Start

Region IX is working diligently to identify supportive strategies and resources for all our programs in response to the President’s plan. Below are some additional resources to help in your planning and communication efforts:

A Letter from the Director was sent to grantees as well as CAA agencies today via eblast from Dr. Futrell

The OHS will be updating ECLKC pages with vaccination resources and tools – here are a couple links below:

  • Vaccination for Head Start Staff:
  • COVID 19 General Vaccine Information:

    Vaccine Information
    • Vaccine Education Webinars, Hosted by the Region 9 Head Start Association
      • February 24, Watch the Recording Hear from doctors at UCLA to learn more about COVID-19 Vaccines being distributed and key issues of concern for you, your family and the communities you serve.
      • March 18,  Watch the recording This session features Hawaii Lt. Governor Dr. Josh Green, Dr. Thaddeus Juarez, Pacific Clinics, Los Angeles, CA and Dr. John Molina, Native Health, AZ.
    • For all vaccine education webinar recordings, visit the Region 9 HSA YouTube Channel.
    COVID Vaccine Links
    COVID Vaccine Materials (posters, fact sheets, and policy briefs)


    Head Start California Updates

    COVID-19 Shared Resources: View helpful documents from other Head Start agencies


    Federal, State, and CDC Resources
    State of California
    Office of Head Start Resources
    National Head Start Association Resources
    Other COVID-19 Resources and Information


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