Early Childhood Disaster-Related Resources for Policy Makers
Natural and manmade disasters can happen anywhere and at any time.
Making sure child care providers, preschools, and early childhood state and local networks are prepared for disasters, before and after they occur is critical to the safety of our youngest children and their families.
Use the resources below to help make sure your state is READY.
- Disaster and Emergency resources from ACF's Office of Child Care.
- State Regulatory Requirements for Emergency Preparedness Planning — these examples do not include all States that have emergency preparedness requirements but are meant to show the varying approaches to planning.
- 2010 Report to the President and Congress by the National Commission on Children and Disasters
- Unaccompanied Minors Registry (UMR), administered by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), supports the ability to collect, store, report, and act on information related to children missing or lost as a result of a disaster.
- Early Childhood Development in Emergencies — guidance from the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
- Communications Toolkit for Public Health Emergencies that Impact Children — a resource co-developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Drexel University School of Public Health.
- Women and Infants Service Package (WISP) — guidelines developed by the National Working Group for Women and Infant Needs in Emergencies in the United States to aid emergency planners and managers, maternal and child health organizations, professional associations, and federal, state and local government agencies in meeting the needs of pregnant women, new mothers, newborns, and infants during and after a disaster.