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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.

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1 - Please note: This Information Memorandum was published prior to the passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 and does not reflect the requirements around disaster plans. However, we believe many of the recommendations within the IM are still relevant and useful. We will update this page as policy guidance reflecting the law becomes available.


Last Reviewed: August 7, 2020