Supporting Vaccination Information
Following the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children 6 months and older get the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine, an important step in the fight against the pandemic. CCDF Lead Agencies may use the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP Act) supplemental funds to provide bonuses or other financial incentives to child care providers who choose to stay open extra hours or provide care on the weekends so that parents can be vaccinated. The supplemental funds may also be used to support child care providers in accessing COVID-19 vaccines. Some child care businesses may qualify for tax credits to support paid sick leave while providers receive vaccines and recover from any side effects. Additional information is available from the Internal Revenue Service.
The following resources provide general information about COVID-19 vaccines.
The Office of Child Care information memorandum provides an overview of and guidance on CCDF discretionary supplemental funds available through the ARP Act.
This Profile of Innovation highlights COVID-19 "test to stay" options in Massachusetts and Vermont meant to increase the time children are in care and parents are at work.
This web page provides information about the benefits of getting vaccinated, key things to know, nd CDC's frequently asked questions about the vaccine.
The CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Use the Vaccines.gov website to find a COVID-19 vaccination or booster in your area.
This CDC Newsroom Release shared the recommendation that all children 6 months through 5 years of age receive COVID-19 vaccines.
HHS's We Can Do This site has CDC guidance and recommendations, sample social media posts, and outreach guides.
On June 27, 2022, HHS and DOE released a letter to staff of ECE programs containing three requests encouraging families to learn about and access vaccines for children 6 months and older.
The following are COVID-19 resources related to early child care and education business practices.
This CDC web page offers guidance to help K-12 schools and ECE programs remain open and support safe, in -person learning while reducing the spread of COVID-19.
The NCASE Resource Library provides links to materials about out-of-school time (OST), including how OST providers can be responsive regarding COVID-19.
The IRS shares how certain employers can claim tax credits reimbursing for paid leave due to COVID-19, including for receiving or recovering from vaccines.
The following resources can be used for messaging about CDC's COVID-19 recommendations.
This web page provides printable posters and other resources with CDC's COVID-19 recommendations.
These printable posters from the Office of Head Start can remind families and providers of basic COVID-19 prevention strategies, such as vaccination and masks.
This resource provides sample messages and digital resources promoting boosters for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.