< Back to Search

What States and Territories are Doing

Child Care Resources for Disasters and Emergencies

Published: September 13, 2012
Special Initiatives
Emergency & Disaster Preparedness

States and Territory child care administrators and child care licensing agencies are important players in ensuring that the child care provider community is prepared in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, widespread utility outage, outbreak of infectious disease, or other emergencies. This entails providing training and resources to the child care community and planning for a coordinated, comprehensive response to any large-scale crisis which may include establishing temporary child care facilities, assessing damage and impact to child care providers, and facilitating families' access to child care. Many States and Territories maintain emergency preparedness plans for child care, and maintain a continuity of operations plan (COOP) to ensure continuity of services to families and providers. Several States and Territories have created guidance and regulations for child providers regarding various aspects of emergency preparedness and response, and links to many of these resources can be found here.

Resources and Regulations

State and Territory Plans