Author: Holly Nett

Are Family Child Care Businesses Adequately Prepared for the Impact of a Disaster?

Potential Gaps in Insurance Coverage On Memorial Day weekend of 2008, an EF3 tornado struck Hugo, Minnesota, a commuter town north of downtown St. Paul. Winds ranged from 136-165 mph, and the tornado’s path was six miles long and one-eighth mile wide. Since it was a holiday weekend, Christine, a family child care provider, was… Read more »

Child Care Disaster Response and Recovery Webinar Series

The horrific damage caused by Hurricane Harvey on the Texas gulf coast reminds us of the profound impact that disasters have on children and adults, resulting in feelings of uncertainty for everyone. Young children do best when their lives have predictable caregivers, schedules, and settings. A disaster can throw all of those things off balance,… Read more »

Include Emergency Planning on Your Back-to-School Checklist

As you cross off important items on your family’s back-to-school checklist, don’t forget to be proactive in learning more about the emergency plan at your child’s school or child care program. All schools and before/afterschool child care programs should have an emergency plan in place to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency… Read more »

Record-Breaking Start for 2017 Tornadoes: Prepare Your Child Care Program

2017 has seen an active start with tornado activity. There have been tornado outbreaks in each month of the year in 2017, and 636 preliminary tornado reports from January – April. That’s more than twice the normal amount to date; the average for January-April is about 299 tornadoes, according to the NOAA. On average, 1,200… Read more »

Parents: Is Your Child Care Program Prepared?

Placing your child in another person’s care can be a difficult and emotional decision. When looking for a child care program, your most important consideration is the safety and well-being of your child. Knowing your child will be cared for in a healthy and secure environment that has appropriate safety measures in place is a… Read more »

September is National Preparedness Month

Wildfires in the West Heavy Rain and Flooding in Louisiana and bordering states Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes across the Midwest Tropical Storms and Hurricanes moving towards Hawaii and the Gulf Coast All of these extreme weather situations have occurred over the past few weeks and serve as an important reminder that emergency preparedness is critical… Read more »

Celebrating 26 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

July 26, 2016 marks the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.   The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private… Read more »

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2016

As the temperatures climb, the desire to involve children in water activities often rises as well.  After all, most of us enjoy the excitement and cooling effects that a swim in a pool, lake, or ocean can bring during the warm months! The week before Memorial Day, May 23-29, 2016, marks the twelfth annual Healthy… Read more »

Resources for National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (April 16-23, 2016) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from serious vaccine-preventable disease like whooping cough, measles, and influenza. Immunization is a process by which a person becomes protected against a disease through vaccination. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available… Read more »

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