Child Care Aware® of America has launched a new emergency preparedness program. The program will focus on training Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency staff and child care providers, providing technical assistance, developing resources, engaging with key stakeholders and advancing the national dialogue on the important role of child care before, during, and after emergencies. In addition, we will focus on the new emergency preparedness requirements, mandated through the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014.
The emergency preparedness team is in the process of building out this online resource center, which will cover all things concerning child care preparedness.
New: Emergency Preparedness Listserv
Would you like to communicate with child care professionals across the nation about trends and issues in emergency preparedness? If so, the emergency preparedness for child care listserv is for you! This free list-serv is hosted by CCAoA and the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). Sign up today to connect with other child care professionals who are interested in emergency preparedness issues.
Where to Begin?
Writing your emergency plan can seem daunting. Do not worry! There are plenty of free resources to help you! Also, the Child Care Aware® of America Emergency Preparedness Team is always happy to help! Check out the resources below and feel free to drop us a line if you have questions email@example.com
The University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) California Childcare Health Program, with funding from the California Department of Education, has developed the following helpful resources:
How to Plan for Emergencies and Disasters: A Step-by-Step Guide for California Child Care Providers
This 27-page document includes information aimed at helping child care providers develop an emergency plan. The document walks through a ten step process, and includes links to forms, checklists, templates and worksheets. The following topics are covered: Emergency disaster plan creation, identifying local hazards, emergency roles and responsibilities, connecting with emergency services in your local area, emergency supplies, reunification, relocation, drills, operating after a disaster and recovering from a disaster. Available in English and Spanish
Emergency Plan Library
In this 65-page document, you can find a variety of forms, templates, worksheets and checklists to assist child care providers with emergency preparedness planning. This document contains helpful items, such as an emergency supplies checklist,sample emergency disaster drills, and an emergency drill log for your program. Available in English and Spanish
Free FEMA Course: Multi-hazard Planning for Child Care
This course covers the steps to help childcare providers prepare for incidents to ensure the safety of the children at their site. Childcare providers must have plans and procedures to keep children safe from everyday hazards and to respond and recover when an emergency happens.
The goal of this course is to provide childcare providers, of all sizes and with responsibility for children of all ages, with the knowledge and tools to analyze the hazards and threats at the site, to develop a plan to address these hazards and threats, and to implement processes to update and practice the emergency plan. The topics addressed in this course include: Knowing your hazards. Developing a plan. Testing and updating your plan. Available from FEMA.
Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual, 2015 Edition
This 93-page manual provides tools and resources to assist with the emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The manual also provides examples of how preparedness activities can impact Head Start programs. Available from the Head Start National Center on Health.
Child Care Resource Center Emergency Preparedness Toolkits
This resource is from the Child Care Resource Center. The CCRC website offers an Emergency Preparedness Toolkit in English, Spanish, and Chinese, Quick Guides for Child Care Settings, as well as informational videos focused on emergency preparedness.