Category: Preparedness

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 »

Health is Key to School Success

Many parents use August to prepare for the school year and cross many tasks off their list—school supplies, nailing down schedules, new clothes, and converting the family mindset from summer vacation to the school routine. At Child Care Aware® of America, there is one more task. And you should add it to the top of… Read more »

Sick, Absent, or Forgotten? How a Change in Routine Can Become Deadly in Minutes

Have you ever had a child in your child care program not arrive by her usual arrival time and simply rationalized that the child must be sick or on vacation today? My mission is to show you how this assumption can have lethal consequences for dozens of young children annually. How? Each year since 1998, an… Read more »

Louise Rosler Reflects on How Policy (and Life) Can Have Unintended Results

Blog post by summer intern Louise Rosler “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question that most children are faced with from a very young age. My answers have vacillated (from a princess, to an author, to a CIA agent—the list goes on), but as I have grown older, this vision… Read more »

Check Out Your Library Before and After Disasters!

Every community is vulnerable to disasters: extreme weather, fires, chemical spills, the list goes on. Luckily, most have a local resource to help them prepare and respond to those disasters: their public library! Libraries have evolved over time, no longer offering just books, magazines, and newspapers. Libraries today provide so much more: computers, internet access,… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Flu Season Preparedness

The Problem Teaching children flu prevention can be tough—and teachers need resources that make it fun and easy for kids to understand the flu. One Solution The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ready Wrigley activity book series helps kids prepare for many types of emergency, including preparing for flu season. The books are… Read more »

Guest Blog: Prevent to Protect – A Mother’s Experience with the Unheard of Viral Cause of a Birth Defect

Most women have never heard of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) (less than 9%) but they need to know about this virus if they are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. CMV is a common and sometimes serious virus for a pregnant woman and her unborn child. June is National CMV Awareness Month If you read “The Danger of… Read more »

Preparing for Hurricanes

It’s that time of the year, to be sure we are ready for hurricanes. Preparing in advance has numerous advantages, not the least of which is preventing the last-minute scramble when a hurricane is bearing down and shelves and supplies are depleted. Pacific hurricane season starts May 15, and Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1… Read more »

The Danger of Spreading CMV: How We Can Protect Our Children

Everyone agrees toddlers are cute–and they are! But if you are a daycare worker, a nursery volunteer, or have a toddler in daycare, you need to know about cytomegalovirus (CMV). What is CMV?  The month of June is National Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month. CMV, or cytomegalovirus (sī-to-MEG-a-lo-vī-rus), is a common virus, according to CongenitalCMV.org. Between 50-80% of… Read more »

Should I stay or should I go?

Not only are these catchy song lyrics, these are common questions you may ask yourself following an emergency or disaster event that affects you, your program, neighborhood, or community. Different types of emergencies constitute different reactions – if you smell smoke or hear a fire alarm, evacuate quickly! However, if you learn of a tornado… Read more »

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