ECD: The Latest

April 30, 2021

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5 Things You Need to Know

April 29th marked the First 100 days of the Biden-Harris Administration.


In this Issue:

  • Check out the latest ACF Family Room Blog from ECD
  • ECD: The Latest Live - Virtual convening Registration


Five Things You Need to Know

  1. The largest investment in child care in U.S. history is made.
  2. More than 6 million early childhood educators and teachers get vaccinated in March.
  3. Head Start grantees will start to receive $1B funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.
  4. Executive Orders focus on addressing COVID-19 and racial equity.
  5. Latest Resources

This is Our Moment: Transforming Child Care through the American Rescue Plan and Cross-Sector Partner Engagement

April 30, 2021

By Katie Hamm, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Early Childhood Development


Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve heard from countless child care providers who have gone to enormous lengths to keep their doors open, using personal credit cards; dipping into personal savings; and even forgoing a salary themselves to pay staff. And they’ve done this while risking their own health to care for our country’s children. Essential work happened throughout the pandemic only because our child care providers made personal sacrifices. Read more here.

ECD: The Latest Live - Virtual Convening Registration

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Time: 3:00 pm ET


Please join The Office of Early Childhood Development as they host a monthly webinar series focused on the latest updates on the American Rescue Plan Act guidance and implementation. Speakers will share innovative strategies, resources and technical assistance, and include parent and provider voices from the field. The monthly webinar will be a live forum for ACF leadership to share progress on implementation and respond to questions that have been submitted. Participants will be able to submit questions to be answered during the webinar.

Link to registration info

The largest investment in child care in U.S. history is made.

The Office of Child Care released $39 billion in child care funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, which will help hundreds of thousands of child care providers keep their doors open and support millions of children. We also released $10 billion in child care funding that Congress passed in December 2020 and released guidance.

More than 6 million early childhood educators and teachers get vaccinated in March.

More than 6 million early childhood educators and teachers get vaccinated in March.

With the CDC and early childhood partners, we launched a national outreach and social media campaign (#Sleeveup4HeadStart and #Sleeveup4childcare) for early childhood educators, featuring child care provider videos. The social media campaign reached more 8 million people.


A CDC survey drew 40,000 responses from early childhood education staff and nearly 80% indicated they received their first shot!

Head Start grantees will start to receive $1B funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Head Start grantees will start to receive $1B funding from the American Rescue Plan Act

These funds will support Head Start programs in the return to in-person services, summer programming, family support, health and safety, facilities improvements, transportation and more!

Executive Orders focus on addressing COVID-19 and racial equity

The Office of Early Childhood Development established a federal interagency working group with 14 offices across the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education to coordinate in support of reopening early childhood programs and supporting those that have. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we released updated guidelines for child care centers and family child care homes to prevent COVID-19 spread and shared updates with Head Start grantees and Child Care and Development Fund Lead Agencies on reopening safely.

We’re collaborating with colleagues across HHS to identify policies and practices that support racial equity, and we’re supporting the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.


Full Text Executive Orders:

Voices from the Field

California family childcare provider tells why she got her COVID-19 vaccination and encourages other educators to get vaccinated, too.

Office of Early Childhood Development

ECD acts as a catalyst to create collective impact and support early learning and care of our nation's children and their families. This newsletter is for early childhood field catalysts and our partners in this work.