Coronavirus is impacting individuals, families, communities, organizations, and state and local governments throughout the United States. FYSB wants to share with you guidance in a number of areas, which is continuously being updated.
- Measures to address COVID-19 in your community, including at home, in childcare settings and schools, homeless centers, at work, and in faith-based settings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html Visit disclaimer page
- Information for higher-risk and special populations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/index.html Visit disclaimer page
- Guidance to help owners, administrators, or operators of shared (also called "congregate") housing facilities — working together with residents, staff, and public health officials — prevent the spread of COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/shared-congregate... Visit disclaimer page
- Information specifically related to domestic and international travel: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html Visit disclaimer page
- General Frequently Asked Questions, including how it spreads, symptoms, and what to do if you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html Visit disclaimer page
FYSB grantees can find COVID-19 information related to specific programs here:
- FY 2020 Coronavirus Supplemental Funding Guidance: ACF Reporting Requirement for the FYSB RHY Program: /fysb/resource/fy-2020-coronavirus-supp-funding-guidance-acf-reporting-req-for-fysb-rhy-program
- FY 2020 Coronavirus Supplemental Funding: Examples of Allowable Uses of Funds for the FYSB RHY Program: /fysb/resource/fy-2020-coronavirus-supp-funding-examples-of-allowable-uses-of-funds-for-rhy-program
- COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions: Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program: www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/resource/covid-19-faqs-for-rhy-program-grantees
- Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center - www.rhyttac.net Visit disclaimer page
- National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Preventing & Managing the Spread of COVID-19 Within Domestic Violence Programs - https://vawnet.org/news/preventing-managing-spread-covid-19-within-do... Visit disclaimer page
FYSB grantees are encouraged to work closely with your state and local public health authorities. If you are unable to find federal guidance to address your concerns or are encountering challenges in implementing your programs as a result of COVID-19, please reach out to your federal program manager.
Resources are included below and this site will be updated as new information becomes available.
New resources from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for youth (May 2021).
- New web page: COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens Visit disclaimer page provides information about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines for youth aged 12 and older, how to find a vaccination provider for youth, and what to expect during and after vaccination.
- New fact sheet: COVID-19 Vaccines for Preteens and Teens Visit disclaimer page is a printable fact sheet for parents that explains the benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine for their children and teens, safety information, and what to expect during and after vaccination.
- New frequently asked questions: Two new FAQs Visit disclaimer page address questions about the safety and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination for adolescents aged 12 and older.
- New myth-buster about menstrual cycles and infertility: Can my menstrual cycle be affected by being near someone who received a COVID-19 vaccine? Is the vaccine safe if I want to get pregnant now or in the future? Find the answers to these questions and more in this updated Q&A Visit disclaimer page .
- Key things to know: The web pages Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines Visit disclaimer page and About COVID-19 Vaccines Visit disclaimer page have been updated to include the recommendation that youth aged 12 and older get vaccinated.
For Community Groups and Health Departments
- The Community-Based Organizations COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit Visit disclaimer page has been updated to include information and resources on COVID-19 vaccination for youth aged 12 and older.
For Healthcare and Vaccine Providers
- New pediatric toolkit: The Pediatric Healthcare Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit Visit disclaimer page provides materials to help healthcare providers give parents clear and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines. The toolkit includes answers to common questions, an explanation of how mRNA vaccines work, and printable materials to give to parents.
- New FAQs about consent for minors: FAQs Visit disclaimer page have been posted on the Pfizer-BioNTech product page with information about consent, prescreening questions, and other issues related to the vaccination of minors.
- New sample patient letter: Healthcare providers can customize and send this sample letter Visit disclaimer page to encourage their patients to get a COVID-19 vaccine. It includes the new recommendation that everyone aged 12 and up get a COVID-19 vaccination.
New Supplemental Guidance on Child Care Visit disclaimer page (Released 3/31/20)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a Supplemental Guide for Child Care. Written in collaboration with the Offices of Child Care and Head Start for a variety of child care settings, this resource provides guidance specific to child care on issues such as:
- Social distancing;
- Child pick up and drop off procedures;
- Cleaning and disinfecting of toys and bedding;
- Safely caring for infants and toddlers; and
- Food preparation and meal service.
In addition, the Guidance document provides numerous links to resources that provide even greater detail, including information regarding children’s risks concerning the COVID-19.
Supporting Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness during the COVID-19 Outbreak: Questions to Consider Visit disclaimer page
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) (2020)
Responses to several questions regarding options as related to the education of homeless youth and community responses to unaccompanied minors.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway has prepared a list of disaster preparedness and response resources shown below. These resources are organized by preparedness (before a disaster), response (the immediate aftermath), and recovery (the longer term reconstruction/healing phase).
Children and Disasters Visit disclaimer page
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Offers resources to address children’s needs throughout preparedness planning, response, and recovery efforts during and following a disaster.
Caring for Children in a Disaster Visit disclaimer page
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016)
Provides information and resources to help families and service-providers prepare and respond to disasters.
Disaster Planning for Child Welfare Agencies
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Provides an overview of disaster planning for child welfare agencies. Outlines the reasons child welfare agencies should develop disaster plans, provides an overview of plan development, points to resources for creating preparedness plans, and highlights State and local examples.
Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: Staying Safe During COVID-19 - https://www.thehotline.org/2020/03/13/staying-safe-during-covid-19/ Visit disclaimer page
For supportive crisis counseling and safety planning, contact:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
https://www.thehotline.org Visit disclaimer page
- StrongHearts Native Helpline
- Futures Without Violence, Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Updates and Information, COVID-19 - https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/get-updates-information-covid-... Visit disclaimer page
- National Network to End Domestic Violence: COVID-19: Coalition Guidance for [Domestic Violence] Programs - https://nnedv.org/resources-library/covid-19-coalition-guidance-progr... Visit disclaimer page
- National Network to End Domestic Violence: Best Practices When Using Mobile Devices for Advocacy - https://www.techsafety.org/resources-agencyuse/mobilecomputing-bestpr... Visit disclaimer page
- CDC: Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers - https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Interim-Guidance-f... (PDF) Visit disclaimer page
- CDC: COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Employers - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/bus... Visit disclaimer page
National Disasters Visit disclaimer page
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Provides information and resources to help families in cases of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, epidemics, fires, floods, hurricanes, and more. The webpage also offers resources to help mitigate the psychological effects these events may have.
Disaster Technical Assistance Center Visit disclaimer page
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2017)
Supports SAMHSA's efforts to prepare states, territories, and local entities to deliver an effective mental health and substance use (behavioral health) response during disasters.
Public Health Emergency Visit disclaimer page
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2017)
Provides information and resources on natural and man-made disasters and traumatic events for families and individuals; business; practitioners, clinicians, and responders; and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency planners.