Category: Preparedness

Interstate Collapse in Atlanta Offers Lessons for Parents and Providers

A section of one of the country’s busiest corridors collapsed on Thursday night, creating a traffic nightmare for the foreseeable future. On Thursday, March 30, 2017, around 6 p.m., a fire was reported under a section of I-85 in Atlanta. The fire ultimately caused a section of the interstate to collapse around 7 p.m., stranding… 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 »

Guest Blog: National Poison Prevention Week Isn’t About Removing Everything that Could Be Toxic

Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury death in the United States, and the number of children who die from poisoning has more than doubled since 1999. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System’s 2015 Annual Report, just under half of exposure cases managed by poison centers involved children… Read more »

Flu Season is Still Here: Protect Yourself and the Children in Your Care

With daylight savings time here, you may think that flu season has passed; that is not necessarily the case. Although spring is near, colds and the flu can still affect all of us. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the 2016-17 flu season has been moderate and is expected to continue for several… Read more »

Free Webinar: How Child Care Programs Can Support Immunization

Child Care Aware® of America is pleased to present the following free webinar: How Child Care Programs Can Support Immunization Presented by Dr. Candice Robinson and Jenny Mullen, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. March 30, 2017 3:00 pm EASTERN, 2:00 pm CENTRAL, 1:00 pm MOUNTAIN, 12:00 pm… Read more »

Take Action Against an Undetectable Gas: It’s National Radon Action Month

This month we are acknowledging National Radon Action Month. We encourage you to test your home and workplace for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil, and water from the natural decay of uranium. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level… Read more »

Is Your Smoke Alarm Working? Outdated?

Smoke alarms are a vital part of fire safety. You should have a smoke alarm on each level of your home and in each bedroom. Sadly, every year lives are lost because smoke alarms are neglected. From 2009-2013, three out of five home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working… Read more »

Getting Serious About Fire Safety

Over 1.3 million fires were reported in the United States last year. Fires have a significant impact on children, parents and child care providers. On average, every day 293 children are injured and at least one child dies from fire. Each year approximately 325 fires occur in child care centers. As we focus on fire… Read more »

Protect Yourself in an Earthquake: The Great ShakeOut!

Drop! Cover! Hold On! These three, simple steps can help you protect yourself during an earthquake. Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that this is the appropriate action and steps to take in order to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. On the third Thursday of October… Read more »

What You Need to Know: Zika Virus

Content Updated: February, 1, 2017, January 10, 2017, December, 6, 2016, October 1, 2016, August 22, 2016, August 3, 2016, June 23, 2016, May 16, 2016, original post January 29, 2016. It’s a funny sounding name, but this virus is no joke. The Zika virus is growing health concern that has the attention of lead… Read more »

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