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Child Care Resources for Disasters and Emergencies

Published: September 11, 2012
Special Initiatives
Emergency & Disaster Preparedness

Little girl with bandage on fingerA primary goal of the Office of Child Care (OCC) is to help ensure early childhood programs support children's healthy growth and development. This goal becomes especially important in the event of a major disaster or emergency, as children are among our most vulnerable populations. Child care can be a critical human service needed to help protect the safety of children and support the stabilization of families after a disaster. Child care prevents children from being left alone or in unsafe environments and can help expedite recovery efforts by ensuring that children are safe while parents visit damaged property, access public benefits, and make other efforts to rebuild their lives.

Resources for CCDF Grantees

  • ACF and FEMA Joint Letter to State Governors – Make child care a priority in statewide emergency preparedness planning
  • Information Memoradum, CCDF-ACF-IM-2011-01, Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning for Child Care; CCDF Plan; Pre-Print
  • FEMA Guidance: Reimbursement of Child Care Services During Federally Declared Disasters and Emergencies, Information Memorandum CCDF-ACF-IM-2010-01
  • Flexibility to Use CCDF Funds in Response to a Disaster (Information Memorandum ACYF-IM-CC-05-03)
  • Emergency Preparedness Checklist for CCDF Administrators
  • Child Care and Pandemic Flu Checklist
  • CCDF Plan Question and Guidance: Response Plan for Child Care Early Childhood Programs Pre-Print (2.1.2)
  • Office of Child Care Past Response Efforts

Resources for Child Care Providers

  • Disaster Planning Materials for Child Care Providers (NACCRRA)
  • Key Child Care Resources for Disasters and Emergencies
  • Bringing Children Back to Flood-Stricken Areas Safely

Hurricane Resources Child Care Flu Guidance

What States and Territories are Doing

  • State Licensing Regulations about Emergency Preparedness
  • Guidance for Reuniting Children and Parents
  • Emergency Preparedness Resources for Child Care Programs
  • Child Care Immunization Requirement Changes

Key Web Sites

Examples Include:

  • Child Care Aware of America (formally NACCRRA)
  • ACF Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR)

Who to Contact

  • Child Care and Development Fund State Administrators
  • State Resource and Referral Agencies
  • State Licensing Agencies
  • ACF Regional Administrators and Regional Emergency Management Specialists
  • Child Care Technical Assistance Partners


Last Reviewed: August 25, 2015