This year is a new year for federal reviews. For the 2021–2022 fiscal year, Focus Area One (FA1) reviews will be conducted as usual, in a virtual format, starting in October 2021. However, unlike last year, Focus Area Two (FA2) reviews will be conducted in person (if possible and if local conditions allow) beginning in January 2022.
Grantees will be asked to describe the changes in the delivery of services during the pandemic—whether that delivery was virtual, face-to-face, or a hybrid. For programs providing virtual services, it will be important to describe how resources were allocated to ensure children had equitable access to digital technology. It will also be important to describe how teachers and other caregivers were trained to provide virtual services. Face-to-face instruction will require a focus on how children were brought to class safely, how social distancing occurred, and the types of sanitizing equipment purchased and used.