Emergency Preparedness Funding

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CCR&Rs as Community Resilience Hubs

Child Care Aware® of America has launched a two-year training, technical assistance, and funding opportunity—Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs. The goal of this training program is to increase the capacity of child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) to serve as resilience hubs in their communities in the event of emergencies or natural disasters.

Who Was Selected

In total, three communities were selected from the following states: Kansas, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. The program includes a train-the-trainer initiative for CCR&R staff and provides funding support to resource and referral agencies in working with both center-based and home-based providers.

Congratulations to the three communities that were selected for the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs funding opportunity!

 

 

 

 


Child Care Resource Center – Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Tulsa-based Child Care Resource Center, a program of the Community Service Council (a United Way partner agency), was recently awarded the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs grant. The training program is designed to strengthen emergency preparedness efforts geared toward children, parents, and child care providers while also enhancing coordination with first responders and disaster response organizations.

According to a recent study, 65 percent of American households do not have adequate plans for a disaster or have no plans at all. This statistic is troubling as Oklahoma has frequent weather-related disasters annually. According to the National Weather Service, from January 1, 2016 to July, there have been 57 tornadoes reported in Oklahoma, with eight being an EF2 or higher.

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“Events like our recent earthquake highlight the need to ensure child care programs are prepared. Over the past three years, earthquakes occurrences with a Richter scale magnitude of 3 or higher have increased from 109 in 2013 to 907 in 2015,” said Karen Smith, Director of Child Care Resource Center. “This new program will address gaps in preparedness planning and also provide child care providers with formalized emergency preparedness training. Oklahoma child care licensing standards require 12-30 hours of professional development annually for all child care staff.”


Child Care Aware® of Kansas

Child Care Aware® of Kansas was recently awarded the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs grant. Grant funding from Child Care Aware® of America will support a new two-year project designed to strengthen emergency preparedness efforts for children, parents, and child care providers and also enhance coordination with first responder and disaster response organizations. This project will create new trainings, resources, publications, and tools to benefit the 15,612 professionals that work in the early childhood field in Kansas.

Through this project, Child Care Aware® of Kansas will work with the four regional child care resource and referral agencies to provide emergency preparedness training opportunities for child care providers throughout Kansas.

The four regional offices include:2016-09-15 20.23.17

  • Region One: Salina, Garden City, Hays areas, which serve 63 counties
  • Region Two: Wichita area, which serves five counties
  • Region Three: Topeka and Lawrence area, which serve 33 counties
  • Region Four: Kansas City area, which serves four counties

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“Providers and families know Child Care Aware® of Kansas as a trusted resource, with nearly 10,000 referrals and more than 470 training events conducted in 2015 alone,” says Leadell Ediger, Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of Kansas. “We know that all too often, emergency preparedness, procedures, and protocols are thought of after an incident has occurred. With this new project, we aim to change that paradox and help prepare children, families, and providers for disasters.”


 Child Care Aware® of Minnesota

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Child Care Aware® of Minnesota was recently awarded the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs grant. Grant funding from Child Care Aware® of America will support a new project designed to strengthen emergency preparedness efforts for children, parents, and child care providers, and to enhance coordination with first responder and disaster response organizations.

Through this project, Child Care Aware® of Minnesota will work with regional child care resource and referral agencies to provide emergency preparedness trainings, resources, publications, and tools to benefit the 43,000 professionals who work in the early childhood field in Minnesota.

Child Care Aware® of Minnesota was one of three states chosen from a competitive 10-state proposal process. With 9,200 licensed family child care homes and 1,600 licensed centers, emergency preparedness plays an important and unique role in Minnesota.20160927_111106_1476450109383_resized

“Minnesota has a far larger proportion of family child care homes than many other states,” said Ann McCully, Executive Director Child Care Aware® of Minnesota. “If any of these programs have to shut down after a disaster, that has a tremendous impact on their community. We want to better support all programs in times of emergencies and that starts with better planning.”

The timing of this pilot project coincides with the State’s efforts to create a child care emergency plan. The new plan will include strategies for administering temporary child care services during and after a disaster while maintaining health, safety, and licensing standards.

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